I've just completed a five-week healthy eating course called Menu & Mind, run by Marlow based natural chef Jo Colley-Keyes (Time to Nourish) and NLP practitioner Anya McFarlane (InMind Coaching) and it was brilliant, really inspiring, and just what I needed. And when something is so good it absolutely deserves to be shared on my blog. Jo and Anya are kind, supportive, fun and so so knowledgeable, They make a fabulous team and their approach is to teach you that making changes to your diet and lifestyle is as much about your mindset as it is about practical things like creating a meal plan, knowing what to cook and what to keep in the cupboard.
I am as you know a real advocate of education around our health, whether that be what we eat, how we move or linked to life milestones like menopause. I believe we all need to learn the basics first, fact based information that enables us to make the best decisions.
I wasn't going to do a post today but sometimes words just come to me and I want to write them down and I want to share. It has been a weekend where everyone has been shocked and saddened by the news that Caroline Flack felt she had no option but to take her own life. Midlife is a particularly difficult time for women with depression and anxiety one of the more common symptoms during peri-menopause. Here are my thoughts on things we should all remember, let's support each other.
Tomorrow is Time to Talk Day, an initiative organised by Time to Change, a social movement who aims to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. Some of you may have seen a few of my recent social media posts and blogs where I have mentioned that I have been having a very low period of depression and anxiety. I also explained in my new year blog post that I wanted to be more open and honest on my blog so Time to Talk Day seemed like the most appropriate time to share and talk and may be help someone else.
I have never gone public with this. In fact I didn't even really know it had a name until I was nearly 30. But I suffered most of my childhood, through my teens and well into adulthood, well until quite recently really. I have emetophobia which is the fear of vomiting - it can include a fear of vomiting oneself in private or public, a fear of seeing vomit, a fear of watching or hearing the action of vomiting and a fear of feeling nauseous.
In addition I do have episodes of anxiety, mild depression and insomnia. I also had post-natal depression and I have had anxiety and low mood associated with hormone imbalances during peri-menopause. The phobia is less of an issue in my day to day life now but depression and insomnia continue to plague me from time to time and I am still working on the best ways to deal with it when it does reappear.
But this is me, this is the bit that no one apart from my closest family and friends see, this is the me I usually keep private and if I do tell someone, I am usually met with surprised 'but you seem so confident!' I have also accepted that I am an introvert, that I don't enjoy big events and I don't enjoy too much social media visibility - like changing room selfies!
I am currently in the midst of a particularly bad episode of low mood / depression and so opening up about my struggles helps me cope a bit more and find some perspective. Last year was full on for me with, among other challenges, waving my daughter off to university then the long Christmas and New Year period with two bereavements and an even longer grey January. Thank goodness that is over. On my walks this week I have seen signs of spring.
I am increasingly aware of how much stuff we have, too many clothes mainly for me but just too much excess in general. I never thought I'd see the day when I started to rebel against shopping and consumerism. I am even finding I don't want to go clothes shopping any more. My weak spot though is online shopping - controlling that habit is a work in progress - but I am sending more back so that is a start.
Anyway, it got me thinking, as I am now on an ongoing decluttering mission, I thought I would share some of my recycling ideas, I have come across a few good causes in recent months that you too might find useful.
Welcome to Fifty & Fab, a lifestyle blog celebrating women. I am a blogger with a passion for writing about style, beauty, health and fitness with a focus on the over 50's. I am based in Marlow but work across London and the South East.
Hi, I’m Michelle and my blog Fifty & Fab is all about my journey into and through my fifties. I share style tips, health and fitness inspiration, I talk about my holidays and days out and I tell you about my beauty regime and my lifestyle. I hope you might pick up a tip or two and get some inspiration!
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