Health and Wellbeing

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On Self-Kindness: My mother was the typical Martyr, working herself into...

Many people, including myself have been brought up to put others first. My mother was the typical Martyr, working herself into the ground, not...
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Question: where are all the menopause shops?

Really – whatever it is – untidy cupboards, the inability to get off your sofa to do things or the need to detoxify something that...
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No, I don’t want a cosmetics voucher, JUST GIVE ME MY...

As unsigned posts go, this is one of the funniest. Several lines leapt off the page and made me spill my coffee... but I...
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Running in heels

There is little to add to Lara’s terrifying lucidity in her post about the London incident at Borough Market. My own grown children are...
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Do you know which gifts are unsuitable for people undergoing chemo?

Anikka Burton was just 17 when her mother died from breast cancer. Devastated by her loss, she became increasingly worried that she was at risk too....
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Breaking through those limiting beliefs

The breakthrough session was about the ways in which we limit ourselves and thereby limit our lives. We are so sure of what we...
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Cancer – the roller coaster that may not kill you

I’ve heard someone describe a cancer diagnosis as like being on a roller coaster. Some days you are up, some days you are down,...
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My anxiety is not attention seeking behaviour (honest)

This post is powerful in its honesty and vulnerability on the topic of anxiety. Even those of us who do not suffer from the...
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Eating placenta and what to expect if you try

I had my first child in 1995 and don’t remember placenta being on the hospital menu then. I do remember wanting to eat my...
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Why vitamin supplements could kill you

For Linus Pauling, it all started to go wrong when he changed his breakfast routine. In 1964, at the age of 65, he started...
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Life after lust

Hand on heart, there was a time in my marriage when I wouldn’t have noticed if my vagina had fused over. (Yes, just like...
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The joy (and stigma) of sleeping apart

Grace's post speaks to all couples who have ever secretly wished they had their own bed or own room. (Yearning for a separate house may...

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Recipe for a #writing prompt

This week we'd like you to write about a dish or recipe that is close to your heart. For instance, butter, sugar and flour being...
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Silly season #writing prompt… (be warned)

Who remembers that silly game we played as children where you had imaginary fights between things or people? My siblings, friends and I would...
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Write a letter you need to read

I was speaking to one of my young people this week about the foundations of their blog. They said: "I'm just writing the letters I...
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What do you know?

One of the joys (and pain) of being older is that we know stuff. From our first scraped knee to our devastated heart at...
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Hang-ups

We all have hang-ups. Mine is unfairness, the origins of which are lodged in my childhood. There was the time it was suspected a...
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How are you? No, really, how are you?

The Post-40 Bloggers' writing prompt this week asked a simple question - "How are you?" The question was stunningly answered by blogger Hilary Farrow. Ed Whenever you...