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shinrin-yoku

August 31, 2018

After a couple of days in Manchester I’m now leaving Andy and the hounds in north Wales and jumping on the train to South Wales for an event in Swansea tomorrow. I wanted to take time for some forest bathing in the woods we used to walk every day with our dogs before leaving. The Japanese call forest bathing shinrin-yoku. Shinrin means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” Ah! This makes my heart sing. I’ve shared so many poems, laughs and…

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Anxiety tryptic

August 8, 2018

Thought I might as well make this a tryptic on anxiety. This is a photo from a few weeks ago. It nearly broke Andy’s Instagram page 🙈 with all the ❤. We love each other dearly but it’s a lot of work being the van, which is making us work harder at our relationship. Communication is key. It is everything. And although it’s hard, we’ve also been in the normal world, rolling along for years without really talking about the…

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Riding out anxiety

August 8, 2018

  I wrote in an earlier post this morning about anxiety and how it feels. One of the ways I deal with it is by getting out on my bike. I find interacting with people quite difficult as I often feel misunderstood and to be honest I don’t get where people are coming from with things. I can get hung up on ‘what the fuck did they mean??’ circling round and round a conversation or email for hours examining it…

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Anxiety ripples

August 7, 2018

  Watching the raindrops creating tiny waves in this puddle, I realise this is how anxiety feels. Small and seemingly innocuous events, words, people’s actions or emails that I am not in control of increase until it feels as if I am in a rainstorm – the mind rippling out and out so that I cannot smooth the surface. I am beginning to wonder if our general growing acknowledgment of anxiety is to do with the huge number of ‘tiny…

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Yogic squats

August 1, 2018

  I am trying to incorporate this yogic squat into daily life. In Sanskrit it’s called Malasana and it is so good for lengthening the spine and strengthening the thighs. I can’t hold it for very long just now so I’m trying to improve it every day. It is brilliant for grounding and for supporting the digestive system. I’ve also come to realise that the aches and pains in the back that have accumulated over the years are not just…

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Hitting a wall

August 1, 2018

  Posting this #dailyconnectionwithnautre from yesterday (day70) as we had no signal. Today I hit a wall. Metaphorically speaking. I spent the whole morning hiding in a cafe working away from nature (admittedly it was work that needed doing). And then in the afternoon I hid in the van away from nature. We did walk the dogs through some beautiful Alder trees and I thought to return later alone but couldn’t find the energy. I realise how much of my…

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The Wasteland

July 21, 2018

Today’s #dailyconnectionwith nature is about hate. I think about this a lot because it is the opposite of love and therefore the two are so closely interwoven. I am trying to practice self-love more often and along with this comes a deeper awareness of who I am and why I do certain things. I’m working towards a more plant-based, gluten free life (not diet – defo no diets!) as I feel better physically, mentally and ethically when I do. Different…

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