• My Story

    May 8, 2017 Hels

    This is something I wrote a while ago, but as it is Mental Health Awareness Week, I wanted to share it. Mental health has always been a hard topic to talk about, but it’s something that will affect 1 in 4 people in some form or another. I’m so pleased to see that it is slowly becoming something that people feel more comfortable talking about, so this is my story.

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  • Driving through anxiety

    April 16, 2017 Hels

    For those of you that follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may have seen that I passed my driving test. While this may not seem like a big deal for some, for me, it was a huge, huge achievement. Full disclosure: this was my fifth attempt.

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  • 2016

    December 30, 2016 Hels

    Merriam-Webster’s word of 2016 was “surreal” and that definitely sums up my year. At the beginning of 2016, I was flying to New York with my boyfriend which had been his 30th birthday present from me. Fast forward 12 months and I’m currently in Leicester with my family, fiancé and our three-month old son.

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  • Keep it positive

    July 13, 2016 Hels

    I promise this is a happy post, not a big moan, so just bear with me! I had one of those days this weekend where I felt like everything was just too much. Every part of me was hurting; I had a headache, backache, swollen feet and carpal tunnel-y hands (that’s a fun pregnancy thing!) and while I love feeling our little Coconut move, I was repeatedly being kicked in the ribs which can get very uncomfortable.

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  • The home stretch

    June 29, 2016 Hels

    It’s finally here, the third trimester, the “home stretch” as all my pregnancy books call it. There’s just over 10 weeks to go until Cabbage is here, and it’s all getting extremely real… We’re ordering nursery items, attending antenatal classes, and I’m refusing to believe I can physically get any bigger. While it’s lovely hearing from people that I’ve got that pregnancy glow (although I’ll be honest, I still struggle to smile and look pleased when people gasp and say…

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  • Anxiety and pregnancy

    March 29, 2016 Hels

    Have you ever been swimming or paddling in the sea, just getting on with things, when out of nowhere, a huge wave comes up, knocking you over or pushing you under the water? A wave strong enough to make you struggle for air while you frantically reach around for a hand to hold, for someone to pull you back to the surface.

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  • Anxiety: Break it down

    November 10, 2015 Hels

    One of the problems with not having a set routine is that extra time on your hands can invariably lead to over thinking. If I’m honest, I’ve found that my anxiety has become harder to deal with recently,  and I think a lot of that is down to spending more time by myself. It makes even small social events seem more of a big deal, even when I’ve spent half my time wishing for some company. I’ve had to break…

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  • Tropical Wonderland

    November 3, 2015 Hels

    The lovely Liz, who I have previously interviewed, gave me Millie Marotta’s Tropical Wonderland for my birthday a few weeks ago. As I’ve said before, along with exercise and writing, I find colouring really therapeutic and it helps to de-stress me and focus my attention on something positive if I’m feeling anxious, so I thought I’d share a few of the pages I’ve completed…

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