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A keen reader and lover of music plus of course my lifelong support of the mighty Potters, Stoke City! Enjoy running and fundraising.

The flaxseed cometh…

In an attempt to reboot my gut health I recently visited a nutritionist, as health wise I have never been the same since having glandular fever back in 2016. Even the nutritionist was surprised at how old I was when I contracted glandular fever!

So for a month no gluten or yeast products and then a pulse test to see if my body/pulse reacts to specific grains being added. I am aiming to write about it as a) keeps a record I won’t hopefully lose and b) open to advice – but not spamming 🙂

One thing that soon becomes apparent are the amount of food stuffs currently in my diet that currently contain gluten. We wave a fond farewell to cakes 😦 pizza 😦 bread – not so bothered by that one, although homemade bread… But the key thing is to approach this positively and look at the benefits which include rather nice gluten free cakes (homemade), salad at lunchtime (much nicer than I expected!) and the odd bit of chocolate.

Whilst we are the subject of chocolate, the Cadbury’s website helpfully tells you which of their products are made in a gluten free environment. So, its a yes to Wispa, Fudge & Creme eggs but sadly no more Boost – boo!

Seriously though, like many I would imagine, think they have been eating vaguely healthily with mostly meals made from scratch and takeaways as an occasional treat, not a weekly fixture.

Along with a few vitamins the joy that is flaxseeds have been added to my daily diet. Two tablespoons (that’s like a digger’s bucket full!) soaked in water for at least an hour. Yummy! No wonder they help you lose weight as a glass of these is enough to put most of their food 😉

Who knows, maybe a rebooted gut will help my overall anxiety…

Mmm…tasty flaxseed drink ahoy!

 Courage and Confidence!

Worth a read and some great tips/ideas…

  Courage and Confidence!

The start of a new year is always a good time to move forward with courage and confidence, and never is this more relevant than for 2022! I am excited at the process and the prospect of significant breakthroughs on the journey toward optimal health and wellbeing and I hope you are too.

Read my latest blog post to see how I am applying all the research from my Wellbeing Coaching to my personal life and my professional practice.

https://emmamaitland-carew.co.uk/moving-forward-with-courage-and-confidence/

Theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 announced as “Loneliness”

We’re pleased to let you know that the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 is ……… “Loneliness”.

The week will run from Monday 9th May until Sunday 15th May 2022 and will raise awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing, as well as the practical steps that can be taken to address it. 

Loneliness affects millions of people in the UK every year and has had a huge impact on our mental health during the pandemic.   

That is why we have chosen it as our theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2022. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this.

Mental Health Awareness Week was started by the Foundation more than two decades ago and has now grown to become one of the UK’s most recognised campaigns. It has helped transform awareness of mental health and grow understanding of how we can improve mental health, both as individuals and as a society.

Happiful magazine Jan 2022, mental health support & Sarah Millican

Looking for support with your mental health? Here are some places that can help

Comedian Sarah Millican’s #JoinIn campaign which takes place on Christmas Day over on Twitter, which is there for anyone feeling alone.

Anxious times in the office

Music on my headphones helps me cope at work big time. Why? Well, in the office you can often only hear doom ‘n’ gloom which sends my mind off in a spin and scenarios overload. I am not a pessimistic person, just that my mind loves to work on worst case scenarios!

Office environments can be both good and bad from an anxiety point of view. Good in that you have fellow colleagues around to chat too and actually see in person, as opposed to on teams/zoom. Bad is the scaremongering, and often baseless ‘facts’, they chat about. That’s fine but it does affect others who may not be saying anything and instead worrying away on the inside.

Sometimes engage the brain before speaking… Boris take note 😉

Tune of the Day – Astral Drive  is songwriter and producer Phil Thornalley’s vision of a long lost album from the 1970s that only existed in his own mind. It is a wonderfully uplifting listen…

Journal of an anxious man :)

Like many out there in the real world (as opposed to the fantasy world of social media), the ongoing pandemic has really been affecting peoples well-being and metal health. Certainly for me the lockdowns, which started in March 2020, sent me into full on panic/anxiety mode and I am now on medication to help me, which it does. But you also need to have some coping strategies and people support (which I am very lucky to have).

The coping strategies often form part of Cognitive Behavioural/ Therapy (CBT) which is not as scary as it sounds! I attended a six week course back in 2019 via MIND and it proved very useful. However, I have been a bit lax on doing worry time and proper relaxation techniques. One strategy which my wife said to try was journaling and here I am 🙂 Well, blogging as like many I hardly use a pen and paper nowadays.

I am aiming to jot down my thoughts & feelings each day if possible, or at least a few times per week. The reason for making this public is not because I am a show off (far from it!!!) but in the hope it may help somebody else and to hear other people’s experiences. Please do feel free to comment.

Each post will also feature my Tune of the Day as music is very important to me and has been a constant companion from early on in my life.

The Taerks Christmas Sunday session Sunday 12 December at 4PM EST/9pm BST

Facebook event page

Plus broadcast live on GRTR! Radio

You better watch out, and you better not cry cause Taerkie Clause is coming to town! We’re doing a special Holiday edition of our GRTR! Sunday Sessions streaming live on Facebook and Get Ready To Rock! Radio!

Nordoff Robbins joint winner at the UK Mental Health and Wellbeing Awards 2021

Music therapist, Fraser Simpson, won the award on behalf of Nordoff Robbins for his work with our partners, Mountbatten Hospice. Mountbatten delivers hospice and end of life services across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, supporting up to 3,000 people on any one day within their own homes, as well as in the hospices buildings.

Fraser’s online work at Mountbatten Hospice during the pandemic, and in particular a song-writing/recording project with Mountbatten Young Adults group and the combined Community Choirs of Mountbatten Isle of Wight and Mountbatten Hampshire, was one of 17 shortlisted projects to be nominated for this prestigious award.

Upon accepting the award, Fraser said:

“Thank you for this award, which I am overwhelmed to receive on behalf of Nordoff Robbins, for delivering a music therapy service at Mountbatten Hospices Isle of Wight and Southampton throughout the pandemic.

For many months, Mountbatten’s very active psycho-social programme (open to the entire local community) and day, self-help and rehabilitation services had to be delivered very differently – with many of these services being delivered virtually though online services and programmes. The music therapy service moved online, offering relief from the social isolation experienced by so many. Music did its magical work of connecting, uplifting, enlivening and enabling, despite the limitations of online working.”

You can read the full article here

How was 2021 for you…Mark Stay

Author, scriptwriter, podcaster & more…Mark Stay gives us the lowdown on his year and plans for 2022, plus some music, film & book recommendations…

The highs & lows of 2021…
The highs… Going back to the movies has been great (even if we’re often the only people in the cinema wearing masks). We kicked it off by seeing the Lord of the Rings trilogy on the big screen, which our kids had never experienced before. Just magical.


Also managed to write more this year than any other. A couple of books, a few short stories, and a bunch of screenplays, and there’s also a TV thing happening that I can’t talk about. It’s been a productive year. I prefer to keep my head down and write rather than wail on social media these days. That’s where the lows are.

Read any good books lately…
The audiobook of Rutger Bregman’s Humankind kept me sane over the summer. Humanity is not as bad as we make ourselves out to be. I can also recommend the audiobook of Seth Rogen’s Yearbook, which is hilarious, though your mileage may vary depending on your tolerance for stoner stories. I’m in the middle of a proof copy of Caimh McDonnell’s This Charming Man, the second in his Stranger Times series, which is joyful page-turning, gripping fun. Highly recommended.

For research, I’m listening to Get Tusked, which is about Fleetwood Mac making the album Tusk after Rumours became the biggest album in the world. Things get a wee bit strained as you can imagine. For film nerds, I loved My Life as a Mankiewicz, by the late, great screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz. One of the most gleefully gossipy books about movies you’ll ever read.

Films & TV series you’d recommend a watch over the Christmas & New Year break…
I know the Ted Lasso thing is in danger of being overblown, but it really is like a warm hug. I got into it during the second lockdown and it will help restore your faith in humanity. You can balance that with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia which we’re loving, though we can only watch one episode at a time as they’re such despicable people.

Only Murders in the Building is the best thing Steve Martin has done since Bowfinger, and as a whodunnit it really keeps you on the hook. I’m really looking forward to Peter Jackson’s Beatles three-part documentary Get Back. I suspect I’m going to be watching that on hard repeat.

In our house, Christmas officially starts when we all gather to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol, and there’s a rumour that Disney might finally be releasing the full version with the song When Love Is Found.

Heard any good music recently…
Ocean to Ocean by Tori Amos is my favourite album of hers since Scarlett’s Walk. Some of the best stuff she’s ever done. Wet Leg are a cracking duo from the Isle of Wight. They’ve only released two songs — Chaise Longue and Wet Dream — and they’re both belters. I stumbled across the video for Rumors by Lizzo and Cardi B on Apple TV and it’s like an R-rated version of Disney’s Hercules. It has to be seen to be believed and the song is an instant classic. And as a longtime Floyd fan I was delighted to get the CD of the 2019 remix of A Momentary Lapse of Reason (MP3s just aren’t the same). To hear Nick and Rick on the album as they should always have been is a real treat.

What have you got planned for next year and beyond…
Busy year in 2022. My new film Unwelcome comes out on St Patrick’s Day in the UK and the USA. And the third of the Witches of Woodville books — The Ghost of Ivy Barn — is out in May. Hoping to do more festivals and book events and actually meet people!

Anything else to add…
Unwelcome Trailer: 

You can discover more about The Witches of Woodville books and even get some free short stories here: https://witchesofwoodville.com