A Look Back At October

Wow! What an epic month of adventuring October turned out to be! It’s funny how I can go months without seeing people, and then out of nowhere, I have a crazy month of socialising and going places.   Being an introvert at heart, I find socialising tiring. So as much as it’s been fun, I’m ready…

Post-Therapy Reflections

It’s been almost two months since I finished going to psychotherapy, and there is still a lot to reflect on.  It has been one of the most insightful experiences I’ve been through so far. I learnt so much more about myself in those 12 sessions. In this week’s musings, I want to share some general…

A Look Back At September

In a month where we said our final goodbyes to my Auntie and the Queen, it’s been hard to get on with life as ‘normal’. Although it’s been a difficult month, it has gone by so quickly. It doesn’t seem like five minutes since the August Bank Holiday weekend, yet here we are in October….

A Look Back At August

I’m a bit later than usual with my ‘Look Back’ due to recent events, but I’m back with a round-up of August, which seems like a lifetime ago already! August was a bit of a strange one this year. We sadly lost one of my Aunties last month, which has left my family mourning the…

Thank You M’am For Everything

It wasn’t my plan to write about the death of Queen Elizabeth II today. But life rarely goes to plan, and it felt wrong to write about anything else. I want to start this post by addressing the fact that I know the Queen was not everyone’s cup of tea. Everyone is entitled to their…

A Look Back At May

Fresh from a few nights away in Ibiza, I’m back with a look back at May. Looking back on last month, it feels like so long ago my brain can hardly comprehend that it only came to an end less than two weeks ago.  That’s what holidays do to you. You lose yourself in this…

Lessons Learned From Psychotherapy So Far

Earlier this year, my Doctor referred me to a Psychotherapist after my anxiety skyrocketed. Whilst I knew I’d been suffering for a while, I’d never openly spoken about it. At the start of the year, it became impossible for me to manage myself, so I went to see my Doctor. I ended up on a…

A Look Back At April

I know I say this a lot, but I genuinely don’t know where April went!  It came and went in a flash. We’re currently enjoying a bank holiday weekend here in the UK, and it’s nice to have some time to stop and catch my breath after a hectic month.  Here’s a little look back…

A Look Back At March

March has been a complete whirlwind. I’m not sure where the time has gone. But yet, here we are in April.  Spring’s being its typically British self here in the UK with everyone out in shorts and t-shirts the week before last, and this week we’ve been back in coats and jumpers with a sprinkling…

A Look Back At February

At the end of each month (or the beginning of the next!) I like to look back on the highs and lows of the month.  February was a challenging month for so many people.  When countries are at war, it can be challenging to know how to help. Yet we feel this overwhelming sense that…

A Look Back At January

How lovely January could have been if she’d allowed us to enter slowly, easing into the new year quietly, with no drama. But alas, the universe had other ideas.  New Years Day started with a trip to the hospital for my brother, who had a high temperate and what turned out to be a nasty…

Hello Anxiety My Dear Friend

“I hope it really does help you to write it all down Bex.” read the message I received on Whatsapp from my Mum two weeks ago.  “It certainly helps a great deal.” was my response.  Whilst there was a great deal of truth in my reply, as writing has long been a source of therapy…

Coping With Grief During a Pandemic

Last year was another troubled year for many people, and I feel like it hit our family particularly hard. Whilst there were positives to be found in the nooks and crannies of 2021, we found ourselves saying goodbye to far too many loved ones. Covid had stopped us from getting the extended family together for…

A Look Back At October

As I sit here on Hallows Eve, it’s time to have a look back at October. I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on my blog as well as my business. I’ll be making some changes to The Mindful Gingernut over the coming months, but I’m pleased to say that my monthly reviews will be one…

Review: Thirteen Moons More by Andi Webb

I’ve surpassed myself this year. In a reading sense, that is! Whilst it wasn’t one of my goals at the beginning of the year, I silently gave myself the challenge of reading a different book each month.  I’ve always been a big reader. However, in recent years, it’s become easier to scroll than to pick…

A Look Back At June

If you’re new to my blog, I like to finish each month (or start the next month) with a look back at the month just gone. It allows me to reflect on the highs and the lows of the last few weeks and is a great way to remember some of the adventures I’ve had….

Making New Friends and Returning to Some Kind of Normality

As I write this week’s blog post, I’m sitting outside my parent’s house in Northamptonshire, soaking up the sun, which has decided to grace us with its presence during the past week. May was a much colder, wetter month than I think any of us had hoped, although it didn’t stop me from getting out…

Family, Radio Shows, and Wellness Retreats

I was starting to think this year couldn’t get any weirder, but it did.  April was a strange month in many ways. It was time to readjust as lockdown measures continued to ease here in the UK, with two households or groups of six now able to meet outdoors and restaurants, pubs and cafes with…

How To Overcome Loneliness

I recently found myself sitting in a small room in central London being interviewed for a local radio show (click here to check out my guest appearance on Shoreditch Radio. You’ll find me from 36:18!). Not my average day by any means! During the interview, the radio host asked me if I thought London was…

Book Review: Eighteen Moons by Andi Webb

I first stumbled across Andi Webb during the first lockdown of 2020. Mid-pandemic, like so many others, I found myself with extra time on my hands, so I decided to take the opportunity to spend some time looking for new bloggers to follow. As soon as I found Andi’s blog ‘Diary of a Gay Dad’…

My Top 5 Moments from 2020

We all know that 2020 hasn’t exactly been the best year. It’s had a lot of low points, but it’s really important to keep the good moments in our minds too.  Thankfully, the year hasn’t been a complete write-off. Amongst the lows, there have been some highs and, if nothing else, plenty of lessons learnt….

My Top 5 Ways To Survive Lockdown – Take 2

Following last night’s announcement that we will be going back into lockdown from Thursday, it got me thinking about how we’re all going to get through the next 4 weeks without going stir crazy! Quite frankly, I’m done with this virus. It’s destroying lives, people’s mental health, our economy, and there are people losing their…

Family time

This post was originally published on 2nd September 2018 and updated on 26th July 2020. As my time in London slowly draws to a close, I’m excited not only to start another new chapter in my life, but I’m also relieved that I get to spend some time with my family soon whilst I’m in…

Change, Grief and Pride

What a hectic week that turned out to be! With so many things going on at the moment, by the time I got to the end of the week I had to press pause and prioritize. Thankfully it’s been a somewhat quieter weekend. No outdoor adventures this weekend. As much as I’ve loved getting out…

Life after a Global Pandemic

With some countries across the world starting to loosen their lockdown restrictions, I’ve been starting to think about what life might be like post pandemic. Has this lockdown really gone on for long enough for people to make permanent changes to their everyday lives? How easy will it be for us to just slip back into ‘normal’ life? The…