Are You Having Problems Sleeping?

We all know that lockdown has played havoc with both our mental and physical health. But did you know that a key factor in maintaining a healthy mind and body is getting a good night’s sleep?  Over the last year, many of us have experienced sleep problems. Whether you’ve had problems falling asleep, waking up…

Chocolate Memories

This post was originally published on 16th November 2019 and updated on 28th March 2021. Chocolate brownies fill me with mixed emotions. Whether I’m baking them or simply eating them, they fill me with a mixture of happiness and overwhelming sadness. My best friend was the absolute queen of baking brownies. No-one else’s could ever…

Olhos de Água and Praia da Falesia

As we eagerly await Boris Johnson’s announcement tomorrow as he lays out the UK’s ‘Road Map’ out of lockdown, I thought I would take another look back at my solo trip to Portugal. Fingers crossed BoJo’s plans see us being able to travel again before the year is out. This post was originally published on…

Women’s Wellness Retreat

When I moved to Kingston earlier this year, I began following local businesses in my new neighbourhood on Instagram. While I was scrolling, I came across the lovely Krish from My OsteoPATH to Wellness (@myosteopathtowellness_fitness). I immediately felt drawn to Krish’s feed and found her posts really inspiring. In October, Krish held a socially distanced…

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a word which gets thrown around a lot these days. There’s books and self help guides for all kinds of mindfulness. Mindful cooking, mindful baking, mindful gardening, mindful breathing, and even mindful eating, to share just a handful of examples! A few weeks ago, I found myself having to remind myself what mindfulness…

Muddled Mind

This post was originally published on 21st October 2018 and updated on 23rd August 2020 My mind has been all over the place this week. I’ve been struggling to write, starting a number of blog posts but unable to find the right words to finish them. I was relieved to have some alone time this…

Solitude

This post was originally published on 16th September 2018 and updated on 2nd August 2020 As I get older, I find myself enjoying my own company more and more. Perhaps it’s an age thing, but whatever it is, it crept up on me and took me by surprise. Pre-London, I would be quite happy to…

Kicking Imposters Butt

This post was originally published on 21st September 2018 and updated on 19th July 2020. Last night, I managed to stop the little blighters from attack! Who are the little blighters? I hear you ask. That would be the ‘imposters’. Before you think I’ve gone completely nuts, the ‘imposters’ are the little nagging voices in…

Crash and Burn

Why is it that I always crash and burn by the time my annual leave arrives? Over time, I’ve come to realise that if I don’t take a significant break from work every 12 weeks, I struggle to function. Yet, despite knowing that, I still end up feeling burnt out by the time my leave…

The Wombles of Wimbledon

With my neighbourhood starting to feel like it’s part of Eastenders, I was grateful to get out to the outskirts of the city yesterday to enjoy some much needed peace and quiet. Over the last couple of weekends, a number if things have got me questioning, for the first time in nearly five years, whether…

My Top 5 Essentials to Surviving Lockdown

Whilst we sit here eagerly awaiting the Government’s next big announcement on Sunday, which will hopefully mean at least starting to understand what the Governments plans are for loosening social distancing restrictions, I wanted to share with you my Top 5 things which are currently helping me to get through lockdown. I’m not talking about…

My Top Tips for Working from Home during a Global Pandemic

Tuesday 17th March 2020 will remain in my mind for a long time to come. My boss had scheduled a company wide ‘test’ working from home day. As the spread rate of Coronavirus started to increase in the UK, our ‘test’ day had been brought forward by a couple of weeks. Little did we know…

The Return of Self Care Sunday

With the tragic death of tv presenter Caroline Flack this weekend, I felt it was time to have some ‘me’ time today. Not only is her death a reminder to be kind to each other, it’s also a reminder that we need to remember to be kind to ourselves. I’ve neglected my self care regime…

Setting Boundaries and the Power of Mute

Isn’t it funny how sometimes the smallest changes can have the biggest impacts on your life? I’ve been having a battle for much of this year with one of my colleagues. He was constantly sending messages in our group chat outside of working hours (and inside sometimes, despite the fact we all work opposite each…

Turning 35

This post was originally published on 3rd December 2018 and updated on 28th November 2019. This weekend, I turned 35. Birthday’s normally create moments of reflection for me. What have I accomplished in the last year, what do I hope to accomplish in the next? So far this year, I’ve been too lost in other…

My Notebook

This post was originally published on 16th October 2018 and updated on 3rd October 2019. I’ve been carrying a notebook around with me for a while now. Even pre-blog. I’ve always loved writing, but I’ve never known what direction to take this ‘hobby’ in. Travel Writing Fresh out of university, I dabbled with the idea…

Self-Care Neglect

As I write this blog post, I’ve been trying to think of a suitable word to sum up how I’ve been feeling during the last couple of months. All I can think of is… ‘meh’. A pretty nondescript word, but sums up how I’ve been feeling. Life has been a little bit all over the…

Solo Traveller

This post was originally published on 4th February 2019 and updated on 11th August 2019. The first time I travelled abroad on my own, I received a mixed reaction from friends and family. Some said good on you. Others thought I was crazy. Won’t you be lonely they asked? Aren’t you scared going alone? Why…

Patience, Fate and Saying Things Out Loud

This post was originally published on 24th November 2018 and updated on 3rd August 2019. One of the reasons I created The Mindful Musings of a Gingernut, was to offload some of the things running around my mind, in the hope that it would free up some space, and in turn, help me to process…

Green Fingered Gingernut

I first fell in love with gardening when I moved into my first house. I was in my mid 20s, with my first mortgage, and my very own back garden. And it was awful. With the neighbours conifer trees blocking out all signs of sunlight, and the stickiest clay soil I had ever tried to…

My Indian Adventure

I recently wrote about the Laws of Attraction and the overwhelming desire I have to visit India. Well, I am beyond excited to let you, my readers, know, that I am making that dream a reality. This Christmas, I fly out to Delhi for a 15 day trip to India. Whilst there, I will visit…

Old Fashioned Romance with a Modern Day Twist

I love being single, but that doesn’t stop me looking forward to being in love again. Although, I have to admit, and if you have read some of my earlier blog posts, you may have already worked out that I’m not actually too good at this love malarkey. Falling for the wrong men is becoming…

The Law of Attraction

Have you ever felt an overwhelming desire to go somewhere you have never been before? Not just because it looks nice, but because you feel something else is pulling you there? For several years, I have had this overwhelming feeling that I need to visit India. The feeling has been so strong lately, that I…

Mental Health Awareness Week

I’ve been thinking about mental health a lot this week. Particularly apt due to it being mental health awareness week. Everywhere I’ve turned there have been reminders about looking after our mental health. Social media has been full of interesting quotes and articles, and celebrities as well as us ‘normal’ folk have been talking about…