Hope is the thing with feathers

As a child, I often used to write stories about flight. There were tales of flying horses, flying carpets and on occasion even flying dinosaurs. I was reminded of this obsession recently when I started to notice feathers everywhere. This was all the more curious as the birds were nowhere to be seen. I could not remember the last time the goldfinches had visited my bird feeders. It turns out that in late summer, many birds lose their feathers. This moulting takes place so they can develop their plumage for the colder season ahead. During this transformation, the birds hide…

Wardrobe Wellbeing

I’m excited to see my feature in print in Planet Mindful magazine about how our clothing choices can lift our mood and help protect the environment. I share my experience of meeting with Camilla Cheung, the founder of Manchester-based business Wardrobe Wellbeing, for a sustainable styling session. The feature explores how small changes in our everyday actions can make a real difference to the way we feel and have a positive impact on the planet. You can get hold of a copy in high street retailers or online here.

In search of a green cure

As the bravest of the snowdrops begin to emerge, I am reminded of the sense of hope for the future that nature can bring.  I am excited to share with you an article I’ve written for Psychreg. It explores why many of us are turning to gardening during the pandemic and how this can enhance our wellbeing. You can read it here: https://www.psychreg.org/gardening-healing-space/

Losing my senses

Nothing says you are clueless about what to buy someone like a gift voucher. Normally I would consider them a last resort, yet last Christmas, I received a rather more imaginative token.  I was presented with a card with an image which looked alarmingly like a dead body. Thankfully, the voucher was not for my own funeral, but entitled me to an hour’s float in a sensory deprivation tank. You could be forgiven for thinking of sensory deprivation as the latest hipster fad to come out of the wellness industry. While I had some reservations, I wanted to experience it…