Advice from someone with one hour left of being 30

30 is almost a wrap for me! I was really shocked when my 20s suddenly ended a few months into the pandemic. We see 30 coming from a long way off, looming scarily on the horizon throughout our 20s, but it’s still a shock when it finally arrives. Turning 30 is for other people! People…

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10 funny things you do when you have social anxiety

I didn’t know social anxiety was an actual thing until memes happened and I realised nearly everyone is a chaotic, awkward mess on the inside while portraying an air of easy breezy coolness – with varying degrees of success. I’ll start off by saying that social anxiety isn’t always funny. It can be crippling; it…

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How do you know when fear is ruling your life?

I’m a natural scaredy-cat. As a child I lagged behind my big sister and cousins as they tore around the fields and scrambled up trees outside our grandparents’ house in France. I wanted to keep up; I wanted to be brave and fearless like them and not care about hurting myself – but even from…

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How to heal a lifetime of self-image issues

Spoiler alert: I can’t answer this question. Emotional healing is a personal, complex, all-consuming and highly uncomfortable experience that’s unique to everyone. Healing sounds like it should be pleasant and soothing because it means getting better. It makes me think of soft pink lighting, panpipe music and someone in an apron dabbing me gently with…

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Winding my spring

Do you ever wake up in the morning and just think…nope? I don’t want to do today. It’s like being pelted with tomatoes except the tomatoes are actually all the things you have to do to earn a living and stay alive and all of the many seemingly insurmountable tasks involved with that. A few…

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5 activities to improve your wellbeing during coronavirus lock-down

There’s nothing more annoying than some self-professed wellbeing expert telling you how to live your life in the middle of a government-enforced lock-down. Especially when it’s threatening your livelihood and riddling you with anxious visions of a summer spent in a darkened room spooning jam into your mouth under your face-mask because all those people…

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I just qualified as a yoga teacher… shame the world is ending

I’m writing this blog in a grassy clearing at the top of a jungle-covered mountain overlooking the bright blue Pacific ocean. I’ve just spent the last hour or so climbing some scarily steep, rubbly hills to get up here so I am disgustingly sweaty. I am also, slightly unnervingly, being circled by vultures. Still, I’m…

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Losing my identity in the jungle

I feel like I’ve been here in Costa Rica for months. In reality it’s only been 5.5 days, and only four of them have been at yoga school, which is where I am now, by a beautiful brook in the jungle inhabited by iguanas, geckos, dragonflies, monkeys, sloths and about a bazillion unseen noisy little…

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Fighting my inner introvert in San Jose

It’s about 2am in Costa Rica. I woke up an hour ago because my body thought it was 7am, which – at home in the UK, it was. Usually waking up naturally at the same time every day is useful for things like getting to work and going for a smug early jog, but not…

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Make friends with inanimate objects, and 5 other ways to beat loneliness

Do you ever feel lonely? Before you curl up in a ball of despair thinking that you’re just a terrible/boring/strange person that no-one will ever want to spend time with, consider the following: 1. Make friends with inanimate objects Who said friends have to be human beings? Who said they have to be alive at…

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