Do You Care For Yourself? By Hannah Lilly

Do You Care For Yourself?  By Hannah Lilly

Welcome to the third instalment of my October guest blog series on self-care. The inspiring coach, blog and author Hannah Liley talks about her journey in becoming passionate about the importance of loving and taking care of herself. Last December, Hannah found herself in the position of not wanting to leave her own house, and feeling unable to look in the mirror. Hannah has kindly offered to share with us all her realisation of how important self belief and self-love are, if we are to embark on truly fulfilling lives. Learning to love ourselves is perhaps one of the most important basic self care needs of all, and Hannah expresses this beautifully through her writing.

About Hannah Lilly

Hannah Lilly is a running coach, life coach, motivational speaker, blogger, author and Huffington Post contributor based in Mullingar, Ireland. In both her twin passions, writing and motivational speaking, Hannah focuses on using the power of one’s mindset to create the best life possible. She is currently writing a book about her own six-month, life-changing experiment; the book is titled The Secret Experiment- My 182 Day Journey To Live My Very Best Life. 
Having coached hundreds of runners to reach their goals inspired Hannah to follow her own dream of empowering people around the world to feel good about themselves, to see their dreams as reachable and to create lives they love. Of particular importance to her in her motivational talks, workshops and writing is instilling self-confidence in children and teens so that they too can embark on a lifetime of satisfying work and emotional lives.  Hannah began her own work life at 16, waitressing and working as a make-up artist.  She is the mother of Jessica and Leon, a dog named Dora and a cat named Lilly.
Visit Hannah’s blog at www.hannah-lilly.com

Looking after myself…by LizBu at BuBakes

Looking after myself…by LizBu at BuBakes

Welcome to the second installment of my October guest blog series on SELF-CARE. Today I am sharing a beautiful and thought-provoking blog by the lovely LizBu at BuBakes. LizBu talks about her personal journey towards realising the importance of self-care and looking after herself. She brings you through a range of really helpful self-care ideas described under the titles start, look, start. I know it gave me a lot to think about, I hope it does for you too.

 

About LizBu

LizBu describes herself as a passionate and persistent soul; who is ridiculously happy when up to her eyes in fondant and frosting. She is the proud owner of BuBakes, a beautiful cake business. She loves the fact that making bespoke cakes allows her to give people something to suit their exact needs, adding that extra bit of awesomeness to their occasion! LizBu is also  passionate about advocating and writing about mental health, having experienced her own mental health issues. BuBakes is committed to reducing the stigma attached to Mental Health, and personally donates 25p for every order received to MIND. This is kindly matched by three generous supporters, meaning a £1 donation is made per order. 

Back to The Basics: Self-Care, Breathing and Eating: by Elisabeth Corey, at Beating Trauma

Back to The Basics: Self-Care, Breathing and Eating: by Elisabeth Corey, at Beating Trauma

Welcome! 

Every Monday for the next four weeks, I will be sharing a beautifully written guest blog from four amazing four inspiring people who have kindly offered to write about their experiences, sharing their thoughts on their individual journey of self-care.. I will begin the week with the lovely Elisabeth Corey. Elizabeth talks about the importance of going back to basics when it comes to self care, and reflects upon how important remembering to breathe and eat has been for her throughout her journey of recovery. It is a beautiful and inspiring read that I know you will enjoy.

 

Elisabeth is a survivor of family-controlled child sex trafficking and sex abuse.  Her education in social work and her personal experiences as a survivor inform her intimate dialogue about the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of trauma recovery, which she discusses on her blog at BeatingTrauma.com.  She writes about breaking the cycle of abuse through conscious parenting, navigating intimate relationships as a survivor, balancing the memory recovery process with daily life, coping with self-doubt, and overcoming the physical symptoms of a traumatic childhood.  She guides other survivors as they navigate life and parenting with private sessions, workshops and a forum.  She also works with media and organizations through her workshops, writing, and speaking.  Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

October Special: Awesome Self Care Tips by Four Inspirational Guest Bloggers

October Special: Awesome Self Care Tips by Four Inspirational Guest Bloggers

Just a little friendly reminder to look out for four amazing guest blogs from four inspiring people who have kindly offered to write about their experiences, sharing their thoughts on their individual journey of self-care.

Self-care is most definitely not one size fits all . What makes it even more exciting is that there are so many different techniques, ideas, thoughts and ways to take care of oneself either generally in life, or when going through a difficult experience. My four a guest bloggers beautifully illustrate the very personal nature of self-care and it's importance in every one of our  lives. They will undoubtedly give you lots of inspiration when considering what YOU need to take care of yourself.

Inspired by self reflection: 10 tips for self care

Inspired by self reflection: 10 tips for self care

I put some time aside yesterday to reflect upon my self – care needs, professionally and personally. As I was writing down my thoughts I became aware that although a lot of what I was thinking was, of course, specific to me, it would most likely also resonate with many others. I therefore put together a slightly edited version and shared for all you lovely people. I hope you find it helpful! It is currently up on my fridge as a reminder of what I need to do at the moment to take care of myself. Perhaps you would find it useful up on your fridge too.

 

Three things to consider when choosing a therapist

Three things to consider when choosing a therapist

Welcome to Part Three of my four week newsletter series on online therapy. Choosing a therapist can be pretty daunting, as when you do so it is usually because you're struggling with an aspect of your life and understandably want to get the best help possible to get back on track, or find a new path.

If you are thinking, online therapy may be for you, check out my webpage, is online therapy for me? If you have not read it already you may also want to check out part one in this series, describing the different types of online therapy and what they entail.

The fact of the matter is that there are many of us, advertising our services, experience, expertise and desire to help. When it comes to therapists, such as myself, providing treatment online, the pool broadens, no longer defined by location or access. Sometimes an online therapist may be recommended, other times we look through the Internet for a profile and most likely a face we feel we could trust and connect with.

In an attempt to help you a little bit more, I have outlined 3 questions you may consider when looking for a therapist, reflecting a little about who I am as a therapist throughout. I hope it goes some way in helping you begin your journey.

A whistle-stop tour – Let's Talk Online Psychology Service

A whistle-stop tour  – Let's Talk Online Psychology Service

Welcome to part two of my four-week newsletter series on online therapy, giving you a little whistlestop tour of my website and all the useful information you will find.

 Wondering about this (possibly new to you) idea of attending therapy/counselling from a distance, using the internet or telephone? Would you like to learn more about the services I provide within the online aspect of my business – Let's Talk Online Psychology Service? I have provided a brief overview of my website, to help you in your search for the therapist, and type and format of therapy for YOU.
   
So where to start?

Check out the Let's Talk Online Psychology Service main page: www.letstalk-psychology.com/online-therapy. This will provide you with a brief overview of the different types of online/telephone therapy available (video conferencing, telephone, instant messaging, email). If you have not already, check out last week's Newsletter/Blog describing these different mediums of therapy in more detail.

The intricacies of online therapy and the different ways it can be delivered

The intricacies of online therapy and the different ways it can be delivered

Welcome to the first week of my introduction to online therapy – four-week series. This week we will begin to explore online therapy and the different formats through which it can be provided (video conferencing/telephone/instant-messaging/email).
   
 What is online therapy?
Online therapy is therapy delivered at a distance, from the comfort of your own home or office, through the use of the internet or telephone. I provide online psychological therapy in a range of different formats: videoconferencing therapy, telephone therapy, instant messaging therapy and email therapy. As with in-person therapy, It can be used to help with a range of different emotional problems, such as depression, anxiety, loss, relationship difficulties, interpersonal problems, to name but a few. I integrate a range of different psychological therapies, enabling us to work together to tailor treatment to meet your individual needs. Central to any work I do with my clients, whether in-person or online, is the provision of a space through which they can feel comfortable, contained and at ease.

Let’s Talk Online

Let’s Talk Online

I have been a busy bee: studying to become a Certified Cyber facilitator; specialising in Online Therapy and Supervision; expanding my psychology practice, with aim of improving the accessibility of psychological therapies, through the provision of Online Therapy. I continue to be passionate about enhancing psychological care here at home in Northern Ireland, whilst being excited by the opportunity to use my skills and expertise to help people throughout the UK/Ireland, and even further afield.

Let’s Talk NI Psychology Service, has therefore been renamed Let’s Talk Psychology Service, incorporating in-person and online therapy. I have also launched an exciting NEW WEBSITE, which (even if I do say so myself :-)) I believe provides a pretty comprehensive overview of the services I am now providing, and how you might go about accessing them. Why not check it out?

Mindfulness meditation – a wee introduction

Mindfulness meditation – a wee introduction

I continue to resolve to improve my lifestyle as much as I can, and do things that will ultimately improve my quality of life and that of my loved ones; However, rather than focusing on these and these alone, always looking into the future, I decided this year to endeavour to live in the moment as much as possible, regardless of how well are unwell my body feels. This practice of learning to live fully in the moment is gaining more and more momentum in the Western world, and is referred to as Mindfulness.

My journey from naivety, to frustration, confusion and disempowerment

My journey from naivety, to frustration, confusion and disempowerment

Eighteen years ago I started my journey through the academic and clinical world of psychology. Little did I know it but I was on a journey of a lot of fun, learning, adventure, love, personal and professional development and subsequently pain, suffering and a journey of development that I could never of even tried to comprehend.

 It is this journey that transported me from being a curious, empathic, educated, competent, albeit naïve human being and health professional, to someone with deep insight into what it is really like to feel the disempowerment, frustration and suffering of a chronic illness.

My journey into online therapy: the evolution of the Internet and me.

My journey into online therapy: the evolution of the Internet and me.

I have a very vivid memory of my trepidation towards technology as I started my career in psychology 17 years ago. I had never used a computer, and all of a sudden I was being asked to read and write emails, type essays, and use complex statistical programs. How things have changed!

As with many people, technology is now my best buddy. As the Internet and technology evolved, so did I, personally and professionally. My personal development has of course occurred as a consequence of many interwoven experiences, one being the diagnosis of a pretty debilitating chronic pain condition some years ago now. When things were at their worst, the Internet and my beautiful computer provided me with the ability to connect with the world in ways I had not considered. 

Is online therapy for you?

Is online therapy for you?

What is online therapy?

Online therapy is therapy delivered through the use of the Internet rather than in the traditional face-to-face format. Online therapy can be delivered in many different ways, including video conferencing, instant messaging or email. Research has shown that online therapy is equally effective as attending therapy face-to-face. It is also significantly improving accessibility to therapy for people who would struggle to attend therapy otherwise. It can also include working with a therapist over the telephone.
  
There are many reasons why people choose online therapy

Self compassion and our relationship with food

Self compassion and  our relationship with food

One common lifestyle changes people embark upon are changes in the food they eat. Food can be a double-edged sword, we need it to survive. However, with too much a whole range of health problems can arise. Like most people, I for one love food, it gives me a great deal of pleasure, sometimes well needed comfort, as well as the social aspect of eating. Every single one of us has a relationship with food!

  So how does this to our relationship with food, and how can we use self compassion to help us develop a more meaningful and healthy relationship with what and how we eat? 

Self-compassion

Self-compassion

During my 17 years working and studying in the field of psychology, one thing has really stood out for me more and more, both within my clients and within my own personal life. That Is how incredibly hard we can be on ourselves and how difficult we find it to be compassionate towards ourselves, particularly when we need it the most – when we are suffering!