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How to up your movement sessions to 3-4 times per week

How to up your movement sessions to 3-4 times per week

  Can one of those exercise slots be at home? One of them be with a friend or partner? One of them involve relaxation? One of them be ‘babysitting’ (take the child in a buggy?) Is it time for a a challenge? Evaluation time: let’s…

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What healthy food will get you through Winter?

What healthy food will get you through Winter?

In Summer there’s salad, and you don’t even have to try to want it, you just do. And you crave fruit. But in Winter, you crave gravy. And that’s not great for every day eating. So what foods have got you through? This was a…

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Waiting (or ’embracing timelessness’)

Waiting (or ’embracing timelessness’)

I used to love deadlines: found them energising, and focus-giving. I’d make up all kinds of deadlines for myself and stick to them religiously. Not any more! I was thinking about this while I waited for a haircut in a place you don’t make appointments,…

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Can symbols help healing?

Can symbols help healing?

What is health? What heals? Does our superstitious use of little symbols and talismans play a part in talking our unconscious into getting better?  Things crop up, again and again. Little symbols, or motifs, or wotnot. Theatre is full of these little themes. And I…

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What to pack in your hospital bag

What to pack in your hospital bag

Continued from last week, here’s the last of my list of hospital learnings from a spell before Christmas beside my baby’s bed – including what to pack in your hospital bag 9. Comforting is a skill we need for our life Can I comfort an…

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A list of learnings from the medical microcosm

A list of learnings from the medical microcosm

After reading Albert Espinosa’s The Yellow World, here’s the first half of my own catalogue of learnings from hospital, part of the Reflections on Hospital series Seven months ago, recovering from a cesarian in hospital, I read Albert Espinosa’s brilliant book of life lessons learned…

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Welcome to the five star hotel of your life

Welcome to the five star hotel of your life

Reflections on hospital: It’s a wonderful feeling, to make yourself at home somewhere. And amazingly, you can do it almost anywhere – even on a ward We’re healthy again now. But while I was on the ward with my daughter, I wrote this: Nothing like a…

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Reflections on hospital: Shiny and renew

Reflections on hospital: Shiny and renew

We just came back from a spell in hospital. This is the first post in a series called Reflections on hospital, of the little lessons learnt on the ward We came out of hospital yesterday, after a week on the children’s ward. My seven-month-old baby…

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