My Birth Story


My hypnobirthing journey began when I discovered I was pregnant with my second baby. My first labour had been a scary experience, and I felt totally unprepared when I went into labour at 41+3 weeks. I knew I wanted it to be different this time, so I completed my teacher training whilst 30 weeks pregnant and it changed how I thought about birth completely. I went from being an avid hospital birth fan, to thinking a home birth would suit our family perfectly this time. I did my research on the benefits and the risks associated to a home birth and was surprised to find out that it was actually a safe environment to have a baby in so long as mother and baby were well both before and during labour, and support was in place. I imagined being in the comfort of my home and welcoming our new arrival in peace and tranquillity. Baba, however, had other ideas!

I had an induction at 36+2 weeks due to intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). I had been monitored weekly from 32 weeks with doppler scans and ultrasounds. While they never commented on there being an issue with the cord blood flow, they were concerned that baba’s weight was tailing off the bottom centile. I’ll always remember that it was on the Wednesday at my 36-week appointment that I watched in dismay as they plotted the weight on the ultrasound scan, and immediately knew that the weight was below where we wanted it to be. The consultant suggested an induction on the Thursday or Friday that week. Although I knew this was always a possibility, I had convinced myself that everything would be fine so I sat in shock that I had gone from believing that our second baby would arrive in December to suddenly realising it would be at the start of November! We hadn’t organised anything for baba’s arrival. We franticly dug out our moses basket and some tiny baby clothes, attempting to get our heads around the change of plan. I was also torn as I wondered if he was on the small side but also healthy, as my daughter Penny had been a bit wee (6lb 3oz) when she arrived through spontaneous labour. I anxiously considered whether they should consider delaying an induction longer to see if the growth would pick up. The consultant felt that baba would cope better during labour at 36 weeks rather than delaying which would make labour harder on him if he remained small. We considered the information available about IUGR and we decided that it was best to go ahead with the induction.

Although it wasn’t the circumstances we had hoped for, we managed to make it a positive experience and I truly believe that that was due to using hypnobirthing. We spent our last morning with Penny taking her to the park and she chatted about baba as she pointed to my belly. She happily went off to her grandparents on the Thursday afternoon and we spent the rest of the day getting ready for hospital. It was a mixture of anxiety, excitement and disbelief knowing that our baby was going to be born the next day. We felt so emotional being away from our little girl too.

I had made a detailed birth plan for a home birth which I then had to adapt for a hospital birth. I had wanted to use the birthing pool however it was the hospital policy not to use the pool at 36 weeks due to monitoring the baby. So, no pool for me. I was disappointed but accepted that it wasn’t meant to be. We rocked up at 8am on Friday morning and were shown to our room. I’ll admit it didn’t fill me with joy as it was the opposite of what I had imagined but here we were and it was up to us to make it work for us. We went in armed with fake candles, my KG CD, affirmations, scripts to read and loads of food and entertainment. We hoped that it might be a quick labour and envisaged that we could be home complete with baba to watch the new series of Still Game that evening!! It quickly became obvious that this baby was in no hurry to come out to play!

My first internal examination was carried out… I wasn’t looking forward to this. I can’t imagine anyone jumps with joy at the prospect! I had hoped to avoid examinations so we discussed that they would only do them if necessary. The consultant had hoped to rupture the amniotic membrane to encourage labour but I was given gel to soften the cervix as there were no signs of it being ready. Skip forward 6 hours and numerous trips to the on-site café and all was quiet other than the odd gentle surge. The membranes were ruptured at this point…all remained relatively quiet. I tried using the birthing ball to get into a good upright position but my surges felt more powerful when I was semi-reclined on the bed. I was surprised at this but I went with what felt right for my body. I listened to the CD with Katherine’s voice many times over the day which felt familiar and comforting as we had listened to it every night for the past 6 weeks as we went to sleep. I focused on my “up” breathing and used visualisations to go with this whenever I felt a surge. I saw birds flying into the sky and the upward feeling of this worked for me! It felt manageable and I didn’t need any further pain relief. This contrasted with my previous labour as I had found the surges unmanageable quite quickly. I had panicked and didn’t know how to handle the sensation. Having a good understanding of what my body was doing made all the difference to psyche. I felt that oxytocin flow!

We watched Anchorman 2 to pass the time. (NB. I do not recommend a Will Ferrell comedy while midwives are coming in and out of the room! His use of language can be pretty embarrassing as I’m sure you can imagine if you have watched any of his films!!) We listened to a lot of 90’s radio. I felt really chilled listening to it. My favourite moment was breathing through a surge while “Creep” by Radiohead was playing and having a laugh with the midwife about our music choice. Ladies and gentlemen, this is how the Stranges do hypnobirthing!

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Labour continued to progress very slowly and concerns were growing for baba’s ability to cope, so the syntocinon drip was introduced. Another intervention I had hoped to avoid. I entertained some gas and air during examinations as I found them particularly uncomfortable (although I did quite enjoy that drunk feeling accompanied by the giggles). However, I found that I managed the surges much better without it even when they were incredibly powerful when the hormone dosage was increased to its maximum. I continued throughout the night and into the wee hours of the morning, yet still baba Strange held off from gracing us with his presence.

A further examination at 8am showed that my cervix was 3cm dilated and the monitoring of baba indicated that he was becoming distressed which led to me being prepped for a caesarean section. The surges were almost continuous by this point and I suddenly felt the strong urge to push which I could not stop. I got pretty vocal at this point and I won’t go into my other bodily functions! In the short space of time from consenting to a caesarean to being introduced to around 40 members of staff (ok, that’s a slight exaggeration, it was right in the middle of the staff changeover but I was introduced to a lot of staff) and being given an epidural, the cervix was fully dilated. We were offered the chance to go back to the delivery ward to deliver without further assistance. We felt baba had had enough, we were both exhausted and didn’t want to risk him becoming distressed again and so he was delivered with “gentle forceps”. I use this term as the obstetrician said it was a “beautiful, gentle forceps delivery”. Everything was so clear this time, I felt in control and able to discuss my options with the obstetricians, I met so many faces in theatre and could talk clearly. I apologise to the nurse whose hand I crushed during a surge!

We had not known the sex of baba and it was a beautiful moment when little Louis was lifted up to greet us. We finally met our boy at 9.06am on the 5th of November 2016 weighing in at 5lb 5oz. A small boy but what he lacked in size he made up for in volume! A quiet boy he is not! We spent the rest of the day getting to know him and it was an unforgettable moment when he met his big sister that afternoon. She cuddled and kissed her “baba“ and has adored him ever since. He is a lucky boy having her to look out for him.

I am so grateful to have learned about hypnobirthing and experienced it during labour. I am certain that it made a huge difference to my state of mind and I managed the surges so effectively with the breathing techniques. Our society can be so negative towards labour, we hear that it will be frightening experience, it will hurt and it will be rather traumatic in some way. I have heard many negative birth stories (my own first experience included), that we have no control over our decisions and I hear the phrase “they don’t let you” a lot. I have been introduced to a world where it is a positive beautiful experience, women are educated about how to use the mind effectively in labour and to take control of their body. Using and adapting hypnobirthing to suit your own circumstances is empowering. We need more positivity in this world and I feel lucky to be a part of passing that knowledge onto other parents.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the midwifery team at NHS Forth Valley who I met both throughout my pregnancy and during labour. Thank you for always listening, taking the time to chat to me and helping me feel safe when I was at my most vulnerable. You guys are amazing. Also thank you to the obstetric team and theatre staff, I appreciated all you did for us.
Finally thank you to my rock Jim. You kept me sane, you came to endless antenatal appointments with me and you supported me all the way. You gave me encouragement when I introduced you to hypnobirthing and I am so glad that it helped you too as I know how worried you were first time round. We went into it this time with our eyes opened. Life now has never been busier, I’m knackered ALL the time but can’t think of a better reason to be than seeing our babies develop and grow into awesome wee people every day.

Luxury Pregnancy Pampering Experience!

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New event alert!!!

I’m always thinking of new ways to bring hypnobirthing to you… I was fortunate to recently meet the lovely Maria from Zensory Therapies, and we have collaborated on a special event we have created! We’re calling it the Luxury Pregnancy Pampering Experience! Here’s what’s getting me all excited…
“You are invited to join Kirsty and Maria for an evening of pampering on the 17th of July, 7.30pm at the Leaf and Bean Café, Edinburgh!
Pregnancy is a beautiful time of a woman’s life. Our bodies truly are amazing! It’s a time of great excitement as you prepare to meet your wee one, and it’s also a time when you really deserve to be pampered both on the inside and outside.
We believe that you deserve to be treated like the Wonder Woman you are and we’re very excited to present an evening which will leave you feeling positive and uplifted. Let any stresses or anxieties melt away as we share our knowledge of hypnobirthing, and pregnancy and postnatal massage with you.
With a mocktail and nibbles on arrival, we’ll spend the evening delving into why hypnobirthing, and pregnancy and postnatal massage are so beneficial. You’ll leave feeling completely relaxed and looking forward to a calm and confident birth.
You’ll experience a selection of our techniques including massage, relaxation visualisations, a breathing exercise and you are guaranteed to enjoy our fun activities designed to get that oxytocin vibe flowing!
Just to make the evening extra special, we’ll also be including Neal’s Yard Remedies Organics as we value how you feel both on the inside and the outside. You’ll even have the opportunity to make your own product to take home with you!
All the products are ethical, contain no nasties and are safe for use throughout pregnancy.
We’re super excited to be hosting this unique event and it’s sure to be a popular one so do get in touch early to guarantee your place. Booking is essential and the ticket price is only £35.”
To join us for this fantastic evening, email Kirsty at:

enquiries@handinhandhypnobirthing.co.uk
Or Maria at: zensorytherapies@gmail.com
We look forward to welcoming you!
You can find Maria’s business at www.zensorytherapies.co.uk and www.facebook.com/zensorytherapies.

 

 

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Welcoming Neal’s Yard Remedies to the business – here’s my why!

When I discovered hypnobirthing, it was the start of my journey of changing my perspective on birth and in fact in many things in life! I’m so much more aware of how I think, why I have certain thoughts and it’s made a huge difference to the thoughts I now have, and how I am as a mum. It’s by far the best discovery I’ve made! It helped me to make sense of a lot of things I wondered about.

I care deeply about how women think about their birth experience. I’ve been so fortunate to meet amazing professionals from hypnobirthng and other businesses, and the fantastic mums who wanted to take control of their birth. I really can’t underestimate the impact this has beyond birth!

I care deeply about how you feel on the inside, how it impacts you before your baby arrives and after.

We are bombarded with messages from all angles every day. It can be overwhelming at times! As well as what messages we tell our internal selves, I also care deeply about what we use on the outside, our bodies. It matters to me that the products I use on my family don’t contain nasty chemicals, it matters that companies are upfront and ethical about their processes and practices. Doing that works in harmony with how I feel in the inside too!

I’ve always been a strong supporter of ethical businesses.
When I was a child, I remember sitting in the bathroom, with my parents telephone and the door locked. I would get out all of our shampoos, shower gels and any other products we had and look up the customer helpline. Then I’d phone them up to see if they tested their products on animals. This was pre-internet so there was no Google to look up! Even now, it can be difficult to find out and with so many companies being part of a chain, us as consumers appreciate clear, easy to find honest info about the products we use.

This is why I’ve decided to offer NYR Organics to my clients as an independent consultant. I understand how important it is to ensure that your family use safe, ethical products. NYRO don’t use any nasties, are organic, and never test on animals.

I initially looked into Neal’s Yard Remedies to use for my family and to add products to my gift bags for my mums. I decided to become an independent consultant so that I have easy access to the products and can offer mums the full range .

I also offer my services in a pampering setting. I’m thinking along the lines of pampering parties, baby showers, and any other way you can think of! I can pop along with the catalogue, do a mini facial to showcase the products, and also provide you with some tips and mindset exercises for pregnancy and childbirth! And if you’re not expecting, I have plenty of mindset exercises which can help you de-stress from any situation! Let me know if this is something you would be interested in.

You can browse on my personalised website here:

https://uk.nyrorganic.com/shop/kirstystrange

If you want to keep up-to-date with the offers, you can like my Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/kirstystrangenyro/

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Keep watching for an upcoming exciting project!….

Chickenpox and stomach bugs…the week we fell “fowl” to both!

This has been a week where I’ve been “extreme” mothering! After spending the majority of the previous week snowed in at home due to the crazy weather, we were so relieved to get the kids outside last Sunday. Normality (or as close as for us Stranges) had resumed! Little did we know that the following week would be spent cleaning vomit off the rug, soothing hours and hours of crying, rubbing cream into spots and not sleeping for 2 solid nights. At. All. Oh, and throw into the mix that we both ended up ill too.
So the week started with the rug being covered in vomit. The really stinky kind which requires an immediate hose down in the bath for the child, a complete change of clothes for me and a rug may never the be same again. The poor wee man was quiet and lethargic but cuddles seemed to be doing the trick. I could handle that. I had this sorted.
Moving onto bedtime baths, I noticed a blister on Penny’s belly. Had I nipped her wee skin when I put her in the car seat? Then I looked again…hmm, that looks like… oh shit, yeah that’s definitely chickenpox. Her back was already covered. She didn’t seem too bothered so I hoped for the best and she slept like normal. Wednesday arrived and it really kicked in. She was covered from her scalp, all the way down to her feet. By now, she wasn’t feeling too great and I soothed her with baths and cream. I held her as she cried and really felt her pain. Alongside this, Louis cried and cried and cried. For hours. He cried all morning, had a nap and cried for another few hours in the afternoon.
This is when it’s at it’s hardest. When both kids need their mummy and I’ve got them on my own while their dad is at work. It’s draining. I feel crap for them and want to make it better. I decided to spend the night with Penny on the sofa-bed. She couldn’t sleep. She wriggled, she cried, she wanted me to rub her sores, she needed cuddles. She watched Puffin Rock. Oh, we watched an awfy lot of Puffin Rock, which considering there are only two series, is a hell of a lot of repetition. I actually like it, but def need a break for a while! Thankfully we avoided Peppa Pig as I can’t stand the morals of that show! It seriously grates on my nerves! Penny recites the Gruffalo’s Child book so we’re now great friends with the big, bad mouse. We have the “GruffaFro” and the “GruffaHo” cats aka Frodo and Homer, who also go under the aliases as the big, bad cats. We re-enacted the book with her toys. I said Peppa failed her audition as the Gruffalo’s Child, however, the director overruled my decision and the pig was given the role. She was atrocious… obviously. Have I mentioned that I’m not a fan?

 

Louis had been fine until suppertime. I saw the gag, I placed a bowl in front of him which he whipped away as he barfed all over the floor! I caught the rest and watched in horror as the bowl filled to the brim. It was all over me again. My freshly bathed child was covered. He was on my knee. The door was closed and I had to manoeuvre the bowl of dread and him. I couldn’t open the door with both in my arms. The contents slopped onto the floor. The child became more covered in vomit. I yelled out in disgust and dismay. Finally, I got it open and discarded the contents without further mishap. Meanwhile, Penny watched on while continuing to eat her supper, ah to be young and care-free!
Night two was as bad as the first, though I think I got a glorious hour between 10-11pm. It’s funny how you obsess with the hours of sleep when you’re not getting any! By this point, I couldn’t rest even when she did as all I could think about was how sick I felt! It reminded me of my morning sickness, it was dreadful. Made worse by the wee one’s constant needs of drinks, toilet, pains and wriggling. Daddy was the same. We both felt awful.
My hypnobirthing breathing techniques have come in very handy this week on a number of occasions I can tell ya! A lot of mindfulness has been required too.
My lovely parents came to the rescue on day 3 with food supplies and medicine. They wore face masks (they didn’t) but we were so grateful to them for coming. We finally saw a glimmer of light. The kids were perking up, the spots were crusting over and the feelings of nausea were gradually reseeding. The last few nights have been much better. Though, I’ve still been up since 4.30am as Louis has decided he won’t sleep. (there’s that time obsession again!) But that’s being a mum. Always on call, I sometimes need to physically drag myself out of bed but I do it. I’m not always calm, sometimes I cry, sometimes I’m grumpy but always I love them and I’m always there to rub those spots, clean that vomit, wipe those tears and cuddle, kiss and tell them how much I love them.
I wrote this post with the intention of posting it on Mother’s Day, however, I ended up falling asleep with my girl! My fav part of the day was when she turned around to me and said “Happy Mother’s Day, mummy”, out of the blue. Aw, I thought, how sweet!! Then she told me to go away, threw a box of rice crispies all over the floor and chucked the cat’s toy mouse down the toilet. Kids eh!

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This is a representation of the rice crispies incident. This is a previous cereal trashing of the living room!

I hope all you mums out there were reminded of how special you are to your wee (or not so wee) people. A special thanks to my mum for always being there for us, we love you lots!
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Why having someone to guide you through hypnobirthing is such a good thing!

I want to give you as much information as I can about hypnobirthing as I know that with so many important decisions to be made throughout your pregnancy, you want to make sure your investing you time and your money wisely. After reading this post, you’ll  have a better understanding of what I teach and know why having someone to guide you through the course is such a good thing!

Hypnobirthing is a complete antenatal programme which teaches mums and dads the physiology of a woman’s body during labour and childbirth, the relationship between the mind and body an how to apply relaxation techniques using hypnosis. It enables a woman to work with her body, which is naturally designed to give birth, and to replace fear with a calm confidence.
When calm, her body produces the hormone oxytocin, which helps her uterine muscles work more effectively and efficiently. Oxytocin triggers the production of endorphins, which are often referred to as nature’s pain relief, so the body is perfectly designed to give birth efficiently and comfortably; the perfect system is already in place.
It promotes natural childbirth with less need for medical intervention (as and where appropriate) which is empowering for both mother and father in helping them make informed decisions throughout labour.
Hypnobirthing aims to create a calm and peaceful environment for welcoming a new baby into the world and is therefor beneficial for mummy, daddy and baby too. The essence of hypnobirthing is to do with the mindset, where the mind goes the body follows. The two are so closely linked which is why hypnobirthing is so effective as we tap into the subconscious brain to help release any fears associated with childbirth. This is where it differs from other antenatal programmes. When our thoughts are positive, the body responds really well. It’s not so much about having the perfect birth since we don’t know how each labour will progress but it’s about how you feel about it. It’s a powerful set of techniques, which alongside the in-depth information about the physical process of labour enables a women to have a sense of control of her birth experience. How you feel about your birth experience matters and hypnobirthing provides you with techniques which will have a positive impact. This is backed up by the science of what happens to our bodies when we experience either negative or positive emotions both during labour and in general.

I’m so passionate about helping women to realise just how amazing and strong they are when they have a baby!
The basics of hypnosis is that it’s a natural state of mind between being awake and asleep which we all experience on a daily basis. An example is when you drive your car to the shop and when you get there you can’t really remember the journey because your mind was elsewhere! You’ve still been aware but your subconscious has taken care of the skills needed for driving and has allowed you to think of other things. I guide you to learn how to practice self-hypnosis by using scripts which use visualisations to essentially “talk” more directly to the subconscious. It’s really relaxing!
I usually suggest that couples do the workshop between 20-30 weeks as this give plenty of time for practicing the techniques. Practice really makes a difference as the subconscious needs lots of repetition as it doesn’t respond in the same way as our conscious “logical” brain. This is why it’s so important to surround yourself with positive messages, especially in relation to childbirth. The subconscious will believe the thoughts you have if they are repeated consistently. This is why hypnosis is so effective in the treatment of habits and fears. The subconscious is a primal protective system, it’s like an alarm which is set off if we feel threatened in any way. All of life’s experiences are stored there. That’s why we can’t recall everything, it’s like a filing system. As soon as it perceives a threat, whether real or imagined, the alarm goes off and the body goes into freeze-fight-flight. This fear response is called the sympathetic nervous system. Adrenalin is released as the body prepares to take action. It’s a super effective system which humans evolved to protect them from threatening situations. It’s incredibly useful and almost instant, in fact sometimes it feels like we react before we have had the thought! Unfortunately the other side to this is that it can overreact to situations, even if there is no immediate peril. Fortunately, us clever humans have found ways to access the subconscious and change the messages it believes, if they are not serving a useful purpose.
The hypnobirthing workshops are aimed at women who want to take a deep-dive into how the mind and body work together in childbirth and learn how to apply the techniques, however they choose to birth their baby. It’s an amazing course, and I’m not exaggerating when I tell you it’s changed my life! It helped me immensely when I had Louis and has done since he was born too! And with so many mums going on to teach hypnobirthing after they have experienced it first-hand, it’s a pretty good review of how effective it is! Although you can have success by learning hypnobirthing yourself, I believe you will get the best out of it by having someone to guide you through it. I thought I could do it by myself in my first pregnancy but I discovered that I didn’t really invest myself mentally in it. I didn’t commit to really understanding it and I didn’t have anyone to talk to about the questions I had. I knew I wasn’t going to let that happen the second time round and I’m incredibly grateful that I followed my instinct to do the course. You can find out more and read Louis’s birth story here.
So hopefully you know have a better understanding of what hypnobirthing can do for you. If you come along to my workshops you will receive a parent handbook, a KG hypnobirthing book, hypnosis MP3 for listening to at home and ongoing support following the class. I want to make sure that you get the most out of your hypnobirthing experience so I will be available to answer your questions, point you in the right direction or chat if you need someone to listen.
It’s a decision you will always be thankful that you took!
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Find out about available dates here!

My 3 top tips for positive thinking!

Hypnobirthing is all about the mind in relation to the body during childbirth. An anxious mind will create a tense body whereas a calm, focused mind will allow the body to function more efficiently.

Our thoughts are incredibly powerful in how they influence the way we feel both physically and emotionally. Sometimes we get into the habit of thinking in a negative way. It may be due to past experiences or current circumstances and it can be really damaging to our state of mind. This week I’m going to share 3 of my top tips for positive thinking.

#1 Gratitude

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This is a biggy and is a great way to think positively. Finding gratitude in everything in life helps to change your thought patterns. It takes some practice but the more you do it the easier it becomes. Try writing them down too. The act of writing help us to focus on the things we’re grateful for and this can be particularly useful when you’ve had a bad day or are going through a difficult experience. Each morning take 5-10 minutes before you start your day and write down 10 things you are grateful for today. Feeling grateful sends out positive vibes and the more you do it, the more you see things to feel grateful for.

If you’re struggling for things to feel grateful for, simply feeling grateful for being alive is a great place to start. Some examples could be:

I’m grateful for having teeth to eat food which nourishes my body and my brain.

I’m grateful for having a body which functions well so that I stay healthy and can enjoy doing activities such as walking the dog, playing with my kids, doing exercise.

I’m grateful for being able to hold my baby tonight when he woke up, even although I felt incredibly tired and enjoy the pure love and bond between us.

I’m grateful that I was able to look out into the night sky when the baby woke up as I could see the beautiful moon and stars.

I’m grateful for living in a warm home and being able to cloth my family.

I’m grateful for taking that walk and seeing the trees and that stream and breathing in the fresh air.

The list is endless! Gratitude is amazing. once you start seeing it all around you, you recognise it more and find it in places you didn’t notice or were consciously aware of before.

#2 Listen to music

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Music is massively powerful. Our subconscious mind stores everything we experience in our lives. We can’t recall everything but we can trigger positive emotions depending on what we expose ourselves to. We all have our favourite music that we listen to. It makes us smile, sing, dance, laugh. It fills us with joy. It triggers happy memories. Music is all around us. Relaxation music is great and this will help you feel good but any music at all that makes you feel happy and triggers those happy thoughts will really brighten even a dark day. You can also hear it in nature. Birds, animals, the trees, the wind. When you open you ears and allow yourself to really listen, you can hear it.

When I was in labour with Louis we found a 90’s radio station to listen to. I LOVED it! I had so many happy memories of being younger and I felt so relaxed when I listened to it. I loved a lot of indie music, I loved going to gigs, singing, dancing so when these great tunes came on they reminded me of good times from the past. We laughed about my love of Oasis and PJ and Duncan and remembering seeing them both! Though unfortunately not at get same time! We laughed when Radiohead’s “Creep” came on, it seemed so daft to be in the background while I was having a surge! When we listened to the same station a few months ago, I felt great again as I remembered the birth experience. It’s powerful stuff!

#3 Do something positive for yourself each day

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It’s easy to get caught up in the busy routine of life. Whether it’s working, looking after family or experiencing a difficult period in your life, it can be hard to take time to look after yourself. We can be hard on ourselves as we try to serve everyone else or focus on those around us before thinking of ourselves. It’s vital that we look after ourselves. You matter, you’re absolutely worth it. You’ll also struggle to look after/support/care for those around you if you don’t look after yourself.

This one is really easy to implement as there’s an abundance of wee treats you can do for yourself. Join a class or group of something which interests you. Read a funny, touching or hopeful story. Watch a comedy. Enjoy a bath with your favourite scent. Make a hot drink and spent 15 minutes enjoying it mindfully. Go for a walk. Chat to a friend. Enjoy a meal with your loved ones. Be conscious about ensuring you do at least one positive thing every day. You deserve it.

Try implementing these 3 tips into your daily routine and see if you start to notice a difference. Positive thinking really is addictive!

Do you have any tips you would like to share? Post them in the comments below.