Why running is good for mental health
Mar09

Why running is good for mental health

I think most people’s mental health has taken a knock over the last year. But for me, and many others, running has been a huge help. I’ll be open with you from the start here – I don’t have mental health problems. But I do have mental health. We all do. And it’s important to look after that. I am a big worrier though. I wake up most days worrying about stupid things. I often feel overwhelmed by them. Then...

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The HRT patch
Jun18

The HRT patch

My GP recently recommended that I move to an HRT patch rather than take HRT tablets. You can read more about that here. So what is it like using an HRT patch? An HRT patch is like a large plaster. It is completely clear, so not very visible. It should be applied to a fairly small area of the body around the bum and hips, so shouldn’t show through your clothes anyway. The leaflet makes it very clear that it should be in this...

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And then the vegans took over
Feb05

And then the vegans took over

I became a vegetarian at the age of 17, 28 years ago. A lot of my friends became vegetarians at the same time. Like me, some of them still are vegetarian. We did it for the right reasons, because we cared about animal welfare. But it was also a bit of a trend at the time. I’m not sure if it stayed a trend or if at some time during the 90s and noughties, teenagers stopped becoming vegetarians. But I even raised a vegetarian...

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Night sweats, the perimenopause and HRT
Jan28

Night sweats, the perimenopause and HRT

About a year ago, I started sweating at night. In winter and only wearing underwear in bed, I would wake up literally drenched in sweat. Not every night, but two or three nights a week. Sometimes it was so bad that I couldn’t bear to get back into my soaking bed, so I would take myself to the spare room for the rest of the night. I know that night sweats are a symptom of the menopause. I also know that they can be a symptom of...

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My running tips for mums
Sep04

My running tips for mums

If your kids are starting school for the first time or you want to get a bit fitter when they go back, you could do a lot worse than taking up running. I started running 24 years ago. I eased off a bit when I was pregnant and had newborn babies, but I’ve never given up. Since my kids have been at school, I’ve had the time to take it a bit more seriously and have seen my strength (and my times) really improve. But running...

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