My mental health tool kit

As it’s currently Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK (13 – 19 May 2019) I thought I would let you in on the ‘tool kit’ I use to try to keep my mental health in check.

Like many of you I have struggled to find the right balance for many years but along the way I have learnt techniques to help me get through the challenges I face everyday.

If you have a tip or a strategy for feeling well I would be honoured if you might share it with me on my Facebook page or Instagram.

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Laura Hilton
How to improve your running pace

It’s now over a month since the Bath Half. I have no doubt that many who took part have now signed up to the 2020 Bath Half or another event. So many times I’ve heard runners vow “never again” as they cross the finish line, only to sign up to another event within a week of making that promise to themselves. Many runners who choose to sign up to another event often set themselves the goal of improving their time in the next event. If this a goal you’ve set yourself, read on to find out exactly how you do this…

 

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Healthy ways to celebrate Mother’s Day for free

Mother’s Day is around the corner and if you’re lucky you will soon be asked how you’d like to spend the day. It can be hard of nice things to do that either don’t involve eating and drinking lots, or that don’t cost a lot. I’ve put together a few suggestions of indulgent things you can do for free that don’t involve food and drink so that your day of indulgence can be 100% guilt-free.

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My Top 5 Podcasts for Health and Wellbeing

Thank goodness for podcasts. For me they turn “dead time” in my day (often driving to the gym and back) into useful and enjoyable time. I have learnt so much from listening to podcasts and for completely free, which makes it even better. Here are my top five wellbeing podcasts.

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I could never run a half marathon

The Bath Half Marathon is over for another year. Well done to everyone who took part. I know many people think it would simply not be possible for them to run that distance, but I would argue that most people are capable of completing the course with the right training. If you were in awe of all those who tackled the 13.1-mile course this year, and would love to be one of the thousands of runners who take part next year, read on for a few tips on how to train to make that dream a reality.

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Healthy fuss-free after-school snacks for kids

With another school holiday behind us we parents once again find ourselves washing uniform, fitting all we have to do within the school run, ferrying children to their after-school activities and keeping the house stocked with after-school snacks. It can be tricky to know which snacks to buy when faced with an array of choices in the supermarket. Click to discover my nutritious after-school snack ideas that can either be bought or thrown together with minimal effort.

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Eating up the miles - preparing for a half marathon

With the Bath Half about a month away now, I know many who have been preparing for the event will now be getting their final long runs in now and starting to think about their strategy for the last few days leading up to the race. Important as it is to get your training right, it’s also important to get your nutrition leading up to the race day right, so that you are able to perform at your absolute best on the day.

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My Top 5 Apps for Health and Wellbeing

I’m a big reader, and as such am a huge fan of Audible as it really helps me get through more books. Books on health should be treated with a bit of caution as there is not always much, if any, science behind the ideas within them. I often listen to books whilst driving, running, walking the dog, cooking or doing household chores. Here are my top five books for inspiring a healthier body and mind…

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Cool runnings: How to run outside when it’s cold

Many people set themselves a new year’s resolution related to running. Some aim to run for the very first time, some aim to run further, some faster and others more often. In the New Year’s Day haze this seems like a great idea, and many will make a great start to their resolution. After a few weeks of keeping to the routine however, the cold, dark weather will becomes too much of a barrier for many, and the trainers will get buried in the back of the cupboard. If that sounds familiar, read on for a few tips to help you keep your running mojo until the weather makes the thought of going for a run more appealing.

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My Top 5 Books for Health & Wellbeing

I’m a big reader, and as such am a huge fan of Audible as it really helps me get through more books. Books on health should be treated with a bit of caution as there is not always much, if any, science behind the ideas within them. I often listen to books whilst driving, running, walking the dog, cooking or doing household chores. Here are my top five books for inspiring a healthier body and mind…

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Laura Hilton
Quick nutritious breakfasts

For most people, week-day mornings are a flurry of teeth brushing, school uniform, packed lunches, trying to make yourself clean and vaguely presentable (in my case), and harassing the children to quickly eat their breakfast. It’s no surprise then that many mums fail to eat breakfast themselves. Here are a few breakfast ideas for those who feel their breakfast has reached a desperate state.

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Plan for a healthy festive period

The Christmas season is here and after a year of working hard to be healthy how can you make sure you don’t undo all that good work in a few short weeks.

Here a five tips to help you keep healthy over the festive period, so you don’t have to join the masses slogging their guts out in the gym come January.

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Why I love Screen-Free Sundays

For my birthday in September I asked my family for a screen-free Sunday as my birthday present. To my surprise they did it! And (shhhhhhh!) now it’s November we are still doing it!!! Find out how screen-free Sunday is changing our weekend.

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Laura Hilton
10 ways to help reduce mid-week meal creation madness

Mid-week evenings in our house are frantic. Often there’s a small window of time between the school run and ferrying the children to and from their various after-school clubs to get a meal on the table. It’s most definitely a challenge to serve a nutritious meal whilst doing all of that, but I have found a few little tricks to help me do so and thought I would share some of them with you.

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Laura Hilton
When NOT to exercise

My biggest challenge in life and with regards to my training, is knowing when to stop. This is how I have managed to get pneumonia twice in the last few years. Despite feeling unwell I just kept pushing myself to keep going.

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Laura Hilton
Fun family activities to enjoy this autumn

I love autumn. The colours, the light, the leaves you crunch whilst on a walk, the precious gems to be found in the form of blackberries, conkers, golden leaves and pine cones. Then coming home after an outdoor exploration to snuggle under a blanket with the candles lit.

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How to fit exercise in when the kids are at school

Now that we’re well and truly back into the swing of the school year, a whole new group of parents are finding themselves with a little more child-free time than before. By the time we’ve worked, cleaned, shopped, washed, walked the dog and maybe even found time for some lunch and a cuppa, those hours between school runs are gone. Here a few tips for fitting some exercise into those busy six hours.

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Laura Hilton
Healthy lunch box ideas for kids

With school starting back this week, many parents have to add the chore of making packed lunches back to their long “to-do” lists. Here are some nutritious ideas which will not only get your kids excited about opening their lunch boxes, but will also give them plenty of energy to learn and play until the home-time bell rings.

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Chewing the fat

Don’t worry, I always go for the low fat option.” This is something clients say to me all the time. And I always tell them to do the exact opposite from now on.

See, contrary to what most of us think, dietary fat is vital for optimal health; our bodies need it to function properly. The important thing to realise is that not all dietary fat (i.e. fat we eat) is created equal.

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Laura Hilton