Welcome to positive living for the mind and body

After a dark period in my life of about 5 years where anxiety and low depression took over, I've been trying to slowly regain my life, find some balance and have more good days than bad.

This website it a central point of things that worked for me, which I'm sharing to help others.

 

 Mind Health

Body Health Food Health Blog articles
 
 
 
Warm wishes for your journey,
Gillian Adams
 
I am not a medical professional, so please seek the advice of a doctor.

Five inspirational quotes from Winnie-the-Pooh

January 18 is Winnie-the-Pooh Day and to celebrate here are five inspirational quotes from the books.

The date coincides with the birthday of creator A.A. Milne, who based the character of Christopher Robin on his own son, Christopher Robin Milne.

A.A. Milne's two books on the adventures of the teddy bear and his friends are Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner which were published in 1926 and 1928 respectively.

1. "You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes."

2. "People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day."

3. "Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday."

4.  "Just because an animal is large, it doesn't mean he doesn't want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo."

5.  "I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time."

 


Five of the best films about mental health

Mental health issues are now being talked about more openly. Here are five movies that depict the subject.

1. What About Bob? (1991)

A successful psychotherapist loses his mind after one of his most dependent patients tracks him down during his family vacation.

 

2. Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s.

 

3. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

A brilliant mathematician accepts secret work in cryptography, but his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

 

 

4. Melancholia (2011)

Two sisters find their strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.

 

5. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

After a stint in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when he meets a mysterious girl.

 

 


Free Happiness Audit and positive affirmations

HA freedom 2

Get your FREE Happiness Audit today!


• TAKE the audit   • IDENTIFY areas for improvement

• TRANSFORM your outlook


Do you...

• Feel restless?

• Want your life to be different, but aren't sure what to do about it?

• Feel stuck and don't know how to move forward?

• Have dreams, but are unsure what's holding you back?

By taking stock of how you are feeling in different areas of your life right now, you can start to move forward and make positive changes.

 

FEEL HAPPIER TODAY!

When you change your words, you change your energy, so as part of the Happiness Audit you'll also receive a bonus sheet of positive affirmations to help you to tackle any problem areas right away!

HApromowebxx

 

Click the link below to download 
your FREE Happiness Audit

Download HappinessAudit

 

 © 2017 Gillian Adams

 


Is this the most relaxing music ever?

Manchester trio, Marconi Union, worked with sound therapists to create the soothing tune called Weightless, which also slows breathing and reduces brain activity.

The song features guitar, piano and electronic samples of natural soundscapes.

Scientists played the 8-minute song to 40 women and found it to be more effective at helping them relax than songs by Enya, Mozart and Coldplay.

The study - commissioned by bubble bath and shower gel firm Radox Spa - found the song was even more relaxing than a massage, walk or cup of tea.

Specialists have warned not to listen to it while driving. 

Is this the most relaxing song ever? What do you think?


Five health benefits of avocados

Avocado

Avocados are stone fruits and naturally nutrient dense, containing nearly 20 vitamins and minerals.

They are a great addition to any healthy eating diet so here are five benefits of eating them.

1. Lowering cholesterol

Avocados not only help lower bad cholesterol, they may also increase good cholesterol. A 1996 study in the Archives of Medical Research found that patients with high cholesterol who incorporated the fruit into their diet for a week had a 22 per cent decrease in bad cholesterol and an 11 per cent increase in good cholesterol.

2. Anti-inflammatory properties

Because of the antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids and fatty alcohols, avocados have great anti-inflammatory properties.

3. Reduce risk of heart disease

As avocados are high in mono and polyunsaturated fats, this may help reduce blood cholesterol levels and decrease the risk for heart disease. 

4. Boosts immune system

Glutathione, a powerful antioxidant which is associated with immune system health, is found in avocados.

5. Aids digestion

Avocados contain fibre which helps to keep digestion on track.

 

 

 


Adult colouring book printables published

  Gorgeous Gems colouring pack by Gillian Adams     Premium Patterns colouring pack by Gillian Adams

As well as colouring books, I've also been busy creating some colouring packs on a variety of themes. These are fun projects to do in between my books.

My themes include gems, greyscale landscapes, patterns and manifesting. If you want to know more then pop over and see me on payhip, were my printables are for sale. Learn more.

I've also joined Pinterest and have created a board of printables by independent artists which you can find here.

 


Adult Colouring Book published: 5 Ways to Colour Yourself Happier

ASMCoverFinal5

I don't like to have favourites. I love each one of my colouring books, but my new book, 5 Ways to Colour Yourself Happier, is very special to me.

Having lived with the rollercoaster ride of stress and  anxiety for many years, I've taken the techniques which helped me and turned them into colouring pages.

My highest hope for this book is that it will help, in some small way, to bring a light into the darkness for people dealing with this illness.

Book description:

A supportive colouring book to help ease worry and stress. 
Drawing on her own experiences of living with stress and anxiety, the artist offers positive statements as colouring pages, based on techniques which she found helpful. 
There are five sections, with five colouring pages in each. 
• Positive affirmations 
• Practicing gratitude 
• Getting active 
• Looking after yourself 
• Mandalas for relaxation 
There is also a bonus ‘My Path to Happiness’ action sheet to colour, which you create from action points found at the start of each section. 
By making small changes over time, you can turn the negative in positive and become happier. 

Learn more:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Watch a page flip through: 


Adult colouring book published: Drawn to Fabulous Flowers

Cover flowers SM

I'm delighted to bring you my new greyscale colouring book, Drawn to Fabulous Flowers.

Living in the South West of the UK, I'm lucky be surrounded by gorgeous countryside, large old estates and plenty of pretty gardens. I have hundreds of photographs of flowers and wanted to share them through my colouring book.

Here is the description: With 30 delightful greyscale images of English country garden flowers from the spring and summer, this book is perfect for flower lovers everywhere. The images have been digitally rendered into soft halftones from my photographs.

As with all my colouring books, the pages are single sided so you can cut out and keep your colouring. The book also includes small test images and scribble pages at the back.

Colourists click here for the original photos for your colouring reference.

My next hand-drawn book, Drawn to the Enchanted Garden, will be an adventure with magical creatures. 

 Here's quick flip through of the pages:

Drawn to Fabulous Flowers is available to buy through Amazon:

Buyuk          Buyus 

 

 


Local fairs: On the road with my colouring books

RCYC fair 1    RCYC fair 2

It's always nice to hear that people like my designs, but the big test was when I recently took my two published colouring books to some local fairs.

The fairs were both in my hometown of Plymouth in the UK, and one was a wellbeing fair and the other was for crafts. The above photos were from the craft fair, in a beautiful location, right at the edge of the ocean.

It was lovely to chat to people about colouring and receive positive comments about my designs. 

I'll be doing a few more fairs in my local area before Christmas and my next book, Drawn to Fabulous Flowers, will be out by then too.