Using compassion to heal trauma – A talk from Gerry Hussey

Tonight I attended week 2 of a Survive & Thrive course organised by the Marie Keating Foundation and which I wrote about last week here. I’m finding the course incredibly helpful already. It’s so nice to be able to talk…

The game of cancer comparisons

Over the last couple of weeks I have caught myself playing the game of cancer comparisons. By this I mean, hearing another person’s cancer story and comparing mine with theirs. Looking for similarities, looking for differences, looking for learnings. And,…

Throwback Post: Wicklow Cottage Escape, Glendalough

This is a post I first published here on Happy Magazine last November. It’s about a lovely two-day cottage break I had with my husband and baby son this time last year, while I was still going through my treatment.…

A post about cleaning. Yes, really

Today I spent most of the afternoon giving our bedroom and en suite bathroom a deep clean. It got me thinking about quite a few things that I thought would be worth sharing here today (stay with me, I promise…

Quit trying to be superhuman – Time out!

Cancer Therapist Clare Reed joins us today with an article about life after cancer treatment and why we shouldn’t try to be superhuman, too soon. I have been observing you. Watching and learning what you are getting up to and…

Creacon Wellness Retreat: Day 2

After an absolutely silent night tucked up in our comfortable beds at Creacon, we both woke before our 7am alarm this morning feeling refreshed – how wonderful. Soon we were on the move and we slipped out of the quiet…

Creacon Wellness Retreat: Day 1

Today’s post comes to you from the restful surroundings of the Creacon Wellness Retreat in New Ross, County Wexford. Myself and a friend arrived here today (Saturday) at about 3pm after a busy morning and a long, slightly stressful drive…

Yoga for Complete Beginners – 20 Minute Home Yoga Workout from Yoga With Adriene

Yoga really helped me through my cancer treatment last year and continues to help me now. If you’ve never done yoga before, today’s post is a video tutorial from Yoga With Adriene on YouTube. It’s a 20 minute home workout…

I Sprained My Mental Health Podcast

It seems awareness about mental health has reached a peak at the moment in Ireland. It seems to be everywhere. And, personally, I think this can only be a good thing. It’s always good to talk, and especially good to…

A few thoughts on resilience

Today’s post is a few thoughts on the resilience of the human spirit. Going through something as traumatic as a cancer experience, as the patient or a family member/friend of one, can leave you feeling quite changed as a person.…

Summer Life Enhancing Workshops from Grainne Nolan

Grainne Nolan, one of our regular contributors here on Happy Magazine with her beautiful meditations, is holding three Summer Life Enhancing Workshops over the next couple of months. They’re going to be a really enjoyable way to spend a few…

How To Face Up To And Address My Mental Health – Audience Q&A from WellFest 2018

I’m not normally a fan of audience Q&A sessions but this one was different. In this afternoon session from WellFest last weekend, Psychologists Gerry Hussey and Dr Clare Kambamettu and Physiotherapist Scott Murphy answered questions from the audience in the…

Thinking about Thinking – Dr Clare Kambamettu at WellFest 2018

Today we’re bringing you Dr Clare Kambamettu’s talk on ‘Thinking about Thinking’ from WellFest last weekend. In her talk, Dr Kambamettu talks about the importance of taking care of our mental health through spending some time thinking about our thinking. She…

Mindfulness, meditation and yoga on Girls With Goals

Take a breath with this week’s episode of the Girls With Goals podcast from Her.ie. Niamh Maher is joined by former model, motivational speaker and health and wellness champion Alison Canavan as she describes her journey through mindfulness and meditation…

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F**k

So we’ve got a GREAT video for you to listen to while you’re having your breakfast today! It’s Sarah Knight’s TEDx Talk about The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F**k. Have you seen it before? We apologise in advance for the…

Rest peacefully Emma and thank you

Bernie Kirwan, a Cancer Support Nurse and breast cancer survivor of 18 years, is here today to share a few words about Emma and how we can deal with the pain of losing someone to cancer, whether we knew them…

Hobbies are the new self-care

A new hobby can be a wonderful distraction if you’re currently going through cancer treatment. You might find yourself with hours and hours of time on the couch and nothing to do. We’ve got a few ideas of new hobbies…

At Home Yoga Sequence: Sun Salutations

We are delighted to welcome a new contributor to Happy Magazine today. Ruth Delahunty is a 200hr Yoga Alliance certified teacher and author of Yogaru.ie, a yoga lifestyle website. She will be joining us regularly with some therapeutic yoga sequences which…

It’s never the wrong time to do the right thing

It’s the first day of February! Hooray! Our contributor Victoria Lawlor is here today with a beautiful post on how sometimes an illness can be a positive catalyst for change. Have you got time to grab a cuppa and enjoy?…

Free Printable 2018 Calendar

We love this free printable calendar from Simple As That – a handy tool to help us plan a wonderful 2018! What have you got planned for the New Year? We have lots in store and big hopes and dreams…

How to deal with feelings of overwhelm

Happy St Stephen’s Day everyone! We hope you all had a lovely day yesterday with friends and family. We’ve been resting and relaxing – it takes us a few days to really unwind but we’re certainly getting there. How about…

The importance of rest in today’s busy world

Today we are joined by one of our regular contributors, Miriam Kerins from TheAwakening.ie, with a beautiful article on why we simply must make time in our lives for rest. With the weekend ahead, we ask you to think about…

Surviving the Festive Season – 30 minutes of mindfulness and meditation

Today we’re bringing you some tips to help minimise your stress during the festive season along with an inner strength mindfulness meditation. This video is by Grainne Nolan of Reiki Healing From Within on Facebook. Grainne offers alternative and holistic health services…

The Knowledge Blessing

Niamh Gaffney is back today with a truly beautiful piece about how to make your life after a cancer diagnosis a better life… “Once you know some things you can’t unknow them. It’s a burden that can never be given…

12 Steps to a More Mindful Life

Today we have a short but meaningful post on mindfulness from Pauline Harley, an Emotional Fitness and Life Coach based in Swords, Co. Dublin. We love this article – it calms us and brings us into the present moment. We…