Stress Free Living by Angela De Souza

How to destress your life – Top Tip #1

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Top Tip #1 – Create buffers between events “I’m going to be late!” Rush, rush, rush! There are only 3 minutes left, I’m going to be late. Brush hair and teeth simultaneously, shout instructions to kids while dressing, and try to remember the name of the people I’m meeting. Jump in the car and race off while calling my PA for the postcode to put in my SatNav and let her know of all the half-done tasks left open on my computer. That was me, […]

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Menopause Musings: The Doctors Opinion

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I don’t know why I feel this way. Fearful. For some reason, I can’t pick up the phone to call my doctor. Perhaps I am embarrassed but I not usually easily embarrassed. Generally, I never like going to see the doctor anyway but this time I feel especially reluctant. Will they take me seriously? What will they do or even worse what won’t they do? The final straw was facial hair – the unusual amount growing on my face is bringing me down, I have […]

Healthy Granola Bar Recipe

Healthy granola bar recipe

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For some time I have been bored with what I eat for breakfast and don’t have the motivation to make the food I would want to eat in the morning, so I decided to make some healthy granola bars to kickstart my day. Here is my recipe which is nice and easy, you can’t really flop this one so enjoy. Ingredients:2 cups rolled oats75g almonds flakes40g sunflower seeds4T  honey6T almond butter10 Medjool dates50g  dried apricots50g dried cranberries2t ground cinnamonpinch of sea salt Method: Preheat the […]

Menopause Musings: My special cocktail

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I started my little menopause cocktail by experimenting with essential oils and love it so much that I became a dōTERRA distributor so I can help others manage their symptoms too. I chose dōTERRA as my research concluded that they offer the purest, safest oils and offer really good training and support with how to best use the products. There are many essential oils that can be used to treat your specific problem areas but I struggled mostly with hot flushes, night sweats, broken sleep, […]

Menopause Musings: Estrogen or progesterone? No one really knows.

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As the hot flushes continued, night sweats kept me awake and of course the annoying weigh gain didn’t let up, I decided that I needed to be more proactive. Worst of all, the Evening Primrose Oil seemed to stop working so I tripled the dose to the maximum of 6 capsules to no avail. It was time to get serious about this menopause stuff. Technically I could be in perimenopause or menopause right now, the difference if that in perimenopause you still have periods and […]

Winchcombe Walk #5 – Belas Knap

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As a furlough/sabbatical/menopausal hobby I’ve decided to do all 22 of the Winchcombe Walks. What a beautiful way to rest and de-stress especially with all the beautiful sunshine we have had lately. The Winchcombe Welcomes Walkers website is very well laid out with maps and excellent directions, making it easy enough to go exploring. Since the bluebells are out we decided to start with Walk # 5 to Belas Knap. We started from our home and walked along the lovely River Isbourne, a slight detour […]

My two eldest daughters when they were approaching their teens and me when I was thin!!

Menopause Musings: The Shock

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“Well something has to be done about this!” I said to myself. Why do we teach girls at school about puberty but not tell them the rest of the story? I am 46 years old and learning about things I’ve never heard of before. I’ve realise I am totally unprepared for menopause, in fact, I didn’t even reailse that I had to prepare for menopause. I thought when I was older I would have a few hot flushes, my period would stop and life would […]

Furlough Diary Final Day – I’m Coming Out

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I’m coming out, it’s time to be brutally honest. As I said in my previous musing, I’ve taken this Furlough as an opportunity for a much needed Sabbatical. What I didn’t tell you was that there is so much more to this story than I’m able to share, but I will try to share an overview with you here today. I’ve always seen myself as one on a journey from a worm into a butterfly. I’m fascinated by metamorphosis and the fact that an ugly […]

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Furlough Diary Day 9 – Confession

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I’ve decided to come clean! Here is my confession. I mean no disrespect to those who are struggling, dealing with the loss of a loved one or are in despair. This is purely based on my life and my experience with Covid-19. I am in SUCH A GOOD PLACE! In fact, I can’t remember when last I was in such a place, perhaps 1991. Naturally, the sunshine makes everything a little better and everyone a lot happier. As far as lifestyle goes, this is utopia […]

Furlough Diary Day #? – Sunshine, Sheep and Junk Food

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It seems a bit soon for me to be losing track of time but honestly I am! Technically I only started furlough on 7th so today is only really day, 3 but time seems to have lost all meaning already, so I am definitely going to put some routine in place next week. Also, what’s all this eating about? I’m usually a disciplined and healthy eater but now I’m eating so much junk for no real reason! Definitely going to stop this nonsense next week […]