A bit about me

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Hello there. My name is Helen, the person behind What Helen Loves. Thank you so much for stopping by! What Helen Loves is a wellbeing and lifestyle blog, all about inspiring you to live a more simple and intentional life and to live the life you love with less.

How can we create a more simple and intentional life?

To create a more simple and intentional life, we need to start by getting rid of the things, the thoughts, and maybe even people that don't serve us, bring us down, don't make us happy, or in the words of Marie Kondo "don't spark joy".

Following the declutter, we have a platform upon which to change the way we view ourselves, the world and to make more time for the things and people that matter.

Most importantly, we need to look after ourselves. After all, if we aren't looking after ourselves, how can we look after those that we love or pursue the goals that we strive for?

I've broken it down into four key focus elements:
  • Mindset - changing and creating a more positive mindset to help you feel more confident and in control. How can we silence the inner critic and create positive affirmations?
  • Productivity - finding ways to reduce the feeling of overwhelm and to make the most of your time through planning and routines.
  • Wellbeing - taking care of you by indulging in regular self-care and removing negative feelings. Learning to appreciate yourself for just being you. Engaging in mindfulness activities. 

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My story

Personally, I spent years letting anxiety and a lack of self-confidence get in the way of achieving my goals. Instead, filling my space with clutter, unhealthy choices, and negative people to fill the emotional void.

Following childhood experiences and then later, an incident at work triggered a period of extreme overwhelm and anxiety. I got home from work one day, and I literally couldn't leave the house again. I couldn't tell anyone how I was really feeling. I've never been good at discussing my feelings, so I avoided seeing people. I did supply teaching, so I just pretended the agency didn't have any work for me and buried my head in the sand.

After a few months, I decided to try counselling. The cloud began to lift. Dan and I were about to get married, so I went on holiday with my friends before the wedding. For the first time, I started feeling like me again.  I started reconnecting with friends and even started making new friends.

I did go back to work. In fact, after several more years in education, I took over a pub last year. (Although good old social anxiety does like to interfere with that sometimes!)

The key I've found is to recognise when I start to feel overwhelmed and talk about it. Through daily journaling, I now know the warning signs; I struggle to focus, I become disorganised and forget important dates, I can't concentrate enough to read a book, and I don't want to see people.

Now, I'm all about trying to prevent feeling overwhelmed, and I've come up with tips and tricks to boost confidence and self-esteem and to live a more stress-free, simple and intentional life with less. This involves focusing on the four critical areas of decluttering, mindset, productivity and wellbeing, which as a result, I can think more clearly and feel calmer and in control.

I'm still making baby steps towards living a more simple and intentional life. Nobody is perfect. But I can now spot if I haven't been keeping on top of my routines or self-care. Trust me, but it's incredible what establishing routines, decluttering my mind and space and changing my mindset, combined with regular self-care, and healthy habits can achieve.

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Want more information?

If there is anything you would like to know, or if you would like to work with me, then please, don't hesitate to contact me at whathelenloves@outlook.com. Or you can find me on Twitter, Instagram or my Facebook Page.

I hope you enjoy it!
Lots of love, 
Helen x


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