Well done team Corrie – a fabulous night at the Royal Television awards – congrats
Simon Gregson for best performance in a continuing drama, and best storyline in a continuing drama for Steve’s depression.
As always award ceremonies are a lovely opportunity for us to get together and celebrate our wonderful team. Was nice to catch up with the lovely Vic Reeves too – would love to see this chap on the cobbles! He’s such a Corrie fan, I think he’d be an awesome addition! What you reckon Vic?
After some truly busy weeks, Tom and I decided that we would take Alfie for a little break, so we drove over to a gorgeous spa and leisure hotel in Newport, Wales.
Our break was so needed. During my pregnancy I meditated every day – because I wanted the best for my son, since Alfie arrived, I barely get a minuet to grab a bath, let alone meditate for half an hour! But I know its what my mind, body and spirit needs right now. So I’ve started to meditate at work for 10 minuets at the end of my lunch break whenever possible. Hence the break! This break was about pure indulgence and relaxation for us, as a family. We’re BIG ‘Foodies’, and the food here is out of this world, so we were absolutely in our element.
There were some lovely walks to be had with Alfie (not to mention hill sprints!! Still keeping active while on holiday is important to us as a family) and I enjoyed some mummy-down time in the beautiful spa. Family time is my favourite time – Alfie is such a joy to be around. I miss him when he’s asleep! Even if I am knackered!
Back to relaxation and meditations – Visualisation is a big thing of mine. I apply visualisation to everything I do in life. I visualise in order to relax for example by imagining myself sleeping on a beach (lets be honest, we’d rather be there than on a sofa in Salford). Imagining the heat on my skin, the waves crashing on the sand, the sound of the soft breeze…I put my earphones in a drift away.
I also use it for my goal setting, if I want to achieve something I frequently visualise it in my mind, with the outcome that I desire. Visualisation works! The technique of visualisation has long been used by most if not all cultures of the world, by most therapeutic approaches. Imagery is considered to be more effective when we are feeling relaxed.
Visualising can be used to:
•improve future personal performance and development
•bring about future success
•improve mood states
•reduce distress associated with traumatic memories
•gain understanding, insight, inner wisdom
•help overcome physical illnesses
•improve sports performance
Why not try visualisation this week? Cant do any harm right? And its a welcome get away from the stresses of everyday life – even if its only for 10 mins!
Its getting bloody cold right? I gave you lucky lot this recipe last year – in the winter months I swear by it. Its:
Dale Pinnocks Flu-Fighting Soup!
“This onepot wonder of a soup is an absolute powerhouse when it comes to dealing with colds and flu. Don’t be put off by the goji berries – these sweet treats were once hard to find, and cost the earth, but thankfully they can now be found cheaply in any supermarket.”
THE FAMOUS FLU FIGHTER
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 green chilli, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
5cm piece fresh root ginger, finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium sweet potatoes, diced, skins left on
1 punnet shiitake mushrooms, sliced
2 handfuls goji berries
vegetable stock, to cover
salt and black pepper
Put the onion, chilli, garlic and ginger in a large saucepan with the olive oil. Cook over a medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, until the onion softens.
Add the sweet potatoes and mushrooms to the pan along with the goji berries. Stir well, then add enough vegetable stock to cover all the ingredients. Simmer well for 10–15 minutes, until the potato is soft.
Season with salt and pepper. Carefully add the soup to a jug blender in batches, and blend into a smooth, vivid orange, spicy soup.”
I find the soup freezes really well and is so handy to take to work for those cold night-shoots!
Its so important you eat a wide range of vegetables over the winter season – with tempreatures dropping and lurgy’s ‘lurging’our immune system needs that extra boost!
Stay Happy, Stay heathy, Stay warm and DREAM BIG!
Love Auntie Cath xxx