Welcome to this week’s newsletter
Firstly, apologies for cancelling last Wed, Thurs & Fri classes because I tested positive for covid and had to isolate.
Big apologies too because on Wednesday morning, I thought I’d sent you ALL an email, (in plenty of time – or so I thought!) saying that classes were cancelled because of that reason.
Turns out, I had only sent it to myself!
Actually in case you think I’m totally mad, when I send out group class emails, I DO actually send it to myself and send the email to you as a bcc (blind copy), just so that you don’t get bombarded with everyone’s email address & for confidentiality reasons too.
I’d also notified class cancellation on Facebook & Instagram too and it was only when someone who saw the post on FB messaged me to say that they hadn’t received the email, that I checked & realised it hadn’t gone to all.
When I did realise, I then forwarded it, phew.
Norman/my husband went down to DLH on Wed am just in case anyone hasn’t seen the email & turned. When he returned home, he said a few had turned up and I felt bad/guilty, apologies.
Thank you for all your good wishes.
Norman has continued to test negatively throughout as has all the family.
The email I received from NHS says I had to self isolate which I’ve done.
I’ve read that when anyone tests positive, they’ve to test on days 6 and 7 (24 hours apart) and if both negative, then they can end isolation.
Just to let you know that I did a lateral flow test yesterday (Sun 13 Feb) which is negative (woo hoo, yessss).
I also tested this morning (14 Feb) and am negative again.
I’ll test once again tomorrow (Tue 15/2) and if still negative, we can resume classes from tomorrow evening.
I’ll let you know by email tomorrow to be sure – I will ensure I do actually send it to you this time!
Here are some ways that NHS Scotland Test & Protect offer support if you/someone you know tests positive Get help | Ready Scotland
The National Assistance Helpline phone number is: 0800 111 4000
Here’s info with practical tips, support & mental wellbeing help
I know the schools are on holiday this week but that doesn’t affect us anyway.
Classes are on in the school holidays.
I know it’s a week early but thought I’d give you advance notice that Fairtrade Fortnight starts next Monday from 14 Feb – 6 March.
According to Fairtrade’s website: ‘Fairtrade is a system of certification that aims to ensure a set of standards are met in the production and supply of a product or ingredient. For farmers and workers, Fairtrade means workers’ rights, safer working conditions and fairer pay. For shoppers it means high quality, ethically produced products.
Choosing Fairtrade means standing with farmers for fairness and equality, against some of the biggest challenges the world faces. It means farmers creating change, from investing in climate friendly farming techniques to developing women in leadership.
With Fairtrade, you change the world a little bit every day. Through simple shopping choices, you are showing businesses and governments that you believe in fair and just trade’.
I hadn’t known this but found out that February is Boost your Self Esteem Month and read the following about it:
‘Let’s face it, there won’t be many of us who don’t struggle with our own self esteem from time to time. Sadly in a digital age of instant gratification and images of perceived perfection everywhere we look, self esteem is affecting our mental health even more.
“Self-esteem comes from being able to define the world in your own terms and refusing to abide by the judgment of others” – Oprah Winfrey
Some really easy ways to boost self esteem might include:
STOP criticising yourself
STOP comparing yourself
START practising gratitude
START moving – we all know the benefits even a little bit of exercise can bring.
So this February and from now on, why not invest some time into boosting your self esteem and finding small ways in everyday life to encourage yourself.
Lots of information is available about this awareness month so why not start RIGHT NOW and invest in yourself.
I’m all in favour of trying out the suggested ways to help.
It’s hard. We’re all human. But we can build on improved self esteem if we take small steps each day.
According to @foodrevolutionnetwork, there’s a demonstrated link between nutrition and mental health.
‘Patients suffering from mental disorders often exhibit a severe deficiency of important vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids’.
Just to let you know that you don’t have to pre-book your place in a class however, if you’d still like to email me, it’d be great. It’ll give me a rough indication of how many are coming to each class, thanks.
Please still wear a face covering when entering & leaving the church halls, thanks.
I hope that you enjoyed reading this week’s newsletter & I look forward to seeing you soon.
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