Welcome to Smiling Soul

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Thanks for taking a look. I was inspired to begin this blog for many reasons but mainly I want to reach out to people and provide them with a place to come when they are feeling frazzled or worn out for some positivity. My intention is that the reader will accumulate some easy to access tips that can be used in daily life to create a sense of calm when needed most.

I am a Social Worker by profession so I myself have had to learn self-care practices. Along my journey as a Social Worker these practices are invaluable and have evoked such a strong passion to share them with anyone who is feeling the weight of the world.

Unfortunately self-care is not something we are taught as children in school or even in third level education. It still surprises me that even now in this day and age, it is still not a priority of the education systems in this country. I really feel it is a big gap and is one that I feel very passionately about changing.

It may sound simplistic but not having ascertained these skills through education, I didn’t know how to take care of my own mental health and wasn’t aware that it needed to be minded. That was until an array of difficult work related experiences occurred given the nature of my career. Bit by bit, I really began to look at how I could include daily practices which would prevent burn out. I knew I adored my chosen career but I genuinely did not know how I would last in it, if something didn’t change. Five years in, I now feel very equipped with my own tool box of what to do on particularly hard or draining days. This practice has increased my confidence and has made me more effective in my career as we all know you can’t pour from an empty vessel.

So let me tell you a bit about myself. I am twenty-eight and I live in Dublin with my boyfriend Ian. We have two doggy babies Hugo (Pug) and Bruno (Pomeranian) who we adore.

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I love exercise for its mindset benefits and engage in a bit of everything from yoga, weights in the gym and running. I also love fashion and jump at any occasion to get dressed up.

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Like many of us, I have the guilty pleasure of spending copious amounts of time on Snap Chat/ Instagram following lots of influencers. I also love reading and more recently listening to podcasts. I will share my favourite ones to listen to for some motivation and positivity. I have the best friends a girl could ask for and love spending time with them. I am also a self-confessed typical Irish daughter who is obsessed with her mammy, as I don’t have any siblings we are particularly close.

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So in a nutshell, being a Mental Health Social Worker, I have become obsessed with minding my own and my loved one’s mental health. I want to share the knowledge I have gathered with everyone so we can all be a little bit happier. Feel free to ask any other questions if you are interested.

Thanks for reading. Add any comments or feedback if you wish.  I look forward to sharing much more with you.

Lia xx

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