Fresh from the release of her latest book ‘The Self Love Habit’ we chat with Clinical Hypnotherapist Fiona Brennan about overcoming anxiety and embracing self-care!

Last week’s Wednesday Warrior was 17-year-old Wexford filmmaker Muirinn Carty who was ‘Highly Commended’ for her short film Taciturn, a gorgeous portrait of a young girl who is pushed outside her comfort zone when a new friend enters her life.

She told Shonagh how lockdown allowed her to hone her skills as a filmmaker and how the short’s message transcended into her own life.



 

This Wednesday Warrior was with Croia Ireland founder Ciara Hennebry from Lemybrien Co Waterford who is organising a mental health and suicide awareness cycle in aid of Suicide Or Survive.

 

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This Wednesday Warrior saw Shonagh catch up with Wexford well-being coach Christine Doyle who along with D’Lush cafe are running a campaign this week called #colouryourway on Instagram for Mental Health Ireland!

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Tipp Students Kaitlyn Ryan and Kayleigh Cronin who brought their Positive Wellbeing app to the BT Young Scientist competition spoke to Shonagh in our second Wednesday Warrior of February.

Dubbed ‘Give Me That ENERGY’, the app by the Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed students was highly commended in their Senior category at this year’s virtual event.

Give Me That ENERGY! was created to pave the pathway to positive wellbeing, with ENERGY standing for:

  1. Exercise
  2. Nutrition
  3. Exhale
  4. Random
  5. Gratitude
  6. Your Safety on the internet.

Due to the challenges brought about by Covid-19 and the isolation many people have felt during lockdown, the Tipp students felt there was room for tech to get people active, keep them healthy and engaging in self-care.

Using their own lived experience, feedback from their school community and the challenges they’ve witnessed throughout the pandemic, the students compiled their app to act as a home for all the tools the user needs to improve their personal wellbeing.

A user-friendly service, the app offers the user resources, tasks to achieve and maintain a positive wellbeing and a safe platform to log their progress.

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Feb 3rd’s Wednesday Warrior saw our Sho chat with Stacey Fiat formerly of the Pen Pal Project.

“We’ve had a lot of people ask us to do other projects like charity fundraisers for homelessness and mental health, random acts of kindness and the list goes on,” says Stacey as she talks about her latest initiative – the Feel Good Projects.

“I changed the name to Stacey’s Feel Good Projects as I feel the name represents what we are doing better. Our first project is a 5km Charity run for Focus Ireland that is taking place on February 20th & 21st. We have already raised over €1000 which is incredible.”

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Our final Wednesday Warrior of January saw Shonagh chat to Patrick Meehan from the Natural Health Store in Wexford.

He tells her how he is involved in a recycling programme offered in Ireland by TerraCycle to recycle crisp packets among the community and how he’s helping to raise funds for charity in the process.

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In January Shonagh spoke to 22-year Caitlin Clauson from Wexford who is a food blogger and the author of ‘There’s Nothing for Lunch’ which aims to get college students eating heathily. She told us how it came about…

“Paisean Foodie was born in the summer after my first year in college studying food and business as a collection of all my food pictures. I’ve always had a love for food, creating dishes and trialling recipes. From as young as 6 I would wake early at the weekends and whip up a batch of buns waking up dad to put them into the oven, something that he always did graciously despite being disturbed from his sleep-in.

“The book was created when pulling together recipe ideas for my sister who was looking for easy quick and recipes for when she would be cooking for herself in college. It’s aimed at anyone looking for a little bit of lunch inspiration or motivation.”

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