About me

Hello. Thanks for stopping by. My name is Helen, known to my friends as Hels.

For the past 19 years, I’ve worked as UK-based freelance writer and editor specialising in health, travel, celebrity and food and drink. I write for numerous titles including The Sunday Times, The Sun, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and The Telegraph.

My work also appears in consumer magazines like Fabulous, Best, Take a Break, Top Sante and I regularly contribute to business/trade titles including The Grocer, Morning Advertiser, MCA Insight, Harpers Wine & Spirit and British Baker.

Given my extensive newsroom experience, I also run fun and engaging media training workshops for agencies, brands and businesses. So if you’re wondering why you never hear back from journalists or your pitch ideas aren’t landing, I can tell you why and what to do about it. I operate a ‘bolt-on’ system so whether you’re after a couple of hours, half a day or a full day’s training, I can accommodate.  Feel free to drop me a line here.

Oh. I’ve neglected to mention the tennis! This sport has always been a mahoosive part of my life. For 12 years straight I reported on the Wimbledon tennis championships for the tournament’s official website  www.wimbledon.com  and was fortunate enough to work at the Australian Open – in between four months travelling (at the age of 33!) – and Roland Garros, too.

 

Before my health fell apart *see below* I was a very keen tennis player, a wannabe surfer (quite rubbish) and loved a good session on a paddle board. I also ran the London Marathon once (let’s gloss over the time).

I’m an enthusiast of sunny destinations, especially Barbados (who isn’t?), beaches and love the great outdoors.

Oh, and I’m also a house bunny mummy to this little guy.

WHY NOW?
For as long as I can remember my friends have always said to me ‘you’re the busiest and healthiest person I know’. And they’re right about the first part anyway. It sounds cliched but I’ve always been a ‘glass half full’ kind of lady who thrives on being ridiculously busy. The tennis. The fitness. The clean living. The travelling. The socialising. The work. Especially the work. Oh, I’m also known as ‘Chief Agony Aunt’ among my friends and family. This is the way I operate. And I love it.

Except on the night of December 3 2015 my health took an unexpected and very frightening turn for the worse and continued to deteriorate throughout 2016. Read here The world I knew and loved was turned upside down. To this day I still remain a medical conundrum. It looks like I have Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, but it’s not very well recognised in the UK. So now I’ve decided to blog about it. The ups, the downs and everything in between.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
As well a platform for sharing my personal health story, Relax Ya Self to Health will be dedicated to all things new in the world of relaxation because, quite frankly, I’m rubbish at this and many others are too.  As part of my quest to unwind, you’ll find articles on how to beat stress, top tips from health and wellness gurus, reviews of wellbeing retreats, spas, healing holidays and the latest body-calming workouts. Oh, and because I love tennis, there’ll be bits and bobs on this too. I do hope you’ll find this blog helpful and join me for the journey. Let’s chill together! x