Journalist Helen Gilbert launches health and travel blog about ways to relax

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

For the past 17 years, I’ve worked as a UK-based freelance writer and editor specialising in health, fitness, travel, tennis as well as celebrity interviews for national newspapers in the UK including The Telegraph, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Mail Online, and The Sun.  Click here to check out my freelance newspaper articles.

I’m a rubbish but enthusiastic surfer, slightly better paddle boarder (only just) and keen tennis player.  I ran the London Marathon once (let’s gloss over the time), am a massive fan 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.


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 girl 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 worst quite out of the blue. Read The Night It All Began here. The world I knew and loved was turned upside down and to this day I still remain a medical conundrum with doctors baffled by the goings on inside my body.

So now I’ve decided to blog about it. The ups. The downs. And everything in between. 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. I even delay toilet breaks because I’ve too much on my plate. I know! *eye roll*.


As well as charting my quest to unwind, there’ll be interviews with well-known faces on how they cope with stress, tips on how to relax, reviews of wellbeing retreats, spas, healing holidays and the latest body-calming workouts.  Oh, and because tennis is a major source of relaxation for me (when I’m well enough to play) – there’ll be bits and bobs on this too. The plan is to help others who find it impossible to switch off, as well as those who are in the same boat health-wise.

I do hope you’ll join me for the journey.


P.S) I’d love to hear your stories and experiences too! If you’d like to subscribe to my blog, there’s a link here and you can also follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook by clicking on the icons below. Let’s chill together!





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  • Reply
    Ian Turnbull
    13th May 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Hey Helen,
    Read your blog.. So well written, but then you are a professional so what would I expect!!! OMG the health problems you have experienced. While I listened intently on Sunday, it is not until one reads your words that it all suddenly sinks in. Your attitude is truly admirable and I so hope that you are on an upward curve now….
    It was really good to spend time with you and Diane on Sunday. So many years have passed with no contact, yet it seemed as though I had seen you both just a few weeks back! Would be great to hook up with you both sooner rather than later whether at the club or down your way.. maybe lunch? Or just a coffee (Hot Chocolate for me!!) You both have my card with contact details so I hope I hear from you sooner rather than later!

    Until then…..


    • Reply
      Helen Gilbert
      14th May 2019 at 5:18 pm

      Ah, thank you so much for your kind words, Ian! Was great to catch up. Will drop you a line 🙂

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