A Spell for Feeling Well

A Spell for Feeling Well

On those days when you don’t feel like getting out of bed…

What if you could cast a spell and feel better?

Of course, even wizards don’t have such a spell. Feeling better is not a simple fix. It’s a challenge for magic and non-magic people alike. 

I’ve had many a difficult day, sometimes due to depression, and many more times not. Here’s the thing:

Most likely you already know what makes you feel better, but when you’re feeling down it’s hard to remember. 

That’s why it’s important to take the time to map it out a self care plan, and keep adjusting as you notice what helps. And this is exactly what I’ve done.

A guide to Self Care, inspired by Harry Potter

I’ve created A Spell for Feeling Well, a step-by-step list to follow, so that all you have to do when you need it is cast the incantation to reveal your personal map to wellness.

You many have read about my ‘at the very least’ and ‘in case of emergency’ lists – A Spell for Feeling well combines these practices and puts them in a logical order, so all you have to follow the footsteps it lays out for you. 

In this book, I’ve compiled the most common causes of feeling down, and the most common ways to combat them – all told through Wizarding examples of course. 

You can print it out and fold it up, like the actual Marauder’s Map, or you can copy-paste into a note on your muggle phone.

What’s inside this free, 9-page ebook:

  • What the Dursleys can teach us about wellness
  • An original way to summon your Patronus
  • Why you should channel your inner House Elf when you’re feeling down
  • A recipe for your personal pepper-up potion
  • How to make the Room of Requirement appear

When to use this:

  • When you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or groggy
  • When you’re not feeling like yourself
  • When you just want to lie in bed all day

When not to use this:

This Spell is about maintaining your foundation. It’s not for thriving for greatness. It is the first step, the bare minimum. But when you are feeling well, you can reach beyond this. Lumos Your Life, my signature programme on lighting up your daily rituals and crafting your magical mission, will be available soon.

Are you ready to feel well? Request your complimentary copy of A Spell for Feeling Well.

This ebook is filed under RAVENCLAW for providing a well-researched system for wellness.

Hogwarts Castle on a Hill

Hogwarts Castle on a Hill

This time I didn’t mean to write Harry Potter lyrics.

The plan was to personalise Ed Sheeran’s “Castle on the Hill” with nostalgic memories from my own childhood. Because most of these lyrics were Harry Potter-related anyway, I just went with it.

Hogwarts Castle on the Hill

 

When I was eight years old I met some friends
They were living in a book and in my head
I tasted the pumpkin juice through the pages that Jo wrote down
I was younger then, take me back to when I
Found my letter, broke its seal
Made magic spells with wizard peers
I can’t believe it’s twenty years, so long since Sorcerer’s Stone
But Hogwarts is my real home

I’m on my way
Flying my Nimbus down those Hogsmeade lanes
Humming to Hedwig’s Theme
And I miss the way you make me feel
Magic’s real
We watched the books end over the castle on the hill

Fifteen years old and writing my own Daily Prophet
Reading through the debates and the fan theories and defending Snape to my friends
Had my first book release at midnight,
I got most of the trivia right
But I was younger then, take me back to when
We found magazines with clips to save
We’d buy the chocolate with cards to trade
My friends and I have not dressed up in so long in robes we’d sewn
But Hogwarts is our real home

I’m on my way
Flying my Nimbus down those Hogsmeade lanes
Humming to Hedwig’s Theme
And I miss the way you make me feel
Magic’s real
We watched the books end over the castle on the hill

One friend’s into Game of Thrones
One likes Hunger Games the most
One makes unboxing videos
One wears superhero clothes
Most have Hamilton memorised
One left us for Twilight but
These people read with me and
Hogwarts is our real home

And I’m on my way, I still remember
Those pre-book 7 days
When we did not know what hallows were
And I miss the way you make me feel, magic’s real
We watched the books end over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill
Over the castle on the hill

A funny thing I’d like to share

Everything in the lyrics is true, except that I wasn’t 15. I wrote The Daily Prophet when I was 9, and attended my first book release at age 12, but 15 sounded better rhythmically.

A little while after writing these lyrics, I saw in print in the Guardian magazine, an article about Harry Potter superfans, featuring…me!

As the lyrics suggest, I did save magazine clippings, and wallpapered my closet with them. Not just of movie stills, but of literally anything Harry Potter related. It occurred to me that as a child I would have probably cut out the picture of me and put it on my wall.

You can read the piece here.

Guardian article

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This song is filed under RAVENCLAW for wit, and for indulging in a project just for fun.

How Your Friends Can Help You, Based on Their Hogwarts Houses

How Your Friends Can Help You, Based on Their Hogwarts Houses

When you need support from your friends, here’s what to expect based on their Hogwarts house.

Whether it’s a big passion project, or figuring out a personal funk, it’s useful to know what kind of support you need.

Do you want advice or support? Once you’re clear, consider your friends’ Hogwarts houses when seeking it.

If you have to ask a Hufflepuff for Slytherin kind of support, keep in mind their tendency to help in their way, and be clear on what you need from them.

How Your Friends Can Help You, Based on Their Hogwarts Houses

For hands-on help, look to Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws.

You can’t do everything on your own. When you need to delegate, Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws will happily oblige.

HUFFLEPUFFS will want to get involved behind the scenes. 

They will help you stuff party favour bags or fold programmes for your play. They will help you pack boxes when you’re moving. Hufflepuffs believe that labour is love, and want in on the action. 

When Justin Finch-Fletchly felt vulnerable, his fellow Hufflepuffs formed into a physical barrier to guard him from the Heir of Slytheirn!

RAVENCLAWS will want to help you figure stuff out.

Count on them for bottomless brainstorms, when you feel stuck or confused. They will help you identify options, and will deliver you pages of notes and stacks of library books to aid you. They will give you extensive feedback, and are eager for the excuse to do some research for you.

Ravenclaws are always seeking explanations. Luna often offers diagnoses for her friends’ problems with magical creatures’ interference, such as wrackspurts.

For unconditional support and confidence, look to Gryffindors and Slytherins.

If you’re not looking for a helping hand so much as someone to tell you you’re great, Gryffindors and Slytherins have got your back.

GRYFFINDORS will be your loudest cheerleaders.

If you have something to promote, count on us to help spread the word. We can’t wait to brag about our awesome friends. We love the sound of our own voices anyway, so give us a message to share! If you’re looking to fill seats at your event, your Gryffindor friends will come, and bring all their friends as well.

Lee Jordan is the spokesperson for all Quidditch matches, and can’t help but bring his Gryffindor bias. Often, Professor McGonagall doesn’t even bother to neutralise him because, well, she’s a Gryffindor too!

SLYTHERINS will provide the ultimate pep talk. 

They are your ‘real friends’, according to the Sorting Hat, and will take your side even when you’re wrong. They will defend and motivate you because they believe you’re excellent – or they wouldn’t waste time being friends with you! A Slytherin enemy is a force to be reckoned with, but a Slytherin friend is an invaluable supporter.

For Slytherins, emotional support is no joke. Let’s face it. Crabbe and Goyle aren’t useful for much, but their presence is what counts for Draco. 

What is your Hogwarts house? Does it align with how you most often support your friends?

P.S. Lumos Your Life is now open for registration! Learn more about yourself and those around you through the Hogwarts houses.