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Heart attack survivor spreads positivity all year round

Ian Hughes 20th Jun, 2018

SALLY Bee is looking to share a little positivity.

The Stratford healthy eating chef overhauled her diet and lifestyle after suffering three heart attacks when she was just 36-years-old.

And in 2016 she suffered a further two life-threatening heart attacks and now has just one of her main arteries around her heart left intact.

The mum-of-three – who is a regular on TV programme Lorraine – said the attacks in 2016 had left her struggling to stay positive about the future.

But the now 49-year-old realised the importance of a healthy mind in her recovery, and she is now aiming to help others develop a healthy mindset with the launch of online magazine ‘From The Heart’, featuring mantras, healthy food recipes, lifestyle articles, and celebrity interviews.

Sally explained: “I knew my chances of survival were greater if I could get my head into a healthier place, but I was exhausted physically, my heart had suffered another massive amount of damage and truthfully, I just wanted to hide away and go to sleep forever.

“It was a really big struggle to find the strength to pick myself up again, but I knew I had to do it. I’m a mum to three kids, I have to be there for them.

“So I started to take control of my state of mind. I would take ten minutes to myself in the morning to get my mind set to ‘positive’. It sounds crazy, but I would step in the shower each morning and as the water washed over me, I would picture the water being laced with positivity – washing all negativity away.

“I also took control of my negative thoughts which overwhelmed me at times. For obvious reasons I was afraid I was going to die at any moment. And although that is a truthful fact, I can’t waste my life thinking that way.

“As humans we have evolved incredibly, but I realised that none of us are clever enough to feel two emotions at the same time. So when I had overwhelming negative thoughts, I would make myself think of and focus on something that made me happy, and I’d use that thought to punch the negative ones out of the way. It worked. It is impossible to feel sad when you are thinking happy thoughts.”

Sally started posting her daily methods to stay positive on her Facebook page and committed to #365days of positivity.

“It gave me a reason to get up every morning and it was another trick to ensure, in my mind, that I would still be alive in a year’s time. I had to be, I had promised to do #365days of positivity and I couldn’t let everyone down.”

Her positive videos have been watched 1.8million times.

Sally has now started another #365days of positivity, and has also launched the online magazine.

“‘From The Heart’ will build and grow daily along with my journey through life and the journey of those who follow me.

“I hate the online version of bragging! It’s not real when people only post things that make their lives look amazing, when the truth is, we all have down days, we all have days that we struggle to get out of bed, and that’s OK, that’s normal and that’s what I show.

“Some days I am in a TV studio or at a star studded party, other days I am lying in bed, with no make-up on, explaining how tired I feel and how I need to rest. This is real life, without the gloss.

“And by sharing my journey and my thoughts on how I make each day the best it can be, it helps others get through their day too.”

Visit www.sally-bee.com for further details.

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