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Out & About Reviews

When I stopped drinking I really struggled with a lot of things, including my anxiety. As a coping strategy I had stopped going out, and put a lot of coping mechanisms in place to help me get through situations that other people may have found easy.

It took me time to start getting out again, and obviously I can't at the moment with the coronavirus lockdown, but now I quite enjoy getting out. Here are some of the things I enjoy and places I like to go. I hope they help to inspire you too!

Earth Bistro and Deli

Hidden away in the Market House Arcade in Launceston is Earth Bistro and Deli. It's a small family run business, and from the service you get, you can really tell. Nothing is ever too much trouble and the tea is delicious!

During late night shopping last year we popped in for a bite to eat. Our daughter is a vegetarian and a bit picky as well. She wasn't sure what to choose but instead of leaving us to wonder, Annie popped out and offered to rustle up something special. It's nice to be treated so well when you're out and about!
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Parkrun

Parkrun is literally for everyone. It's a wonderful community, run by volunteers and happens across the world every Saturday morning. It's one of the first places I started to run regularly, but there is no condition that you have to be fast or even to be able to run. In fact, they say that, "Everyone is welcome to come along, whether you walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate."

There are loads of different parkrun courses across the country which provides many an opportunity to see different places and know what to expect. They are always 5k long, except for the Junior parkruns on Sundays, which are 2k. There is normally a lovely community feel and a coffee shop afterwards where you can get tea and cake!
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The Cafe at Par Track

A few months ago I would never have been able to sit in a cafe (and relax) on my own. A little bit before that I would have said there would be no way I would sit in a cafe without worrying about wanting a glass of wine in the evening.

Things are different now, and two nights a week my son trains at Par Track. Sometimes I run while he trains, but a lot of the time I have a cup of tea and enjoy watching the world go by in the cafe.

It's run as a charity and has a community library and gym there too, so there is always plenty going on. The staff are really welcoming too, so it's worth popping in if you're near!
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Marshalling at Parkrun

When I'm not running, I like to marshal at parkrun. It's great to give something back to the community and it certainly gives me a bit of ownership over it, and makes it feel like I'm a part of it.

There are always plenty of tasks open to do, one of them is sorting the tokens ready for the next week. That's what the photo is of, almost four hundred tokens! The best bit is that there is tea and cake in the cafe while I'm doing it!
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National Trust

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