Thursday, 22 February 2018

MY FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO WHEN I'M HAVING A 'STAY AT HOME' KINDA DAY

Cold nights are still here and I can not help but think - man I can not wait til summer arrives.
I am such a cold body and always find myself just wanting to have cosy nights in through winter, so I thought I would create a little list of my favourite things to do when I'm having a stay at home kinda day or night.

Feel good food The first and probably the most important thing for me to do is make some awesome food to eat or just pick up your favourite snacks. If I'm having a full day at home I do love to do some baking too, Jamie and I love to create all sorts of cool things in the kitchen and just your typical baking like cakes and brownies - yum.
My favourite thing to do is Nachos, I am a sucker for Nachos. They're such a great sharing snack (or meal but I mean I do personally class it as a snack) Jamie and I have Nachos all the time because we just love them so much and they're definitely a feel good type of food.

Comfort is key If I'm planning on staying in the house I pretty much never wear anything fancy, it's usually my pyjamas or loungewear because god why would you want to be sat chilling in jeans - you feel me? That is just painful to me.
The bun in my hair is in full force and my face is always makeup free, this is the only way for me. I am a tad lazy with makeup and hair anyway but I do put effort in if I'm off out somewhere but it's a definite no from me when it comes to my days off!

On the blog I love using my downtime to create! It is literally the perfect time for me to just switch off and write something. I don't always do this though because sometimes it's just great to completely switch off and not have to think about anything!
As I am currently writing this I am sat in bed with my laptop with YouTube just playing through in the background which leads me to my next fav↓

Watch something you love Whether that be YouTube, a series your into right now or just a movie. Do whichever one you feel like because for me what I watch is total dependant on my mood. 
Right now I am always between three things - YouTube, The Walking Dead or any Disney movie.
Whatever it is, put your feet up and enjoy it with your snacks.

Pamper yo' self The last thing I love to do is have a bath or a shower, wash my hair and whack a face mask on. It's definitely the best feeling to just chill out and feel fresh again after a face mask. 
Some of my favourites are:

I hope you enjoyed taking a little look into my favourite things to do when I'm having a stay at home kinda day. Let me know some of your favourite things to do in the comments.


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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

5 EASY WAYS I KEEP MY ANXIETY LOW

Majority of 2017 was me figuring out the best ways to deal with my anxiety and what works well in my lifestyle and just generally for me. I feel that I did find that but only after time and with a little help from my therapist, showing me many ways how I could control it and what other things I could put into my life that would keep my anxiety low.

I have been great for the last few months as I have found certain things that really help me just get on with everyday life without having the overpowering worry which would stop me doing things.
I don't often share much about my experience with anxiety & OCD and how I deal with it on the daily but I certainly take the time myself to read other people's experiences with it via blogs to find out what works for them or just how they are managing their life right now and I find that really helps me out, so why not be more honest on here and let you in on my life hacks because you never know this could help you too.😁

I figured I could throw you some ideas how to keep any anxiety, worry, depression, OCD or anything you may struggle with yourself from ruling your life and just little ways you can prevent this from happening.



Let's talk caffeine I was a huge lover of coffee and found that I tended to start relying on it on the daily, I soon found out that this was a huge part of my panic. It sounds silly but I would go grab coffee pretty much every morning which would result in triggering my panic and worry which could lead to headaches and jitters - which I could probably do without. 
Now I try to only stick with drinking decaf coffee as it's kind of the same flavour but without all the side effects that I hated. 
Don't get me wrong, every now and then I do grab just a regular coffee but I kind of know when is best for me to do this. If I woke up one day feeling anxious/nervous with an extreme side order of tiredness I would love to grab a coffee but instead I'm good and I'll get myself a decaf.

Kalms Your probably thinking I've heard this all before take some Kalms it will help you big time but no, I am not going to drill this into you to make you think it's some kind of amazing cure for feeling anxious/worried because it isn't *I kinda wish it was though* 
I recently bought the new Kalms product which is the One-A-Day Lavender Oil Capsules and I'd done a lot of research on this product before buying it, it claimed to relieve any symptoms for anxiety sufferers. 
I don't know whether taking these are kind of a psychological thing because you do certainly feel less anxious whilst on the course of taking them. I have ran out of mine now and will definitely be repurchasing as I found that they where very helpful to me but maybe not for everyone.

Take a step back This is definitely a major key for me and majority of the time how I control if I'm feeling high anxiety or on the verge of a panic attack. I specifically learnt this from my therapist as I explained at one point how nervous I am being in an airport as I was counting down the days until I travelled to Florida. For me I don't get nervous flying or travelling but its the airport's I can not stand. I'm not certain as to what makes me like this but I did a lot of work and preparation to get me ready for my holiday.
I learnt that if I was ever feeling panicky and worried I would just take a step back out of the situation to breathe and consider what it is that's making me feel this way. It actually helps me a lot because once you have pin pointed this reason and brought yourself down from being so high in panic it's easier to go back into the situation feeling a lot better and with a clear head.
I still use this day to day and it really helps me in my everyday life.

Get those walking shoes on Honestly the best thing for me is just walking. Whether it be walking the dog, walking alone or with a friend it really helps to dust the cobwebs away and clear your mind. 
I usually walk my Grandma's dog for her once or twice a week so this just helps me feel refreshed and I think it just gives you time to reflect on things you may have been worrying about. 
For me I will always include this in my routine every week as I think it's just healthy for the mind.

Do something that makes YOU happy My number one for just helping me get through every day life is doing the things that you love. Don't be bothered by anyone that thinks what you might enjoy is stupid or boring to them because your doing something you love for yourself! 
I always like to do things that keeps my inner child happy so my boyfriend's family and I always try and do family nights together or days out to do something fun like rock-climbing, mini golf or just to go watch something new at the cinema. 
Jamie and I will often find an arcade and just be kids for the day - it is honestly my favourite thing to do and it just reminds me of being a child and having no worries in the world.
Remember - you are number 1 and put yourself and your mental health first as it's so important for everyone.


I hope that this post was informative for everyone, not just for people who suffer with mental health problems but for people that don't suffer too as you may have loved ones around you that will need your support and it is SO important to try and understand.
I've always tended to keep my mental health situation quite quiet and just kept it to myself for a long time, I'm not quite sure why but I think it's the worry of people who don't understand it but now I feel more confident to talk about it. Especially here on my blog because I can talk more freely and open about it as it is something of my own and hopefully this might help other people too.

Please leave me a comment below about anything you want, I will leave that open to you.
Ask me anything💗


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