Facing our mental health during lockdown.

There is a lot of posts and talk about mental health during lockdown right now. As someone who has been feeling the drain that lockdown has been causing, I am sympathising with you all right now.

I have been feeling in a bit of a hazed fog lately, wondering why I wasn’t finding it very easy to be inspired when it came to my blog and everything else. Shockingly for me, I posted once during January and although January slugged by so slowly. Time really had just disappeared from me.

We all knew that a lockdown during the winter would be alot harder. I mean during the summer we had the benefit of being able to relax and enjoy our gardens. Drinking cider and lighting the BBQ to keep us sane. Something that you cant do during the crappy weather that we have been enduring.

I don’t think that anyone expected to be starting 2021 with yet another lockdown, but it’s happened, we are here.

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We’re all in this together.

Not once during 2020, or even now have we been facing this alone, although sometimes a lot of the time it can feel like it.

Mental health during lockdown has become a massively important topic for both adults and children. Together the whole world has been struggling for over a year.

Stop feeling guilty for feeling down.

When you are in a slump of being unmotivated, guilt is bound to follow you somewhere down the line, especially when you know that there is plenty of things that you could be doing, but your motivation and inspiration is on such a low, that your clouded on what to do. It is OK! You do not need to be productive 24/7. Know your limits, and be proud of the things you have achieved, not what you haven’t.

It’s ok to have a lazy day.

Allowing yourself to enjoy having lazy time is something I have battled with, however its not a lazy day!

It is about rejigging you’re thinking to be able to remind yourself, that a lazy day is something that we all need at times, Like I said above, you do not need to be on the go all the time. It is

Surround yourself with things that make you feel positive.

My message to this, is literally as bluntly put as I can make it. Fuck what everyone else is doing. Surround yourself by the things that make you feel positivity. Each person is different, so it does not matter if something that makes another happy, does not make yourself happy. It is about learning what it is that makes you feel complete happiness, and filling your life with that thing.

For me, surrounding myself with creativity and craft is one thing I am absolutely passionate about, and there are so many ways to stay creative especially whilst staying at home.

Be kind.

Remember there are so many people struggling to get by day to day right now. We all have different circumstances, and we are all going through different things whilst being stuck in lockdown.

Kindness really does go a long way in this world. You never know how your kindness is going to effect someone in a good way. Either it is a simple smile at a stranger, that gives a welcoming friendly vibe.

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How to start living a creative lifestyle?

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Todays blog post pretty some s up everything in my life, especially recently. That is, Living a creative lifestyle.

Creativity, in my life, is something that I have been so passionate about from pretty much all of my life. In fact I had been planning to write this blog post for a little while now.

When you hear the word creative, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?

Having had a few conversations about being creative with a variety of friends. I got some very different answers.

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my creative area is my happy place

Although there’s no actual right or wrong answer when it comes to someone being creative, there does seem to be a small misconception from a few that to be creative you must be into ‘arts and crafts’. This is not true.

To be honest, you do not need to be a pro with a paintbrush, or a a dab hand with the knitting needles, to have a creative mind. However of course in some cases this will help you a bit! (no matter what your media is).

Creativity can be as big or small as you like. It could be taking the time to grab your favourite colouring pencils, and colour

What is it to lead a creative lifestyle?

Living a creative lifestyle is the way of living a life to the full. Seeking new opportunities and possibilities. Using your time to explore, experiment, discover and be able to express yourself in a multitude of different ways.

It is being able to embrace things as they are, and use your mind and imagination to see what you could create out of those things.

Some people are already living a creative lifestyle without even knowing it, because they believe that being creative is just a small part of life, when really it is everything.

Being creative allows you to speak within media, to show your passions, and emotions, without even saying a word.

Using inspiration to then be developed into something amazing,The creative process is what we do to create beautiful work, and a beautiful life.

Creativity is known for being a valuable workplace skill. Being creative is useful for being able to create new ideas, as well as being able to find solutions to complex issues. So next time you are in an interview or having to dust off your CV consider including your creative skills as a way to impress your possible future employee!

Ways you can start living a creative lifestyle…

Surround yourself with Creatives.

There are so many people in this world that thrive from the ability to be creative, and express themselves in a creative nature. surround yourself with the people that value creativity the most. So many people are already living a creative lifestyle and these people thrive on inspiring you as well as themselves.

There is a multitude of creative spaces where you can connect with people that have similar interests as yours. Places such as Facebook groups, specialised apps, Instagram feeds and hashtags, online forums, Pinterest, Skillshare, and online teaching communities.
I would recommend taking the time to join these groups and check in with them. Making friends with other creatives is also so good for your mental health.

Think outside of the box.

one of my favourite things about leading a creative lifestyle is being able to think about things in a different way! like the ability to find an unexpected solution to an issue in a completely unique and imaginative way.

another thing I love about thinking outside of the box is being able to look at things differently.
Taking something blank and picturing and creating something amazing out of it.

Make time to actually be creative.

when it comes to being creative, and leading a creative lifestyle one thing that you need the most. Time.
think about it. Allowing yourself the actual time to follow your creative inspiration allows you the ability to create the life you want to live and express yourself in so many different ways.

Stop setting limitations.

One of the biggest blocks when it comes to creative mindset is setting yourself limitations! especially the ones that you don’t need to have. Limitations such as not knowing how to achieve something. However that does not need to be an obstacle of stopping you. In some aspects you can take the time to research and learn. Whilst, in other aspects, going back to thinking outside of the box, look for more unique ways of being able to achieve.

There are some limitations that we face that are not being caused by our mental state. Obviously, we all have limitations in life, things that get in our way, obstacles such as money. Money is a major limitation when it comes to being able to afford being able to achieve goals that you are setting yourself, which is something that I struggle with alot, as I have some exciting plans that I have had to break into very small milestones to be able to reach where I want to be.

Don’t pressure yourself.

Especially when it comes to a creative block, the last thing that you want to do is pressure yourself. Learn when it is necessary to take a break. stop pressuring yourself into productivity. By pressuring yourself to achieve you are causing yourself more harm. The feeling of, ‘I haven’t created in a while’ should not exist. the best creations and creative flow comes from a relaxed heart, and the ability to take your time. A rushed piece of work will not be your next masterpiece!

As I very well know, it is so easy at times to beat yourself up when your in an lack of inspirational state. However, just because your not feeling creative and productive 24/7 doesn’t mean you should put yourself down over it! it is ok to take a break and recharge, when you need too.

Ways to show your creative spirit.

  • Art.
  • Paper craft.
  • Knitting or crochet.
  • Embroidery.
  • Uplifting.
  • Writing.
  • Photography
  • Woodwork

This is just a very small list out of the thousands of options there is to express your creative spirit. If I wrote a full list of each specific thing, we would be here for hours.

What ever your media is, each and everyone of us has the ability to be creative in some kind of aspect. It doesn’t have to be a physically created product however, it could be the way you have done something, by using a creative process.

For example, the way you organise, the way you display something, or even The way you use an object for a different purpose then would normally be expected.

What does creativity mean to you?

I would love to hear from you guys your interpretation of what it means to be creative and lead a creative lifestyle?

Is there something you do that is different to others, I love to hear new ideas that involve the aspect of being creative.

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January Sales shopping tips you need!

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The January sales, Does anyone else get a slight tingle of excitement at the thought of the reductions on nice things?

The funny thing about Christmas is that we spend an absolute fortune all for one day! to then rush out the next day to a week, to spend even more money on things that we probably do not need! We just love a good old bargain! Am I right?

January sales
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So let’s talk January sale tips you need to know!

Pre Christmas tip – You need to know!

Shops often mark the items with a random letter and number that they are planning to place in the January sales. These will normally be written on the item label, something like ‘S16’, Often in biro. Avoid paying out on these if it is something you’d rather purchase cheaper in the sales.

Only spend what you can afford.

Look, Let’s get real for a minute. How many times have you spent out in the January sales, and left yourself out of pocket for the whole of January? ending up as feeling the longest month, days feel like weeks and weeks just feel like there never gonna end!

Save yourself some of the pain and give yourself a budget when heading out to the sales.

Stick to your budget & avoid the credit card!

It might be on sale, and it might be a really awesome addition to the wardrobe. Now is the time more than ever to stop making purchases outside of your means.

Avoid using the credit card! Maxing out your card, not only puts you in a worse financial situation, it can prevent you from a decent credit score in the future. Meaning financial back up when it is really needed may not become available to you.

Ask yourself, Do you really need it?

Is it that you really need that new top, or do you just like the price of it? You should only be spending your money on things that you genuinely like, need and know that you are going to be able to get plenty of use of! It is so easy to get embraced in the price of something when you’ve headed sale shopping.

Plan ahead, Where are you going?

Sale shopping is serious business. Crowds of shoppers, all doing the same rummaging that you are, trying to look for the best bargains to take home. A lot of the time not having a clue what it is they are looking for.

And. Going shopping for the day in main town centres are the most hectic places to be. Especially before the new year hits, whilst everyone is still off work. Thousands of people all having the same idea of getting some Bargains in, and making a day out of it.

List the things you genuinely need so that you can shop with purpose.

There is no harm in heading into the sales with a plan of stuff you need to find! It is a perfect time to buy things that you have needed for a while but has not been able to afford because money always tight (That definitely includes us).

Avoid shopping in the usual places!

If you think about it, why would you buy from the places that you usually by from! Check out the places you would usually say are more expensive! If there are specific shops that you love! but don’t often by from, these are the shops you are gonna want to be in!

Do a price check!

Especially when it comes to the more expensive items that you’re considering on spending out on, it is so worth doing a price check. I do like to check Amazon.

And finally, remember this. The January sales are not your only chance of getting a bargain.

The January sales are every year alongside so many more sales that happen throughout the year! if you can not afford it, you might be able to afford it later.

Most retailers, hold numerous sales throughout the year, as they want to encourage sales to maintain their business! No need to get in a stress when you do not need to be!

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The Ingredients to a perfect festive night in.

We all love the idea of having the perfect festive night in, but what does this actually mean? I was sat in the car earlier when I came up with the idea for posting about this. So Today I am sharing my thought on the ingredients to a perfect festive night in.

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You will need.

  • 1 set of cosy pyjamas.
  • Your favourite mug and a hot chocolate.
  • Cosy throw to snuggle under.
  • Choice of snacks.
  • Winter smelling candle.
  • The tv remote.

First things first.

Have yourself a nice warm shower or bath. Get dressed into your cosiest snuggly pyjamas. Oh, and of course pamper yourself a little with a decent face mask. My ideal would be a bath bomb from lush. then a clay facemask.

Treat yourself to a takeout dinner.

Never mind cooking, tonight is all about chilling and relaxing with you and your loved one, or just you.

So order your favourite food to enjoy, and then add in a few munchies to enjoy throughout the night!

Ensure you have made your film evening space nice and cosy.

A tidy space, with just everything you need around you. It does make a massive difference to actually being able to unwind. Get comfy and cosy, oh and definitely add in a throw, to snuggle under.

Put on your favourite Christmas movie.

It doesn’t have to be a festive one, but since it is this close to Christmas now, having a festive night with sparkling tree in the background. Candles lit and the atmosphere. Especially if you are cuddled up with your loved one.

Snuggle up with your loved ones.

Spending time with your loved ones this time of year is so important. Cuddling up and spending time just being is so good for your connections with your loved ones. Sometimes we just need to take the time to reconnect. Life is stressful. Especially the year we have had.

Switch off.

Forget your phone, forget your work, forget any stresses you have going on right now! Switch off and unwind. The perfect atmosphere does not need your phone going off.

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Simple Self-Care Ideas for Christmas.

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Self-Care Ideas for Christmas
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It’s been a crazy year, and if I’m not mistaken December feels just as cray, but with the added stress of Christmas luring in the background. We’re all hoping for the perfect Christmas this year. To enjoy time with our families. We would normally be already out and about shopping, partying and all the rest, but this year we lost a month in lockdown… ah. So we need to consider our Self-Care just as much so today I am sharing self-care ideas for Christmas.

We all know that Christmas isn’t going to be exactly the same this year. But let’s not get worse off by not looking after ourselves, I’m the chaos to organise the slightly different Christmas we are having.

Remembering that the Self-Care ideas for Christmas are not just about making sure you take care of yourself, but also make sure that we also take care of our mental well-being.

Simple Self Care Ideas for christmas, that anyone can do…

Have a fireplace ASMR video playing in the background.

This is my top and favourite suggestion for this whole post! I am not gonna lie, ASMR videos are so peaceful and helpful for your mental wellbeing and mindfulness. Having a video of a crackling fire streaming on the TV really does create a calm and soothing atmosphere. My favourite video on youtube is the Burning fireplace with crackling fire sounds by virtual fireplace.

Stream the video on the TV whilst cuddled up with a hot drink and chill.

Have a pyjama & Duvet day.

Stop feeling the pressure to get up and be productive everyday. Set yourself a day to snuggle in your pyjamas, stay indoors and sit under your favourite duvet/blanky. No one expects you to be on the go 24/7.

Taking the day for yourself to do nothing is sometimes the best thing to do for your own self care. It is in no way a waste of a day. Chilling out is something that we all need to do from time to time. Winter is a hectic period and most of the time you can find yourself on the go non stop! So dont forget to take a break and revitalise for you.

Wear your cosy slippers whenever possible.

This is one of my favourites for self care ideas for Christmas…

Oh, that feeling of getting indoors and taking those uncomfy shoes off and sliding into your slippers. It gives your feet a tingly warm sensation! keep to your comfy slippers. Not only are they cosy, and comfortable. They keep you warm in the house in the winter months! nobody likes the shivers of a freezing cold floor.

Light a soothing and winter smelling candle.

If you know me, this won’t be a surprise for you. I am always mentioning how candles are good for your wellbeing. It is all to do with the senses. The gentle sound of the crackling wick that calms anxiety, the cosy little light that that candle brings when lit, and that’s without even mentioning the lush smells that the candles give off. Since its winter, stick the wintery smells such as my favourite scent by Yankee, warm & cosy.

Read a book.

There is something even more comforting about reading a book in the winter! Cosy hot drinks, not going out and watching the falling rain at the window. I mean it is the good old British weather, hey? Taking time to relax with a decent book is a brilliant self-care idea for Christmas.

Self-Care Ideas for Christmas
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Make a pillow fort to chill in.

If you are bored inside why not challenge yourself to create a cosy pillow fort with your loved ones. Grab your blankets, your pillows, Throw in some fairy lights, and get cosy in your own comfy sanctuary.

Cuddle up and watch your favourite film, or even a christmasy one. Enjoy your time hidden from the rest of the world.

Enjoy a luxury hot chocolate.

When it hits winter I am big on the hot chocolate! of course. Does not matter if its twinning’s hot chocolate, Galaxy or Tassimo made Cadbury’s… Which are all lush, I love a cosy hot chocolate.

Hot chocolate is a calming drink, and is wonderful for you to drink during the day! Cocoa in general can have a positive effect on your health and wellbeing. However it does depend on the one you drink.

Enjoy some seasonal festivities.

No matter what the circumstances are this year, there are still festive activities available for you to attend, whilst following government guidelines.

Check out your local newspapers and online updates to find out where these are still going ahead. Getting out of the house, and enjoying what you can this year, is still important. For your mental health and your physical wellbeing.

Use warm towels, straight from the dryer.

Oh that snuggly warm feeling!

I love it, When you pull out the warm clothes from the dryer. Your hands sink in to a warm pile of soft fabrics. Having a warm towel fresh from the dryer, is a heavenly experience… Especially after stepping out of a hot shower into the cold air.

Self-Care Ideas for Christmas
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Organise the winter wardrobe.

I love sorting out the wardrobe from season to season, folding and putting away all the summer bits and getting out the winter warmers. I’m a sucker for a cosy chunky knit and for leggings in the winter. The scarfs come out and so do the winter boots. With my chunky hoodies and comforts. I love to keep organised and put everything I need for the season at easy access. Besides no one wants to be rushing to get ready one morning and having to sieve through the strappy and cold clothes.

Reflect on the past year, and set your new goals.

Well, this year, has been a rollercoaster and that is probably an understatement for 2020. Min-due most years are pretty hectic and normally more fun to be fair.

This is a perfect time now before the new year comes in talking through your memories. Scrapbook what you want to never forget, and take time to accept the things that haven’t been in your control.

Stay organised for Christmas.

One thing that is brilliant for looking after yourself is staying organised and on top of things, we all know how busy this time of year gets, so staying organised where possible keeps you from getting even more stressed. I’ve already spoke a little bit this Blogmas, about avoiding Christmas, but when it comes to self-care and Christmas. Looking after your wellbeing is so important.

Keep well hydrated.

It stuck in my mind, what a nurse said to me whilst I was at an appointment last week. Our bodies are like flowers. We hydrate ourselves so that we can flourish. Just like a plant needs water to survive, so do we. So just because it’s colder weather, and the temptation is to have that extra coffee because your cold, think of how you need to be hydrated to stay well also.

Spend time with your loved ones.

The winter months can be depressing as well as they can be lovely. Especially when it’s freezing cold, or even raining. It’s impossible to organise anything with friends at the best of times. Especially where social distancing comes in to play! As long as you can, arrange to meet with your loved ones at a social distance and catch up with a coffee in the park. Staying connected is a big part of self care. For all of us.

Have a declutter before the Christmas chaos.

Decluttering is something we can all do to improve our positivity. No one likes to be surrounded by too much stuff. And as the Christmas holiday and January sale period tend to leave us with so much stuff to what we already owned having a declutter to prepare is the perfect option.

Even down to the food cupboards. So you know exactly what it is you have in the house.

Spend some well owed time on your hobbies.

well since it isn’t the summer anymore and we’re even more confined to out houses more than normal.
it doesn’t matter what your hobbies are. We all know that sometimes life gets too busy to be able to actually enjoy your hobbies. Taking time to do the things you enjoy doing is a massive thing for your positivity and inspires you to do other things.

Set up your new year planners.

My favourite pass time of the winter. Getting your planners, goals/ambitions for the new year written out and organised. It’s a December tradition for me. I normally have a couple of planners and calendars on the go. I always fill in birthdays and anniversaries before anything else. And I quite enjoy transferring them to the new planner. I can’t wait to get my hands on a vertical happy planner for 2021.

Make extra effort to speak to your loved ones.

If there is one thing that this year, and being in lockdown has taught us more than anything is how important our connections with others are. How lucky we are to have this thing called technology. Yeah, it can be a pain at times but it gives us the ability to stay connected with people. Even if it’s a simple reply to someone’s Facebook status, or alike on their photo. You might find that that action led to someone feeling comforted by your presence. We all have been going through struggles more than anything this year. Supporting others just proves that no one is ever really alone.

Focus on your self love

you are amazing, you are beautiful and you are gonna kick-ass to the future you to come.
make sure you remember to take time for yourself during the busy period and remind yourself why you love you. I get it can be hard to remember sometimes. But write a list of everything you love about you right now.

Take a nap.

when you’ve been having a hectic day or week, and in most cases months, remember to get the rest you really need.
you should never feel guilty for feeling tired and wanting to get an hours sleep every now and then! Do it for you, your body and your mind.

Get some fresh air in your lungs.

finally. Remember to get some fresh air into your lungs whenever possible! This year hasn’t filled us with opportunities to get out and about, but sometimes just a 10-minute walk can do wonders. Self-care is about looking after one’s self, so remember it’s ok to have to get out of the house and go for a walk. A change of scenery does everyone some good.

Do you have any self-care ideas for Christmas period that you swear by! I would love to hear them in the comments below.

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Why is it important to keep a balanced diet?

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When it comes to keeping a balanced diet I know for a fact, that I am always looking to improve. There is a massive difference between dieting, and keeping a healthy lifestyle. Which seems to be a common thing that people forget quite regularly. I often see people attempting FAD diets. I’ve tried so many of them myself.
The truth is the only real way to conquer your eating habits and health worries is to change the way your thinking about food.

What is a balanced diet?

Having a balanced diet means that we eat the right things. Whilst controlling the quantity of the things we eat that aren’t really so good for us.

To have a balanced diet is another way of saying to maintain a healthy diet or a healthy lifestyle. A diet which contains a variety of foods in the correct quantities and proportions as well as ensuring that your body is receiving an adequate amount of nutrients that we need to survive in life.

It does not have to be complicated, honestly and don’t forget that it is never too late or too early to make healthy changes to your diet to help prevent disease, manage your weight, and feel generally better.

What is included in the best diet?

A balanced diet means making the correct choices to eat the correct varieties of foods from the different food groups.

This should specifically include things such as:

  • vegetables and fruits
  • protein – Such as meat, fish, eggs, beans and soy.
  • dairy – Such as low-fat milk, cheese and yoghurt.
  • carbohydrates – Such as starchy foods like rice, pasta, potatoes and bread (wholegrain or wholewheat varieties would be better for you)
  • A small number of healthy fats such as the unsaturated fat from things like olive oil.

Why is a balanced diet so important for us?

Control Body weight

It goes without saying that a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet help control our body weight. Alongside as keeping active where possible.

Fight disease

Keeping our diet balanced also ensures that our bodies are getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals into our system. Think of our bodies like a flower. To keep that flower glowing and beautiful, you need to provide the correct lighting and keep them hydrated. We are completely no different.

More energy and better mood.

By maintaining a balanced diet you will notice that your mood will improve and you have more energy than normal. It’s all of them vitamins and minerals that do you so good. A friend said something to me that really makes sense. Food is your mood. Eating crap will not make you feel any better basically.

Better sleep

So as I have just mentioned, maintaining a healthy diet improves your energy, however, Did you know that keeping a balanced diet improves your sleep? And can improve the content of our dreams.

Brain power

Not getting the correct amount of nutrients in your body effects us being able to think straight! How can you stay productive when your body is crying out for a detox?

What should I be avoiding in my diet?

  • Highly processed food & drinks
  • Added sugar & salt
  • Red or processed meat
  • Alcohol
  • Trans fats.

One simple and relatively easy way of decreasing the amount of crap we are putting into our bodies is simply reducing the amount of sugar and salt that we input into our bodies, we can do this by avoiding sugary drinks and foods, and foods with added saturated fat like processed meats, chips, pastries, and pies.

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Tips for achieving a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

Take multivitamins.

Life gets super busy at times. I know for certain that sometimes it is so difficult to stick to our routines and plans. For example, nights where we probably should have cooked the meal that we had planned to make, however, it hasn’t gone to plan and we’ve ended up with a take out. When life gets like this for me I always find that ensuring that I take multivitamins in the morning, it helps me feel brighter and more productive throughout the entire day.

Plan your meals & get creative with your meal planning.

There our plenty of healthy recipes and food ideas from all over the show on the web. Pinterest is a brilliant way to inspire a healthy meal.
also using a planner and sitting down and organising your meals before shopping day is ready way to keep yourself on track and probably save you some money!

Aim to get your 5 a day.

As the NHS recommends. You should be eating 5 portions of fruit or vegetables a day. It really is so easy to do as well. I love mixing fruit and healthy products to make a homemade smoothie! They taste amazing and our so nutritious for you!

Eat more fish.

Fish contains huge amounts of protein as well as omega 3 so not only is it good for your body! It’s amazing for your brain too.

If you really don’t like fish. This one will be challenging for you. However, increasing the amount of fish into your diet is really for you.

Hydrate, always.

Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and to help your body function better. Your body literally needs water and hydration to survive. I always find that volvic water, the flavoured versions

Stay active.

Get your body moving and your heart racing when ever you can! I use a Fitbit! To count my steps and monitor how active I have been! Most phones have a stepomoter on them. I find that using these helps you create your own challenges to beat.

Don’t skip breakfast.

you’ve probably heard this one a million times before. I know that I am the worst for this but it is something that I am genuinely trying to get into routine of doing. Having a healthy breakfast not only sets you up for the adventures of the day it also regulates your metabolism so that you are able to loose weight.

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The Mind Post subscription box

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The box wasn’t lying… The mind post really did make me smile.


In this post I have been lucky enough to get to work with such a brilliant With getting the chance to collaborate with The Mind Post, I was so excited to read their hard work and support towards the mental health community with there brilliantly prepared happy post is such a treat to anyone who subscribes.

Mental health is something that we all face at some time or another, it doesn’t matter who you are. We all need to look after ourselves and our mental health.
filling your life with positivity if one thing I strongly believe can have a huge benefit on your mental health, though this is not always easy and life turns against us at times there are things we can do to help ourselves.

Subscription boxes are a brilliant way of keeping some positivity in your life.

This cute box from the Mind post is the cutest happy post you can receive.

The Mind post subscription box

In the first line of the about page of the Mind Post, they say ‘The Mind Box has been created to help children who suffer from anxiety.’ You can really see how the mind post has stuck to their goals successfully as they have achieved a brilliant source of self-care and wellbeing inspiration.

I received the Medium sized Mind post box, which you can purchase as either a one off for £14.30 or as part of a subscription for £12.99, which is a brilliant price for the priceless positivity that you are receiving.

What was received inside my Mind box happy post?

  • ‘I matter’ Red band bracelet
  • Strawberry and cream lollypop
  • Hand drew Self – Love guide book
  • Positive quote card
  • Positivity notepad
The mind post subscription box

One of the best things about this happy post is that it really does put a smile on your face, you can tell that a lot of thought has gone into the contents as well as the preparation for these boxes.

Receive 10% of your order with The Mind Post when using discount code ‘ALEXA10’

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Mental health in teenagers

TW: Post mentions depression and self harm.

Good morning Beautiful people! Today’s post is a beautifully written guest post by Demi Le Huray speaking about her experiences and thoughts around depression and mental health in teenagers and young adults. Demi is a young lifestyle and mental health at DemiLeHuray.com.

Mental health in teenagers is such an important subject that needs to be voiced and understood much more than it already is. It is fully

Mental Health in teenagers by Demi Le Huray.

Having depression at any age is super tough, however, I believe being diagnosed as a teen is very hard to handle. Therefore I am writing my story and experiences of when I was diagnosed with a mental health condition at a young age.

Study Reveals How Teens Communicate Depression – Supportive Care Matters

My diagnosis:

A couple of years back, I started to feel rather low and get depressive episodes frequently. I was constantly feeling down, so I spoke to my school and they referred me to CAMHS. After many visits and assessments, they were able to diagnose me with depression. Although it hurt, it made a lot more sense! My depression was pinpointed because I constantly struggled with dark thoughts, being positive, carrying on with day to day life etc. I have been diagnosed since starting secondary school.

What is it like?

Having depression as a teen, I felt embarrassed and ashamed. It was so overwhelming and I was judged by my peers in school. I got comments thrown at me such as “why are you always so sad.'” “you look so depressed.'” “why are you never happy.” “you’re going to fail your GCSE’s” and so much more… I felt I wasn’t ‘normal.’ I felt I didn’t belong there as I was considered different. It was so hard to wake up everyday battling with yourself and your thoughts within your mind. Nothing was ever enjoyable anymore and there was a lack of motivation. It was so hard to wake up everyday and keep on going. I was exhausted.

What are the impacts of teen depression?

My depression really affected my education massively. I struggled attending school, going to lessons, completing work etc. I found it super hard to concentrate in class and be able to learn at school. People often asked and made comments about my capability to do well. (Check out my post on Surviving school with anxiety! )

I found it hard to socialise with my peers and keep relationships, as I barely went out with or texted them. I felt it impacted my bonds with others and was paranoid they wouldn’t want to be friends with someone who was not the same. This made me feel I had to change, but its not that easy.

My mental health also affected my sleep. I rarely got any rest as I struggled the most at night times overthinking and feeling down. I tried everything to get a night of better sleep, but nothing worked. Whilst everyone was asleep, I felt alone. Night times were the worst! (Check out my post Tips on how to sleep 😴)

Having depression can also impact on your physical health too. I started becoming very insecure about my body and had gone through a eating disorder and made myself really ill from it. I lost a lot of weight, was in a lot of pain, I kept fainting, I was sick. It was exhausting! It wasn’t a nice place to be.

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CAMHS:

CAMHS was a massive part of my diagnosis and were able to help me through my depression. They were able to offer me courses and medication that has saved my life! The service are an amazing team that have been through my whole journey and supported me throughout it, with no judgement. CAMHS helped me overcome my eating disorder too! I honestly wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them!

CAMHS - support for teenagers mental health

School:

School has also taken a massive part in my diagnosis. The support at school has been absolutely amazing and have helped me get through my time of education. Make sure you find someone you feel able to talk to, mine is school!

How I have overcome it!

Now you have heard my story, you must be wondering ‘how did you overcome it?’ There are still many times I find myself down, but I pick myself up again using these tips!

Helping yourself:

I believe that one of the most important things is helping yourself. In order to see an improvement, you need to engage with others and want to get better. At the end of the day, it’s not all down to support services, you need to play your part too and work as a team.

Counselling/support services:

When battling with depression, I had a lot of support in place to help me. This included counselling, support from school, CAMHS and just generally talking to people that can help.

Medication:

To help my mental health condition, I take medication. At first I wasn’t too sure however I wouldn’t be able to cope without them now. If you are thinking about this option, make sure to speak to your doctors!

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Blogging:

Although this may not be for you, I find blogging really helps me deal with my mental health. It allows me to utilise my stories and experiences to help and inspire others which is what I love to do!

Mental health in teenagers

Helplines:

Going through dark times, I felt that helplines were really beneficial to me to be able to get out of crisis. I felt more comfortable using text services rather than calling, but do what is best for you!

Here are a few examples:

  • Hopeline Uk (0800 068 41 41)- this service is completely free and for under 35’s. You can also email them: pat@papyrus-uk.org
  • Samaritans (116123)- this service is free and for anyone. They are there day and night to listen without any judgement. You can also email them: jo@samaritans.org
  • Calm (0800 58 58 58)– this service is free for men who hit crisis point. You can also use there online webchat.
  • Childline (0800 1111)- this service is free for people under 19 and is private/confidential. If preferred, you can email them or use their webchat.
  • Young minds (text YM to 85258) – this free text service is for under 25’s. I tend to use this one the most as they get back to you reasonably quickly, are super friendly, you don’t have to give information if its uncomfortable etc.

Apps:

Sometimes I feel that apps can distract me and help me through dark times too! Here a few examples:

app to help depression

Stay Alive- Free for any age.

This apps supports people to stay safe through crisis.

Calm Harm - manages self harm - Apps on Google Play

Calm Harm- Free for any age.

Private and protected app to help prevent self-harm.

distrACT – Apps on Google Play

distrACT- free for 17+

experts in suicide prevention.

Mental health matters

At the end of the day, depression can be hard no matter what age you are. You all go through different difficulties. Here is my story and my tips for depression! If you have any other suggestions, what’s yours?

Thank you for such an insightful post on Mental health in teenagers, Demi.

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Using CBD for its benefits for Skincare.

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So as you probably already know that CBD has been a hot topic for self-care and wellness for quite a while now! with CBD having so many benefits to your physical health and mental wellbeing, (for example, Anxiety) however, that is not all. Did you know that by using CBD for skincare can be a complete game-changer for your beauty regime?

CBD, AKA, cannabidiol comes from the cannabis plant. Yep, the one that has been famously known for the Marijuana drug. However CBD may have been extracted from the hemp plant, it does not contain the element THC which is the part of the plant that gets you high.

Hemp has also been used in beauty products for a long time now but is not the same thing. So you when purchasing you will need to check the ingredients for CBD or cannabidiol.

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Really? Using CBD for skin benefits?

Especially over the past few months, I have noticed more and more beauty care products being released containing CBD, such as hair conditioners, toothpaste and body lotions.

So is CBD trend actually beneficial for your skin? and should you be adding some CBD products to your own skincare routine?

Well, even though the full benefits and effects of CBD are still being investigated there is significant indications that CBD is good for you and your body overall!

What does CBD mean for our skin benefits?

Since there has been a rather large selection of the population raving about CBD for skincare we know a few conditions where CBD is due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to deal with a variety of skincare complaints.

Such as the following…

Dry Skin

Dry skin is something that affects most of us at times, especially when we are in the colder months of the year. Personally, this is something that I struggle with, And I have certainly noticed a positive effect by using varies CBD skincare products.

For years I have been suffering from dry skin around my elbows in particularly. I do recommend CBD intensive cream by Holland & Barrett, As this has been a favourite product of mine for a while now.

By using CBD products regularly in your regime, your skin will heal over time as it is great for moisturising and giving you a glowing complexion.

Acne

Firstly, let us cross out the myth that only teenagers get acne. That isn’t true at all. I am someone who can definitely raise my hand as an acne sufferer, especially when it comes to my PCOS. Anyone can suffer with Acne, and there age is not a factor of this.

Acne has the ability to leave your skin looking inflamed and this can feel quite sore. By introducing a face wash that contains the CBD element can improve the issues that Acne is causing you. The anti-inflammatory properties in CBD work by soothing your skin and reducing acne pressure.

Tip: If you are using a face wash and this is helping but not enough, then using a CBD based facial moisturiser alongside your facewash, can reduce symptoms even more then the face wash alone.
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Anti-ageing

Wouldnt it be wonderful if we just didn’t age at all? I suppose that is like saying we want to live forever though, and we cannot live in denial and we are all going to age, sooner or later.

However just because we are naturally ageing does not mean we cant aid our skin into looking fresher. Using CBD based products to reduce the effects of ageing is possible, Such as Using serums directly on the skin, lotions or oil tinctures (These are the ones designed for use under your tongue).

Eczema and psoriasis conditions

It is not just Acne that the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD are helpful for. CBD lotions, act as a soothing balm and are capable of being able to soothe the itching and irritation that has been caused by skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Using CBD seems to be able to slow down skin cell division in order to reduce these symptoms of these common skin irritations.

So to summarise, we love CBD for skincare because…

  • It has anti-ageing elements to its use.
  • Can be used to treat psoriasis and Eczema.
  • It is rich in Omega 6 & 9.
  • Contains powerful antioxidants.
  • Improve and nourish dry skin.
  • Can prevent and decrease acne.
  • Helps boost the immune system.

What to bear in mind when picking CBD products…

CBD is completely legal, this is because it does not contain the THC element. Which means it is easily purchasable and you will be able to find reputable sellers.

I would always suggest the companies such as the previously mentioned, Holland and Barrett when it comes to buying CBD for skincare and wellbeing. I would highly recommend only purchasing from sellers that you are familiar with and trust. Especially so you can ensure that the product you are buying is of good quality and has the correct amount of CBD in them.

Fact: Although CBD products are legal, you will probably find that some stores have set an 18+ age limit on their CBD products.

What are your thoughts on using CBD in your skincare routine?

I would love to hear from you with your thoughts on using CBD based products in your skincare routine? Are there any products that you have used and recommended? Let me know in the comments below what your favourites are.

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