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.

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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
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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.

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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!

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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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How to cope when leaving a toxic relationship.

Leaving a toxic relationship is not a mess that I thought I would find myself in. However, it did happen.

It took me a very long time, in-fact years, to realise the mess that I was actually in.

Being in a toxic relationship would usually suggest that you have been suffering some form of emotional abuse. Leaving you vulnerable, you do have the strength to get through this and later on find happiness.

When it comes to leaving a toxic relationship where you have been controlled and manipulated it can be very difficult at the start of your new beginning. It was nearly a full year before communication had stopped fully. Due to the complex situation, we had been in.

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The first few days after leaving a toxic relationship are the worst.

I got 2 hours to sleep the night I left my situation. leaving a toxic relationship took me a very long time to do. Being in what was in a state of shock that it finally happened, We both had finally got away.

I sat writing lists of everything I needed to do to get myself fully disconnected from the situation I had been in. and I, of course, was in shock, the fact that it had finally happened, and I had finally got away from living in hell.

The first few days, my phone went constantly, and I felt really overwhelmed. I was finally happy, but being made to feel misery still, by the constant harassment and pleading.

The first few days, are the hardest, but it does get easier to be stronger as you stick your grounds.

Things for you to remember when leaving a toxic relationship:

It isn’t your fault.

The first thing I’d really like you to remember, this isn’t your fault. Your drama isn’t a burden and things will get better. You never choose to be in this situation.

Stop communication

I’m not going to lie. The best thing you could do right now is to block all methods of communication from the ex.

However it isn’t always that easy. The chances are you have forms of tanglement that will need to be discussed civilised.

If you are in a position where you have had to leave a relationship and still remain in civilised communication keep messages short and sweet. As well as on point of what they should be about.

Keep a log.

I can’t stress enough how important this is.

If you are having problems with abuse, threats, harassment from your ex, you need to keep a log of this. If it gets to the point you need police help a log will be really useful to the police to know exactly what has been going on and when.

It can also be a handy reminder to read to remind yourself why you have left, if you ever need too.

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Find the right support.

Having the right support around you is so important. Wether it is friends, or family, or even a virtual support group, there are places to find support in all circumstances.

Accepting support and guidance from others may help you build your confidence and attitude towards what has been happening in your life.

Speak out.

Speaking out about your experiences, helps you come to terms with them as well as find amazing support from all different avenues.
You never know. Speaking out about your own experiences could help someone who is going throug similar.

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Surround yourself with positivity.

Focus on you.

Its time now more than ever for you to be focusing on your own happiness and self-care.
surround yourself with positive things that comfort you and build yourself back up. It may take time. Your confidence may come back when you at least expect it to.

Eventually, have a laugh about it.

They do say if you don’t laugh your cry.

Everything happens for a reason in life. I believe that more now then ever. If it wasn’t for the situation I was in I wouldn’t of found true love with the most unexpected person in my life. From surviving to being able to complete each other. I know that I can’t regret the past because I would not of my my wife to be, Emma.

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Toxic habits that are stopping you from being happy.

Happy Sunday! It has been a few days since my last post! Life has been so hectic the last few weeks, and mental health has been on my mind a lot recently. With Saturday being world mental health day, I thought I would share some of the toxic habits that I have been giving up so that I can improve my own happiness.

So many times in life we are making our own obstacles that prevent us from being able to reach the level of happiness we deserve. These obstacles become habits, and they are toxic for our growth and wellbeing. Not all of them are obvious admittedly.

Making excuses.

Have you ever made excuses not to do something but really it was something that would have benefited yourself in some way. Therefore stopping you from progressing further in your life. I know I have. However, I admit that I regretted doing this so many times.

Saying yes when you really want to say no.

Simply put as stop agreeing to do things that you don’t want to do!

How many times have you been put in a position where you’ve had to do something because you could find a way of saying no.

Realising your ability to be able to say no is a massive window.

Toxic habits

Trying to make everyone happy.

I struggle with this one at times too. In a perfect world, everyone would be happy all the time. I would personally love to keep everyone happy when it comes to life. Wedding planning has been a massive example, due to postponing due to the coronavirus and having to make adaptions so that we can actually get married, I soon realised we can not keep everyone happy. It’s actually impossible there will always be someone that will feel annoyed and let down by your decisions. It is honestly remembering your own happiness and making sure your looking after your wellbeing before trying to keep everyone else happy.

Not making your health a priority.

I admit. I have learnt this the hard way. Even now I have to remind myself to stop and slow down at times. Your body often gives you warning signs before you become poorly.

By Ignoring the warning signs and not taking care of myself. And I am still stubborn when it comes to needing to see a doctor.

I used to panic at the idea of missing commitments because of my health. It was making me stressed and worse health-wise. Learning to put yourself first. Thinking of your health as one of your priorities is one of the most important things you can do. You only get one body! Look after it.

Surrounding yourself with toxic people.

Toxic people can become a toxic habit as you repeatedly allow yourself to allow other peoples behaviour to control your actions and mind. Your damaging your own self-happiness by allowing people around you to act in a way acting that brings you down.

You don’t need that in your life. Your beautiful and you have your own unique and lovely personality that the world needs to see! Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself and stop accepting negative and rude behaviour.

Settling easily.

Who says you need to settle when there is a whole big world out there! Waiting for you to experience and live through new opportunities.
stop settling and work towards your dreams.

Mindless scrolling.

who else can admit they continuously do this toxic habit?

Now I am not saying that I am completely innocent when it comes to this. I’m constantly on my phone however I honestly would say it’s mindless scrolling and not phone usage that is a problem. Spending hours on your phone just scrolling through newsfeeds is doing a solo nothing for your positivity and mental wellbeing.

If anything spending too long scrolling the feeds on your phone is stopping you from being productive and living your life.

Doubting yourself.

It’s so easy to do, doubting yourself. Not being able to trust your gut instincts. But the honest answer is that you know. You know the right choices you should be making. You have the strength and ability to what what ever you put your mind to.

You just need to believe in yourself.

Depending on others.

When you spend too long depending on others you are not helping your own personal growth.
Work towards being able to support yourselves. Even if this is something that takes you longer than someone else. The happiness you grow from the feeling of succeeding in the end is the best.

Living in the past.

The past is a demon that every single human being is. I’m specifically taking about the regrets that we have and the failures we have made. It’s time to forget the negative times and start living the future. Ensuring that we learn from our experiences but we’ve moved on from them.

Comparing yourself to others.

Caring what others think.

It’s so hard at times to not care what other people think of you. But it gets to the point that we’re so worried about what others think of us that we forget what really matters. Our own happiness and the ability to enjoy life. We only get one life. Don’t waste it worrying about what others are thinking of you. Cause the chances are that they haven’t noticed your mistake, or even care if you like something that they don’t.

Not looking after your finances.

Money really is the route of all evil at times. We are driven by earning/gaining money, but were also depressed by not being able to afford what we want, having debts and always having a minus bank balance. It sucks doesn’t it?
I would suggest to anyone that they should look after their financial health from as early as they can. As money can have an awful impact on mental health.

Being sleep deprived.

I have to admit it, because I am totally rubbish at sticking to a ‘normal’ and reasonable bed time, but being sleep deprived, and not having a sleep routine is one toxic habit that is damaging your happiness behind the scenes. Although it is something I’m trying to work on.

Not getting enough sleep can cause you to be unable to concentrate fully. Lafargic and unmotivated. Which means your find yourself not able to function as well.

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COVID safe autumn activities

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Keep positive during the pandemic with these COVID safe autumn activities.

Oh, I do love autumn.
I know I have posted before on why I love the fall. It has always been my truest favourite season. Does anybody else get completely excited when they start to see the trees leaves changing to the warm burnt orange colours? Those are such beautiful colours. Crunchy leaves then falling to the ground making the sound of an autumn walk completely. As I said, I love Autumn.

This year really has been massively negative for so many of us. The world seems to have lost its shit this year. So many of us are looking for positive things to do, keeping life as normal as possible.

yet again we are in a position where the coronavirus numbers are rising. So we need to stay vigilant and socially distance where ever possible.

So, in this post, I wanted to discuss the COVID safe autumn activities that we can still enjoy.

The official Autumn seasons starts on Tuesday 22 Sep 2020 and ends on Monday 21 Dec 2020.

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My 2019 pumpkin

So here are my COVID safe autumn activities I am looking forward to!

Pumpkin picking

I wanted to start off my list with something that is a favourite of mine. So to clarify, Most if not all the pumpkin farms are still open. (at the time I am writing this anyway) Pickwell Farm In Hampshire is my favourite place to go when it comes to pumpkin fields. Going hunting for pumpkins is a brilliant activity to do with your loved ones.

Pumpkin carving

Now that you’ve got your hands on some Pumpkin goodness. Try

This Pumpkin carving set we have is so cute, and really easy to use to carve Pumpkins. Plus they are Halloween festive, to help you get in the mood for Halloween.

Roast Pumpkin seeds

This is the last pumpkin suggestion! I promise! but I do love pumpkins, as they just scream autumn. Have you ever tried to cook pumpkin seeds before. They are so yummy. Especially when they have been topped with a little bit of sugar before roasting.

Welly walks in the woods

A cosy walk in the woods, with the people in your ‘bubble’ is a perfect autumn activity where it is easy to social distance. Some woodland area/parks you can walk for miles without running into another person.
Take time

scarecrow hunting

some villages take part in a scarecrow challenge, and they are completely brilliant to take a walk or drive around to find. Some scarecrow makers really do go into detail with there straw men.

A cosy movie night

what better thing to do on a cold or wet evening then snuggle up on the sofa, with your pyjamas on, a cosy blanket and the tv remote in your hand. I love to bing on a Netflix movie night, it’s an ideal, cheap and COVID friendly activity. With Halloween just around the corner maybe you could put on a horror movie!

Tip: Add some Monin pumpkin spice syrup to your latte, to add some autumnal taste.

Doing things for your self-care is so good for you, any time of the year. Read my post on why self-care is so important, here.

Watch an Autumn sunset or sunrise.

The autumn sunset, a woodland setting, over some kinda lake! Oh there are so many beautiful places to go and sit and watch an autumn sunset.

If you are not the biggest fan of waking up early you can still enjoy this by watching a sun set. However some sunrises are so beautiful that if you get up ridiculously early just once to see it, it is worth it.

Woodland Photography

if you know me you will know how much I loves photography. I do enjoy nature photography as well as creative. Autumn is yet again my favourite season to take photos though, with its warm colours. Try Throwing some leaves in the air and capture a loved one, it makes a beautiful photo.

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Leave jumping

Speaking of leaves being thrown. How about shutting out the negativity of 2020, and jumping in a pile of leaves just like the grown up child you are.

Collect Pinecones and konkers

If you decide to head out on that woodland walk! keep an eye out for a pine cone, or konker tree.

You can use your beautiful finds to either decor your house with, or even to make…

Read about my experiences with lockdown, here.

Autumn Nature crafts

Use those beautiful leaves, acorns, pine cones and konkers that you have collected on your woodland walks to create beautiful artwork and home decor to bring the fall feeling inside your home.
Pinterest has some amazing craft ideas for using natural finds.

Random fact: konkers are also known to keep spiders from your house in the colder months.

Turn the clock back

Daylight saving ends on Sunday, 25 October 2020, 2:00am. We gain an extra hour in bed! The best time of the year, when the clocks go back! a great chance to sleep for an extra hour, and gain a bit of extra energy for the day!

Bonfire night

It’s not just halloween that is just around the corner. It is also coming up to Firework night, AKA Bonfire night. Light a Bonfire, sit outside and watch the fireworks light up the sky. Although Major firework displays won’t be happening this year, you could still light off a few bangers in the garden.

The last time we lit our fire-pit we toasted some marshmallows!

Marshmallow toasting

Have you ever tried the Mega Marshmallows? Oh my goodness… If you are a marshmallow lover then you need to try these! Grab some skewers and hold these over your autumn bonfire. Then if you are feeling really extravagant, add some digestive biscuits, and some Cadbury giant chocolate buttons. Put the melted marshmallows and buttons in between 2 biscuits. You have then got smores.

kite flying

See! There are just so many reasons to love the autumn months. As the wind picks up on the colder months, use it to your advantage to find something to do.

Kites can be brought relitively cheaply, like this one, here.

Make your home autumn-ready, home decor.

An excuse to use the autumnal colour palette! Oh, and it is so pretty. Burnt oranges, reds and browns.

Light some Autumn smelling candles. some of my favourite candle scents to burn in the autumn are, Yankee autumn glow, Bad Geek Cedar and Jasmine and woodsmoke by Woodwick. Woodwick may be a little more pricey, however, the sound of the candle crackling and the beautiful scent really does make an autumn cosy evening on the sofa!

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Autumn photoshoot

The beautiful nature around in autumn really does make a good photoshoot! Grab your hat, scarves and gloves, and go find a place that you can take some warm, beautiful photos!

Organise your Autumn wardrobe

This is completely COVID safe as you don’t even need to leave the house for this one…

As we enter the fall season, it’s time to say goodbye to our summer shorts and dresses. Bring out the leggings, cosy chunky knit jumpers and anything else you may have in your Autumn wardrobe.
I do love a hoodie, boots, and leggings day. Not going to lie.

What COVID safe autumn activities will you be doing?

I would love to hear what you planed for for your COVID safe autumn activities. With how things are changing again it would be so nice to hear how you are remaining positive.

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Therapeutic craft projects to help destress.

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When it comes to feeling stressed, anxious or depressed. There is one thing that I like to do, that helps me with my mental health, Craft. Especially therapeutic craft projects. I wrote a post similar speaking about how craft has a positive impact on your mental health, here. However, I am now sharing with you what crafts really do help with destressing you.

There are a few therapeutic craft projects that if you have a go at, you may notice the calming and relaxing effect that crafting can have on you.

If your impatient and don’t like fiddly things, as they increase your stress level, I don’t think that you should give up on crafting completely.

Diamond Painting

I am currently waiting to complete this kit, here. I am excited for this one to be done and put it up in the house. Diamond painting is a great craft to sidetracks you for ages! I got so involved with the full drill kits that I literally would find hours go by before I even noticed.

Cross Stitch

Did you see my review of a LoveCrafts cross stitch kit, that I did during the lockdown?

Cross stitch is one of my favourite methods of stress-relief I am currently working on a rather large one that will eventually be ‘The lady and the tramp’ Spaghetti scene, from the movie. The repetitive motion is what helps you relax! I’m pretty certain. I always find finishing a cross-stitch project pretty rewarding as well, since it takes a while to finish some projects.

Therapeutic craft projects

Origami

Grab yourself some cute origami paper, load up youtube and teach yourself how to make some beautiful things out of paper, for fun! It’s completely relaxing to do as a project.

Cricut (vinyl weeding)

I love a complicated Cricut project for therapeutic craft projects! like a Mandala to weed or something like that! The more fiddly the more time it takes to weed, and I just find this action so relaxing. I often print out projects for the purpose of weeding for no reason! That’s me!

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Knitting or Crochet

Knitting & crochet I thought I would combine together because both crafts are so similar. You could attempt some knitting by buying wool and needles from the pound shop! that way if you don’t get on with it you have not wasted too much money!

As for crochet, I’ve been slowly teaching myself this one, and now I am wanting to have a go at a kit! My mum brought me the Crochet set by step book for Christmas, which made understanding how to crochet so much easier! Hopefully, I will be a confident enough crocheter to do a kit soon, I would love to have a go at making the Hooked unicorn.

Therapeutic craft projects

Paint by numbers

Paint by numbers, or even painting, in general, is a really relaxing hobby for distressing. I would especially recommend paint by numbers, as it keeps your brain distracted when it comes to searching for the numbers. This Cityscape took me ages and kept me calm whilst I was having a really stressful time!

Jewellery Making

There are so many different ways to create Jewellery. Whether its simple friendship bracelets, beaded jewellery or something a little bit technical. Making Jewellery is a really therapeutic way to relieve your stresses. They’re also a very good make to sell project!

Felting

Felting is one of those crafts that I have yet to master, I do however enjoy having a go. There is so many Dover craft simply make mice are so cute to start you off!

What therapeutic craft projects do you do to keep yourself from stressing?

I would love to hear what therapeutic craft projects you turn to, to help you destress when life is being hectic and crappy! As a crafter obsessed with all crafts, I love to know if there is anything else I could be trying.

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What to do on a Productive Sunday at home

Sundays in this house are either spent having a relaxing day chilling or the complete opposite where we are keeping ourselves busy. I hate feeling like I have wasted and I much prefer the feeling of achievement from a productive Sunday at home.
Personally, I get bored easily and feel the need to keep myself active and productive for the majority of the week and weekend. This got me thinking, what to do on a Sunday to stay productive.

Sunday is commonly known as a day of rest. But if you are like me having a Sunday at home still needs a few productive activities so you don’t feel like you’ve wasted a day.

So let’s talk what to do with a productive Sunday at home?

1. Having a tidy up around the house.

When you have a busy week ahead, and only the weekend to sort out your house, this may seem like an obvious one to you. However, Tidying up is really simple way to spend a productive Sunday at home! Even if you Don’t need to clean the entire house.

2. Update your planner. 📔

I know it’s the weekend and you may not be ready to face the upcoming Monday yet but one thing you could do right now is stay organised and prepared by updating your planner. Familiarise yourself with what to expect from the next week.

3. Spend some time on your self-care. 🛁

Self-care is so important, we should always make time for self-care. I wrote a post about why it is so important, here.

Making sure that you are allowing time to spend on you is something that seems hard when you are having a busy day! So Self-Care Sunday is perfect for you! Looking after yourself is the most productive thing you could do.

4. Take some time to charge your batteries. 🔋

Similar to ensure that your looking after yourself with self-care, nothing beats a day of relaxation. This is a reminder to you that taking a day off and giving yourself a break is one of the most productive things that you can do for yourself. Recharging isn’t just about napping or sleeping. It’s taking time to ensure your OK.
Recharging your energy to be able to focus and prevent you from burning out.

5. Plan your meals for the upcoming week. 🍝

I have a love-hate relationship with meal planning. We tend to plan the meals for the week for something to change or happen. So we no longer say what day we’re going to eat what.
however, we now ensure we plan at least 6 meal ideas for the week and write a shopping list of what we need so that we can buy this in the weekly shop.

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6. Set some new goals.

I say this a lot, but I do really mean it. Goal setting is the most productive and simplest way to work towards your dreams.
breaking your dreams into workable stepping stones.
by writing your goals for the week on a regular day such as Sunday will help you monitor your progress and will keep you from feeling disheartened if a goal is taking a while to achieve.

7. Make your bedding. 🛏

Washing and freshen up your bedding on a Sunday night ready for a cosy sleep. Your be completely well-rested for any Monday madness. Plus it will keep you on top of changing and making your bed regularly.

8. Read a book. 📖

I hear you saying it. “How on earth is this productive Alexa”. To be productive means you do a lot — you create or produce large amounts of something. Right?
The feeling of being productive is the ability to achieve a positive amount of work or activities that make you feel accomplished. So by either reading, a chapter on a kindle or paperback is a step closer to your goal of finishing a book! Do it.

9. Check your to-do lists.

When it comes to what to do on a Sunday, being able to complete a todo list is a pretty good one to achieve.

Is there anything you can accomplish on your to-do list that you can do? Get it done.

I continuously have a rather long to-do list to complete. Using a notebook filled with a continuous list of everything I need to do. I literally list everything so I don’t ever forget to do something like one of my main ways to stay organised. By completing items off my todo list it leaves me feeling accomplished and that I have been productive.

10. Phone your loved ones.

For a perfect productive Sunday at home do something that is going to improve your happiness and Keep in contact with loved ones and phone someone that you have spoken to in a while. Stopping you from losing touch all together.

Life gets so busy sometimes. It is so easy to let time pass and not speak to our loved ones as much as we should! Sometimes we can feel achieved and reconnected with a simple phone call.

11. Do some exercise / Go for a walk. 🚶🏼‍♀️

Get outside into the fresh air. Treating your body to some healthy exercise is a fun and refreshing thing to do. Keeping you fit and your adrenaline gets pumping. Leading to you feeling more motivated.

12. Declutter an area that you have been avoiding.

It’s time to declutter a room or area that’s starting to look a bit packed. We all have areas in the house that become a dumping ground for things that shouldn’t be there. Having a re-organise and declutter an area that has become hectic is a productive thing to do regularly and keeps it from becoming a massive job.

13. Reorganise and freshen up your workplace.

If you are like me and working from home, your work area should be your place of serenity. Even if you don’t work 24/7 from home, have a clear tidy area, somewhere that you aren’t going to avoid will help keep your work to a good standard, as well as the achieving feeling of content with your area.

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14. Set yourself some goals for the week.

Setting your goals is one of the best ways to stay productive and organised. By setting weekly goals, you are focusing on smaller milestones working towards an overall big goal. Which is how people achieve their dreams, by working there way there where they can.

Using your Sunday to write out what it is you want to be able to achieve for the upcoming week keeps you on track and motivated.

15. Rearrange the furniture. 🛋

Spend some time focusing on your mental wellbeing. Keep your home fresh and have a change around everyone and then. It’s a fabulous way of keeping your house the way you want it. Your feel like you have achieved climbing a mountain once you have moved some furniture around. Trust me there. (lifting a sofa is not easy).

16. Reorder and cull your cupboards of any out of date stuff.

How often do you buy something in the shopping with the full intentions of it being used that week? Then 6 months down the line it is still in the cupboard untouched? The chances are you have more than one item in your cupboards that have gone past there best dates and there waiting to be chucked.
going through the cupboard to cull the expired and familiarise yourself with its contents is a really productive thing to spend an hour doing when you get a chance. No one likes unnecessary amounts of clutter in their lives.

17. Get your laundry done. 🧺

when it comes to laundry, I swear we have a love hate relationship with the washing basket. I love the feeling of completion when all of the washing is done and put away. But hate actually having to do it. We seem to go through so much washing on a weekly basis! So if you have nothing else to do on your Sunday. Get caught up so you don’t have to worry about it again, well for a little while anyway.

18. Make sure you are prepared for your Monday morning.

Monday morning madness. Everything is hectic, and organisation can fly out of the window when you need it to the least.
keeping yourself organised by preparing everything that you need to make your Monday run smoothly. It does not matter what it is you do to prepare, whether it’s making lunch for the day, organising your bag or work, it will keep you ahead of the game.

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19. Spend some time catching up on your hobbies and interests. 🎨

Life gets hectic. There is no denying that. One of the best productive things that you can do for you is to spend some quality time on your hobbies. Is there anything that you have started and now got round to finishing yet? Or maybe you haven’t enjoyed your hobby in so long you’ve pretty much forgotten that it exists. Taking time to catch up, lifts your mood and your Sunday.

20. Create/update your vision board.

I love vision boards. Honestly. I am always mentioning them when it comes to setting goals and wanting to achieve things. If you haven’t created one for you now spend some time to create one. The vision board will act as a continuous reminder to what you are working towards and what your dreams are. What could be more productive?

since our dreams and goals change from time to time, make sure if you use a vision board that you take the time to update it and admire it.

21. Write down some positive affirmations

remember I spoke earlier about productivity being a feeling as well as an achievement of quantity. Positive affirmations are amazing at keeping your spirits up and reminding you why you should love yourself and how.
writing down new affirmations on a regular basis keeps your spirits up and prepares you for when you need reminders.

22. Check in with your finances

I would definitely call this productive. Not the most enjoyable or fun, but definitely productive and responsible.
especially if you are running a business and keeping track of your financial statements for taxes. Spending free time on this regularly will save you having to do this all at once in the future.

23. Sort through old photos. 📸

get your photos organised. Take the time to go through them and reminisce about the holidays you have taken and dream about yourself jumping on a plane to the next holiday!

Find a way of storing your photos that works for you and organise them for ease.

24. Enjoy a family roast dinner.

Sunday! Roast dinner day! Enjoy your dinner with your family or friends and not only are you filling yourself with vegetables which is good for you, your taking time with your loved ones. Time is precious and should never be taken for granted.

25. Get an early night!

the most productive thing you can do on a Sunday out of all of these activities. Getting an early night ensuring your fully rested and recharged ready for Monday madness.

I’d love to hear what you get up to on a Sunday.

How do you spend your Sundays? are you spontaneous or do you have a Sunday routine! Let me know in the comments below.

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What are the benefits of wearing a face mask for the ‘new normal’

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Can you believe how this year had literally been flying by considering 2020 has been a year of worldwide madness, to put it nicely? and of course, the hottest topic of 2020 has been the Coronavirus and the global pandemic that the coronavirus has caused. From being in complete lockdown to only being allowed to enter a shop wearing a face covering. So how appropriate to be talking about the benefits of wearing a face mask! since we all have to do it right now.

Today I am partnering with bitmore.co.uk and their Armor London beautifully designed face mask coverings. There are so many benefits of wearing a face covering. Especially since it is part of the ‘new normal’ life that we are all experiencing right now.

 benefits of wearing a face mask

I thought that this would be a brilliant chance to review something that is highly spoken about as well as argued about right now.

So, What did I think of the masks?

As we headed out for a morning at the arcades, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to test the masks out properly. So I can assure you guys that before writing this post, I have tested the Armor London masks fully.

Honestly, I have been so impressed with these masks that I have been sent, the material is so comfortable. The camafolague pink mask is a cotton material that feels quite soft and really didn’t feel too heavy or restricting.

My favourite mask is the Dusky pink colour made from hemp materials. This mask is again ever so breathable. It didn’t irritate my face at all, and I even forgot it was there after a while.

The fit feels snug to the face but ever so breathable. It is actually the only mask that I have had so far that I haven’t had anxiety with halfway around a store. Which is a massive thing for me, and is really helping my confidence when it comes to face mask-wearing.

The masks are brilliant colours, with quite a beautiful range of colours and styles, as well as a range for children.

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What are the benefits of wearing a face mask?

Some of the major questions on everybody’s lips are what are the benefits of wearing a facemask. Should they really be wearing one and where?

There are many benefits of wearing a face mask. The reasons for wearing them are for our own benefit as well as other people. Although the face mask may not fully beneficial to the person wearing the mask, there is some protection as well as being a requirement to wear to ensure the safety of others.

Wearing a mask helps protect you and others from contracting germs.

The main reason behind wearing a face covering is to prevent the spread of the tiny particles that come from your mouth and nose whilst out and about in the community. Although a face mask alone has not been proven to be completely affective, alongside other methods a facemark is said to be the most effective method of prevention.

You may not realise that you are contagious.

If you were to contract the coronavirus, you may not realise that you have been affected for up to 2 weeks, before you begin to show symptoms. So imagine if you were positive for the Coronavirus and didn’t realise, for 2 weeks you then see 10 people, they then see 10 other people, and that happened every day for the 2 weeks that you do not realise you are contagious to others. The world would be heading back to lockdown again. Not that the world has fully recovered in the first place.

Face masks help the economy recover.

With everything that has happened this year, the business world has taken a really big hit. The idea of protecting the community and supporting the return to business as well as education, so that we are not suffering in the future to come.

There is very little alternative to face coverings.

Wether we like it or not, there are very little alternatives to wearing a face covering, and being vigilant when it comes to social distancing. Although there are many debates about the benefits of wearing a face mask, and if they are actually useful or not. There is no cure/vaccination to beat the covid-19 virus.

benefits of wearing a face mask

What else can you do to prevent spreading or contracting the virus?

Washing your hands frequently.

Good old soap and water, you cant beat it. Washing your hands regularly, especially having touched items from outside of your house setting with soap and water kills bacteria that lingers on your hands. You should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, ensuring your rub in-between all of your fingers and above your wrist.

Use anti bacterial gel.

The use of hand sanitiser gel is a way of cleansing your hands as much as possible if you are in a situation where you are unable to use soap and water. It is highly recommended that as soon as you return to a setting where you are able to wash your hands, you do so.

Continue to adhere to social distancing measures.

However much the lockdown regulations have eased, we are not back to how life was in the slightest. Instead, life is turning to the ‘new normal’ (not that we are sure what exactly normal is yet!). The virus still exists and we should be remaining to stay vigilant as the virus is still catchable. You can do this by trying to stay at least 2 metres away from anyone you do not live with or anyone who is not in your support bubble. Although it may feel like at times that some have started to get bored of the mention of COVID, this should not stop you from ensuring your safety.

Catch it and bin it!

I personally feel like this is quite an obvious thing to say! but yanno… No matter where you are if you feel the need to cough or sneeze you should ensure that you are covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands). Single-use tissues are the safest, as you are able to bin these immediately and wash your hands after.

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