Stress Awareness Month 2020

Today is 1st of April which signifies the first day of Stress Awareness Month. I feel like stress is something that is often ignored as we all just assume that it’s ‘normal’ to be stressed. However, stress is not something that should be ignored because it can lead to people feeling depressed and anxious. That’s why it’s so important to start talking about stress right now.

During our lives, we encounter a lot of times that we face moments of stress. Maybe we don’t even recognise the stress or maybe the stress simply overwhelms us. No matter what kind of stress you are feeling, it is valid and needs to be spoken about.

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UK Lockdown And Mental Health

You probably already know that yesterday at 8:30pm, Boris Johnson announced that the UK was going into lockdown. He stated that there’s now only a few reasons that you are allowed to leave the house and that the police will have more power now.

If you didn’t quite catch what he was saying, here’s the only times you’re allowed to leave the house:

  • Shopping for basic necessities
  • One form of exercise a day
  • Medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work (if completely necessary)

This will be a 3 week lockdown and then the situation will be reassessed.

I know that that is exactly what this country needs but I can also understand that this is going to be hard for people’s mental health, including mine.

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Can You Be Productive All The Time?

I think we all have an inbuilt desire to be productive. We have goals and we hope to reach them as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, if you’re not born into a super rich family or you don’t have all the luck in the world, then you’ll probably have to work for your goals.

If you’re anything like me, then as soon as you’ve found a new goal or dream and you’ve settled on it, then you’ll want to get working on it right away. You’ll be making a list of everything that needs to get done. You’ll be thinking of ways to make it all perfect. Sound familiar? It probably does and that’s because we have all been there.

I think the problem is that we all want to be seen as ‘being productive’. We want to be known as the one who ‘get’s stuff done’. There’s a problem with this mindset though; When do we rest and reset if we are always being productive?!

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Things To Not Take For Granted In Your Teens

“It’s not a bad idea to occasionally spend a little time thinking about things you take for granted. Plain everyday things.” – Evan Davis

Time is something that you can never get back and it’s much more valuable that you realise when you’re younger.

I decided that I would share some of the things that I wish I didn’t take from granted as a teen so that teens reading this can think about this stuff..

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How To Avoid Christmas Burnout

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, too bad it’s also the most stressful time of the year too. The end of the year is approaching and you can’t wait for that mini break. But first, Christmas time..

♡ Know your limits. You don’t have to attend every single Christmas party or event. It’s perfectly okay for you to say no. If you’ve been to a few parties and you’re feeling the impact then it’s simply okay to just say no. You don’t need to make up an excuse or feel bad about it. Just saying no is good enough.

♡ Eat well. We all know that Christmas bring lots of yummy treats such as sweets, pastries and even alcohol. However, that stuff can take a toll on your health and energy which will lead to burnout. Of course, it’s completely normal to eat the yummy foods and I definitely think you should be try to eat some fruit and veg in their too though.

♡ Watch where your money goes. I know that this is easier said then done but Christmas can get super expensive so watching your money is important. If you overspend then it could make you stressed and you could even end up being stressed into the New Year which isn’t what anyone wants. Christmas is about family and friends, not material items. If you’re short on cash then try getting crafty for gifts. They have more sentimental value and it’s a good way of saving some cash.

♡ Schedule yourself some you time. So many people’s diaries get filled up during the Christmas period that they end up completely exhausted by the new year. Before you go and completely fill up your diary, grab your planner or calendar or whatever you use and schedule yourself some free time where you can truly look after yourself. You could arrange to take yourself somewhere or you could just watch a film in your home while drinking hot chocolate. If your batteries are empty you can’t keep giving to others so recharging is essential. 

Whatever you end up doing this Christmas, I hope that it is absolutely wonderful. Don’t forget to look out for your own health during the Christmas period as remember that self care is important at this time of year.

Becoming The Best Version Of Myself

After writing my post about my life lessons, I realised that even though I have learnt a few life lessons throughout my life, there’s still more that I can improve on to make myself the best version of me that I can be.

I think it’s time that I start off a journey of becoming the best version of myself. I’m going to start by making lists of traits, habits and general things that I aspire to be. I thought what better place to share these lists than right here on my blog. By putting my thoughts into writing, it will be like taking them out of my very chaotic mind and it might even help to make me feel even more accountable. Hopefully sharing my goals and aspirations with you all will encourage me to do what I need to do to get to the places that I want to be.

Productivity:

  • I want to write more blog posts in advance so that when bloggers block hits, I have something to share with you all.
  • I want to make sure I keep my home, desk area and living spaces clean.
  • I want to stop procrastinating and get things done so I have time to relax when I need to in the evenings.
  • I want to stick to one journal system and actually use the journal to organise my days.
  • I want to start managing my monthly budgets better and start saving money.

Physical Health:

  • I want to lose five stone (70lbs) before my 24th birthday (November 2020).
  • I want to drink more water instead of lemonade and other fizzy drinks.
  • I want to stop eating cake as much.
  • I want to try to follow exercises from YouTube.
  • I want to make sure that I keep on top of my personal hygiene.

Mental health:

  • I want to try looking at situations more positively instead of worrying too much.
  • I want to show more gratitude to the people who are in my life.
  • I want to cut out the toxic people in my life and make friends to replace them.
  • I want to practise forgiveness for others to protect my own sanity.
  • I want to incorporate daily meditation into my life.
  • I want to set boundaries that will protect my own wellbeing.

Hobbies:

  • I want to start practising my drawing skills and painting more.
  • I want to actually learn to play my guitar instead of looking at it just sat in the corner.
  • I want to travel more and experience as many cultures as I can.
  • I want to rekindle my love for reading.
  • I want to start taking more photographs to capture precious life moments.

I’m hoping that now I have shared these goals with you, I’ll be able to keep up with this. It’s definitely going to be a hard journey and nothing will be accomplished overnight but it will be an interesting journey. I will probably focus on a small task per week or even longer so that I can create new habits and keep my thoughts organised.

If you lovely readers are also on a journey of self improvement, what’s on your list of things to improve on?

My Weight Loss Journey: The Reboot

At the start of 2018, I started my weight loss journey and did pretty well losing a total of 3 stone in a year. I didn’t want to join a fad diet so I decided not to rush my weight loss journey. I didn’t want to do a milkshake diet or some of these cults such as Weight Watchers or Slimming World.

I wanted to do it alone so I did. I joined a gym, started making healthier life choices and the weight started to come off.

It was all going well until 2019 started. That was when I started maintaining some months and gaining in others. The weight just wasn’t coming off anymore. To be honest, I gave up on my journey and stopped trying to lose weight.

I wasn’t going to the gym as often and slowly but surely, unhealthy snacks and meals started slipping back into my diet.

That is all about to change though.

Starting Monday, I will be heading back to the gym. There’s a reason that I won’t be going until Monday but those are pretty personal so I won’t go into it. Starting today, I’ll be eating healthier again. I’ll go back to making healthy decisions with my food. I’ll also be walking more often instead of sitting around doing nothing.

I think that a problem of mine is that I don’t notice any weight loss on myself. I see the numbers on the scales going down but I don’t actually notice any difference in the mirror or photographs. Maybe it’s a self confidence thing or maybe I’m just losing weight weirdly. All that I can do is keep on trying to lose weight though.

As well as the photos and measurements, this time i’m going to be sharing my journey, the losses, gains, struggles and triumphs here. I am hoping it will keep me more on track even if in the ups and downs of life. I’ll also be tracking everything on my Fitness Instagram so be sure to follow me over there.