Tuesday, 10 October 2017

MENTAL HEALTH DAY


As today is Mental Health Day and I volunteer with The Mentality Project I have decided to create a bonus post as a somewhat collaboration of my volunteering whilst I'm studying away. Last year I created a similar post that you all seemed to love called Mental Health, which has encouraged me to create another post. Especially when the nights are getting darker, we can always feel in need of a good pick me up and to focus on ourselves that little bit more. Therefore, I feel like there is no better time than now to create a post to hopefully make you think about yourself a little bit more. So, grab a cuppa, snuggle up and take some time out for yourself.

Personally for me this past year has been tough, moving to a new city and meeting new people has seen its ups and downs. However I have powered through the toughest of days and came out far more positive as I now appreciate the little things in life that little bit more. I am far more grateful for having a good day than I was before. I have also learnt many things about myself and what specific things I need to do to avoid being affected or to be able to maintain a positive and realistic outlook on life.

Life is tough for everyone no matter who we are and what life we live. It is important to make sure we are fully aware of our mental health and in some way are connected to the way we feel. It is easy to get lost in a life of deadlines and stress, forgetting that we need to take time out for ourselves. We are a living being and therefore are allowed to feel emotions, no matter who we are.

Until volunteering with Mentality I never quite realised what you could do and just how important your mental health is. The most important thing that I found is probably that your mental health is just as important as your physical health, if not more. When your mental health is not at its best, it can go on to make you physically ill further down the line. Therefore, the importance of taking time off when your mental health isn't at its best is rather essential. Take being a student, you are consistently bombarded with stress: deadlines, assignments, coursework and exams. These all can take a toll on your body, being able to fully concentrate whilst studying at home or in a class can be highly affected by where your mental health is. So, when you get a day off and you're not feeling one hundred per cent, keep it your day off. Don't plan to do any work, you deserve a break! Make the day a self-care day, all about you! If you feel like your mental health is in a very bad place then taking time off work and school is fully acceptable. You want to be able to be your best and by taking time to focus on yourself you're allowing yourself to recover, just like you would a physical illness. If you feel as if the day off didn't help, maybe go to your local doctors and discuss the situation with them. They should have access to a range of contacts who may be able to help you. If that doesn't work, they will be able to discuss other things that could help you further down the line. Focusing on yourself can be beneficial and give you that breathing space to allow you to get in tip top shape and to continue to do your best.


"I fall from the sky but I won't fall forever, I fall but when I rise I'll be stronger than ever" 
- Rayleigh Ritchie -

N 💛

Sunday, 8 October 2017

SELF CARE PLAYLIST


Sometimes life can be tough. We all have bad days and sometimes music can make the tough days that little bit easier. When we fall it can be the right song that lifts us right back up to feeling empowered and ready to face what lies ahead. These songs I hope will save a few of you from bad days. I hope you find one that when you need to be picked up from a bad day, you come home and play that three minute song. You cry, you let out that emotion and then you turn it off and say "you know what, I got this! I can do me!


Travie McCoy - Keep On Keeping On ft. Brendon Urie



Jess Glyne - Don't Be So Hard On Yourself




Jessie J - Who You Are



Christina Aguilera - Fighter




Destiny's Child - Survivor ft. Da Brat




Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger



The Script - Fall for Anything




Rayleigh Ritchie - Stronger Than Ever



The Script - Hall of Fame ft. will.i.am

What songs give you a pick me up? Do you find music can help with self care? Let me know what you think in the comments. 

N 💛

Sunday, 1 October 2017

SELF CARE


As the academic year starts, it can always seem to be a somewhat tough time of the year. With earlier nights and deadlines approaching it can be tough to notice that it's more important than ever to treat yourself to a little bit of self care. It's often that we find ourselves pushing back our self care in order to complete deadlines or to focus on looking after others that we forget that the most important thing is to make sure you are well. Because with out looking after yourself, you're not going to be able to do your best at looking after others either. 
  
So with that in mind, I've put together a few tips that you can use whenever you're feeling in need of a bit of a self care pick me up. 

Phone a good friend or family member - In a world where technology is all around us we can sometimes forget the importance of hearing someones voice. So if you are feeling as if you have had a particularly hard day, phone a loved one and explain how you are feeling. By calling someone it may feel like you are getting something off your chest slightly more than just texting them.

Run yourself a nice hot bath / shower - Anyone who knows me, knows that I love myself a good pamper night. But I understand that we don't all always have time to pamper ourselves completely so treat yourself to a nice shower, use your favourite products and by the time you leave you'll feel far better for taking some time for yourself.

Grab a hot drink - Whether you are a tea drinker, coffee drinker or a fan of hot chocolate treating yourself to a hot drink when you feel overwhelmed is a great way to focus on yourself. Even if you are out and about, pop to a local coffee shop to pick up one to go. This is a great way to give yourself a well deserved break or a great excuse to get you away from a stressful environment.

Go for a walk or a run - Whether that's amongst nature or around the city, by getting your body moving it will realise endorphins which are designed to relieve stress and enhance pleasure which will immediately give you a pick me up. 

Take breaks - It's okay to take breaks! No matter what we keep telling ourselves it is important to take breaks, whether that's half an hour or a couple of days. Take the amount of time off that you need, to focus on yourself. It doesn't matter how busy you are, your mental health is the most important thing by allowing yourself to take a break it will mean when you get back to whatever you were doing, you can give it your best.

Make sure you are drinking enough water - I am very guilty for this. It is so easy to forget to drink or to only drink when you are thirsty, however making sure you drink regularly and preferably water it will allow your body to stay hydrated and keep you energised for the day. If you don't like water, maybe try adding some fruits to add some more flavour.

Make your bedroom a you space - No matter how old you get, your bedroom should always be your safe space. It should be the space that allows you escape from all of lives problems. So make it feel more cosy by adding fairy lights or positive pictures to make it your space.

Treat yourself - That dress you've been looking at for weeks but haven't bought - buy it! That chocolate bar you've been craving - eat it! Life is too short to not enjoy the little things. Everything in moderation is not going to break the bank or kill the diet.

Get enough sleep - Last but certainly not least, make sure you are getting between 8 to 9 hours sleep a night or however many hours you need in order to feel awake. By not getting enough sleep you're not allowing your body to be well rested and can open yourself up to catching things like the common cold more easily. Take an hour before bed to calm down allowing yourself to hopefully fall to sleep faster.

What tips or advice have you got for self care? Do you practise self care regularly? Let me know in the comments so that we can all share our knowledge, as something that may work for one person may not always work for another. 

N 💛

Sunday, 24 September 2017

SUMMER ADVENTURES


As we are now approaching the wonders of Autumn, I thought I'd do a bit of a throwback to when I had a beautiful day out with my good friend, Freya. Freya has been a good friend of mine for 13 years, we've had our ups and downs over the years but to be completely honest I think it's made our friendship stronger. On days like this, it reminds me of how grateful I am to have her in my life. I admire the fact that we can both be so honest to each other about the bad and the good, I feel like that is a great foundation to have in any friendship.

We went to a place called Warleigh Weir. As I didn't come as prepared as Freya to actually go in the water, I think it's safe to say that we made some interesting memories that day. I always find being amongst nature is always a great way to disconnect and feel more at home within yourself. I believe this is what made this day even more special. I've put some photos together to show a snippet of our day, I hope you enjoy.








N 💛

Sunday, 17 September 2017

MY BULLET JOURNAL


When I first heard about this concept of creating your own journal to help you keep track of your own life more, I must admit I didn’t see how it could work. I saw multiple photos of beautifully laid out pages but when I thought about the reality of it and the time it probably took to create them, I didn’t see it being very practical. However, with my mental health not being in the best of places, I decided to give it a go along with my flatmate as I had nothing to lose.

Three months on and I am in love with my bullet journal. Every night before going to bed I would take ten minutes out to sit down and somewhat reflect on my day. I enjoy the time that I spend creating new pages and in the long run it really helps to make me feel more positive and that I have my life in order a little bit more. Before starting bullet journal, I loved watching videos and looking up new Instagram accounts to see all the beautiful layouts and spreads that people have created. So, I thought I’d show you a couple of pages of mine without showing too much as some are a little personal.









Overall, I’d highly recommend creating one. It doesn’t have to be glamorous it could be very basic and simple, but it will help to show the importance of keeping track of the little things of life and give you a place to store some of your ideas and thoughts. What are your thoughts of bullet journals? Have you got a bullet journal? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

N 💛