How to beat the winter blues

Hey readers,

I know it is not winter yet but it won’t be long before it is here with us. The clocks have already gone back and it slowly getting darker and darker meaning that we will not get as much sunlight as we once during the summer time. The weather is getting bitter with the cold air and this can really dampen some people moods. So, here are some ways that have been useful in beating the winter blues.

Exercise. 

I know during the darker evenings there is nothing more appealing than to sit under a throw and curl up. However, one way that can stimulate them feel good hormones such as serotonin is exercise, you can just simply watch a exercise on YouTube you don’t have to leave the home. This can make you feel so much better and it might you go the motivation to do more stuff around the home.

Like I have said previously one of the triggers for a decreased drop in mood is not got getting enough sunlight during the day which means less vitamin D to brighten you up. One thing you might want to consider is getting a sad lamp which helps reduce the sad feelings associated with season affective disorder (SAD). It is a lamp that mimics the day light and the person should ideally be near it to work. It can brighten up the environment you are in and it effects the brain chemicals that is connected to your mood.

 

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Sleep.

Sleep is so important for your physical and mental health that is why it is important you make sure you get enough. Make sure that you have a comfortable place to settle and always leave your tech in another room, less likely to get distracted and then you can 100% focus on your sleep.

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Outdoors.

Another great tip is even though it will be miserable outside wrap up warm and just do it as it will be really worth it. Going outdoors some exposure to light and blow some cob webs off too. You will feel much better after you have done it.

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Eat healthier.

As lovely as it is to eat them gorgeous gluttonous food such as chocolate and carbohydrates it is important to try to be mindful of eating healthy. With the food just mentioned the thing that attracts them is the instant hit and feel good factor they produce. The downfall is that it is instance what comes up must come down. Therefore triggering a slump like state which won’t do your mind any flavours in the long run.  Try snacking on fruit such as apples and grapes that give that sweet sensation but less like to make you feel like poop after.

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Windows. 

Sitting near windows whether at home or at work can help get that natural light needed to boast your mood during the winter periods.

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Hobbies. 

Do something that makes you happy whether it is having a soak in the bath or going to the cinema, focusing on something enjoyable can help make you feel a lot more positive.

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Cheers for reading X

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Manic

Hey readers,

My word is:

I don’t know why but every year I get worked up about Christmas and I have to get all the presents sorted out. I tend to get very stressed because it is a chance and that stresses me out.

It doesn’t help that things have gone wrong and you need to find the money to replace them, sods law and all that. I wish I had savings but too poor for that. So, you worry about it all. Anyhow that has been sorted and is a huge relief. But the other night I spend writing and rewriting lists as it calms me. I just go into panic mode because I gotta kind of thing outside of the box and try to budget. I think becuase everywhere Christmas is being pushed now after Halloween has been done and dusted. anyhow, I got it ll planned and feel back in control.

Cheers for reading X

Edu Prints Plus review

Hey readers,

I had the opportunity to review some gorgeous educational prints from Edu Prints Plus. The company is an online shop that sell kids’ posters that are designed to give words of wisdom and numbers of knowledge to inspire, excite up, and set your kids up for the infinite things they could do.

I chose three prints with quotes on that I thought would provide motivation and inspiration for my boys. When I do have the money I shall be buy frames to make them look better on the bedroom walls.

Below is a picture of the three prints I have chosen. 

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Normal is overrated. 

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I really love this quote and think it is brilliant reminder to have on my children’s bedroom wall. I have a son who masks a lot of behaviour from seeing other children at school and I try my best to encourage him to be himself. I think it is important to celebrity individuality and not going along with the crowd. I want him to read this and remember it is ok to be different. I also like the font – is big, bright and bold that will catch your eyes. I like the cartoon picture because it is fun and child friendly.

Don’t be afraid to be different.

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Again this poster stuck out to me when I was choosing prints to review. I really like this message especially when trying to reinforce the fact that it is important to be yourself. Peer pressure is a big thing and I want my children to know that it is ok to go with what feels right for you rather then what Joe Bloggs is doing. So, much of life is full of putting people into categories or bands even from an early age at school. I am real strong believer in individuality. I want my son’s to read this every day and remember this message for life.

Now, the serious bit is out of the way I want to talk about the design. I love the multi-coloured word on different. I like imagine of the picture and think it is simple but really effective. It looks great in a child’s room but also say in an educational setting such as a nursery or school.

When it rains look for rainbows.

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I really like this quote especially when my son’s now take themselves to the bedroom when they want alone time. My eldest (we think he has autism but we know how hard it is to get a diagnosis). Anyhow, at night he gets very anxious and has a lot of intrusive thoughts. There is not a night goes by when he doesn’t stop asking questions over and over again. He gets scared and he doesn’t sleep very well. I like this poster because it is happy and it reminds you that even though you’re feeling sad or going through something look for the good. My son really likes this one as he loves stars. I think it looks great, attractive and popular with both my sons.

Overall I am impressed with the design, the card is thick and when delivered it is not bend which is helpful. The service is top notch. Edu Prints Plus also do more than just quotes, there’s educational pictures such as times tables. So there is plenty of choice to add a little something different to your walls.

Cheers for reading X

This is an advertisement feature. I was given the three posters for free in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

Dealing with FOMO

Hey readers,

As a person who has experienced feelings of FOMO due to the increase social media presence of this idea of a perfect mother I know how tough it can be. Of course there is no perfect life but when you are bombarded with constant images of happy families constantly doing something and you’re at home not doing a great deal you can feel like you are missing out.

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I know the FOMO (feelings of missing out) is a common problem with the internet generation as there is always something going on and it natural to compare but where do we draw the line.

The dictionary definition of FOMO is:

Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media.

Here are some ways have helped me come to accept my life and know it is ok not to be perfect.

Be kind to yourself.

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I think there is this need in society to have the next best thing, to constantly be doing amazing things on social media but sometimes you know what it is good to stay in and do nothing. Don’t beat yourself up for this, your allow to not do anything or go anywhere doesn’t mean you are not living, embrace and actually let go and enjoy it. I now do this and I cut that pressure of and it feels amazing. I slow down and just unwind and it really does the world of good for your mental health.

You’re not alone.

This may sound obvious but belief me when you are engrossed in the feelings of FOMO you lose your ability to rationalise, you assume everyone is doing something other than you. You get intrusive thoughts that you should be doing what everyone is doing and that social pressure feels very strong and the urge to comply is there. I found that actually not looking at some of the individuals who for whatever reason have much cooler life than me helps. I remind myself I am not alone and I also look around on the old social media to see that others doing similar stuff to me and that it is ok to be that. It is all about putting things into perspective realising that most people that you check out on Instagram are just one sided and you don’t see all their lives. Try to unfollow people that make you feel inferior – ignorance is bliss. Find other accounts that are similar to you and you can relate to. It will make you feel so much better and also contribute in helping come to accept your life in a more positive way.

Distractions.

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Sometimes, I feel overwhelmed with all the online information that is out there. The constant notifications that sometimes the best thing to do is mute the distractions, turn your phone on aeroplane mode or even better still turning your phone completely off. Even if it is just for an hour you will be amazed at how much better you will feel.

What things have helped you deal with FOMO?

Cheers for reading X