Beat the post Christmas blues

Hey Readers,

You know that feeling after Christmas when they climax can make you feel bleh and like nothing is exciting because it is all happened. Not to mention that you gained more pounds and lost some via the bank, sigh. So, I have looked at some ways to help feel less blue.

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With Christmas we have spend more time at home, indulging in food and sitting watching copious amounts of television. A change of scenery is good especially when it is out in nature and going for walks outside. It is a fantastic way to blow of them cobwebs and you really do feel tons better.

Since Christmas I for one have been so focused on dealing presents, food, entertainment that now I have got nothing to focus on. That is why making plans and doing something exciting can really help give you back that cest for life. It doesn’t even have to be something big, it could be just a walk to your local library and reading some new books.

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Of course a good way to feeling better is eating more healthy choices and reduce the amount of sugar laden food. You feel much better physically and mentally for it.

Sometimes, it is easy to get stuck in a pity party especially after all the excitement of Christmas has vanished. Sometimes just changing the way you think or looking at the things that you do have and being thankful really make you feel tons better.

Have you noticed that Christmas routine slips away, you relax and take it easy. You may have been really busy with social engagements so getting to a routine can help you feel so much better and a bit more in control.

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Obviously, we love a good drink or two, why not it’s Christmas. But now that Christmas is finished reduce the amount of alcohol will help you greatly, as alcohol is a depressant so can influence your mood hugely.

What things have helped you shift the feeling of post Christmas blues?

Cheers for reading X

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Things to remember when your depressed

Hey readers,

Christmas can be a difficult time for some, I for one struggle with depression and anxiety,  I know I am not the only one. Here are few things to bear in my mind when you are depressed.

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1) When you are feeling low, you feel like you are the only person to being going through hell. But remember that you are not alone, in fact approximately 1 in 4 people experience mental health problems in the uk each year. Did you know that mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental health disorder in Britain?! That speaks volumes really!

2) Remember it is ok not to be and sometimes dwelling in sadness is acceptable. Like wise asking for help, taking bills or going to therapy are also acceptable. We are all different, experiment and use what works for you. Don’t be ashamed as there is so many people seeking out different ways to manage.

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3) Don’t aim to cure, it is more important to manage and find strategies that help reduce the feelings. Of course, in an ideal world I would love to get rid of my depression etc but the changes are slim. I am not rejected the fact I can’t overcome it, I am more trying to accept what I have got, taken the pressure of and taking one day at a time. No one really knows what is around the corner, so just being present in the moment is much more realistic way of thinking.

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4) Don’t ignore how you feel, sweeping under the carpet won’t make it go away. I have been guilty in the past and have learnt the hard way when the illness will creep up on you, there is only so much hiding you can do until eventually you will crack. It is better to deal with the situation now then later when it is much bigger and more difficult to manage.

 

Ways to deal with stress

Hey readers,

I am a person that gets easily stressed especially when I feel overwhelmed and have too many balls to juggle. Here are some of techniques that I have used to help reduce the feeling sof being stressed.

First one I think that is crucial is to allow time out from all the to-do lists and do something that is just simply for me to enjoy. For me, personally I love having low lights, sitting in my warm bed and reading a book. That is my idea of bliss –  total escapism!

The next tip to help with stress is something so simple but at times the hardest. I have been guilty of this, bottling things up and thinking I am strong enough. It is important to talk to someone, even if they can’t offer solutions, just knowing someone can listen can be a Hugh relief.

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I love a good list, it is so cathartic to write out what may cause the stress and if you can find ways to help reduce the stress.

We all know sleep is vital for your mental wellbeing and can help make you think clearer when you get a good night rest. One of the main things you can do to stop you getting distracted when going to sleep is to turn your phone off and leave it in another room. Less distraction and light is a fantastic way of stopping you thinking and give you change to shut down your brain and drift off to sleep naturally.

There is so many free resources online or even at your local library of mindfulness/guided walk through meditation to help train your brain to relax.

Writing a  a mood diary over a few weeks can help establish what may trigger stress and trying to put techniques in place to help reduce the feeling.

Cheers for reading X

Ways to stop boredom eating

Hey readers,

I  be honest with you there have been times where I have eaten something simply just because I was bored. I eat my emotions regardless of what the occasion is. It is just so lovely to eat food and put in your mouth, not so good on the waist mind. Therefore, I have written some techniques that have helped combat boredom eating. It is amazing how taking a step back and exchanging your behaviour can really make a difference.

1) It is easy to instantly think that you are hungry because you are feeling light headed, I get muddled up sometimes between dehydration and hunger. I find if I am mindful of making sure that I have drank throughout the day it can also help with satisfying the hunger.

2) Instead of grabbing something to eat, distraction can help take your mind of thinking about food. It can be something as simple as organising a draw or painting your nails.

3) I always feel that it is better to sit down at the table whilst eating as it can help fill you up and less likely to cause indigestion.

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4) Taking your time to chew your food can be really beneficial. It can trick your brain that there is more food then you have, making you feel more satisfied.

5) If you can play the waiting game, say 5-10 minutes make stop you in your tracks from immediately eating food to thinking whether you really need that piece of food.

6) Now and again it is ok to simply eat something. If you refuse something all the time it may make you desperately find that item a hell of a lot more attractive, moderation is key.

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7) Try chewing gum or brushing your teeth before eating something as the smell of mint can be off putting and make you want to not eat something.

8) I have noticed that when I am super duper tired I eat more, so before you decide to tuck into something consider having a snooze to help cure them hunger needs.

Cheers for reading X

Mess free cooking with kids – how to prevent cleaning mess 

Household activities such as cleaning or cooking often take parents’ time away from their children. However, tackling these duties as a family can solve the problem. Moreover, kids are pretty curious and even if you don’t ask for their help they will come to the kitchen exactly when you are preparing their favourite cake. Usually, the first thing that crosses a parent’s mind in such moment is “oh-oh” yet, cooking with kids can be a real fun if you follow a couple of simple steps. Moreover, encouraging your children to help you with the preparation of the food has a lot of benefits and will help them acquire some valuable skills.

Follow these steps and next time your child approaches the countertop while you are cooking everything will be under control.

Kitchen aprons

Buy kitchen aprons for all members of your family. In this way, when you ask your kid to put it on, they won’t feel like they have been punished. Most of the children would find it amusing to wear an apron but you can never be sure how your child will react. However, when they see that you are already wearing one, they will accept it as something normal and the most important, later you won’t wonder how to get rid of the greasy spots on their clothes. 

Free the working space

Tidy domestic cleaning advises that you should always keep the working area clean, so that when you and your little helper are cooking, there won’t be any broken cups or plates. The freer working space your child has, the smaller the possibility is for a mess in the kitchen. Another important thing is to remove from the countertop every vessel directly after it has been used and you don’t need it anymore. In this way, your kid won’t be able to push accidentally on the floor the pot with egg cream.

Clean on the go

Always keep a bottle of soapy water on the countertop. When your kid is cooking with you, they can’t be as careful as you are and you can’t blame them for that. Be patient and every time you see that there are any food deposits on the countertop, sprinkle them with soapy water and wipe them away. If you are cleaning on the spot it won’t be necessary to spend an hour dealing with the mess after the teamwork.

Organise the cooking process in advance

If you know from the previous evening that on the next morning you will be making breakfast together with your kids, do some small preparations in advance, that will help you decrease the possibility for a mess to a minimum. It is a win-win situation because you still will be able to involve your kids in the cooking process and keep your kitchen clean. 

Cook slowly

Once you are in the kitchen with your kid, forget all other activities and even your mobile phone. Pay attention to them, stimulate them to work slowly and carefully. If they are not doing something properly, give them a lesson. Remember, that when the child has a desire to learn something, you are the one who needs to teach them. With time they will be able to help with the cooking without making a mess.

These steps may help you look at cooking as a wonderful way to spend more time with your children. Even if you are not able to follow them every time, don’t forget that involving your child in this activity will help them acquire many valuable skills, which will prove to be pretty useful later in their life.