Why daily routines are good

Hey readers,

I love having a daily routine. There are times in my life where things happen such as Christmas where that routine goes out of the window. During these times it really makes me appreciate a routine even more. I literally pine after that routine and get itchy feet to put down a to-do-list for the day.

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Here are some positive reasons why having a daily routine can be really beneficial to you.

Because it creates automatic habits over time that you don’t need to think about. Therefore, leading to not having to use your time to think about it means you are being more efficient to do other things.

Less need to plan when you have a regular routine because you subconsciously just do it, in turn, leads to healthy habits that you automatically do over time.

Routines help creates motivation to keep going because you can see the benefits that a routine is having on your life.

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Once you have your s**t together you will be quicker. Therefore more time to relax.

Less likely to procrastinate because you wire your brain to do the things that need doing as you have a plan and know what to expect.

You will feel more in control as you know what you are doing, giving you the confidence to get stuff done.

Having a plan for the day can help you get a better night sleep when you know what to expect without having to dread the night before what the day will happen.

It gives you a sense of security as you know what to expect and can make you feel comfortable about life.

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Routines help reduces stress levels as you feel more confident, in control and having that sense that you can get something done in a day.

Having a routine can help give you a structure to your day.

I hope that has inspired you.

Cheers for reading X

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Thrive App Review

Hey readers,

If you like me suffer with stress or anxiety then I have found a way that may help you and that is an app called Thrive . It is available on android and iOS.

So what is Thrive? well in a nutshell it is a service that provides helpful information and tools to reduce stress and anxiety, therefore making you thrive in life.

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When you first start the app it will go through questions on how you have felt over the past two weeks such as I have been experiencing not much enjoyment in activities. There helps give the app a baseline on your mood and also the areas that you need to improve on such as finding ways to wind down or getting more sleep.

The background of the app is a island on a beach and has soothing music to help make you feel more calmer.

Then there are three islands that you can navigate around which each having sub categories for tools for you to use to help you.

On the first island there is:

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Breathing 

Provides a step-to-step guide on how to do the breathing with you. It recommends that you do it three times a day for three minutes.

Meditation

These are guided meditation to help you relax. There are a variety of types such as sensory (focusing on sounds) to meditation in learning to not engage in worrying thoughts. There are different length meditation from five minutes to 25 minutes.

Deep Muscles

Works though all the muscles from the top to the bottom of the body and learning to untense and relax your muscles.

Self Suggestion

Using a phase like Keep calm and going through an exercise to help you relax.

Second Island consists of all things Zen like.

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Zen Garden

If you are like me and enjoy practical activities then this will be a good one for you.  Basically, it is a virtual Japanese rock garden when you focus on creating a garden that consists of calming features like water. It is practical but calming as well, as you are concentrating on the garden and design as opposed to the stress that is on your mind.

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Zen Challenge

Is a game where you have different levels to get one  bucket to another bucket. It starts of easy but does get hard.

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Final island consists of:

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Message

Where you can create a message of encouragement and in turn receive one back (I believe it is for other users of the app, I don’t know the person personally). PHOTO

Progress

Where you track how well you have been doing through the week or month.  You can revalue how you are feeling, how much times you have spent on activities giving you insight to what is working and what needs to be improved, if anything.

Mood Meter

You can analyse your mood with the mood meter. It is grey cloud at the bottom to indicate totally sadness and in contrast at the top is sunshine where everything is hunky dory.

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Wellbeing

This section looks at the concerns you raised organically when you first signed up to the app and then there is information about why for instant sleep is important. Further down there are tips and ways to help make the situation better. Such as not drinking caffeine before bed and getting blackout blinds.

Overall, I really like this app as it is practical and something you can use as much or as little as you want. You can use the tools that suit you, as everyone is different. What may work for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. A good point about this app is it is on your phone and you can use it anywhere. So, for instance I struggle with social anxiety. If I am particularly anxious on the day of a social situation I can go to the bathroom and do a three minute breathing technique to help reduce the anxiety.  I like the fact there is more than one option giving you that choice to tailor to your needs.

I have always found through my own experience as someone suffers with mental health issues, is that doing something practical when you feel  dire really can make you feel tons better. It gives back that empowerment and seeking out some help can build your confidence when you are feeling so rubbish.

I can’t really fault the app and give it a 5* because it is important to spend time on your mental health.

Cheers for reading X

I recieved app payment in exchange of review. All opinions are entirely my own.

 

50 ways to do self care

Hey readers,

Sometimes life can be stressful or we don’t look after ourselves. A way to help when life gets on top of us is practice something positive to do for ourselves to help make sure that you as a person are cared for. Below I have gathered 50 ways to do self care, the activities are a mixed bag and some are free some may require some cash. Others don’t take long compared to other activities that can take longer. Therefore, there is plenty of choice for you to choose from to help you feel good and making sure that you DO self care on yourself. It is important to look after others but ultimately you need to make sure that you as an individual are in tip top shape. Enjoy!

50 ways to do self care

1. Bath

2. Read a book

3. Go for a walk

4. Talk to someone

5. Write a blog post

6. Have a hot tea

7. Watch something funny

8. Have a shower

9. Bake

10.Paint your nails

11. Take a photo

12. Have a sleep

13. Go to bed

 14. Write a letter to someone

15. Colouring in

16. Explore nature

17. Read inspiration quotes

18. Write an action plan to a problem

19. Burn a candle

20. Have a cuddle

21. Treat yourself

22. Learn something new

23. Stretch your body

24. Dance

25. Stroke an animal

26. Drink a glass of water

27. Sort out your emails

28. Sell something on ebay

28. Clean

29. Sort out your drawers

30. declutter

31.spend an hour alone

32. Go to a coffee shop

33. Visit a art gallery

34. Choose to have a good day

35. Be spontanous

36. Listen to a meditation

38. Forgive yourself

39. Get a massage

40. Get a haircut

41. Make a playlist of your favourite tracks

42. Look at cat gifs on the internet

43. Create a mood board

44. Do nothing

45. Practice breathing

46. Binge watch a box set

47. Watch a film

48. Browse pinterest for inspiration

49. Squeeze a stress ball

50. Snuggle under a throw

Cheers for reading X

 

Ten things I loved about May

Hey readers,

Well it is now June so I am going to reflect on the ten good things that I have enjoyed or achieved.

1) I have lost 4lbs on Slimming World plan.

2) I have gotten more independent with taking both my boys out myself.This is really challenging for me as an autistic person.

3) I have enjoyed eating more salad with the recent warm weather.

4)I have started a photography course and really had fun experimenting and learning new photography techniques.

5) I have completed a parenting course. I have learnt so much and gained more then I ever imagined.

6) My husband has painted the boys bedroom and which is really lovely finally to get the time to do some work around our home.

7) stumbling across the new zero Lucozade which I am so pleased as I love Lucozade so great healthier option.

8) I have enjoyed trying out the new
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9) I have enjoyed reading a couple of books. You know when you get totally engrossed and can’t wait to read it.

10) Watching my eldest son make leaps in his speech since the last couple of weeks with the help of speech therapy.

Cheers for reading X

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A Cornish Mum