Category: mental health

This month sucked

I think most of us all over the world can say that March 2020 has been the worst.  There has been sadness and distress and disruption of some sort.

A pandemic in my 34 years hasn’t happened so it’s pretty new to me. I mean we had the bird flu/swine flu epidemic but we weren’t confined to our homes.

Normally I would be writing a monthly favourites. But to be frank…it’s just been about getting by and making sure we have enough food and loo roll to last us the week.

I have been staying in contact with friends and family through social media platforms and the power of video chat apps like messenger, FaceTime and WhatsApp.

Every single day I make sure I have one positive thought and I share it on a group I’ve set up on my personal Facebook page to get us through these trying times.

We don’t know how long this lockdown process will be. All we can do is keep ourselves safe and stay in touch.

MANY APOLOGIES IF MY BLOG HASN’T BEEN AS HELPFUL OR ENTERTAINING AS IT USUALLY IS. I PROMISE I WILL TRY TO MAKE IT BETTER THROUGH APRIL.

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This valentines day

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Valentines Day is the one day of the year when you all declare your love to your other half or a admirer / crush.

It is very hyped up and retailers make things twice as expensive because they know you will spend it if you really want it. People go all slushy on social media and try to out do each other.

I guess this is the first year in ages that I’ve been in a relationship and other years I’ve just been ‘ oh it Valentine’s Day, how many cards will come through my door….zero 🙈

I think that yes it’s lovely to have a special day like we do for Christmas but blink and you miss it

I am a sucker however for a good old love song, so here’s a throwback playlist I found on Spotify

As I’m writing this it’s the day before Valentines. I won’t be seeing my boyfriend til the 15th so I’m going to make Valentines a self love day. So tonight I’m going to get everything ready to grab tomorrow.

This will include things such as

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I could go well over the top but it’s just to make me feel good. I don’t know what the plans are when I see the other half. Just seeing him will be enough.

Hope you have a lovely day whatever you decide to do.

❤️

MY BEDTIME ESSENTIALS

There’s few things that help me at bedtime to nod off…

I swear by this pillow spray by feather and down with its lavender scent it leaves me relaxed and ready for sleep.

My hot water bottle is very much loved and well used. I love being warm when I go to sleep so once its cooled down I like the weight of it on my chest (something to do with anxiety relief (bit like those weighted blankets) … Don’t worry it’s done up super tight.

I suffer with poor circulation in my hands and feet so I like my feet to be kept toastie in bed… Actually at all times. So a pink pair of fluffy socks are usually found on my feet.

Music is so soothing when you play the right kind so either my headphones go on or my Alexa and usually soppy shit on the radio does the trick.

There’s a few apps too… One is insight timer which is a meditation app and the other is Sleepo which has relaxing sounds to sooth you at any time you need it. I love a crackling fire sound.

What are your bedtime essentials?

CHANGES THAT WILL IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Here are a few tips to help start changing your mental health for the better

  • Unfollow unhealthy social media accounts
  • Limit the time you spend on social media
  • End toxic friendships and relationships
  • Get rid of negative people
  • Prioritise your social circle
  • Make meditation part of a daily routine
  • Dedicate 30mins a day to just relax
  • Put your phone to one side at bedtime
  • Write in a journal
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Choose to think positively
  • Dress more colourfully
  • Do some yoga or pilates
  • Drink more water
  • Let light in when you get up

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If you can add any please feel free to leave them in the comments below.

The January Blues

It’s 2 weeks since Christmas and when all was merry and it was all about celebrations.

Now we are heading for the middle of January and a New year may not sit well with some people.

The weather is pretty dismal, the nights are still starting at half 4 🙈

Although we can’t click our fingers and magic it better instantly, we can try and do little bits to make us happier.

* Find some happy music, make a playlist of all your feel good songs. Play it loud, feel it on your soul.

* When you get a little bit of a dry day, take advantage of it. Perfect opportunity to take yourself for a walk, or to the shops for a nosey. Fresh air is good and nature on your walk is beautiful. Appreciate the little things.

* Have a mass sort out. Decluttering is so therapeutic. Throw out all the stuff you no longer need. Then organise what you’re keeping and you’ll have satisfaction when it’s all done.

* Make a conscious effort to fuel your body when you are having low times as it gives you strength. I sound like my Mother now. Make some of your favourite meals.

* Take that bath before bed, or a bit of pampering. It’ll relax you and I believe that a bit of self love is an instant feel good factor.

Well there’s a little list of things to get rid of your blues… Hopefully.

Don’t be afraid to ring or message a friend if you just need a chat. My instagram is always open so find me there @holzieloves

❤️

Mental health awareness

Since its Mental health awareness day today I thought I’d share a few quotes which I think could be quite helpful or relatable.

Never be afraid to let your guard down, take off that brave face and open up and talk. Never suffer alone.

Things insensitive people say on the outside that really doesn’t help you or your mental health. Concentrate on the inside and those who want to understand the issues you’re facing.

Please know that you can’t simply be strong everyday, it’s just impossible. Even the strongest have bad days.

Go on the day the best you can and seek nobody else’s approval.

Please remember to take care of number one… Which is you ♥️