It’s the little things

It’s always good to take time out for yourself and focus on the things that you love and for me that’s sitting down, reading a magazine with a hot cup of green tea and having a pamper or going out on walks with my best friend! There is nothing better than really treating yourself and enjoying being you. So today I’m going to sit here and just enjoy everything about being me, I’ve written a list of the reasons why I love myself and the things that I love and I encourage everyone to do the same, to really connect with yourself and understand who you are.

  1. I am funny
  2. I am kind
  3. I am caring
  4. I am silly
  5. I am good at baking
  6. I love doing my makeup
  7. I love dogs
  8. I love dancing and singing
  9. I love all animals!
  10. I love spending time with my friends and family
  11. I love experiencing new things!
  12. I love going on holiday
  13. I love watching films
  14. I love pampering myself
  15. I love to shop! (Who doesn’t am I right?)
  16. I love giving people presents!
  17. I love seeing people smile
  18. I love speaking to my dogs in stupid voices
  19. I love writing
  20. I love deeply

Writing a list of all the things you love makes you see all the good in the world and honestly puts you in the best mood!

let me know in the comment section what you love about yourself! Xxxx

How to deal with it…

So I have suffered with anxiety for as long as I can remember. Anxiety has almost been a protection to stop me from getting hurt but now it’s turned into something that is starting to take a toll on my day to day life. So I have had to come up with ways to help deal with the anxiety:

  1. Wake up in the morning with a routine, I have a glass of water, I brush my teeth, shower, get dressed and head off to work. It may not seem to like a lot but to me it works to help me deal with the stress of forgetting something.
  2. Guided meditation.. with anxiety it can be very difficult to stop and focus on anything other than the way you are feeling. So I use guided meditation to focus my mind. A great App that I use is called Headspace. Headspace has a selection of great guided meditations to follow for anything from break ups to happiness.
  3. Breathe deeply!.. I can not stress enough now much this really can help to soothe your soul.
  4. Grounding. Search grounding this is a really amazing way of distracting the mind.
  5. See a doctor. The doctors may be able to give you medication to help you deal with the anxiety but also can refer you to therapy to help deal with your mental health.

I hope some of these techniques work for you! Leave a comment and let me know how you get on with them xxxx

My Journey with Anxiety and Depression.

Hello everyone I’m Jess and I’m here to help spread awareness and help anyone else struggling with the day to day struggles of what it’s like to live with Anxiety and Depression.

For as long as I can remember I have always struggled with anxiety and with that comes panic attacks. My panic attacks can be anything from an upset stomach and feeling nauseous to not being able to breathe chest tight, sweating, vomiting and feeling completely out of control. Anxiety for me has become part of my day to day life and something that I have to cope with using techniques that I have picked up along the way. However, recently I have been suffering badly from depression with thoughts that completely consume me and this is something that has terrified me. I have been struggling with this for about a year now, however recently decided to take a trip to my local doctor to source some help on how to deal with the symptoms that I was experiencing.

What Anxiety and Depression feels like to me:

It feels like questions,

It feels like it’s forever flowing through my veins and into my head where it stays and tells me things that make my heart pound and my palms sweat.

It makes me tap loudly and breath quickly.

It makes me feel sick so sick that my body rejects itself and allows the anxiety to take over.

It feels like pain and hurt and problems.

It feels like relationships are false and the words that I hear are meaningless and spiteful.

It feels like a hole.

A dark hole that consumes me a hole that swallows me from the inside.

It feels like a false smile.

It feels like tears falling when everything is okay.

It feels like talking to you and losing concentration cause the only thing I can hear is the voice in my head telling me I’m stupid, or some part of me is repulsing you.

It looks like I am happy,

It looks like I’ve got it all figured out,

It looks like I understand

It looks like I’m confident

It doesn’t always look like that.

Sometimes it looks like someone has taken away my lungs,

Sometimes it looks like I’m sweating,

Sometimes it sounds like foul language and arguments, mean comments and I’m sorry I didn’t mean it.

Anxiety and Depression feel different to everyone but to me it is all consuming and scary. What we have to remember is that them feelings are only temporary you will not feel that way forever and being able to understand them feelings makes you one step closer to becoming stronger.

I will be posting more about how I deal with my own personal experience and how to cope day to day each week.

Have a happy and positive day xxxx