An Active Approach To Positive Thinking.

Hello lovelies!

I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend so far. I just wanted to come on here and just share a few things with you.

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Since the start of January I’ve started keeping a positive journal. It’s similar to the positive note jars that I have, however I find that keeping my positives like this is a much better way of expressing how I feel.

I’m a huge believer in daily affirmations! For me, to write down everyday positive things from my days forces me to see how positive even a ‘bad day’ was.

I find that when I have a bad day I tend to let it consume me. (Which is something that is easy to do) However, this year I had decided to take a more hands on approach.

Instead off falling asleep having feeling like I’ve had the worst day, I force myself to get my journal out and start picking my day apart. So far it’s working very well for me. I told my therapist about it last Monday, she agrees that it’s a great thing for my recovery process.

How do you deal with negative thoughts? Do you keep a positive journal?

– Hannah

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5 Things That Make Me Happy.

We all have those moments when we are really down and disconnected. I’ve not really felt myself for the past few days so I decided, since I had today (Sunday) off from work, I would practice some self-care activities.

I would like to share with you 5 things that make me happy when I’m not quite feeling myself or I’m feeling down.

  1. Meeting friends:
    Yesterday some of my friends from work asked if I would like to go for coffee with them as a few of us had the day off from work. I agreed and then at around midday we all met up in Starbucks.
    I got a Toffee Nut Latte. Spending time with friends is a great way of relaxing and blowing off some steam. I find that sat around with likeminded people can relive stress and lift your mood. I really enjoyed seeing my friends today! 
  2. Lighting a candle:
    Now, this sounds so simplistic and a little strange I think. I ALWAYS find if I light a few of my favourite scented candles and just let the room fill with that scent, it’s a great mood lifter. Right now I’m burning one of my favourites, a cappuccino truffle candle from Yankee Candle. 
  3. Moisturising:
    I find there is no better self-care than physically taking care of your skin. If you have dry and unshaved legs, it may not make you feel great, I know for me, I feel tons better when I’ve taken the time to shave and moisturise. It makes you feel good about yourself! A fantastic way of building self-confidence! 
  4. Writing lists:
    Now, I’m sure I’m not the only person who finds writing lists incredibly therapeutic. Having those tasks and goals in place really keeps me focused and driven. Crossing each task off really gives me a sense of achievement and makes me feel happier.
  5. Netflix:
    Netflix. Films. YouTube. Anything that I can get into and laugh at! I’ve really been loving watching documentaries about British history at the minute.

So there we have it, five things that make me happy. Of course, there are lots of other things that make me happy, but these are just few self-care things I can do too.

What do you enjoy doing?

– Hannah ❤

Lush Haul | Autumn Edition.

So yes! It’s officially autumn! Lets talk Lush products! During the autumn time I always find myself wanting to take more baths rather than showers.

My all time favourite bath bomb is the Intergalactic. I’m in love with it. It smells incredible. It makes the water soft which is really moisturising on your skin. Lastly but certainly by no means least is the beautiful colour of the water when the bath bomb is put into the water.

It’s got a very cosy smell to it (I hope that makes sense). In other words, it’s perfect for a rainy day. Grab yourself a cup of tea, a good book and you can relax in the bath for hours with the intergalactic.

I hope that Lush never discontinues this product as I will be incredibly upset!

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Okay so, for the boys out there that read my blog. Although I’m pretty sure the majority of my readers are in fact female. Boys, if you want a bath but are afraid of the feminine association that bath products come with. You need not to fear! There is a rocket bath bomb, and let me tell you! It’s beautiful. It lets out similar colours to that of the Intergalactic but I feel as though the scent is not as strong. Although, I will warn you, there is a little glitter. It’s not long lasting so there is no need to worry. 😉

I would like to point out that mostly all of Lush products are in fact non gender specific. Who said beautifully scented and colourful baths were feminine anyway? What ever happened to just having a relaxing bath?

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The milk bottle. During my trip to Lush one of the clerks asked me whether or not I have tried a bath cocktail. A bath cocktail you say? Of course I needed to know more! I already had the intergalactic bath bomb in my basket. The lady then suggested that I try the milk bottle with the intergalactic. It will make the water even smoother and the colours will go from vibrant to pastel. It was lovely! I would definitely purchase this again!

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I found out about 29 High Street accidentally. A friend from work told me that is was becoming available on Lush Kitchen. After she described it I just knew that I had to have it! It is totally worth it! It is one of my favourite scents of all time. I mean, who wouldn’t want to smell like a Lush Shop?

I’m trying to use it sparingly. I never want it to run out!

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Back to baths! Have you ever wanted a liquid gold bath? Don’t worry, Lush has got you covered! After seeing a demonstration in the shop I wanted to take it home and try it out myself. It was incredibly! Plus, lots of glitter! I will certainly be using lots of these around Christmas time. 🙂

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Now if you’re coffee obsessed as much as I am, you will more than likely love this! I love this product. It works well with my skin. It’s not too harsh as I can find some exfoliators to be so, this one is great! It smells just like coffee. What more do you need?

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Now, I’ve wanted this for a while and I’ve finally managed to get my hands on it. I’ve had the popcorn one previously which I really liked, but I love this bubblegum one more. I find that if I use it right before I apply lipstick my lipstick goes on so smoothly. 🙂

What products have you been loving from Lush?

– Hannah ❤

 

Fighting Back.

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Happy Friday!

How has your week been? Positive and productive I hope!

This evening I want to talk about something that has been playing on my mind for quite some time now. I always find myself craving permission, reassurance and certainty. I find that I crave these three things in all aspects of my life from work, home, relationships and friendships.

I crave for people to like me.

I crave for people to be proud of me.

I crave for myself to be better.

I crave for myself to be happy.

I crave for people to trust me.

Instead of focusing on what people think of me I should be focusing on if I’m happy with the person I’m growing up to be. Because, at the end of the day, I have to live with myself.

I tend to find myself stressing a lot at work. I worry what people think of me. I worry that people at work don’t trust me. I worry that people at work don’t see me as a responsible person. I worry that I’m not doing a good enough job.

I want to succeed, but I also want to be liked.

But at the end of the day I can only do my best. So this week, I’ve been trying to keep my head down and keep pushing through; one day at a time.

Admittedly, this week has been tough. I’ve had quite a few panic attacks and moments where I just felt like I couldn’t do ‘life’ anymore.

When I look at all of the positives from this week. My eating has been great! I have been to the gym for the past couple of days. I’ve been eating biscuits like theres no tomorrow. I’ve been reading. I’ve been going to bed earlier.

Theres a lot of more positives than negatives it would seem!

I’m going to try and keep my head held high. I’m going to keep pushing through the days; because life IS worth it.

I need to stay strong.

And, I will keep fighting.

I’m proud of everything I’ve achieved this week and I’m so grateful for the people who constantly support me. ❤

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My Self-Care Evening.

A big part of recovery is self care. Self-care is something that I don’t do enough of. I tend to just ignore it and disregard it as either being lazy, or unproductive.

The problem with this way of thinking is I tend to burn out more easily. I become agitated and stressed.

Over the past week or so I have been working through the documentation that I received from my last sessions of CBT at the beginning of the year. I set some small and manageable goals to work on over the course of the week. One of the goals was to have a self-care evening. So as Friday evening approached, I decided to take the evening off and just relax.

Having bought myself some Lush products earlier in the week. I decided to run myself a bath and I spent the next hour or so catching up on some reading.

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How do you spend your self-care evenings? ❤

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