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 ❤

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My 8 Hour Trip To York, England.

Do you ever find yourself waking up and feeling like you just want to explore somewhere entirely new?

Last month I woke up feeling like this! Instead of just dreaming about it, I was fortunate enough to have a day off work, so I decided to book my train tickets to York. I’ve never had the chance to explore York, although it’s always been a place that I’ve wanted to visit.

I took a day to myself and gave myself the gift of train tickets to a new place with nothing more than my camera and my desire to explore a new city.

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I really enjoy traveling. Next year I’m planning more trips. I can’t wait to share more adventures with you.

–  Hannah ❤

Why I Blog.

I’ve been blogging for a few years now, however it’s only over the past year that I’ve asked myself the question ‘why do I blog?” :

  • I do enjoy seeing people follow my blog.
  • I do enjoy seeing people comment on my posts.
  • I do enjoy reading other people’s blog posts.
  • I love the blogging community.

I use my blog as an outlet to freely express my emotions and thoughts. I feel as though this blog is a space for me to talk about the things that I feel strongly about. I primarily blog about mental health and lifestyle. Mental health is such a big part of my life and I do find that it can effect my daily life. With that being said, I like to talk about about how I manage my mental health and discuss the ways in which I overcome the struggles that I come up against in my life.

Although mental health is a huge part of my life, I also love talking about makeup, clothes, Lush, shopping, travel, so this blog always offers me a space to talk about the things that I’m passionate about.

I love writing! I find it incredibly difficult to express my feelings and thoughts in person so this platform is perfect.

I hope you’ve had a good Monday! Let me know in the comments below the reasons why you blog.

– Hannah ❤

MBT Therapy – Week Three.

Luck or fate that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for-4This session I found particularly difficult and emotional draining. We were discussing ‘Understanding Personality Development’.

We discussed how growing up in particular tough or stifling environments can stint personality development. This can cause a person to feel:

  • Lack of trust
  • Not getting close to people
  • Feeling Abandoned
  • Limited self-confidence
  • Poor self-worth
  • Poor emotional & behavioural self-regulation
  • Difficulty communicating

A lot of these I can relate to, and that is what I found difficult from this session. It opened my eyes to a lot of reasons why I might feel like I do.

A key point that was mentioned in this session was that, when we are younger (as a child) we have a certain way of reacting to certain situations. As we grow up, if these habits aren’t changed and developed, it can lead to outbursts, mood swings and built up anger.

In these sessions we are aiming to look at these behaviours and begin to work on changing these habits.

We also discussed about mental health in the workplace and how the people around us respond when they know about mental illness.

I’m lucky, I gain a lot of support from my managers and workplace, they are incredibly understanding about my mental health providing I’m honest and I communicate how I’m feeling.

Overall, I think that these sessions are helping me.

I hope you all have a great week. 🙂

–  Hannah ❤

MBT Therapy – Week Two.

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So I’m writing this a little bit later than the last post, and to be honest, it’s purely because getting through this week has been particularly difficult. Better late than never though yeah?

The second session went well. I wasn’t as anxious about going as I kind of knew what to expect. I also felt more confident on the way there as I knew where I was going.

We all sat around in a group just as we did the first week. There was a few people who didn’t come to the last session. We all took it in turns to say our name out loud so that the new people knew our names. I felt kind of awkward about this though. I know this sounds strange, but I felt like I was in a cheesy American drama.

The session went quite quickly. In the break, I made myself a coffee and talked with F again. She said that she wasn’t having a great week either. There was also a girl there who told us that she had tried to hang herself this week as things got too much. I felt kind of silly that I had being feeling so down as I didn’t feel like my reasons where as valid as some of the others in the group.

We mostly did group tasks this week, I was kind of pleased about this. I really didn’t want to make an effort to try and work in pairs as that would require speaking. Throughout the group activities I felt my emotions building up, I felt like I had so much I wanted to say but I couldn’t find a way to express how I was feeling. I knew in my mind what I was feeling, but the words just didn’t leave my mouth.

I find that this has been happening quite a lot.

I struggle to talk about how I feel unless I’m writing it down. I love this blog as it provides me with a voice, as well as a platform in which I can freely talk about what I like.

It makes me emotional and upset at times when I can’t express my feelings in spoken words, I feel that in some ways it stifles my relationships with people.

I guess sometimes I feel as though it’s a weakness.

I have therapy again tomorrow. I’m going to relax this evening and not be too hard on myself. After all, tomorrow will be a tough day.

I hope that you’re all having a fantastic week.

– Hannah ❤