Health: How to Cope with Anxiety - Part 1

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How to cope with anxiety
Hi everyone! I have been wanting to do this for a while now so I'm just going to be brave, bite the bullet and talk about one of the most difficult things I have to deal with in life - Anxiety. Talking about it and writing my feelings down helps me a lot as it relieves the weight of my shoulders for a short while. Not only that though, I asked a few of you on Twitter of what you thought of the idea of writing a post like this and the feedback was 100% positive. If you can relate to to this and if it makes one person feel a little bit better and like they aren't the only person in the world dealing with this then I will be so happy! I am planning to break this topic up a LOT and talk about it through my blog posts whenever I feel fit. Anxiety is not a simple condition so therefore I think I should dedicate a lot time in talking to you about it thoroughly 

1. Introduction to Anxiety

It may be surprising to know that 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year and that anxiety is the most common mental disorders in Britain. This statistic baffles me as in my experience, most suffers are not that willing to talk about their anxious feelings openly for fear of people's reactions. As a result, for a while before I started blogging and talking to others about it, I literally felt like I was the only person on this planet that suffers with it! I know when I had my first experience of anxiety, I felt stupid for not being able to stand in a crowded school hall for assembly. I would make up excuses to not go to school or I would 'hide' in the toilets as to not put myself in that particular situation. People would ask me 'why can't you just stand there for 10 minutes?' or 'why are you always in the nurse's office?' The very thought of standing in a warm assembly hall, in lines, packed like sardines, scared the life.. out.. of.. me. To this day I still can't think of anything worse. I would break out in a cold sweat and start to shake. That 10 minutes felt like 10 hours. Anxiety is not stupid, it's a real mental condition that can completely ruin your life if you let it! Sufferers convince themselves that a relatively 'normal' event would literally turn out in the worst way possible. I would think in that 10 minute school assembly I'm going to faint, split my head, throw up in front of everyone, I'll stop breathing; those are the thoughts that circulated. That is the gist of anxiety and in particular, social anxiety.

So what causes Anxiety?

If you are naturally a worrier then by genetic makeup you are going to have more anxious thoughts that someone who is more care-free and easy going. Most of the time anxiety is triggered by a stressful moment, a trauma or another 'bad thing' that has happened in the course of life. What I find interesting is that sometimes the sufferer doesn't even remember the particular 'event' that caused the anxious feelings! I have a friend who for a while couldn't step foot through the door of a restaurant, the cause was unknown until she went to a counsellor and through talking to her, all became clear and even she was surprised at the cause! Some suffers however will never know the cause of anxiety, if there even is one! Sometimes it just happens for no reason at all.

What are the symptoms?

  • Increased heart rate
  • Shaking
  • Hyperventilation
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling sick
  • Sweats
  • Tight chest
  • Dry mouth
  • Choking sensations
  • Heart Palpitations 
This is when someone gets stuck in vicious anxious circle! If I find myself in a situation that triggers my anxiety I begin to have the majority of these symptoms. However, I automatically start to think that the tight chest is a heart attack, the sweats are the result of a fever and the hyperventilation is the result of something seriously wrong with my lungs. These negative thoughts only make me more and more anxious and there comes a point when I have to try and take control of my thoughts, divert my thinking elsewhere and take A LOT of deep breaths to try and calm myself down..

Here are some physiological symptoms of anxiety which can in some ways feel more scary than the actual physical symptoms...
  • The thought that your going mad - 'no one else is experiencing this' 
  • Thinking that you are going to die
  • the feeling that people are looking at you in a strange way and judging you in a negative way for your anxious behaviour
  • Feeling on edge, loss of concentration 
  • Feeling completely detached from the environment your in. Yes I stood in that dreaded assembly hall when I had to for 7 years of school but I could not tell you one word that was said or who I was even with.
  • Wanting to avoid situations that you think will trigger your anxious thoughts.
  • Wanting to escape from the situation - running away from it. - In my case, sometimes literally causing more of a scene than if I had of just persevered. 
Thank you for reading and I hope to have the next part in this sooner rather than later x 


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How to Add a Blog Comment Signature

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how to add blog comment signature

I love reading other blogs and commenting under specific posts that I enjoy reading. I'm sure that the blogger loves to receive nice comments (I know I do) but wouldn't it be nice if you could possibly get something out of it too? I always leave a clickable link at the end of my comment so that people can visit my blog if they want to. It makes it easier to direct people to your blog and it could help drive web traffic. All the little things your learn in HTML add up and help contribute to increased blog views. This little piece of code will help other people interact with you in a more efficient way so don't forget to use it the next time you leave a comment!

YOURNAME | <a href="http://YOURBLOGADDRESS">YOURBLOGNAME</a>

You can of course leave you the very start of this line and just have from '<a href=...' I just like to have my name in there as I think it adds a more personal touch! 

This is what the blog comment signature looks like when pasted into the comment box before posting...


And this is what your comment looks like when it's published!

Always remember these two things...

1. There should be NO SPACES in the code
2. Click on the link to TEST IT the first time you use it

It literally is as easy as that!


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LUSH Brazened Honey Face Mask Review

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LUSH fresh face mask review

oooooooh we just can't resist a good LUSH review! I just love the fresh face masks from Lush, I definitely need to buy more products from that shop as I have a wishlist as long as the length of my arm!

The first Lush mask I tried was the BB Seaweed mask, it worked wonders on my skin and I couldn't wait to get back to the store to try another. I then got this one, the Brazened Honey fresh face mask. What I like about these is that they are totally natural with no harsh ingredients, they smell so fresh and you could just tell the difference between them and the cheaper ones you can buy in a tube in Superdrug or Boots! In saying that, I'm not saying that some of those products aren't good. I mentioned the Montagne Jeunesse packet face mask in a previous post, and for 99p they definitely work a treat when I haven't got any Lush ones left.

I read a few reviews online about this particular one and a good number of people have said that the Brazened Honey mask helped with breakouts. I was glad to hear this as at times I would have problematic skin and I'd try anything to help the problem. When I applied this to my face it had an instant cooling effect, obviously as it was cold and just out of the fridge. After 10 minutes I washed it off, my skin felt so soft and it actually reduce the redness of my spots. I will RAVE about any product that does that for me!

The only thing that kinda-but-doesn't really put me off is the price, it is £6.25 for the tub. Yes for a face mask it's quite pricey but you pay for a face mask of this superior quality. Out of one small tub I get about 6 generous applications and if you think about it that's just over £1 per application. That is around the same value as the Montagne Jeunesse face masks. Not only that, if you use 5 pots and you take them into store, Lush will give you a fresh face mask totally free! You Can't be too bad to that.

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Black Primark Jumpsuit Review

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black Primark jumpsuit
black Primark jumpsuit
Well I own a few playsuits but this is my very first jumpsuit! When I try them on in changing rooms I usually feel like a 1 year old / electrician in a boiler suit went wrong  which is so NOT cool. I then I discovered that if you pair jumpsuits with sky high heels or wedges you look less frumpy and more em, fashion forward-ish.

What I like about this is the tie in the middle, it nips in at the waist perfectly which makes it much more fitted and feminine. It also makes your legs look longer which is a double win! And as for the quality... this jumpsuit is made from such a heavy and high quality fabric. Far better than any of the River Island / Topshop ones I have seen, and I'm not exaggerating! Yay for Primark.

My only dilemma is where do I actually wear this? I purchased it at the beginning of the year and it still has the label on it. I feel like its too dressy to wear casually up town, especially as I have to wear it with the highest of heels. I then thought i'd wear it on holiday at the end of August but warm weather + black and heavy fabrics is not a good mix! So for now this beauty will have it's place in my wardrobe until I have the perfect occasion (or guts!) to wear it! It wasn't at all expensive so I don't regret purchasing it. It'll find a way out of my closet hopefully sooner rather than later!

Michael Kors tan wedges

Onto the wedges, I came across these beauties in TK MAXX and there was only one size 6 left. I took that as an invitation to buy, would I be right? I couldn't go wrong with these for a slick £50, they are a great colour so they would go with everything and even though they are sky high and have a huge wedge. They are not one bit heavy but actually quite spongey. Way to go Mr Kors, I couldn't believe my luck when I spotted them!

Shopping List
Jumpsuit: Primark (find similar here, here and here)
Necklace: Wallis
Watch: Michael Kors
Wedges: Michael Kors (TK Maxx) 

Did you see my pink Primark playsuit & matching purple Michael Kors handbag?

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Revlon Lip Butter Review

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Revlon Lip Butter review

Now, I'm not going to deny this. I LOVE my matte lipsticks, I have really got into them in the past year, my favourite matte is Ruby Woo by MAC followed by my little selection of the Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede lipsticks. These are great when I want a highly pigmented lip colour but sometimes they can be quite drying. I'm also not a fan of sticky lip gloss so I searched for an in-between. I think I found it with the Revlon Lip Butters! This particular one is shade 'Peach Parfait' and it's a beautiful sheer pinky-coral colour with a bit of shimmer. It is more like a lip balm than a lipstick and it's much more moisturising. I can already tell that the Lip Butters are going to come in very useful in the winter months to help prevent sore, chapped lips!

Revlon Lip Butter review

If you fancy trying out Revlon's Lip Butter range then you can get your hands on them from Boots and it's always good to wait when they have some sort of promotion on. When I purchased my Peach Parfait it was get two products for £10! (bargain eh?! sure you wouldn't even notice the tenner gone...) Not only that they last for ages and the staying power is great. What's not to love? You need to try them out for yourself!

Revlon Lip Butter review

Have you read my review of the Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede lipsticks?

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