Friday, 31 March 2017

Reducing travel anxiety // tips

Hello everyone,

Or should I say: ciao a tutti? That's right, I'm going to Italy tomorrow and while half of me is super excited the other part of me is incredibly anxious.

In recent months I've been getting more and more anxious, but I never really experienced anxiety around travelling before. I've been travelling all my life, so it's something I'm used to. However, the prospect of this trip to Italy has left me feeling really anxious and I don't know why. Maybe it's because it's my first time travelling overseas without my parents (I'm not counting my little weekend trip to France with school when I was eleven). Maybe it's because I'm going with school and I find that stressful. It's not because I'm scared of planes, that's never bothered me. I'm perplexed as to where this is coming from.

Nevertheless, I want to make the most out of this amazing opportunity which I am really grateful for, so I need to find ways to reduce my anxiety so that it doesn't spoil my trip, because I can't be having that. I can't pretend that these tips are tried and tested by me, these are just some things that I have thought of that I will be using this trip and I'll see how they go. Even so the idea of doing or having these things with me has reduced my stress levels already, even though I'm still at home.

The trick here is to take items with you that you find comforting, for example, I'm taking my own pillowcase. This may sound silly, or maybe a little weird but the reason that I'm bringing it is because it smells like home and like my own bed, which can be comforting when you're away. I'm also taking my most favourite pyjama top so that I can be nice and comfortable at night. I like to listen to audiobooks when I go to sleep so I've downloaded them onto my iPod so that I can listen to them at night. I'm taking my notebook with me that I like to write and draw in, as well as a book to read.

Another thing that I find helps me is to leave everything sorted at home. For me this means making sure that my room is tidy, my laundry is done, and that there aren't any other tasks that I need to do which I will be stressing about while away. Make sure that everything is sorted so that you can enjoy your trip with peace of mind and come home to a nice clean space.

When packing, make sure that you have a list of everything you will need to take with you, even down to the most obvious things. This means that you won't be worrying that you've forgotten something. I like to write my list a week or two before I pack so that if I've forgotten to write something down I have time to remember it before I start packing. You can take this list with you to ensure that when you're returning you don't leave anything in the place you were staying.

If you start getting anxious, take some deep breaths and think about why you are going on this trip. Think about everything you will gain for the experience, and how lucky you are that you have the opportunity to go.

Happy and safe travels,
The End,

Friday, 10 March 2017

Ça roule ma poule // thoughts

Hello everyone,

I hope that you have all had an absolutely splendiferous (yes I made that up) week. Mine has been pretty okay, but I'm especially looking forward to this weekend because I'm meeting up with my best friend from primary school who I haven't seen in person for five years! The irritating part is that my social anxiety is going a bit mad, and I really don't want to turn up and just start having a panic attack in front of someone I haven't spoken to in person for half a decade, so hopefully I will stay calm enough that everything will be okay. Hopefully. I'll let you know next week. But, nevertheless, I'm super crazy very much excited.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Fun ways to work out that aren't the gym // tips

Hello everyone,

I hope that you have had a fantastic week, and that you fall asleep early tonight and your skin clears up. Just spreading a few small wishes (although asking my skin to clear up seems rather a large wish). I have had a great week (thank you for asking), I'm feeling very positive at the moment, and also very grateful, which has put me in a joyful mood all week. Today I'm here to talk about exercise! Yay! I'm sure that some of you love it and some of you equally hate it. Some of you might even want to shoot me when I say that I love exercising. I really do though. I love the exhilarating feeling and noticing muscles in places I didn't have muscles before. While I do go to the gym once or twice a week, it is not my primary form of exercises, mainly because if I go too often I get extremely bored. Inspired by this, and the difficulty of exercising during winter I have compiled some ways to exercise that aren't just running, but by all means run if you enjoy it. Sadly I can't any more because I was injuring myself badly :(

Friday, 24 February 2017

My top book series of all time // list

Hello everyone,

I hope that you have had an absolutely splendid week, and even if you haven't I hope that you can take some time to look of yourself this weekend. I realised that I haven't actually spoken about books yet on this blog, which is strange because my old blog was purely focused on books. So today I'm going to do a post that I have written before but I always enjoy reading these lists, so here's a lovely list for you lot today, and maybe you'll find something interesting to read!

Friday, 17 February 2017

My (kind of) epiphany // thoughts

Hello everyone,

I hope you've had a lovely week so far! I'm very much looking forward to tomorrow because I am going to see my best friend who lives a while away from me, and I don't usually get to see her very often so I am very grateful that this opportunity has come up and I am going to have a great day tomorrow. Also, I'm on holiday this week so yippee no school!

Friday, 10 February 2017

How to spend Valentine's Day alone + a little history lesson

Hello everyone,

I try to be a positive person; I really do. I want this blog to be a positive place online. I’m not afraid to be critical, however I don’t want to focus on the negative. Despite all of this, I’m going to begin this post by saying how much I absolutely hate Valentine’s Day. There are many reasons why. First of all, it’s just an arbitrary day. February 14th is just a normal day like any other but for some reason somebody decided that that would be the day to confess your deep, undying and eternal love for someone. Personally, I think anniversaries are much more meaningful than Valentine’s Day. Second of all, I hate how commercialised it is, although this can be said of almost all holidays. While chocolates are nice, don’t get me wrong, are they really the best way to show someone that you love them? I’ve never been in a relationship, so I’m not speaking with experience by the way, but I think that doing something personal to you and the person that you are in a relationship with is much more meaningful. Lastly, I have spent almost every Valentine’s Day since I was ten years old wallowing in my own self-pity (though I confess that this is completely my fault). It’s hard not to feel bad when so many people around you have a special someone to spend the day with, and even when I was younger the day just reminded me that maybe I wouldn’t find anyone when I was older. Maybe I would be alone forever. 

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Arty favourites // things I've been lovin'

Hello everyone,

as you have probably noticed, I'm going to talk about music that I've been liking recently. It's a simple concept, but I quite like these type of posts so I thought that you might. Be warned, I have a rather eclectic taste in music, so you might be a little surprised.