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#BEDM – Blog Love

Well, I might be a bit late and have missed a few posts, but Blog Everyday in May is over! It’s been a bit difficult fitting them all in this time, what with a holiday, a birthday and squeezing work in between oh so many bank holidays. But it’s been interesting to do and a great way to find new blogs. Plus it’s great to do in preparation for Blognix. Have you got your ticket yet?! I’ve got mine 🙂

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I hope my #BEDM posts have been entertaining, thought provoking or at the very least, helped you to pass the time while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil! Either way, normal service resumes now!

Some of my favourite blogs are:

  • Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish: In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m a massive fan of Laura’s. She’s helped me get my eating under control and focused on healthy rather than diet.
  • Wallflower Girl: I love the look and feel of AimĂ©e’s blog and the photography is amazing! She has some amazing recipes, which are well worth a look and a taste!
  • Mathilde heart Manech: I always feel happier after reading Lisa’s blog. She writes about so many lovely things. Definitely one to follow!
  • Consistently Average: Okay, I’ll admit it, this is my OH’s blog, but that’s not why I like it. He’s a great writer and has an eye for detail. Take a look – you won’t be disappointed!
  • A Life Less Bullshit: The title says it all. I think we could all use a little less bullshit in our lives and this blog is full of tips to helping you get a life with a little less bullshit.

How about you? What are you favourite blogs? Any that I should add to my Bloglovin‘ feed?

#BEDM – Mental Health Awareness Week

As it’s Mental Health Awareness week, I thought it might be a good idea to write about my own experience with mental health. I’ve been suffering from depression and anxiety for about the last four years. It was triggered by a very unpleasant and ongoing stressful work situation and compounded by insane working hours (14 hours a day for at least 5 days a week for about 3+ years!), moving house 4 times in 3 years and the death of both my grandmothers. When I spoke with the counsellor my GP referred me to, she wasn’t at all surprised with how I was feeling, especially as there’s family history of depression. I don’t want to go into the details of how I felt at my lowest points, as it’s still too soon. However, at one point, my anxiety was so bad that I would wake up with palpitations. So I made the decision to quit my job and get myself well. After a few years, I’m starting to feel more like me again. That’s not to say that I’m ‘recovered’, as I don’t think I ever will be.

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While my depression is pretty much under control, I do have bad days, though thankfully, they’re rare. What does flare up much more is my anxiety and it can be triggered by anything from overtiredness to just feeling overwhelmed. Mostly, however, it’s when I feel out of control. So when people tell me, ‘Just don’t worry about it’, that’s like telling me not to breath. I don’t choose to worry and I realise that a lot of the time, I’m worrying about things I can’t control, but knowing that doesn’t help. Last week, I had an anxiety flare up because we booked a last minute holiday, which is crazy right?! Holidays are great so why would that make me anxious? Well, I plan everything. It helps me manage my time and that helps me feel in control, which helps me manage my anxiety. By being spontaneous, it meant that everything I had planned had to change. My anxiety peaked during Body Combat, when I felt so overwhelmed I nearly cried. Did I manage to get everything done? Yes. Was my holiday as awesome as I knew it would be? Yes. Will that help me to control my anxiety the next time I do something spontaneous? Not a chance! I can go weeks without being anxious, then I’ll be anxious for days.

There are few things that I do which help. Eating a healthy diet definitely helps. It helps me feel better generally and it helps me feel in control. Exercising is also a massive help, as it makes me feel good and releases lots of lovely good endorphins, improves my sleep and helps me forget about what’s worrying me by making me focus on what I’m doing. There’s no way you can successfully do a Body Combat class while thinking of something else. No way! Not working too much helps too, which is why I always try to finish work at 5pm, walk Poppy, do a section or two of Fit in 15 before relaxing for the evening. I’m also thinking of trying Headspace, which is guided meditation for modern living. It’s supposed to improve mindfulness and help manage anxiety. I’ll let you know how I get on!

How about you? How do you manage the stresses and strains of everyday living? Have you ever suffered from anxiety? What do you do that helps you cope with it?

#BEDM – A Day in the Life

This isn’t really a typical day in my life, I’m afraid to say. We’ve been on holiday in the gorgeous Cadgwith Cove, spoilt by amazing weather, great food and lots of lovely walks. Here’s a day in the life of my holiday in Cornwall.

6.30am

6am

Early start, thanks to a slightly poorly Poppy. Back to bed for a bit though.

7am

7am

Time to get moving – it’s going to be another hot and sunny day.

8am

8am

Breakfast and blog reading time.

9am

9am

Getting ready for a walk to Mullion Cove. I have walked so many miles in these shoes!

10am

10am

You can some slightly odd things around Cornwall!

11am

11am

We spent some time exploring the harbour, which had taken a battering over the winter.

12pm

12pm

We decided to walk over to Polurrian Bay (only to discover they don’t allow dogs!)

1pm

1pm

Feeling a little overheated after walking in the sun for what felt like ages! Plus, all the freckles!

2pm

2pm

Ah, this made the walk worth it. Chocolate milkshake at the Chocolate Factory.

3pm

3pm

Time to cool off & pamper with my new Honey Cosmetics.

4pm

4pm

Book reading, tea drinking and snoozing in the sun.

5pm

5pm

Decided it was cool enough to venture outside – Poppy loved it.

6pm

6pm

Making the most of the sunny weather and time to relax.

7pm

7pm

Best veggie pasty EVER from Ann’s Pasties

8pm

8pmMaking progress on my scarf and enjoying a glass of rose!

9pm

9pm

Time to let Poppy out – still light!

10pm

10pm

Think it’s past Poppy’s bedtime.

11pm

11pm

Time for bed.

Almost every day of our holiday has been like this. Pretty perfect! Just wish holidays could come round more often. How about you? What’s your day been like?

#BEDM – Blogging Tips

Let’s get one thing straight. I am not a blogging expert but I’ve been blogging for a few years now and have learnt a few things along the way. I still make mistakes, but hey, doesn’t everyone? I’ve started a Pinterest board to collect hints and tips about blogging.

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  1. Write about what you love. If you’re not passionate about what you’re writing about, it’s going to be painful, for both you and your readers.
  2. Always include images, whether they’re a little bit shoddy, like some of mine, quickly taken on my iPhone or gorgeous ones, people like to see something pretty.
  3. Use WordPress. It’s my favourite platform as you can do sooo much with it. I self host, using Krystal who are Amazing.
  4. Link back. Whether it’s to another blogger who inspired you, an online article, a Pinterest board or a website.
  5. Credit images. If you’re using someone elses image, credit them. I know it can be tricky, but there are lots of places that can help you find the original image. (I try to use my own as much as possible, as it’s easier)
  6. Don’t worry about spelling. Lots of people proofread and spell check to the nth degree. I read it through once, use the spell check. I miss words out and make spelling errors. So what?! So does the BBC so I feel in good company.
  7. Be honest.
  8. Don’t take things too seriously.
  9. Reply to comments as much as possible.
  10. Don’t stress over stats, especially if you’re starting out. Write good content, share it (but don’t overshare) and readers will come. A good way to spread the word is getting involved in blogger networking, like Blognix, who have a Twitter chat tonight and a conference coming up in June.

What do you think? What’s your top blogging tip?