It's Time To Take Your Health More Seriously - Collaborative Post

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  • Thursday, 2 July 2020

"Health and happiness are two things that we all deserve in our lives. Moreover, the two are very closely linked, which is why investing in your wellbeing is an essential ingredient in the recipe for a happy future. 

The last few months have taken a toll on all of us, and the fallout of Covid-19 is set to last for a long time to come. You have done an amazing job to navigate the uncertainties that have accompanied the first wave. As the lockdown rules are slowly relaxed, this is the time to truly put your health first. Here's how.

#1. Invest In Your Look

If you're hoping to consciously transform your life for the better, it's always best to focus on the issues that you can control. There's no doubt that looking great makes you feel great, which can have a telling influence on other parts of life as well as your wellbeing. Unlocking your very best appearance will require an ongoing effort. Still, it is possible to see big improvements in next to no time.

The following steps will put you on the road to success, generating visible changes in a matter of days;

  • Get a good night's sleep, and start putting your phone down for at least an hour before bed.

  • Employ a positive skincare routine, and consider a home spray tan if it suits your complexion.

  • Find the right clothing style to suit your body shape and personal preferences.

  • Learn to master basic makeup applications and hairstyle switch-ups.

  • Pay attention to your smile with home whitening kits or aligners.

Investing in your look is far more than a vanity project. It establishes the strongest foundation for physical and mental wellbeing. Make it the starting point of your new healthy lifestyle, and you will not regret it.

#2. Get Your Career Under Control

Stress, anxiety, depression, and a list of mental health conditions are linked to money worries. Meanwhile, a lack of stability and routine can leave you feeling disorganised and unable to truly plan ahead. Whether you've been furloughed, made redundant, or told to work from home doesn't matter. For many people, the changes caused by Covid-19 are not a temporary issue.

Regaining control of your career will lift a weight from your shoulders. Some of the best options are;

  • Build a quality home office space that can serve your needs for several months or longer.

  • Consider freelancing, self-employment, and contracting opportunities.

  • Create a new CV, cover letter template, and portfolio website.

  • Look to find roles in a more stable industry to overcome the obstacles posed by Covid-19.

  • Think about starting a side-hustle business or topping up your earnings with part-time money earners.

While your career isn't a health element per se, its impact on your wellbeing is huge. Given the amount of time dedicated to work, you cannot afford to do something that makes you feel unhappy. Besides, your income will influence the possibilities in day-to-day life too.

#3. Attend To Health Complaints

Modern life is hectic, or at least it was prior to the pandemic. If you have overlooked obvious signs of deteriorating health, now is the time to act. You may never get a better chance to complete a treatment and actually allow your body to recuperate in style. Conversely, if you continue to ignore them now, it's likely that you'll never seek the professional support that is required.

Do not try to self-diagnose. See a specialist that can help you through your problems, such as;

  • An optician to check your eyesight and ensure that you gain the right prescription.

  • An audiologist to diagnose hearing loss or tinnitus before finding the best course of treatment.

  • Private health specialists like Phoenix Hospital Chelmsford to treat injuries and manage pains.

  • Psychologists to support you through any mental health concerns.

  • A chiropractor or acupuncturist to treat back problems and wellness issues.

Even if you are able to ignore the pain and discomfort, those issues are affecting your life. The physical limitations reduce your quality of life. This subsequently harms your mental wellbeing. You owe it to yourself to finally gain the help you require.

#4. Get Fitter

Nobody should feel forced to dedicate their lives to gaining the athletic magazine model look. After all, we all know that good lighting and editing distort the reality behind those professional photos. But while you shouldn't compare yourself to celebs, getting fitter can enhance your world in many ways. Sadly, the previous post about gym life back in March became redundant once the lockdown started.

Still, there's no excuse not to get fitter through outdoor sports and activities. The benefits include;

  • Even if you don't need to lose weight, it'll help you tone up.

  • You will feel fitter, stronger, more flexible, and energised while your breathing capacity improves too.

  • The workouts can add structure to your life, enabling you to get back into a routine after recent months.

  • You'll be a more positive person due to physical changes, and the release of endorphins during exercises.

  • The use of sports watches and other tools help you connect with friends digitally while making fitness fun.

There's no doubt that getting fitter will enhance your quality of life with immediate and lasting results. Even if you are returning to exercise after years of inactivity, it's never too late. However, it is another incentive to correct any health issues you may have.

#5. Spend Time With People

Human interaction is essential for our wellbeing, development, and general happiness. The Zoom quizzes were great fun to tide us over. However, as the lockdown rules are relaxed, you should look to make up for lost time by connecting with the people you love most. Of course, if you are considered vulnerable due to personal circumstances, a little more patience is needed.

For those that can meet up with other households in a safe manner, the following activities are ideal;

  • Picnics in the park or exploring other outside spaces, excluding overly busy beaches.

  • Trips to socially distanced pubs, ideally with a pub garden.

  • Garden BBQs and small social gatherings.

  • Go camping to make up for the lack of a summer holiday abroad.

  • Enjoy a day at a theme park or other outdoor attraction where you can keep your distance.

We will all still need to be careful over the coming months. Still, time spent with loved ones is essential for our health and wellness. The last few months should have offered perspective as to who really matters in your life. Now is the time to embrace it.

#6. Quit Bad Habits

Some people have used the lockdown to put an end to bad habits. From quitting cigarettes to avoiding the daily trip to the McDonald's drive-thru, it's great news if you were able to make those changes. However, you shouldn't beat yourself up if new bad habits formed during the lockdown. After all, it has been an immensely stressful time for us all. Still, now is the time to take charge of the situation.

Only you will know what habits need to be removed from your life, but common solutions are;

  • Reducing your alcohol intake, perhaps via a short-term detox followed by a healthier relationship with booze.

  • Using a self-exclusion to stop yourself from gambling on betting sites and online casinos.

  • Limiting your time on videogames, social media, and activities that should be enjoyed in moderation.

  • Cutting out people that have a negative influence on your life.

  • Opening up about problems rather than bottling them inside.

Sometimes in life, removing bad elements will bring far bigger changes than positive additions. Whether we like it or not, Covid-19 has placed a bookmark in all of our lives. Learning from the mistakes of your past chapters is crucial as you look to start the next.

#7. Appreciate Your Diet

Nobody should ever pressure you into following a specific diet. However, you must accept the fact that your body is a machine that requires the right type of fuel to perform. Overeating and undereating are equally damaging issues that must be avoided. However, consuming the right quantities of food to maintain a healthy weight is only the start.

Nutrition impacts every aspect of your health, which is why you should do the following:

  • Take the Intolerance Lab home test to determine whether you have any food allergies.

  • Use supplements to combat any natural vitamin deficiencies.

  • Enjoy a wide range of foods for the sake of your health as well as your taste buds.

  • Start cooking more meals from scratch to reduce your processed food intake.

  • Try to limit empty calories from fizzy drinks and juices.

For some people, nutrition is about meeting target weights. Whether you are bothered by this or not, consuming the right foods will make you feel better from the inside. Your gut is truly the window to improved wellbeing. Don't ignore it.

The Final Word

Nothing in this life is more important than your health and happiness. The Covid-19 pandemic has only further underlined this. Focus on at least some of the features above, and you should see positive changes in no time. You've got this!"


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Black Lives Matter - Listen, Read, Watch: Educating Myself Further

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  • Sunday, 14 June 2020

There is a lot going on in the world at the moment and recent events have really highlighted some serious issues that we all need to address. Change happens through action and the sharing and understanding of information. Over the last few weeks I have made the effort to listen and have discussions to educate myself and those around me. To make a stand, we must stand together and unite. 

Below is a list of some of the most impactful things I have read, watched and listened to, in order to educate myself further. I wanted to share these resources in the hope that they may inspire and educate others. 

“I understand that I will never understand, but I will stand with you”



  • Louis Theroux Dark States: Murder in Milwaukee
  • 13th 
  • Time The Kalife Browder Story 
  • The Central Park Five (2012)


  • BlackKKlansman 
  • 12 Years A Slave 
  • Django Unchained 
  • The Help 



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Four Habits That Can Affect Anxiety Levels ~ Collaborative Post

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  • Saturday, 6 June 2020

This is a difficult time for many and mental health can be a huge struggle at the best of times. I wanted to share this information as it can be the small, little changes that make a huge difference to our everyday mindset...

"Anxiety is a very common mental health issue that many of us struggle with at some point in our lives. For some people, it is a lifelong condition that they need to learn to live with and manage, and that often means making changes to your lifestyle. It’s important that you seek professional help for your anxiety, but you also need to consider some of your habits and lifestyle choices because they may be making your anxiety worse. If you want to manage your anxiety more effectively, these are some of the habits that you need to change. 

Drinking Alcohol 

Alcohol is often used as a coping mechanism by people with anxiety, especially if it is undiagnosed. Drinking alcohol has a relaxing effect and so people start using it to self medicate. However, alcohol actually causes more feelings of anxiety in the long term and it can also lead to depression. You also start to rely on alcohol to feel calm when your anxiety is bad, and this may eventually develop into a reliance and even an addiction. That doesn’t mean that people with anxiety shouldn’t drink, but it does mean that you need to be careful around alcohol.

Smoking is another habit that people mistakenly think calms them down. In fact, smoking has been shown to increase feelings of anxiety, so even if the obvious health issues haven’t encouraged you to quit, you should try to kick the habit to improve your anxiety. If you are finding it difficult to quit, you should look for an online vape shop and try an e-cigarette for a while. It’s still not ideal, but it’s a good stepping stone to help you beat the habit. 

Checking Your Phone Constantly 

We’re all guilty of spending too much time on our phones but checking your phone constantly could be making your anxiety worse. But social media, in particular, has been shown to make people feel more anxious. Checking social media from time to time is fine, but if you are always scrolling, you are exposed to a lot of negativity and that will make you feel a lot more anxious. If you are addicted to your phone, you can download apps that help you to stop using it so often and block certain things, like social media. 

Not Drinking Enough Water 

Staying hydrated is important for your overall health, and it can help to reduce feelings of anxiety. If you don’t drink enough water, you will become dehydrated and this can increase your heart rate and make you feel light headed. These are both symptoms of anxiety and can also trigger increased feelings of anxiety. If you want to avoid anxiety, make sure that you are drinking around 8 glasses of water a day. If you are bad at keeping up with it, you can get smart water bottles that connect to an app on your phone and send reminders when you haven’t been drinking enough. 

These bad habits can all make your anxiety worse but if you can cut them out, you will find it a lot easier to manage feelings of anxiety."


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Outfits of The Week | Working From Home Edit

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  • Thursday, 23 April 2020

Since the lockdown began over a month ago now, I have encouraged myself to get dressed everyday, especially on the days when I am working from home. My default uniform seems to have become comfy jogging bottoms and a crop top, with some sort of cosy knitwear if I’m feeling a little chilly. 

I think that even if I pop on some loungewear, it’s important for me to make the effort to get up at the same time everyday, wash my face, do my morning skincare routine and get dressed. It has really been setting me up for the day, and makes me feel a lot more productive when I’m sat, working at my desk. It is so easy to stay in bed with my PJs on, and work from there, but I find that having a morning routine, similar to the one I had when I was going into the office everyday, has really helped me to adjust to staying at home.

There are so many clothing brand sales currently, and I’m so guilty for browsing loungewear bits and pieces online on a regular basis. Femme Luxe Finery have got some great pieces on offer at the moment though, ranging from co-ords, over sized Ts and jogging bottoms to suit anyone’s preference. I’ve recently picked up a few new pieces from them, which I have linked below. 

Outfit Two: Black Leggings & Black Tank

Outfit Three: Dark Green Joggers & Black Tank


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Cute & Casual Tops For Lounging At Home

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  • Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Now that we’re all staying at home in an effort to keep each other safe in the brink of all of this madness, comfy clothes have become an absolute must! 

I’m a huge fan of loungewear at the best of times, but with me staying in and working from home every day, there is no way I’ll be sitting in office attire on a daily basis for the foreseeable future. 

Femme Luxe Finery have some amazing loungewear pieces that are super affordable and perfect for days spent working and lounging around the house. 

Joggers are an absolute staple for me, I find them easy to throw on and find it super handy when they have pockets. So when Femme Luxe kindly asked me if I’d like to pick out a couple of pieces from their recent collection, I chose a couple of different tops that I could wear around the house, paired with my joggers. 

I love this cute little caramel tank top paired with these baggy white joggers. I find the fit really flattering and because of the shape and hold, there is no need to wear a bra, which is always a plus when it comes to comfort. The material is so soft and silky and can easily be worn on its own or underneath a little cardigan or jumper. I really like the racer back finish, which again provides support and extra comfort. 

This second caramel tank top is made with the same material as the one above, but the cut is slightly different. The straps on this top are very thin and it comes much lower both on the front and the back with a square finish. Although it’s not quite as fitted, it still provides an element of support and so again, there is no need for a bra.

Nothing beats a classic black T-shirt, which can be worn with pretty much anything. This is a really nice tight fit, which I find much more flattering with my body shape, as an over-size, loose-fit T can drown me a little. As I have a shorter torso, I like to tie my Ts into a knot at the front to create more of a cropped-finish. I also really like that the neckline on this T is a bit of a looser fit, again creating a more flattering and comfortable fit. 


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Putting Your Health First & Reduce The Risk Of Illness ~ Collaborative Post ~

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  • Sunday, 22 March 2020

"If you take an interest in healthy living and self-care, the decisions you make now could benefit you for years to come. It’s essential to put your health first, no matter how young or old you are. Here are some simple steps you can take today to reduce the risk of illness. 

Up your activity levels

Inactivity is one of the most significant threats to good health. If your idea of exercise is walking from the car to the office twice a day, taking steps to move more will improve your mental and physical health. Start increasing the number of steps you take each day, think about activities you’d like to try, research local exercise classes and look into ways you can incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. If you're anxious about working out in front of other people, or you’re pushed for time, home workouts are a great option.

Kick the bad habits

If you smoke, or you drink on a regular basis, making lifestyle changes could have a dramatic impact on your health. Giving up smoking isn’t easy, but it will contribute to both short-term and long-term benefits. We often associate smoking with cancer, but many of us don’t really know much about cancer. If you had to answer the question, ‘what is cancer?’ what would your response be? Researching and reading articles from reputable sources can help you find out more and give you information about the reasons why smoking is a risk factor for cancer. If you’re keen to quit, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. There are community groups and online forums you can join, and you could also look into treatment options like nicotine replacement methods. 

If you’re worried that you drink too much, start keeping a diary, and try to block out most days of the week as alcohol-free. Limit the amount of alcohol you keep at home, and try different social activities. You’re much less likely to drink excessively if you go to the cinema or you meet friends for breakfast, rather than going to the pub. If you’re finding it tough to cut down, or you rely on alcohol to make you feel better or less stressed, see your doctor or contact charity helplines. 

Keep up to date with routine health checks

Keeping an eye on your health is crucial. If you’re one of those people that only go to the dentist if they have toothache, or you haven’t had your blood pressure checked for years, it’s important to keep up to date with routine health checks and appointments. Don’t ignore invitations or reminders from your GP or dental surgery and seek advice if you do develop symptoms, or you’re worried about your health. Waiting around might cause your symptoms get worse and lower the chances of treatment being successful. 

Some of us are complacent when it comes to our health, and we put work, children, friends and socialising ahead of taking good care of ourselves. To boost your health and wellbeing, try and move your body more, kick bad habits and keep up to date with appointments and checks."


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~ Collaborative ~ A Few Ways To Help You Break Bad Habits

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  • Tuesday, 17 March 2020

"If you want to live a healthy, happy life one, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to break your bad habits and make them history. Bad habits have a habit (see what I did there?) of interrupting your life, making your miserable, and in many cases negatively impacting your health. You would be better off without them right? But how exactly do you go about breaking bad habits once and for all?

Get professional help

If your bad habit is something serious or something that is difficult to tackle without help, such as drug addiction or smoking, you should really seek the help of a professional; it’s particularly important to seek help for addiction because you really can’t do that alone. There’s nothing wrong with needing some support, and if you aren’t confident you can go it alone, asking someone to assist you will give you the best chance of success.

Replace it

Perhaps, the most effective way to break a bad habit is to replace it with something else. Often, we indulge in bad habits because we are stressed or bored and removing that coping mechanism can make life tougher than it needs to be. By replacing a bad habit with a healthy one - say switching smoking for eating popcorn or switching nail-biting for a walk around the block - you can ensure that you have something better to do when you feel the urge to do your habit.

Remove triggers

Most people have a trigger that causes them to do their habit. For example, a lot of people smoke or drink when they’re stressed, and that is why it’s a good idea to work out what your habit triggers are. Once you know that you eat junk when you’re bored or you smoke when you’re out drinking with friends, you can start to remove yourself from your triggers so that the urge to do your habit doesn’t kick in.

Get a buddy

So many people find it hard to break their bad habits on their own, but much easier to manage when they have a buddy cheering them on. That’s why so many people go to the gym with friends or tell their friends and family that they’re dieting - it gives them more of an incentive to keep going and not let anyone down. This can work well for breaking bad habits too. The key is to choose friends who will be supportive, engaged and willing to help you out when you need it, and you them, of course.

Use visualisation

It isn’t for everyone, but a lot of people find that if they regularly visualise themselves as being healthier, happier and bad habit free it’s easier for them to get to where they want to be, so it might be worth a try.

Ditch negative self-talk

If you tell yourself you’re useless a failure, never going to give up chances are you won’t because your brain plays a big part in breaking bad habits, so try to be positive, and if you do say something negative, add a “but” followed by a more positive statement to get you back on track."


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~ Collaborative Post ~ Practical Advice For New Gym Goers

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  • Thursday, 12 March 2020

"While it’s important to feel confident in your body and to love yourself no matter what, it can’t hurt to keep yourself in shape and to enjoy the very many physical and mental-health benefits of exercise. Yet for new gym-goers, this potential new hobby or lifestyle choice can seem rather daunting. We imagine the gym to be a place filled with warriors, only the most capable and athletic heroes using the equipment all day and all night.

But of course, the gym is filled with normal people like you or me, just trying to get better and make a healthy choice in their lives. There’s no reason to be afraid. Provided you adhere to best practice, research the exercise form and curate a plan before you get there, you’ll be in safe hands. For the most part, gyms are happy to give you a starting induction if one is required. Yet for the most part, it can also be that the best practical advice is found as follows. Please, consider:

Practice Great Gym Etiquette

Fantastic gym etiquette is one of those things that we wish to see in others, so it’s best to set the example ourselves. Thankfully, most people feel this way in most gyms around the world. This is because gym staff set important standards, and users that act in this way are welcomed. Re-rack your weights. Politely ask if you can ‘work in’ with another gym-goer if they are taking rest periods on the machine you need to use. Be sure to wipe down your machine after use with wipes, or ask if someone nearby is using said item before hopping on. The more you do this, the more people will appreciate having you around, and the better the gym becomes for everyone.

Start Simple

Start simple when at the gym. You may have a plan that you wish to enact, and that’s great. For instance, you may decide to start a weightlifting program you have found online. But first, familiarize yourself with that gym equipment. Spend time learning where everything is. Ensure you have enough water, and that you brought a padlock along with you for the changing rooms. Start out with a test run on a machine if this is your first time. Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your perfect body. The more you can feel comfortable in this space, the better.

Stay Hygienic

Stay hygienic when in the gym. Be sure to wash your hands before and after a gym session. Bring your own water bottle. Ensure that you have a change of clothes and shower if you need to. Asking ‘can verrucas spread?’ can also help you stay safe around the pool or shower facilities, and learn how to protect against or resolve such issues. Additionally, it can sometimes be worth bringing hand gel if you want to stay safe between certain machine uses, especially during flu season. The more we can practice good hygiene, the safer the gym will be.

With this advice, we hope you can easily follow the best practical advice for new gym-goers."


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Top Tips For Planning Your 2020 Travel

  • Sunday, 23 February 2020

I decided towards the end of last year that I wanted to set myself a travel challenge for 2020. I love to travel, and with work commitments and moving to London, I wasn’t able to do as half as much as I wanted to in 2019. 

I wanted to make sure this year that I put myself and my goals to the front of my focus. There isn’t often a time in life that you can put yourself first one hundred percent, and so I wanted to take advantage of this and tick a lot of things off my wish list. 

My travel challenge/goal for 2020 is to visit 12 different places in 12 months. I know that this is a lot, both financially and time-wise, especially with me still working full time and now living in London. But I have been sensible and organised with my planning, and so I thought that I would share some of my top tips, and things that I have done to make this goal achievable. 

Make a Travel List 

One of the first things I did at the beginning of the year was sit down and make a list of all of the places that I wanted to travel to. Although this may not be a concrete set of travel destinations, it got me thinking about where I wanted to go, and helped me to figure out when would be the best time to visit throughout the year. For example, I knew that I wanted to visit Iceland, and so have penciled that in for November, as I know that this is a good time of year to travel to Reykjavik.

Diary overview 

Once I had made a list of places to travel to, I then had a look at my diary for the year. This way I could see what commitments and plans I needed to work around. In my current job, my annual leave runs 1st April - 31st March, so whilst reviewing my diary, I also worked out how much annual leave I had to take/ensure that it will be spread out across the year. 

Being organised with my diary has been really helpful in planning my trips, I even set up a spreadsheet of the year so that I could easily see what my plans are at a quick glance. 

Check Your Finances 

So, it’s all well and good making a list of travel destinations, and checking your diary to see when you can go, but if your finances aren’t in check, you won’t be able to travel no matter how free your schedule. 

I reviewed my salary and savings and looked at how much I could realistically put to one side every month in order to fund my travel. I also checked through my outgoings to see where I could pull back and save extra cash to put towards traveling. I get asked a lot of questions to do with finances and so I think I might write a blog post to cover this subject a bit more in depth. 

Link-In With Friends & Family

I always think that traveling is more fun with other people. I love to share experiences and memories and with life being so busy, it’s nice to have the excuse to spend some quality time with loved ones.  So it’s good to link in with those that you’d like to travel with and see if your plans fit in with theirs. Once you’ve got the green flag from them the real planning can begin! 

Book Your Travel 

So, list of travel destinations complete, diary organised, finances in check and best buds approved, there’s nothing left to do than book! I always like to book my travel first, whether that is flights, trains, hire cars etc. Once my travel is booked, I then look into accommodation. There is no right or wrong way of doing it, this is just the system I prefer. My top site for booking flights is Sky Scanner - I find that they always hunt down the best prices and offer good little suggestions to save money by amending your flight times or traveling out a day early. I also like to look on Air BnB for accommodation because there is a huge range of places to stay in and if there are more of you the cost can be really low. 

These are my top tips when it comes to planning out a travel overview for the year. However, if you would like to know more information about how I plan/book individual trips ie city breaks/road trips etc, please let me know. 


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