1. Use Positive Passwords For Things.
Everyday we log into things, phone, computer, email. Where possible I try to use little positive affirmation. Jarek actually suggested this. I wasn’t sure what it would do, but I have to say it works!
Here are my five top tips that I find help with my travel anxiety. When I stick to them I have a nice easy trip with minimal stress. If I don’t I can assure you something always goes wrong and I kick myself! So new life rule, follow my own tried and tested advice.
If you haven’t tried them already, I’d highly recommend the airline apps. You can pretty much do whatever you need to on there, check-in, book flights, add a bag. I always download the app of whoever I’m going to be flying with, log in, check in, and screen shot the boarding pass (just incase) and that’s it, one less stress!!
I’ve had quite a tough year so far and I wasn’t really up for putting myself under extra pressure by doing lots of New Year’s Resolutions, but as I’ve started a new job this month and am feeling a bit more back to myself, I decided my New Year will start in June 2018 and so will my new habits!
Many of them are the same as 2017, I found last year to be one of the most difficult and damaging to my mental health and the start of 2018 wasn’t any better, but everything is on the up and I’m excited to step into my new role with positivity. Once I’ve started to put all of the below into practice I know it will give me the drive to create the life I’ve always dreamed of.
1. Get Driving Licence
This has been going on long enough and I hope in a couple of months to start studying, I’m gonna give myself one month of hardcore study and then book in my theory test. This might take a week, or it might take months, either way I’ll get prepared and I’ll aim to be ready no matter what happens.
2. Do Yoga Everyday
I’ve started back doing Yoga at home and I love it! It’s more for my Mental Health as opposed to fitness. I find we live in a world where people are cruel, mean and just plain wicked. Some think this should be acceptable, I can assure you I do not!!! To help me feel grounded and protect myself, I will be doing yoga every evening after work and in the mornings I will listen to positive affirmations.
If you struggle with your mental health, I urge you to try it. I started with the 30 day yoga challenge with “Yoga with Adriene” and I loved it!
3. Surround Myself with Like Minded people.
I’m a very social person and love meeting and chatting with new people. Over the past 3 years, since moving to Jersey, I’ve found it quite hard to connect with like minded people. This I feel is due to my current lifestyle so I’m keen try new things and join classes in the hopes of broadening my circle.
One thing I’ve learned over the years is that I need a bit of me time.
As you know I suffer with anxiety. Personally, I found councelling very helpful and one thing they all said to me was that it was so important to get out in the fresh air.
At home (Dublin) I was religious with it! I went for a 15 – 20 min walk everyday and on the days I didn’t want to I would walk like a snail home and just breathe deep the whole way. Since moving here I’ve been shite!, but that’s all about to change!
I’ve decided that once a week I will be getting out and having a beach walk. Nothing fancy, just me having a little stroll along the beach once a week.
I don’t know what it is about getting out in the fresh air, but it can just help make life seem less shite. For me I need to go alone, some people find this odd. Over the years I’ve come to realise that they are the people who can’t stand their own company, how sad for them! I love me some alone time! I’ve been in a full time relationship for nearly a decade now so I FUCKIN crave it!
I don’t feel the need to put on my gym gear or bring my phone. I just head off by myself for a little walk where I can breathe deep, chill and just let my mind wander.
I know if you have severe anxiety the thought of even leaving the house can be hard, thats ok. I used to sit in a windy spot in the back garden on days I felt I couldn’t deal with people. I’d just sit and take a couple of deep breaths and the anxiety in my chest would ease a little.
Even if its just sitting on a step in the back garden or a little hidden one that you only know about, try get out once a week even for 5 mins. It will change you!
No back garden? stick your head out the window. Honestly thats not a joke. I only realised this last year, but steps are my happy place (inside and out). You’ll be surprised of the difference!
I know the struggle can seem endless and isolating, but just know you are not alone and that you are the master of your destiny, you are in control! You can fight the fight!
So I just spent the last 30mins writing a grand oul post on fecking Kota Artisan Candels and of course the laptop decides to save fucking none of it! So here we go for round two.
I love candles, this might be obvious from my youtube videos as I usually have a couple dotted about the place. When I’m feeing anxious I love just cleaning my room, putting on a lovely candle and just breathing in the calming scent of my choice (& occasionally Jareks choice). I’ve become more aware of the different types and quality of candles. Basically I’d like to avoid breathing in crap as much as possible. There are lots of great Irish candles companies, my fav is Celtic Candles, that I miss and I always try and stock up when I go home, but sometimes it’s just more hassle than it’s worth. The moment that pushed me over the edge was when I came home one evening after work to find Jarek had almost used up my fav candle. I was using it very sparingly, and sure enough I came home after a hard days work to find it was almost gone. Lets just say I was not a happy bunny.
Lets go back a bit though and talk about when I first laid eyes on Kota Candles. It was a day like any other… ha ha no I joke. I was on lunch and went to the little Saturday market and happened to come across the stand. I didn’t have much time so I didn’t really get to stick my nose in any, but I liked the packaging and how pretty the petal ones were. Anyway… fast forward about a month or so and while myself and Jarek where out at one of the many summer “festivals” Jersey has to offer. There was a Kota stand so I demanded some candles.
Hello my lovely little Magpies.
I’ve got lots of great reviews coming your way but just wanted to check in and give you an update on what’s going on with me!
As I’m sure you know I’m now living in Jersey Channel Islands. I moved here in May 2015. I decided to make the move after a realisation that I wasn’t sure what I was doing with my life and I was in a massive rut! I had visited my sister Gillian in the summer with my friend Mel and had the best time! After that the seed of doubt was plated on wheather Dublin was really the place for me at this time in my life.