self care

Self Care, Self Awareness, and knowing when to take a break.

Oh hey guys!  Remember me?  That’s right, I’m back!
I know I haven’t completely disappeared, because I have lots of you lovely people following me on social media!  But it’s been a little while (possibly three months) since I came to my beautiful website to have a natter/ramble! Continue reading
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Don’t Mistake My “Confidence” for Confidence


noun: confidence
definition: a feeling of self-assurance arising from an appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.
self-assuranceself-confidenceself-reliance, belief in oneself, faith in oneself, positiveness, assertivenessself-possessionnervepoiseaplomb, presence of mind, level-headedness, cool-headednessfirmnesscourageboldnessmettlefortitude

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#HelloYellow ~ Young Minds ~ Supporting Our Children’s Mental Health

Being a Mental Health Blogger myself, it goes without saying how important my children’s mental health is too.


So when I saw my Son’s school were supporting Young Minds-the UK’s leading charity championing the well-being and mental health of young people-on World Mental Health Day 2017, there wasn’t any doubt in my mind that I would support them too. Continue reading

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Mental Health & Medication-Anxiety & Depression

As a lot of you will know, I suffer with various mental health issues.  Recently, for the first time in a very long time-I’ve felt a little out of control with coping with the issues I have.

After a conversation with my cousin discussing whether it was a good idea to go and see my GP to speak about the possibility of taking medication to help me cope, I decided to see if any of my fellow bloggers had an opinion on whether or not to go down that route.
Additionally, I wondered if there were any alternative ways of coping with my depression or anxiety attacks.


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Helicopter Parenting-Do You Really Have All The Facts?

Helicopter Parenting
Some have heard of this term, others may be  wondering what it is.
To clarify, “helicopter parenting” relates to a parent that hovers around their child, being overprotective, shadowing them, keeping a short distance between them, in case of accidents and other life issues.


This is me. I’m a helicopter parent. The thing is, I don’t want to be one.  I certainly never chose to be one.  It kind of just happened. Continue reading

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Kalms Lavender One-A-Day Capsules-A Natural Remedy For Anxiety


As those who follow my blog posts will know, I suffer with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD).  To date, I haven’t received any prescribed medication from  my GP, choosing instead to find alternative ways to deal with my symptoms, and, sometimes, choosing to medicate only with natural remedies.

Because of this, I am always on the lookout for new and improved natural remedies.


Kalms Lavender one-a-day capsules


Kalms have brought out just that.  For the first time in the UK, the anxiety-relieving effects of uniquely prepared, pharmaceutical quality lavender oil are now available, only in Kalms Lavender One-A-Day Capsules.


More than 15 clinical trials studied, showed that a daily capsule of uniquely prepared, pharmaceutical quality lavender oil, can relieve the symptoms of anxiety.  The trials also showed that an beneficial effect was evident in only two weeks, and that the capsules were found to be as effective as commonly used anti-anxiety medication.

Anxiety is one of my biggest issues in life-because it is SO hard to overcome when it takes you down.
I sometimes wonder if the things I take are only helping on a psychological level-in the sense that I feel better just because I’m taking something-not because I’m taking something that works.

With lavender oil, we all know that it’s a calming ingredient-it’s something that works to relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety.  Now however, we also know thanks to the studies done by Kalms, that the natural ingredient of lavender oil, has a much more beneficial effect when it’s uniquely prepared, and of pharmaceutical quality.

So, what are the signs of anxiety?

You could be reading this blog, wondering what the signs of anxiety are.  Maybe you think you’ve got some signs of it, but would like some clarification.

Some anxiety symptoms aren’t shown by all people, some will suffer with more than one thing, or maybe suffer with one symptom more than others.

Personally, my symptoms appear to have evolved since my diagnosis.  I now suffer with palpitations, an upset stomach, nausea, hot flushes, dizziness and anxious thoughts lead me to lose sleep.
My palpitations and upset stomach are the more serious for me, I suffer with these more than the others-but all of my symptoms depend on the severity of the anxious situation I’m in at the time.

If you’re unsure what you’re looking for, take a look at this short video, brought to you by Kalms.

Unfortunately, anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health conditions in the UK – one in five people report feeling anxious a lot or all of the time; and more than 45 million working days have been lost due to anxiety (combined with depression and stress) in the past three years.

For those of us that have children, there is a worry that our issues are affecting them, that we may pass on those issues to them as they grow.
Personally, I try very hard to keep my issues at bay until the children are not around.  But I’m well aware that the severity of some people’s anxiety disorder can prevent them from being able to hide it from anyone.

What causes anxiety?

If like me, you’re a bit of a ‘Googler’, you’ll be wanting to know just what causes anxiety.

Anxiety UK CEO Nicky Lidbetter said; These feelings occur due to an ‘imbalance’ in the way the body processes environmental and sensory stimuli. A disproportionate ‘excitatory’ response, and excessive release of neurotransmitters between nerve cells in the brain, leads to overstimulation of the nervous system and feelings of anxiety.


So why should we use kalms lavender capsules? 

Professor of Psychiatry Dr Siegfried Kasper, who was involved in a number of the clinical trials commented; “This is a very exciting development for anxiety as the research demonstrates the lavender oil capsules not only reduce both physical and psychological symptoms of anxiety but also have a beneficial effect on health-related quality of life, without problems such as sedation, addiction or interaction with other medications. Benefits are also evident after just two weeks”.

Personally, my issues with medical intervention are that I don’t want to feel sleepy or addicted-so these lavender capsules really are beneficial for me.

Another plus for me is the price-I do find the more expensive types of natural remedies tend to not work any better than the cheaper ones-I often get sucked in to believing the large price tag is testament to the quality of the product, which is more than often not the case.

Kalms Lavender One-A-Day Capsules, are priced at a really reasonable £6.49, and are available from Boots, Asda, and at the Kalms website-HERE.


If you’re struggling to control and cope with feelings and symptoms of anxiety, Anxiety UK provides support & information on anxiety, stress and anxiety based depression.
The charity is user-led, supported by a clinical advisory panel.
Visit their website at, or call their national infoline on; 08444 775 774.


 Take a look at my other mental health blogs HERE, and my other product reviews HERE.

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An Open Letter To 23 Years Of Bullies

**Disclaimer before I begin-I haven’t been bullied everyday for 23 years-the title of this blog refers to not only the regular bullying, but to the damage bullies leave behind-every day of my life.**


To the school kids at my first school-who started bullying me when I was only 7;
Did you even understand what you were doing at that age?  Did you even comprehend the damage you could do to a fellow classmate? Continue reading

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Loving The Life Less Lived-Book Review

I was sent ‘Loving The Life Less Lived‘ by Gail Marie Mitchell to review to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week.


lovingGail suffers from anxiety and depression-and has done for many years.  After struggling to try and beat her mental illnesses, she finally decided to accept them instead, using her own tips and tools, culminating in her decision to write this book. Continue reading

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13 Reasons Why-The Importance Of Awareness 

I’ve spent the last week watching the much talked about Netflix programme, 13 Reasons Why. 
I’ve also seen so many mixed reviews-so many opinions on the subject of suicide and mental health issues being made so accessible to young viewers throughout this programme.

As much as I can understand people’s concerns, I can only write my opinion from my own experiences-which is actually harder than you would think. Continue reading

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Where Have All The Therapists Gone?

Last night I received a voicemail from a new NHS team, providing mental healthcare in my area.

I’ve been on their waiting list for the best part of two months, and to get that voicemail saying there was an appointment ready, was a massive boost for me.

I called them back today and was told the appointment is for tomorrow.  Now, I know I should be grateful to have been taken off of the waiting list to get an appointment, but I can’t do anything with such short notice-as I’m a Mum of two and my husband works full time. Continue reading

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