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Anxiety can make life really difficult to live. The things that once seemed so simple to you like going to the grocery store or attending a dinner party with good friends, suddenly become the most difficult things in the world. Your heart beats faster and your mouth gets dry just contemplating doing those things and your brain is constantly engaged in fight or flight mode, worrying about anything and everything.

It sucks. If you’re suffering from anxiety you know that, but you know what? It is possible to get through it. You should definitely see your doctor and maybe a therapist because medication and anxiety can help a lot. As well as doing that, there are lots of things you can do for yourself that will help to push anxiety a little further towards the door if not right out of it…

Learn Mindfulness

You’d be forgiven for thinking that mindfulness is the latest new age buzzword, but it’s so much more than that and it shouldn’t be so easily dismissed. There is lots of evidence to suggest that learning how to live in the moment, quelling your negative thoughts and putting them into greater perspective, which is exactly what mindfulness teaches you to do, can lessen symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress and much more besides. If you can’t find a qualified teacher to show you the ropes, apps like Headspace and Calm are very effective. Give it time – mindfulness won’t get rid of your anxiety immediately –  and you should notice an improvement.

Get an Emotional Support Animal

You should never bring home an animal unless you are ready to take on the responsibility for its care, but if you have a safe place and lots of time and love to dedicate to a pet, getting a support animal could really help you. Animals have such a soothing and reassuring effect on us, that having one by your side when you’re most anxious can really help to soothe your mind and soul. Before you go out and get a dog though, be sure to check the esa laws to ensure that you’ll be entitled to have one and bring it along with you most places you go. If this is something you want to do, you need to be responsible about it.

Do Some Yoga

Yoga is a gentle form of exercise which helps to connect your mind and body and have both working in harmony together for a greater sense of peace. It also releases endorphins that will give you a happiness boost so that you will feel much better all-round.

Expose Yourself to Your Fears

Okay, so this is probably going to sound really scary to you and you might resist doing it, but if you take baby steps and slowly expose yourself to the things that are causing you anxiety (take a friend along if necessary) and you keep doing it, you will start to realise that it isn’t so scary after all and your anxiety should lessen over time. If you’re worried about doing this, talk to a therapist and have them guide you through the process.

Anxiety sucks, but it doesn’t have to be permanent and if you take some action (no matter how small) to fight it, things will get better, just you wait and see.

 

Sarah x

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You will make sure that you eat a balanced and healthy diet each and every day, but what about your dog? Are you sure that the food you feed it on a daily basis is filled with all the important nutrients that it needs in order to stay fit and healthy? Dogs are just like us humans in that they also need a wide range of vitamins and minerals to ensure that their minds and bodies work as well as they should do. And that is especially important once your pet starts to age and their health might start to deteriorate. As long as they are getting all of the best nutrients in their diet, they should be able to overcome most illnesses and health conditions.

But what exactly should dogs be eating? Here are some very nutrients that your dog will need.

Protein

Dogs need protein in their diets just as much as humans do. It’s the basic building block in all life forms, and the body needs it to create new cells and repair current ones. Without enough protein, your pooch simply won’t be able to grow and develop as it should, and it also won’t find it easy to fight off common illnesses. If your dog is a puppy or pregnant, then it will need a very high amount of protein in its diet. If you buy dog food that is age-specific, it should contain the right amount of protein for your hound.

Carbohydrates

In order for your dog to have enough energy for all its walks, you need to make sure that it is eating plenty of carbohydrates. These are what the body uses for instant energy. Protein is also sometimes used for energy, but it is better put to use elsewhere in the body. So, getting enough carbohydrates in your dog’s diet will prevent it depleting its protein sources. Dog-friendly vegetables and grains are all great sources of protein.

Minerals

You can see here that glucosamine is a very important mineral for dogs as it can improve their bone health and help them in their fight against bone conditions such as arthritis. But that isn’t the only one you need to ensure is in your dog’s diet. For instance, your pooch will also need plenty of zinc, iron, potassium, and magnesium to ensure that their body runs as smoothly as possible. If you know that your dog has a specific mineral deficiency, you should be able to find dog food that has been specially fortified with certain minerals.

Vitamins

Don’t forget that there are some essential vitamins that your furry friend will need in their diet as well. If you feed your dog plenty of organ-based and plant-based foods, then you can be happy knowing that they should be getting a good range of vitamins every day.

So, do you think your pooch is getting enough key nutrients? If not, you might want to speak to your vet about the various ways you can improve their diet.

Sarah x

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Let’s be honest, when giving your home a makeover, what rooms do you focus on the most? We are guessing the living room and bedroom, the two rooms where you tend to spend the most of your downtime. However, it is our kitchens that could do with a bit of ‘me’ time as well, being the focus of our attention to improve both the aesthetics and practical uses. You don’t need to break the bank either, as you can give your kitchen a facelift on a budget. We have some ideas to help you, breathing new life into one of the most essential rooms in your home.

  • Sort out any DIY issues within the kitchen first. Problems with ventilation? Blocked pipes? Cracked walls? Head over to Bidvine and hire a professional to repair any pressing jobs before you enhance your kitchen area.
  • Replenish your kitchen essentials. If you’re still using those chipped plates and glasses from years back, or you are still reliant on what your mum gave you when you moved into your home, it may be time to buy some new stuff to complement your kitchen makeover. Enamel kitchenware is making a come back and is both affordable and practical. You could colour scheme your crockery, as well, buying plates and cups that match the overall look of your kitchen.
  • Refresh your old cabinets. Cabinets can be expensive to replace, but if they are still in a good condition, give them a makeover. You can give them a fresh lick of colour, as well as changing up the textures, and adding new handles. Take a look at the gorgeous kitchen hardware designs here to give you a little bit of inspiration. There are all kinds of combinations you can use in your design choices, so think creatively.
  • Work on your countertops. Something else that is expensive to replace, but you can give these a bit of a facelift as well. There are all kinds of painting kits available, giving your countertops a whole new look, from a faux marble effect to a soapstone look using chalkboard paint. Give them a good polish too, smoothing out any worn damage, and you will soon have something that looks brand new, even when it isn’t!
  • Give your kitchen a colour pop. While you could design your kitchen with matching colours, this can look a little boring if everything looks the same. Instead, focus on one area of the room with a blast of colour. From paintwork on the walls to a colourful appliance, you can make a striking impact to your kitchen’s atmosphere.
  • Switch your lighting. A decent light fixture can totally transform your kitchen, with a statement chandelier or colourful pendant lights. As well as your overhanging lights, you can also bring focus to certain areas of the room, perhaps with a wall lantern or undercabinet lights to highlight shadowed areas. Lighting is both practical and decorative, so choose something that is reflective of your overall kitchen design.

These kitchen ideas should suit every budget, and don’t need the stress and expense of a complete overhaul. If you have any further thoughts on how to give a kitchen a makeover, perhaps from your experiences, be sure to let me know.

Sarah x

 













 

I previously mentioned I had gone dairy free due to a slight intolerance and I wanted to see how it would effect me. I got on so well that I decided I wanted to give up meat too, I also gave up eggs and essentially became vegan.

I have been eating vegan for a couple of weeks now and even though it was a struggle at first, I am really glad I have made this decision.

I’m not going to go into the ins and outs about why I think this is healthy and what my research has told me. I will not preach my views about animals and the dairy industry on to anyone but I will be sharing a lot more food ideas with you.

Growing up I lived on chicken nuggets, chips and pizza. I was so fussy! My whole family have been worried about what will I eat if I am eating a vegan diet, but actually, this has inspired me to try new foods and has forced me in a way to eat more fruit and veg.

I feel healthy and I feel happier than I have in a long time. Everyone’s body reacts differently to certain foods and I knew dairy wasn’t good for mine.

I have invested in a couple of cooking books and have a new found love for hummus.

I will still be sharing non vegan food on here for example in my gift guides as no one else in my family is vegan and I don’t want to restrict my reviews.

I am not declaring myself as completely vegan and cruelty free as for now I am just sticking to the vegan way of eating but as I use up old toiletries and things I will be trying to replace them with more cruelty free brands.

If any of you are vegetarian or vegan please share your favourite meals with me as I need veginspo!

Have any of you made a big diet change?

Sarah x

For my recent seaside getaway I wanted a few new clothing items to wear but didn’t want to spend too much. I came across the Krisp basic collection and they have so many great products at such reasonable prices.

I bought them all in a 10, I am usually a 8/10 but would always prefer to go for a 10 so things aren’t too tight. All of them were true to size.

Rose print knot front dress in turquoise.

This dress was £12.99 which I think is great for a dress. It fitted really well and was a very soft material and well made. I liked the tie feature and loved the colour.

Off the shoulder blouse in aqua.

This was £10 and I thought it would be good to wear of an evening with black jeans. It could be worn with any colour jeans or leggings. It cam with a matching colour vest which was joined to it on the inside, so no need to worry about it being see-through.

Tie dye maxi dress in turquoise.

I love maxi dresses on holiday as I tend to eat too much, so it is something comfy to wear but not restricting. This one was £10 and it honestly is so comfortable, its basically t shirt material and so easy to wear. It was slightly too long as I am short (5ft2) but the great thing with the elasticated waist part is that you can just fold it up to adjust the length 🙂

Turn up sleeve maxi dress in black.

Very similar to the previous maxi dress but this one had fold over sleeves. The material is similar as it is like a t shirt. This one was £14.99 which is still a great price. I also hooked this up slightly. I think plain black dresses are a staple in any wardrobe. I added a necklace and the outfit was complete!

What do you usually ear on holiday?

Sarah x