My Answers To 56 Lists To Make When You Are Feeling Down.

Yesterday, I uploaded a blog that was called 56 Lists To Make When You Are Feeling Down.

I thought of filling this out myself + giving you all an insight of some more things about me ❤

YOU

 

  • Favorite memories
    • Ticking things off my bucket list
  • Your best qualities
    • Loyal, honest & trustworthy.
  • Best days you’ve lived
    • Days spent w my beautiful friends & family.
  • Compliments you’ve received
    • That I have nice eyes, nice hair, nice voice.
  • What you like the most about yourself
    • My drive to stay clean + tidy at all times, whether thats my room, car, work desk etc.
  • Your most precious possessions
    • My heart, ensuring it doesn’t get hurt.
  • Bucket list of things to do
    • Wow, this is a big once, I think I’ll have to do a separate post on this!
  • Things that make you happy
    • My family
    • My beautiful friends
    • Reading
    • Watching sunrises + sunsets
    • Meditating
  • Positive adjectives to describe yourself
    • Honest
    • Kind
    • Attentive
    • Direct
    • Consistent
    • Motivated
    • Reliable
    • Respectful
  • Your values
    • A belief that honesty is always the best policy and that trust has to be earned.
  • Favorite ways to relax
    • Drinking tea & reading a book.
  • Fun things to do at home
    • Meditate
    • Sit in the sun
    • Colour in
    • Read

YOUR PEOPLE

  • People you love
    • My family
    • My friends
  • People loving you
    • My family
    • My friends
  • How you met your favorite people
    • All different kinds of ways, God just crossed our paths at the right time
  • People you would like to meet
    • Louise Hay
  • What you like to do with your friends
    • Spend time in the sun, relax, go for walks
  • What you like to do with your family
    • Drink tea, play board games
  • People you would like to reconnect with
    • God, I would like to strengthen my relationship with him
  • Things you would like to do with your friends & family
    • Appreciate them more, be more kind + loving
  • People who inspire you
    • Louise Hay, My parents,
  • Every friend you ever made
    • There are alot here bc I made lots of friends through school, dancing, sports, so I’d be here a while – lets just say the circle isn’t that big now & that’s by choice.
  • People who have positively influenced you
    • My parents, Rach + B 🙂
  • Gift ideas for your favorite people
    • This really depends bc my favourite people like different things.
  • Everything you love about your partner
    • Direct
    • Mature
    • Realistic
    • Carefree
    • Hard Worker
    • Committed
    • Strong
    • Successful
    • Focused
  • People you want to send a thank you note to
    • Louise Hay, for helping me in a while she will NEVER know.
  • Date night ideas
    • Movie, tea, popcorn + a cosy blanky 🙂

YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Things that you are grateful for
    • My journey so far
    • My family
    • My health
    • My career
  • Things you are proud of
    • How far I have come along my anxiety journey
  • The scariest things you’ve done
    • Go on the Scooby Doo roller coaster in Queensland
  • Dreams that became reality
    • being able to go on a plane
  • Biggest accomplishments
    • Going in an airplane
    • Going in an elevator
  • Ways to celebrate your wins
    • Buying myself a new book 🙂
    • Celebrating w/ a mini holiday
  • All the things you are good at
    • Piano
    • Acoustic Guitar
    • Dancing

YOUR DREAMS

  • Life goals
    • To be happy & healthy
  • Countries you would like to visit
    • Wow, I would be here forever! I know for a fact I’ll do a post on this one!
  • Things you would like to do
    • Improve my anxiety
    • Conquer my insecurities
  • Stories you would like to write about
    • My anxiety journey & how far I have come
  • Adventures you would like to live
    • Experiencing a third world country
  • Dreams for the future
    • To be the best wife & mother
  • Where you would like to live
    • Doesn’t matter where, bc w/ my family, I am already home.
  • What you will be doing in the next few years
    • Focusing on my career
  • Things you would like to get
    • I would like to get a better understanding of coping w/ anxiety
  • Skills you would like to learn
    • Conquering insecurities
  • Wish list
    • I wish for a life of good health + happiness

YOUR FAVORITE THINGS

  • Favorite songs
    • Better today by Coffey Anderson
  • Funniest jokes
    • Lol, I am not a joke teller 😛
  • Favorite movies
    • A Walk to Remember
  • Favorite TV shows
    • Pretty Little Liars
  • Favorite books
    • A Child Called It
    • The Life Plan (The best book ever! I thank J all the time for buying me this!)
  • Favorite places
    • Anywhere with a pretty sunrise or sunset.
  • Favorite food
    • Chocolate, chocolate & more chocolate… & PIZZAA TOOOOO!
  • Favorite restaurants
    • Crinitis
  • Favorite parks in town
    • Botany Bay National Park
  • Favorite quotes
    • God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers
    • Little by little, one walks far
    • Your mind is powerful, it can heal you as much as it can harm you
  • Favorite podcasts
    • I am not sure if this is a podcast but I do love listening to ‘The Secret’

If you have completed this too make sure to hashtag #discoveringyourhappiness so I can see 🙂

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

Avoid These Foods When You’re Stressed

When you’re feeling stressed, it can be all too easy to be consumed by projects, deadlines or life in general. Sometimes eating becomes an afterthought, something you do when you have a few minutes spare. The problem with this is some foods can actually make you feel worse when you’re already under pressure.

There are some foods you shouldn’t eat if you’re stressed, which I’m going to talk about below.

 

Foods high in sugar

Such as: Pastries, donuts, ice-cream, sugary cereals, chocolate bars.

While it might feel like you get a burst of energy from foods high in sugar, it’s usually followed by a slump. This is caused by your blood sugar dropping dramatically, and it often leads to you feeling tired and grumpy. If you are already stressed out, a sugar crash can make you feel even worse. Not to mention that refined sugar can lead to a rise in cortisol (stress hormone), making you feel worse and leaving you prone to poor immune function or weight gain.

Instead: Try a few squares of dark chocolate, or even dark chocolate-covered almonds. Dark chocolate has antioxidants, known for their relaxing properties, as well as magnesium, which can help you to fight fatigue. Blueberries are another good choice because they are rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants to help reduce stress.

 

Foods that are highly processed

Such as: Cookies, chips, packaged meals.

When life is crazy-busy, it can be hard to resist the lure of a packaged meal that you just heat and eat. Yes, you will have something in your stomach. BUT — processed foods are usually full of refined sugar, preservatives, salt and fat. You would basically be feeding your body empty calories, as well as excess saturated fat. That can leave you feeling bloated, tired and uncomfortable. If you are already stressed, you might have noticed your digestive system already isn’t performing as well as it normally does. It’s best not to put it under more strain.

Instead: While packaged meals might seem like a good option, you need to nourish your body. Something like grilled salmon or this quick buddha bowl recipe is fantastic because it has kale, brown rice and chickpeas. Kale can help your body fight fatigue, while the chickpeas and brown rice are gentle on your stomach. Plus there’s turmeric in the dressing, which may help calm inflammation in your gut.

 

Foods that are high in salt

Such as: Fried foods, potato chips, pizza.

Sodium, aka salt, can make your body retain fluid, which can cause your heart to work harder and your blood pressure to increase. Not to mention you tend to feel bloated and uncomfortable. The problem with eating foods that are high in salt is these side effects may also decrease your energy. On top of this, too much salt can deplete your potassium stores, which affects your nervous system. And salty foods can make you feel thirsty, a sign of the early stages of dehydration, which can also leave you feeling tired and irritable.

Instead: Try eating sweet potato fries, avocado on toast or some almonds. Sweet potato has potassium, which can help with bloating and has positive effects on your nervous system. Avocado and almonds have magnesium, which can help to fight fatigue and headaches.

If you’re stuck in a bit of a stress loop, try not to forget your diet! Reaching for the right foods can help to balance your nervous system and your stomach, which can make a noticeable difference to how you feel. Eating well is part of the solution when it comes to reducing stress, and exercise can also play its part.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

Self Care Challenge Day 16: Comfort Box

21 Day Self Care Challenge Day Sixteen

Hey lovely person!

Todays challenge is another simple, yet amazingly effective idea:

Your comfort box

‘When your child is feeling sad or down or worried, your instinct is to wrap them up, give them a warm milky drink and a favourite teddy and settle them down with a book, or favourite DVD. This helps make them feel loved and safe and warm.

You may have heard of the expression “the inner child” – the theory is that inside each of us is our own inner child who needs some attention and love.

A comfort box is a useful way of helping you to give yourself the care that your inner child needs… just as you would to your own children.’

So your challenge today is to list what you want to put in your comfort box, and then start to collect those things.

Why not get a beautiful box to keep everything in. Then, the next time you feel low you can surround yourself with all those things to make yourself feel better.

In mine, a colouring book, some textas, a good book, vanilla scented candle, small bar of chocolate. (I will certainly like to add more)

Remember the ‘100 things that make me happy’ list from day 7?  Use that for inspiration, and keep it in your comfort box to remind you of things in life you appreciate.

Frankly, there is no right or wrong (ok, hang on, I guess putting a cute puppy in there MIGHT be wrong…) and of course it can be added to as things come to mind.

Stay tuned for Day 17.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)