The Blogger Recognition Award

Good morning everyone ❤

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It’s late morning here in Sydney, Australia.

Thank you so so much to Gabrielle Snow for the nomination. Unfortunately, I am a little late w/ posting this (I am so sorry) BUT… I did it, finally!

If you haven’t checked out Gabrielle’s blog, I suggest you do 🙂 She showcases so many things on her blog whether its beauty, make up, advice or life posts – I love her life posts the best, I feel like I am walking through w/ her every day 🙂

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award!
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Share two pieces of advice for new bloggers!
  5. Choose 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them. Provide the link to the post you created.

Brief story on how my blog started:

My blog started back in May 2016, I was thinking about it for a very long time – I was always a blog reader, a youtube watcher, a book reader etc. I wanted to step into the blog world to showcase what  I get up to in my every day life as well as share tips + tricks on how to cope w/ anxiety. As an anxiety sufferer, I have found blogging calming & relaxing. The blogging world is an amazing world to be in + everyone is so lovely + supportive.

2 pieces of advice for new bloggers:

Advice #1

Don’t be someone you are not! I cannot stress this one enough. Be you + only you! People love you for you not for who you are not. Stepping into the blogging world, I said to myself I wouldn’t be someone I wasn’t. I was going to share w/ people the real me, that’s why you see what I get up to on the weekend + also what I am going through mentally. When you be someone you are not, it’s mentally exhausting – be yourself, it’s more natural.

Advice #2

Connect +communicate w/ your followers! This was something I did since day one – I constantly was in contact w/ all my followers, I would always keep a tab of my blog open + be alerted when someone comment, I would like their comment + write back straight away. Take the time to read other peoples blogs, I love writing on peoples blogs after reading their content, it’s a lovely way to communicate + it lets them know you care as well as read their blogs.

Nominees:

I cannot wait to see your reply-blogs.

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

A, x (1)

 

 

 

 

Positive Ways To Deal With Negative Feelings

I’ll preface this post by saying that I am currently making a lot of positive lifestyle changes.

Right now, I’m prioritizing my health and my happiness.

Happiness is something that I constantly strive for, and I believe that it is within everyone’s reach.

I wish I could be happy all the time, but unfortunately life doesn’t work that way. It’s full of ups and downs, good days and bad days. In a perfect world, I’d be able to skip the bad days altogether, but I can’t. All I can do is make the most out of my good days while finding healthy and positive ways to deal with the bad ones.

Today, I want to talk about coping strategies for negative feelings.

Whenever we’re sad, angry, or hurt, it’s easy to turn to unproductive or harmful coping strategies to temporarily make us feel better. Sometimes people drink too much alcohol, eat unhealthy food, or make reckless decisions in order to cope with their feelings. I’m not perfect; I definitely don’t always handle my feelings in the best ways. Recently, I’ve realized that I need to work on how I cope with being upset, depressed, or anxious.

I decided to create this list of 50 positive ways to cope with negative feelings. This list consists of my personal ideas, but you might think of other ones that work better for you. I just wanted to share my thoughts because I figured they might help someone.

Here’s the list!

  1. Breathe deeply.
  2. Go for a walk or run.
  3. Lift weights.
  4. Cook a healthy meal.
  5. Draw, paint, or create something.
  6. Read a book or magazine.
  7. Write something.
  8. Start a blog or website.
  9. Listen to music.
  10. Go to a concert.
  11. Try hot yoga.
  12. Clean your house or apartment.
  13. Call a friend or family member.
  14. Meet up with friends or family.
  15. Start a mood journal and write in it every day. Write down how you’re feeling, what thoughts you’re having, and what triggered the negative feeling. Over time, see if you can notice patterns in what triggers your negative feelings.
  16. Take a break from your phone, computer, and social media. Do something by yourself without negative influences from the outside world.
  17. Write down all the things you’re thankful for.
  18. Write down all the things you love about yourself.
  19. Take time to think and understand how you’re feeling. Then, accept the feeling instead of trying to ignore it.
  20. Try to turn your negative thoughts into positive ones.
  21. Meditate.
  22. Read some inspirational quotes.
  23. Take a trip out of town to see something new. It could be for a day, a week, or however long you want.
  24. Take a nap.
  25. Let yourself cry if you need to.
  26. Get professional help if you need it.
  27. Learn to play a musical instrument.
  28. Teach yourself something new.
  29. Look at happy photos.
  30. Pray (if you’re religious).
  31. Write a nice letter to yourself.
  32. Do something kind for someone else.
  33. Watch your favorite movie or TV show.
  34. Watch funny videos on the internet.
  35. Forgive yourself if you’ve made a mistake.
  36. Take a bubble bath.
  37. Paint your nails a new color.
  38. Do your makeup.
  39. Volunteer for a cause you are passionate about.
  40. Take up a new hobby.
  41. Go to an art gallery and study the artwork.
  42. Go through your old things and donate them to Goodwill.
  43. Go shopping and treat yourself to something nice (but not ridiculously expensive).
  44. Write down your negative thoughts and then tear up or burn the paper.
  45. Play with a pet.
  46. Practice mindfulness.
  47. Repeat positive affirmations to yourself.
  48. Remind yourself that you are a beautiful person who is worthy of happiness and love.
  49. Remind yourself that negative feelings are only temporary.
  50. Make your own list of ways to help you deal with negative feelings.

A, x (1)

Create a Peaceful Bedroom

Your bedroom is probably the room where you spend the most time (sleeping, yes), but 8 hours every day! Having a peaceful bedroom will help you unwind after a long day, and more importantly, improve your sleep.

Below are some ways you can create a peaceful bedroom 🙂

DECLUTTER

Removing the clutter in your bedroom will remove the clutter from your mind. Only keep what is necessary and make sure that you have enough space.

In my room I have:

A single bed

1 x bedside table

A table in the corner that showcases some flowers

A mirrored wardrobe

I keep my laundry baskets in the closet to remove the distraction from the dirty laundry. And especially the “Oh, I forgot to do the laundry again” stress.

 

PAINT YOUR WALLS IN LIGHT AND NATURAL COLORS

It’s important to surround yourself with calming colors.

Here are the colors that I recommend:

white

beige

light brown

light blue

You can paint your bedroom in one day.

All you have to do is move your furniture so you can access the wall, cover them and the floor, and paint!

I am actually thinking of painting my room again 🙂

 

ADD TEXTURE

You should incorporate textures in your home to make it feel cozier.

For example, my bed, nightstands, and dresser are white, and I have a small fur rug on the floor. You can also add a fluffy blanket on top of your bed.

 

 GET BLACKOUT CURTAINS

Having blackout curtains will allow you to sleep longer during the summer time but it will also keep the heat OUT during summer time and IN during winter.

Plus it will make your bedroom look cozier!

 

DISPLAY PEACEFUL ART WORK

Your bedroom is a place for you to relax and dream, so add beautiful and peaceful pictures on the wall.

I have a quote on my wall that says ‘Do what makes your soul happy’

 

GET A WAKE UP LIGHT / WHITE NOISE / ALARM CLOCK

These little machines will help you start your day positively.

For one thing, the sunrise light will slowly wake you up so you won’t be groggy in the morning, and on top of that, the white noise will help you relax.

 

DIFFUSE OIL

An oil diffuser will help you relax, clear the air, get energy and become happier.

Now they have so many different ones that you can find one that is pretty and cheap at Kmart!

 

KEEP ALL ELECTRONICS OUT

Now that you have a sunrise alarm clock, you have no more excuses to keep your phone in the bedroom. Same with the TV, laptop, tablets (read a real book instead), and other devices.

Removing electronic devices from your bedroom will help you have a better sleep and reduce your stress (no more checking emails before going to bed).

Instead, you can charge your phone in the living room or the office.

Don’t worry your phone will be fine!

 

MAKE YOUR BED IN THE MORNING

Making your bed in the morning will help you feel productive from the beginning of the day. And you will feel more satisfied every time you walk by your bed during the day, you might feel the need to jump on top of it and grab a book because it looks so nice!

Plus this goes back to our first point: remove clutter. Even if it doesn’t add anything to have a bed unmade, it still feels distracting.

 

LIGHT CANDLES

This is another takeaway that I got from The Little Book of Hygge. Lighting candles will add coziness to your bedroom. Seriously imagine yourself reading a book, wrapped in a puffy blanket, next to a candle.

Especially during the winter, it will make you feel warmer just to look at it!

 

OPEN YOUR WINDOWS EVERY DAY

Your bedroom needs some fresh air every day, and that means in the winter too. But don’t worry, as only 10 minutes should be enough to recycle the air.

I prefer to open it in the morning before going to work. This way by the time I’m going to bed (many hours later) the room is warm and still smells good!

I hope the above has helped you 🙂

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

A, x (1)