Saturday, 19 January 2013

Finding Happiness

Lately, I have been trying out different ways to banish my anxiety - and some seem to be helping a lot.  The key to having an anxiety-free day lies in finding ways to keep calm and focus my thoughts on other things.  Sometimes I forget that I need to look after myself.  For anybody else in the same boat, I wanted to share a few ideas to help you, quite literally, 'keep calm and carry on'.

FIND A NEW TV SERIES.
When I get home from work, a lot of the time, I want nothing more than my bed and my TV.  I love it when I find a new series to watch copious amounts of.  It's okay to watch back-to-back episodes of your favourite soap or 'trashy' TV program.  Do what makes you happy.  I'd always recommend buying the O.C. box set - you may go into hibernation to watch the whole 4 series of the show, but Seth Cohen makes that totally acceptable.

EAT CHOCOLATE, LOTS OF IT.
Chocolate is the best comfort food. Period.  Build up a mini stash of your favourite chocolate bars or chocolate boxes for when you need to satisfy your cravings.  Oreo Dairy Milk is a winner!

BUY YOURSELF FLOWERS.
Flowers instantly lift your mood and add a fresh touch to any room.  My boyfriend & I recently celebrated our two year anniversary and to my delight, he bought me a gorgeous bouquet of flowers! Since then, I keep wanting to have flowers in my room.  During a recent food shopping trip, I found a beautiful bunch of pink roses (as pictured above) and decided to treat myself to them.  I also gave them a 'freshly picked' feel by chopping the stems and putting them into a small glass water jug.  You don't always need to be given flowers as a gift, you can treat yourself :-)

ENGROSS YOURSELF IN A NEW READ.
Since reading 'Perks of Being A Wallflower', it may sound clich√©, but I have had an entirely different outlook on everyday life.  I love being able to find a book/song/film that can change your perception on things, and POBAW did exactly that - I'd recommend it to anybody!  I have just started reading 'Looking For Alaska' too, so let's hope it can be up there with my favourite reads soon.

COME HOME TO PARCELS.
Who doesn't love receiving post?  If you spot something you like online, get it!  It's always lovely to come home from work/a day out and find post on your door step.  Or, if you enjoy writing/learning about another part of the world, why not try to find a penpal?  It's helped me a huge deal being able to open up to new people and send/receive gifts.  It's a great way to make new friends with similar interests!

PAMPER YOURSELF.
I have been having a lot of skin complaints recently due to a reaction to my every-day foundation.  This, too, took a toll on my anxiety & left me not wanting to leave the house for much of the winter months.  I have tried to switch things around and take better care of myself - for Christmas, I received a Liz Earle travel set with just about everything you could want to improve your skin.  Rather than looking at my skin as a chore to take care of, I have tried to see it as a way of relaxing.  As soon as I get home from work, I take all of my makeup off with makeup remover/wipes & then move straight on to using my cleansers, toners and moisturisers - it gives you an instant boost and has made me feel thoroughly refreshed in the evenings!


Do you have any routines to help you relax?
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  1. ah i love this post! i'm so close to finishing the whole of the O.C - only a couple of episodes left eek! i feel like my anxiety has gotten worse recently, due to a number of things, but this post has really helped :) ox

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    1. I'm so glad this has helped you out! Anxiety is something that is always there for me, and I've just grown to understand it won't go away - so little things like this make days a lot easier to handle :-). Happy to meet another O.C fan! I am literally OBSESSED with it! xxx

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  2. Hey Lizee,

    Just a quick comment to let you know that I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award!

    For more info, please check out the post over on my blog :)

    Http://hannahrebekahcampbell.blogspot.com xxx

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  3. This is a really good post, I suffer from bad anxiety and honestly think having a blog and something to focus on has been a huge help. I found your blog through Hannah nominating us both for the Leibster Award and i'm so glad! It's been great to read about someone else whose going through similar things :) xx

    www.sophie-acrosstheuniverse.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much! It really is such a huge help - I find that it gives me somewhere to express my thoughts on anxiety/offers escapism, and I've met quite a few girls now that are in the same boat! xxx

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  4. These are great ideas! Especially love pampering myself and reading a new book!

    F xx

    http://thefrancescadiaries.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! They're great ways to calm down :) xx

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  5. This is a great post! I totally agree with you about finding a new tv series. At the moment I'm watching series 2 of New Girl & I'm so addicted, it's so cute and uplifting! x

    www.nina-francesca.com

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    1. Thank you lovely! Ooh, I really need to start watching it - I missed it when New Girl first started showing on tv & ended up so far behind. I'm hooked on Keeping Up With The Kardashians at the moment - oops! xxx

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  6. Great post!. I really agree with some of these tips. I always feel relaxed just sitting reading a book or being engrossed in a new TV series. I also need to pamper myself more my anxiety gets worse when I have bad/dry skin and or spots. :(. But I definitely agree I need to concentrate on myself more to banish it!.
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    1. I love climbing into bed and reading a good book after a stressful day at the office! Also, I can totally relate about the dry skin/spots.. Mine are often caused by anxiety/stress, rather than the other way round. Either way, it's horrible! xxx

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