Beauty · Lifestyle

My Winter Morning Skincare Routine

Hey Everyone,

So from my life goals 2018 post, I said one of my goals was to look after my skin better.

This winter is doing my skin no favours at all, it’s so cold, and no matter what I was doing my skin was constantly just drying out. My skin became so dull and dehydrated which was just horrible. Then the breakouts started. I’ve had trouble finding the right skincare but a few years ago I started using The Body Shop products and I’ve never looked back.

Every morning, I start with Drops of Light Cleansing Foam – £12. With my skin I do use a few different cleansers but at the moment with this weather, Drops of Light helps my skin look brighter and it’s one that doesn’t dry out my skin.

I then use Vitamin E moisture cream – £13. A little goes such a long way with this. When applying it you barely need a pea size amount. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated but not greasy.

I tend not to wear make-up in winter too much due to my skin always drying out but I’ve been using Vitamin C Skin Reviver – £17. This is basically my primer, it keeps my skin feeling super soft and makes my foundation last all day. This product lasts for months, it’s worth it’s weight in gold for me.

My foundation varies every few months. My skin tone changes with the seasons so I have various shades. The one pictured is my current one which is Fresh Nude Foundation– £16. It includes SPF 15 which is a must for me. SPF is important in my daily routine especially since two of my family members have had skin cancer in the past. The foundation gives a medium coverage and it doesn’t even feel like I have it on at all.

To finish off my morning routine I use the Vitamin C Energising Face Mist – £12. This sets my make-up perfectly. It keeps my skin feeling hydrated and gives me a nice little glow. I use this after long-haul plane rides when my skin just needs that extra bit of hydration as well.

Here’s hoping for a little bit more sun and a little less snow/rain. I do love winter for cozy nights but I’m missing the sun and brighter evenings.

Crissy x

fitness · Miscellaneous

My Fitness Journey so Far

For me a normal week sees me going to the gym now at least twice. If I would have told a 17 year old me I would actually love the gym she would have laughed in your face. I loved rock climbing, swimming and karate but hated P.E with a passion.

My gym story began in 2015, I decided it would be a good idea to sign up for a Great Wall Of China trek. Now I wasn’t extremely unfit but I definitely needed to up my fitness levels and work on my balance. The balance thing still hasn’t happened, I have the nickname Bambi so that should explain all.

So when I first started off training I was doing a lot of cardio, that was a good & bad thing. It did help me gain stamina and i wasn’t getting tired easily but I was losing weight easily. That was a very big issue as I’ve always been on the slim side, having a high metabolism has its issues. I knew from then on I needed to do something a little different. A little bit of a background too, 3 years ago I was on and off the verge of being hospitalised for my weight, now thankfully I’m at a steady weight and not at risk anymore.

The left is me in Nov 2015 and the right is me in Sept 2017.

It’s took a few years really but I’ve finally got into a place where 1. I’m not afraid of going to the gym & 2. I’m not afraid of putting on weight. The second one for me is a big thing for a reason I still cannot explain I was scared to put on weight but I always wanted to because I was sick of the ‘aren’t you anorexic?’ ‘You should try eating more’ ‘if I just hit you you could snap in half’ comments. I still hear those in the back of my mind sometimes but they don’t bother me as much now.

I absolutely love weight lifting. I just find something so satisfying about it. Especially when I hit a new personal best. I can admit I hate training arms/upper body. I’m not good at it and get really frustrated with myself if I fail at a set. Training legs is my favourite and if it didn’t make me walk like a penguin after I’d do it all the time but also that just isn’t feasible. So I do either a leg day then a whole body or an upper body day then a whole body. Mixing up my routine really keeps me actively going as when I used to do classes they were so repetitive and I got bored far too quick.

I’m not sure what’s next for me with my fitness journey, I’m not sure I could ever compete in a competition but I’m just going along and see where it takes me.

Do you enjoy going to the gym? Or is there something else you like to do to have ‘me time’?

Crissy x

Lifestyle · Mental Health

2018 Life Goals

Hi everyone,

Hope you all had a joyful Christmas wherever and whomever you spent it with. I had a lovely family day with my anxiety rearing it’s lovely head only once which I was very thankful for.

With 2018 approaching I’ve been thinking about what I want from the year. I had setting resolutions as they fail and then I get mad at myself. So I’ve split them into 4 categories to help me keep track a little more.

Mental health

⁃ Work on building my resilience.

⁃ Keep working on my coping strategies for my anxiety.

Physical health

⁃ Eat healthier.

⁃ Stick to a gym schedule.

Daily

⁃ Take better care of my skin (cleanse, tone, moisturise).

⁃ Spend at least an hour reading.

Activities

⁃ Take a MH first aid course.

⁃ Go sky diving.

⁃ Enter a new job.

⁃ Pass my driving test.

So these are my goals for 2018. Honestly I’m looking forward to entering a new year. This year has been full of ups and downs and looking back now I’m thankful for it. I’m coming out the other end a stronger and wiser person.

Do you set any goals or resolutions? Or do you just go with the flow?

See you all in the New Year

Crissy x

Mental Health

Christmas and Mental Health

“Tis the season to be Jolly fa la la la” Honestly it’s the season to feel however you want to feel. Now don’t get me wrong I’m literally like buddy the elf when it comes to Christmas, you’ll hear me singing and see me trying to spread Christmas cheer. Sometimes though I do want to lock myself away and just have some me time.

Christmas season can be overwhelming and with stress levels rising it can be challenging for everyone. Crowds of people literally everywhere and just the planning and organising to see people, what to get family and friends is challenging. For myself, I love getting together with friends and family. However the crowds around the shops, making sure everyone’s cards get sent off on time are just a few of the things that can set me off.

Last year, I had one of the worst panic and anxiety attacks I’ve ever had. I was on my way to Birmingham to do some shopping, the train was packed and it just kicked off. My heart was racing, my chest was so tight that I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t get two words out. I slumped to the floor just to feel stable as I knew I wanted to pass out. Luckily for me the people around me were so helpful but it could of been a very different story.

Anxiety and Panic attacks come in many different forms. During a panic attack:

Focus on your breathing. It can help to concentrate on breathing slowly in and out while counting to five.

Stamp on the spot. Some people find this helps control their breathing.

Focus on your senses. For example, taste mint-flavoured sweets or gum, or touch or cuddle something soft.

Try grounding techniques. Grounding techniques can help you feel more in control.

(Tips from Mind) after a panic attack try and find somewhere quiet to rest and compose yourself, if you feel like you need to eat or drink ensure you do. Self-care is seriously important!!

If you know someone who is suffering this seasonal period please try to check in with them to see how they’re doing and if they need anything. Sometimes it’s the people we’re not in contact with regularly are those who need a listening ear or a friendly face.

If you’re suffering this seasonal period remember it’s okay not to be all jolly all the time. Looking after yourself is the most important thing. Talk to someone you trust, let them know how you’re feeling and let them know if there is anything they can do to help you. Most importantly be kind to yourself, whatever you’re feeling is perfectly fine!

You can go onto Mind if you do feel overwhelmed or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed. Samaritans is also there if you need to speak to someone or if you don’t feel like you can speak you can text this number and someone will respond 07725909090.

Crissy x

Miscellaneous

Autumn Tag

Hey,

I know it’s been a while since my last post & we’re also nearing the end of Autumn but I thought I’d share some of my favourite Autumn things before the season ends.

1)What signifies the start of autumn to you? – The leaves changing colour and the nights becoming darker.

 2) Best way to spend a rainy day? – Wrapped up in a blanket, watching a Disney movie with a hot chocolate.

 3) Your most fond autumn memory? – Going on a trail hunt around the local nature reserve and seeing the deer running about.

 4) Favourite Autumn scent? – Yankee Candle Fireside Treats as it reminds me of going camping.

 5) What are you most excited for this Autumn? – Outdoor walks, I loved bonfire night this year as well as we went to Alton which is one of my favourite places.

 6) Favourite autumn song? – Erm not sure about song but the Beautiful Trauma album by P!nk is definitely one of my favourites at the moment.

 7) Favourite autumn movie?- The nightmare before Christmas. It’s like a pre-christmas season movie.

 8) What TV shows are you looking forward to this fall? – Stranger things 2, Riverdale.

 9) Favourite autumn colour? – Burgundy, I’m not normally a fan of reds but burgundy and autumn go hand in hand for me.

 10) Your most loved outdoor fall activity?- Going round the trails at the nature reserve, seeing all the wildlife and the changing of the land.

So those are just a few things about Autumn which I love & have been looking forward too. Stranger Things 2 has been brilliant, I binge-watched it in a day and i have no regrets!

What are your favourite things about Autumn?

Crissy x

Mental Health

Resilience and why it’s okay not to be okay 

You need to get thicker skin” That one little phrase can really mess your day up. If someone is upset that is okay, no-one has the right to make you feel bad for feeling upset. I’ve always been someone who is sensitive and well ever since my depression and anxiety kicked in it has been considerably worse. I get that the world isn’t sugarcoated and full of rainbows and that is perfectly fine but what is not fine is having a go at someone when they have the right to be upset. You have the right not to be okay when you need that time. 

We’re currently in a society which loves to use phrases such as ‘perk up’ ‘You just have to deal with it’ ‘what do you even have to be depressed about?’ and my personal favourite ‘you’re strong, you’ll be fine’. Okay so first off let’s start with the fact that mental illness is NOT a choice. Trust me if I was able to choose anything I’d quite like longer hair and the ability to contour properly but hey sometimes we don’t get a choice. 

‘You’re strong you’ll be fine’ so this phrase literally makes me want to cover my face and scream. I consider myself strong physically sometimes especially when I’m at the gym with my hair in a bun ready to squat. However I also consider myself equally not strong physically or mentally at times. There are times where I have to stick on a brave face, pretend I’m coping and just get on with life until I get back to my room. I can feel weak and helpless at times even when I don’t have the time to be feeling like this, again another lovely effect of mental illness you don’t get to choose when or where it happens. 

It’s only recently I’ve learnt that it is okay not to be okay. I’m allowed to have days where maybe the only thing I do is get up, washed and put on a fresh pair of PJs because that’s all I can face doing. Some days can be great and I live for those days and then you have those other days which I used too call fog days when I was little. These are the days where everything can hit either all at once, or during the middle of the day or even when you are having a laugh and a joke with your family/friends. 

The one thing I have learnt to help me at these times is to be resilient and it is harder than it sounds. Some days I can be quite good at it, other days it goes out the window completely but I gave it a shot so it counts. For me going to the gym helps a lot, exercise = endorphins. I love being able to stick my headphones in and zone out of the world for an hour. I feel relaxed when I leave and can face the day again. Sometimes I just take a step back from everything and try to focus on having me time, this can be reading a book or taking my dog for a walk or even just having a chat about anything with my bestie. I’m not completely there yet and I don’t think at the moment or anytime soon I will be but as long as I keep trying and becoming stronger with it that’s all that matters. 

“Resilience is very different than being numb. Resilience means you experience, you feel, you fail, you hurt, you fall. But you keep going” 

I love this quote and well it explains the steps I’m currently on loop with and that many other people are too. Remember be kind to yourself, it’s okay not to be okay and just take it one step at a time. 

Crissy x 

Uncategorized

25 Questions about me

So I thought I’d do a post which tells you a little bit more about me as my first few posts were very out there and personal. So here we go. 

1. What is your middle name? – I don’t actually have a middle name as my first name Is double barrelled. 
2. What was your favourite subject at school? – I loved music and also religious studies. I find it so interesting to learn about different religions and cultures. 

3. What is your favourite drink? – A good cup of Tea is the way to my heart but I do love a hot chocolate especially in the autumn and winter. 

4. What is your favourite song at the moment? – Erm IDGAF by Dua Lipa as I feel like I’m relating to it at the moment.

5. What is your favourite food? – I love a good pasta dish, carbonara is my absolute favourite. 

6. What is the last thing you bought? – Some boots, a few jumpers & a blanket from Primark.

7. Favourite book of all time? – This is a hard question as I have a few favourites but my all time favourite book is Harry Potter & the Philosophers Stone. It was the first book I was able to read on my own all the way through and well I’ve been a Potter head ever since. 

 8. Favourite Colour? – Blue 

9. Do you have any pets? – I do, a lovely rescue staffy called Marley. We will have adopted him a year ago on the 6th November. 

10. Favourite Perfume? – Daisy by Marc Jacobs.

11. Favourite Holiday? – Christmas, I just adore the season and the atmosphere that comes around the time of year. I love being able to treat my family and my god-children and Just see everyone come together. 

12. Are you married? – No.

13. Have you ever been out of the country? – Yeah, I’ve got the travel bug! I’ve been to Florida, California & Vegas in the USA. I’ve visited China and trekked the Great Wall. I’ve taught in India for two weeks, visiting Dubai on my way back. Also been to a few places in Europe; Slovenia, Verona, Rome, Tenerife, Kos. I’ve got so many more places on my list though.

14. Do you speak any other language? – Considering I took French for A level, I probably should be quite fluent but I’m not really.

15. How many siblings do you have? – None. 

16. What is your favourite shop? – Waterstones as I could spend hours in there. 

17. Favourite restaurant? – Erm my go to restaurant is Bella Italia if that counts?

18. When was the last time you cried? – The first week of October, it was a very testing week and I just needed a cry. 

19. Favourite Blog? -There’s a few that I read daily:

Gabby Fabrizio

Hannah Gale

Corrie

Alice Spake 
20. Favourite Movie? – Peter Pan but Harry Potter comes a close second. 
21. Favourite TV show? – Friends, Pretty Little Liars & Full House.

22. PC or Mac? – Mac. 

23. What phone do you have? – iPhone 6.

24. How tall are you? – 5ft7 & 3/4 (the 3/4 is really important). 

25. Can you cook? – Erm not really but I’d love to learn properly. 

I hope you found that even the slightest bit interesting! 

Crissy x 

Mental Health

6 tips to support someone with their mental health

In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week. This means that yourself, a friend or family member could be one of those six. It’s really important that we begin and continue to understand mental health as the more we understand it, the less of a stigma it will hold.
I got told recently that “I didn’t realise anxiety was an actual thing until I experienced it for myself”. This is what we need to change, we need people to understand but also to be able to help a friend, family member or work mate when they need it.

So here are a few ways you can offer support:
1. Listen – Listening is really important. Sometimes the person may not even be able to express themselves as they don’t know what’s going on. Just take time even if it’s 5 minutes to show that you are there as a listening ear. You don’t have to have the answers or give advice they’ll appreciate just knowing that you are there.

2. Talk – Moving on from listening, sometimes talking wether talking about how they feel or about something completely random to distract them from their thoughts.

3. Keep in touch – This might be a little text or just in the world of fb tagging them in a cute/funny video. I personally love cute dog videos but each to their own! Honestly though, sometimes on bad days, I find it difficult to text people. So even just a text so they know you’re thinking of them makes a huge difference.

4. Do not believe Fake News – Yes I said it. So in today’s lovely, delightful news world (a girl can dream right?) we have this lovely way of portraying mental health. Please please do not believe everything you see and hear, there are a load of made up things which get passed around. If you are unsure look it up, there isn’t anything shameful at all and in fact you’ll be helping your friend by being able to understand more.

5. Respect their bravery- It is so hard to speak out about how you are feeling. I felt like I would be judged, would lose friends over it and just scared how people would react. It takes a lot to stand and say “I’m suffering with a mental health problem” so when someone does come to you please respect their bravery!

6. Look after yourself- Okay so this may seem like a strange one but you can’t help someone if you feeling overwhelmed or stressed yourself. You can’t pour from a jug when it’s empty so it’s important to make sure you are okay first.

Remember though everyone copes differently, so I hope these tips are something you can refer back to if you aren’t sure what to do or how to help.

You can find more Information on mind, rethink and young minds. I hope this post has helped you in some way and started you on the step to help break the stigma around mental health.

Crissy x

 

Image from Healthy Place

Mental Health

Looking okay and feeling okay are two different things.

Having an invisible illness is literally one of the most infuriating things to explain. If it can’t be seen then you get some people who do try and say :
  • ah well you don’t look ill
  • You don’t have anything to be anxious about
  • You can’t be in that much pain, you’re always running about laughing and joking
So those right there are some of the most annoying phrases I get to hear every now and again. Lovely eh? My illnesses are invisible and whilst I can’t control that, people do need to realise that just because they can’t see them doesn’t mean they’re not real.
My illnesses don’t define me, and they certainly don’t control me. Okay maybe the second one is a little white lie as if I’m having a rough day then i do want to scream but hey ho life goes on.
Even during my darkest days, I’ve gone out and put on my brave face. I have smiled, laughed, danced and been out enjoying myself. Somedays can be harder than others as at the end of the day I had to go back and deal with however I was feeling and try to find the cause of it.
Trying to avoid letting people know how I’m feeling is something I’m trying to become a master of. Comments and murmurs are something that really doesn’t help and can actually make me feel a hell of a lot worse.
Regardless of if my illnesses can be seen or can’t be seen doesn’t mean I cannot go out and have a good time. Quite the opposite, anything to help me feel even the slightest bit normal (which is totally overrated by the way) is welcomed!
So before you speak, have a little think. Be nice to people we are all battling something.
Crissy x