A Sunday Post

Sunday, 17 August 2014

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Happy Sunday :)! This week has been crazy busy with work, I work really long hours, sometimes from 10am one day until 10am the next day! So life can be really hectic trying to fit in everything else too, I had to miss my yoga class this week thanks to work which is annoying. My week hasn't been too interesting. Today I finished a shift early in the morning (7.45am) and decided to make the most of the rest of my day off. I went for coffee with my mum & gran which was lovely, then this afternoon I went a long walk (to look for wild blackberrys for jam making, but they weren't ripe yet). Now that I've moved back in with my parents after finishing university I'm enjoying living near the countryside again. Actually we're really lucky as we also live right next to the beach:) so it's great for walks. I love having a day off on a Sunday just to relax and do nothing, the weathers been really rubbish this week but I'm secretly kind of glad as it means Autumn is just round the corner! I must admit, I've been so excited for Autumn. There's just something about the winter months I love. The crisp autumn mornings, cozy rainy days, buying a new winter coat, boots and scarf (an excuse for new clothes), dark nights drinking hot chocolate. There's something about Autumn and Winter that brings a sort of stillness to the air, the days seem more laid back and cozy. I found out this week that I'm going a little trip to Germany in Decemeber to visit the Christmas Markets! It's a work trip but I'm so so excited. I've always wanted to visit the German Markets so that has given me something to look forward to.

Has anyone visited the Christmas Markets in Cologne or Valkenburg? 
Hope your all enjoying a lazy Sunday:) x

Psyc Edit - 10 Ways To Stay Mindful

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

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I'm just back from my third yoga class, sitting in bed with the window open and listening to the rain / 'Birdy - Not About Angels'. Taking time out each week to practice yoga is having such a calming effect on me and at the end of each class I feel more able to deal with certain things in my life which, otherwise, really get me down. So tonight got me thinking about how important it is to stay mindful of everything going on in life. Mindfulness is a psychological state of awareness which basically means being conscious of thoughts, emotions and actions. Recently, there has been a wealth of research dedicated to the benefits of mindfulness, particularly in psychotherapy. However practicing mindfulness on a daily basis can be beneficial to everyone, so I thought I'd share a few things I do to help stay mindful.  

1. Try to meditate each morning and evening.
2. Focus on the moment at hand and notice thoughts or emotions.
3. When stressful situations present themselves take 3 deep breaths before reacting to decrease anxiety.
4. Keep a gratitude journal and write 3 things you are thankful for each night before going to sleep
5. Remember that you can center yourself or your thoughts at any moment.
6. Practice mindfulness on a daily basis.
7. Know that any worries will pass.
8. Try to keep positive.
9. Go with what feels right, don't force it
10. Spend time in nature, go for long walks.