November 19, 2018 by
What can I do to prevent Anxiety?   Anxiety is a word we hear almost everyday now. It seems to slip into our conversations as easily as chocolate falls into my hand bag! So, what exactly is this ‘thing’ call anxiety? How is it different to stress and or worry? And most importantly what you can do to prevent it?   Firstly, the best way to get your head around anxiety is to think of a time when you were really worried, stressed or fearful. Now hold onto those strong feelings of stress, worry and or fear and start to take them up a notch, I don’t mean one or two notches, I mean ten notches (Yikes! Even the thought makes me anxious!).    Anxiety is when fear, stress and or worry go up to a whole new level. It’s when we feel like our emotions have taken over and we’re unable to calm ourselves down. Anxiety affects everyone differently however, some common signs include:   Sickness in the stomach (aka butterflies) Shortness of breathe Faster breathing Jittery Pacing or needing to move Crying or tearful Shaking A feeling of despair and helplessness   Anxiety can often make us feel like the world is spinning and no matter how hard we try to calm down, it can feel like nothing works. Anxiety can feel very overwhelming especially if you don’t know how to stop it or how long it will last.   One of the best things we can do to prevent anxiety is to manage our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing from the get go! Remember, you are in control. Only you can take the time to stop and take care of you.    Start by putting yourself as a priority each day. Have some down time where you can switch off from the world- Yes this means turning off your phone or going out for a walk without it! Remember, nothing is as important as you taking time for you. The world will be there waiting for you when you get back!   Sit down and make a list of the things that help you to relax and slow down, it could be drawing, writing, singing or going to the beach. Start with working out what it is that makes YOU happy. Once you’ve worked it out- start doing it! Every day even if it’s only for 10-15 minutes, every minute counts! The more you make stress management a priority in your day to day life the better your chances of preventing anxiety from creeping in.   So go and switch that stress engine off (your brain) and start to sloooooowwwww down. I give you permission! Let me know how you go! Love & Happiness Kim xx

November 19, 2018 by
Let's face it, Christmas is the craziest time of the year. With the social events, parties and family get togethers that seem to come and go as quickly as grandmas shortbread biscuits (No, I didn’t eat the last one!) how do we stop ourselves from going OTT - AKA ‘A little cray cray’?   From pulling all nighters with with the new summer fling to surviving the family get togethers that feel like annual repeats of ‘Neighbours’ - How do we keep our minds and (our bodies) from burning out?   Top Tips for surviving the Silly Season:   Don’t let FOMO burn you out! Pick and choose the events you really want to go to and give those events your all! It’s better to be fierce and fabulous at three events then tired and run down at six!   Allow your body to recover- Get some sleep! Late nights will take their toll both physically and mentally. If you want to be able to tolerate your crazy Aunt and your best friends latest escapades you need some patience, patience that can only come from rest.   Schedule some celebration time for you (no, not another party), time for you to celebrate being you! Time alone. Time to reflect on the year you’ve had and start your big plans and goals for 2016. Go BIG! Use your summer break to refuel your inspiration tank and start 2019 with a motivation bang!   Remember, parties and crazy nights come and go but keeping yourself happy and healthy will last a lifetime. Start some good habits these holidays and your future self with thank you.
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