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Brief outline of my mental health journey…

Hi all. And welcome to my blog. I am here starting this blog for the first time.

I want to make this blog about the experiences of mental health and the journey that the majority of people with mental health face.

I want to be able to share those experiences of mental health and not make negativity my main subject of focus. I want to be able to embrace the whole idea of mental health and that it is okay to discuss it openly..

But before I make any more blog posts about the present and future, let me explain to you my journey to today. The present day.

My mental health journey began officially when I was thirteen/fourteen. But I never really properly knew until I was sixteen. Ever since I’ve lived with mental health issues. The specific mental health issues I am and have always lived with are: social anxiety, general anxiety disorder and depression.

And fast forward to today, here I am, still alive and well. Nice and healthy attending my studies.

So that’s my journey so far until today and a brief look into my past.

Thank you for reading.

I hope you all will find my posts interesting, and will happily read them all, including this one. And feel free to comment your thoughts and opinions.

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Skincare product review

Hi guys,

So in this post I will be doing a review on one of my favourite products I used to use which is bio oil. Bio oil is a product in which I absolutely love and for good reason. It is a type of oil that does wonders for you and your body. And it works wonders, like no other oil does.

So as you can see there in the picture I have two bio oil bottles, the smaller one is 125ml and the bigger one is 200ml. Both contain the same ingredients and have the same benefits.

The only difference is the size.

The reason (or reasons) why I love bio oil is because it is the only oil that has more than just one benefit unlike all other oils. The difference between bio oil and ‘all other oils’ is that bio oil has more benefits. Such as:

– It helps with uneven skin tone

– It helps with stretch marks

– It helps with scars

– It helps with aging and dehydrated skin

– You get real results after weeks and/or months of applying and using it. Meaning it actually works.

– It contains a main special ingredient called purcellin oil which reduces the thickness and makes it easily absorbable.

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Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post.

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My favourite YouTubers 🌟

Hi guys, so I decided to change it up a bit for you all and I thought to start writing more fun content for you to read more of. As well as filling up my blog site with more fun and upbeat posts that will keep you coming back to read more.

So this is the first of the upcoming fun and upbeat content I have for you all. It was most requested by my twitter followers, via a poll.

In this post, I will be writing about my favourite stars on youtube and why I like watching their videos.

First of before mentioning any of these youtube stars and people, I just want to say I am subscribed to their channels. And I think you should subscribe to them as well if you have youtube because they are great people to watch and listen to.

So on to my favourite people on youtube:

1. AlishaMarie is a personal favourite for me. I think she is very quirky and I also think she has an amazing personality. Her videos are good to watch and I love it. She is always smiling and you can tell that she is enjoying herself when filming her videos.

2. Adam Saleh vlogs/Adam Saleh is another personal favourite. His videos are mainly about his life, some pranks and funny stuff. I always end up laughing so hard. He is a funny guy with a funny personality. He makes you laugh a lot and he has a good sense of humour.

3. Depression notes is someone who provides great content on her youtube channel. She is  very straightforward and to the point. Her content is educational and informative. And her videos are something you should definitely tune into. She is also an amazing person who I happen to be a fan of.

4. Najma star is another YouTuber whom I absolutely love. Her videos are amazing. I love her accent and the way she wears her headscarf is on point. I just love her and the way she carries herself as a person.

5. Zoella/More Zoella is someone who I love at the moment. I am currently living life through her, lol 😂. I love the fact that she can be so open and easy going. I absolutely admire the fact that she loves what she does. I also love her products, would love to get some one day.

So that is it from me for now. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post.

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Coping strategies for anxiety

Hi 👋 guys. So in this post I will be writing about coping strategies when it comes to dealing with anxiety. I live with anxiety on a daily basis and I understand how bad it can get when it comes to anxiety.

A bit about anxiety:

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause fear, apprehension, nervousness and worrying. Anxiety can affect how we feel and behave. Sometimes it can cause physical symptoms as well.

The difference between normal worry and anxiety:

It is important to know the difference between normal feelings of anxiety and an anxiety disorder that requires this medical attention.

When you are in danger/harm that can cause worrying triggers, feelings of anxiety are normal and necessary for survival. Ever since the times of the cavemen and cavewomen, the approach of predators and incoming danger has alerted our body and this has allowed our species to take emergency action. These alarms are noticeable in terms of sweat, heart beating faster and being alert to the surrounding environment.

However

An anxiety disorder happens when a reaction is out of proportion to what night normally be expected in a situation. Anxiety is a disorder that is described as having constant repotting intrusive thoughts and concerns.

An anxious feeling can be severe at times due to a trigger or something that stressed you out. Physical symptoms, such as increased blood pressure and nausea, may also be a side effect or symptom of this. These responses move beyond anxiety into an anxiety disorder.

Some of the strategies that I use to cope with anxiety:

Exercise well on a regular basis

– Take some relaxing time out for you

– Eat well

– Rest as much as you can

– Limit your alcohol and caffeine intake

– Do your best

– Accept that you cannot control everything

– Take deep breaths

– Welcome laughter

– Help people in your area

– Get involved in doing social neighborhood activities

– Maintain a positive attitude

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I hope this post was helpful and educational. Let me know for more similar posts like this.

Over and out…. ✌️

The mystery blogger award 🥇

The mystery blogger award:

Hi guys. So this post is a little different because I have been nominated by @idaisdepressed for the mystery blogger award. (Yay Me….). Thank you for the nomination @idaisdepressed , I truly appreciate it.

The link to her blog: http://www.aroundthewardin80days.com

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Rules:

  • Thank whoever nominated you and include the link to their blog
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself 
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers you feel deserve an award
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
  • Ask your nominees five questions of your choice
  • notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

Three things about me:

  • I love the combo of movies and ice cream when I am sad
  • I am a very fussy eater
  • I love walking in nature

Questions I was asked: 

  1. What has blogging brought into your life?
  2. Is there something you’d like to change about your blog?
  3. If you write about mental health, how do you feel about sharing an intimate part of yourself?
  4. What would be your dream collaboration?
  5. One thing you’d do if you’d rule the world?

A1: Blogging has brought joy and happiness into my life. I love helping people and I love to write. Blogging has helped me in a way because I get to express my opinions and views on topics that are important to talk about.

A2: I would love to change a few things about my blog. I would love to change what I write. As much as my posts are to educate people who don’t know about mental health, I don’t really share personal stories that are an intimate part of myself. And I would like to do that.

Which leads me to the next question

A3: I feel weird and awkward about sharing an intimate part of myself in terms of writing about it. There are people out there who could judge me for who I am and can bash me for it. Also I feel vulnerable writing a personal and intimate story knowing people could read it and spill hatred towards my direction.

A4: I don’t have a dream collaboration. My dream is hoping that people would read my content and comment on it from time to time, to say the least.

A5: One thing I’d do if I ruled the world, is to end suffering in poor countries and bring happiness and joy to people who live below the poverty line all over the world.

My nominees are:

@justscrewedupme – http://www.justscrewedupme.wordpress.com – He is an amazing inspiration to everyone and posts great content. Amazing person.

@sagitarriustravels – http://www.sagittariustravels.wordpress.com – She is a lovely girl who posts about her travel experiences that I can only dream to have. I am currently living life through her travelling.

@elrincondelhygge – http://www.elrincondelhygge.com – He is a lovely person who shares lovely tips and advice. He is someone who you can relate to and is very easygoing.

@charlottehaines – http://www.charlottelahaines.wordpress.com – She is absolutely charming and lovely. Her posts are absolutely fantastic and she inspires me to keep on going and to never give up.

@offhermocha – http://www.offhermocha.wordpress.com – She is a very helpful and admirable person to be. I can tell she does a lot for others and her content is amazing. She inspires people (including myself) to do and be better.

The questions I give to my nominees are the questions that were asked of me.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed knowing a bit more about me.

Why you should keep a journal and how to start yours💡📓

Hi guys, so this post will be about journals because I love them so much and I have one of my own. Journals are a way of keeping your thoughts in one place. Whether it may be ideas, inspirational quotes, daily reminders or just something to vent in. A journal is something to use to voice your thoughts in writing.

Journals are a way to gather thoughts and keep record of when you wrote what you wrote. For me, a journal symbolises meaning and truth. It symbolises safekeeping and personal thoughts that you keep for yourself.

When it comes to journals, I prefer to keep an actual book that loos pretty on the outside. It makes me appreciate it and the things I write in it more. When I write, it helps me think, it helps me vent and it helps me feel better in a way.

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Keeping a journal has great benefits you can enjoy and make use of. It could be somewhere to document your life. And here is why you might want to sit down and jot your thoughts down regularly:

  • You may want to leave something behind for your children
  • You may want a way to harness your creativity
  • You may want the cathartic release that comes with regular writing

Regular writing has benefits to your mental health. Regular writing helps keeps your creativity going as well as giving you a healthy, safe cathartic release valve for the stresses of your daily life.

Writing can help you feel better and it helps you relive the events you experienced in a safe environment where you can process it all without fear or stress. Writing in a journal also helps to channel your emotional feelings into a place where you feel you are able to express into without interruption. A journal is personal to you and it should be kept sacred.

Paperback journals: 

If you love the feeling of writing down your thoughts physically, a paperback notebook is the best option for you. There is really nothing like setting a pen to paper. Keeping a paper journal give you total control over your writing and it gives you the most privacy. There is little chance of your journal being ”hacked” or ”lost” when a service shuts down or is compromised.

If you don’t want just a plain empty notebook, the bullet journal productivity method would be great for you. If you are afraid that you are going to be too busy to journal, consider the five minute journal. A paper notebook that helps you with motivational quotes and daily prompts such as ”Today I am grateful for” or ”What makes today great?” or ”Three great things that happened today”.

I hope this post has helped you. If you have any suggestions or any content ideas, contact me @faizablogs on twitter.

Thanks and Until next time. x

Uni life and mental health

University life is not always easy. Being at university can get a little hectic from time to time but it is expected. You experience a lot of stress and stress related issues throughout your time at university. Especially during exam season, handing in coursework and meeting deadlines.

But there is a dark secret that some students prefer to hide and keep to themselves. They may suffer from one or more varied mental health problems. The reasons behind it, is quite personal and unique to each person but they don’t often share it with fellow peers or teachers. Sometimes students don’t even ask for help due to what they think will happen if they were to tell someone.

Some students do not even know that counseling services exist within the university campus. And even if they do know, they still find it hard to reach out for help.

It can be challenging to tell someone at your university that you are having mental health problems. And because of this, students suffer in silence and go unheard.

If you were to tell someone at your university about your mental health, the worst thing that could happen…I’m not sure. It’s different for everyone. But mostly, we fear being judged by others, we fear we may not be understood, we fear other people will label us as something we are not and we also fear not being believed.

The worst that could happen, which would be the extreme end of things would be……that loved ones and friends will cut you out and never speak to you again. I’m not sure how often this happens so I can’t really say. All I know is that it happens and it is one of the main reasons why we don’t tell anyone.

University life is never easy. And most of the time, students are not open about their mental health. I’m not surprised to say the least.

But what I am surprised about is…..the fact that universities do not recognize that students suffering in silence because of their mental health is an issue. And even if they do recognize it…what are they doing to better themselves as institutions to help these students??

Thank you for reading!!

I hope this post was helpful. It is just a small insight into what university life can be like for a student with mental health problems.

Overcoming your phobias

So this post will be about overcoming fears and phobias.

Many of us have genuine fears and phobias of various things. Having a phobia or fear of something may include: heights, creepy crawlies, insects 🐞 , snakes 🐍 , needles, your annual dental check up or going on rollercoaster rides. Some people may consider these phobias or fears as normal or irrational but I certainly don’t think it is. Hence the reason why I’m dedicating this post to overcoming those genuine fears and phobias.

What are phobias?

In my belief, phobias means to me having an intense fear of something that isn’t actually dangerous. Most phobias start when we are children and it could gradually get worse. But as adults as well, we can also have these phobias as well.

If you have a phobia, a part of you may think that it is just an irrational fear but you can’t always help how you feel. Just thinking about what scares you makes you feel anxious 😧. And when you are exposed to the fear, the feeling of anxiousness becomes too overwhelming for you.

When this feeling of overwhelm gets too much, sometimes you may go to great lengths to avoiding this fear you have.

Normal fears and irrational fears – how to tell the difference?

It is normal to experience fear in dangerous situations. Fear is the first adaptive response of a human being. It serves a purpose, turning the on button to our “flight or fight” mode. This alerts our bodies and our minds making us feel ready to respond quickly and wanting to protecting ourselves.

However, with phobias, the threat is greatly exaggerated and/or non existent. For example, it is natural to be afraid of a snarling Rottweiler. But it is completely irrational to be afraid of friendly golden retriever on a leash, as you may be if you have a dog phobia.

Common types of phobias and fears:

Animal phobias

Natural environment phobias

Situational phobias

Blood or injection phobias

How to overcome our phobia?

– Understanding your phobia is the first step to overcoming it.

It is crucial to know that phobias are a common thing amongst everyone. Everyone is scared of something, at least one ☝️ thing. Having a phobia doesn’t mean your crazy. your not the only one with a phobia.

When to seek help for phobias?

Although phobias are a common thing, they I don’t always cause distress or firing your life on every occasion or just generally speaking. For example if you have a snake phobia it must not always cause you any issues in your every day activities if you live in a city where you are not likely to run into one. On the other hand if you have a severe phobia of crowded spaces, living in a city would pose a problem for you.

If your phobia doesn’t really impact your life that much, it’s probably nothing to be concerned about. But if avoidance of the object, activity, or situation that triggers your phobia interferes with your normal functioning, or keeps you from doing things you would otherwise enjoy, it’s time to seek help.

Self help for phobia, Which is best??

When it comes to treating phobias, self help strategies and therapy can be helpful and both effective methods. Hate best for you depends on a number of things, including how severe your phobia is, your insurance coverage and the amount of support you need.

As a general rule, self help is always worth a try. The more you can do for yourself, the more In control you feel.

I hope this post was helpful. Let me know for more suggestions on similar or different content.

Thanks for reading.