10 Things I Do That Helps A Lot When I’m Feeling a Bit Anxious

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Last month was the lowest I have ever felt in my life, and it was quite honestly one of the scariest experiences I have ever gone through. It was probably one of the scarier things I have ever put my friends and family through as well, and to those I burdened, I apologise.

Nevertheless, now that I am on the other side of that particular trough, I am feeling a lot more in control of my emotions. I have also developed a few small strategies and changes to my daily routine that I found have helped me greatly in keeping my anxiety in check.

I’m sharing this today mainly because it’d be nice for me to have something written in black and white to read if and when I should need it. Who knows, maybe there’s something on this list that could help any fellow anxious people, too.

Or maybe you’ll hate them or think they’re stupid, in which case, for the love of God, don’t tell me! Otherwise I’ll obsessively worry about having let you down. I kid (kind of… Not really.), but just bear in mind that these are the list of things that helps me. And if they work for just one other person out there, then this would’ve been worth it enough for me to share.

At the risk of looking a bit Buzzfeedy, here we go:

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Living with an anxiety disorder and what you can do to help

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Feeling anxious is normal. Like a bit nauseous as you walk into your finals exams, or having butterflies in your stomach as you’re about to go on stage and deliver speech to hundreds of people. I get it. It’s an evolutionary emotion where our body and mind goes into flight or fight mode as we approach a stimulus we deem dangerous.

That’s where the problem begins. My body and mind starts perceiving something perfectly benign as something potentially dangerous. Sometimes, out of nowhere and out of my conscious control, my brain suddenly starts thinking that the world as I know it is about to end. My heart starts pounding, my chest tightens, and I struggle to breathe. Everything will be, in reality, absolutely normal, but my mind will just start racing and I will genuinely believe that my life is collapsing in front of my eyes. Yes, I realise that I sound horrendously melodramatic, but this is the truth in what happens in my head. Continue reading “Living with an anxiety disorder and what you can do to help”

Life After Roaccutane

Hello Internet, it’s been a hell of a long time hasn’t it?

This time last year, I was put on Roaccutane for the horreeeendous acne I was suffering. This time last year, I wrote a post all about the things one should know before they start on the drug. Well, I’m now a Roaccutane veteran, and it’s been about 4 months since I came off the medication – wahey!

I’ve been meaning to document my journey on here, and I did do so on a private Instagram page where I took photos every month or so, so I could look back on how my skin has transformed. Eh, life took over, and I didn’t get round to it.

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Gosh, where do I even begin. First thing I want to say is: Roaccutane has changed my life. That pic you see up there is 3 weeks into my medication – still pretty bad but it had already dried up a lot of the active acne. I don’t have any pictures of when my skin was acutely bad, because I either avoided cameras, deleted the pictures, or edited them so I didn’t have to look at myself. Continue reading “Life After Roaccutane”

Lavender Earl Grey Cake

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My old housemates and I are MASSIVE tea drinkers. To the point where we had a tea cupboard in our kitchen that was so full it barely shut, and then we’d end up having various boxes of teabags lying around the house. It was magnificent.

Us 15 Guelph Street gals were also big on unique cake flavours, and since its my beautiful ex-housemate’s birthday, I whipped  this little beauty up for her. Lavender and Earl Grey is a combination that I didn’t think I would enjoy at all, but when we tried it at LEAF one day, we immediately fell in love. I don’t know what it is about the lavender-ness, but it just compliments the tea so well. I’ve made this cake before as a bit of a tester, and I’ve managed to turn doubters into believers. The cake itself isn’t overly sweet (because any black tea + sugar is an abomination), but the light floral flavour of the icing just lifts it into new levels of deliciousness. Continue reading “Lavender Earl Grey Cake”