Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Anxiety and Stress - 10 Ways To Help You Cope #IBOT



I suffer a lot with nerves, and at the moment my anxiety levels seem to be through the roof. I am having panic attacks and my nerves are shot.

Let’s face it. This world is a scary place to be sometimes. It is hard, tiring and a battle just to get through the day.

I seem to have all the theory on how to help myself feel better. I guess numerous doctors, psychologists and other health professionals have given me an arsenal of ways to cope. But I have trouble putting it into practice.

But I do need to keep these helpful ways in the forefront of my mind. So that I can dwell on them and remember them when I need them. So I will list them out here, and if it helps someone else to cope with feelings of anxiety then that is a very good thing.

  1. Break tasks, jobs, things to do, into smaller manageable chunks. Don’t look at the whole overwhelming picture, but at the smaller little steps that are needed to help you move forward even just a little bit. Make lists if it helps put some order in your day.
  2. Take time out to relax and breath. Do something that you enjoy. Whether that is reading, craft, a nice, warm, bubble bath, going to the gym, or watching a funny movie.
  3. Make sure that you are getting enough sleep. Our bodies heal when we sleep – mentally, physically, and emotionally.
  4. Try and take control of your thoughts. Don’t let that inner critic win. When that little voice inside tries to make you panic, be strong and tell it to go away. Think positively and don’t be too hard on yourself.
  5. Sometimes a journal or diary helps. Write done your thoughts and worries. Then close the book on them figuratively. Or on a more positive note write down your blessings. The good things that happened to you that day.
  6. Prioritise your day. Make sure that you manage your time effectively. Do things in order of importance. Work out the best way to accomplish tasks, before you begin. Have a plan.
  7. If there is something that you are dreading and is making you stressed. Then stop everything else and do it first. If you do the job that is the hardest or the most difficult for you to do, first, then really everything else is downhill from there.
  8. Of course, make sure that you are getting the right nutrients and good food into your body. To help it thrive. Also drink enough water. Dehydration causes tiredness and that makes coping with the daily stresses of life, so much harder.
  9. Talk about it with others. A problem shared is a problem halved.
  10. Don’t put unreachable standards on yourself. Being a perfectionist puts such a lot of pressure on you. Far too much. To have high standards is good, but learn your limits and learn when to say no.


Do you have some coping strategies to add? What helps you when you get anxious and stressed about life? I would love to hear your thoughts.


Linking up with Jess for #IBOT.


Melanie





Thursday, 1 May 2014

Strike While the Iron Is Hot! (Philips PerfectCare Aqua Steam Iron Review}


There is one thing that I thought I would never do and that is extol the virtues of the humble iron. But not all irons are created equal. Simple and speedy are the two qualities that I like in an iron! Anything that allows you to spend less time ironing and more time doing the things that are really important – like being with my family.


The Philips PerfectCare Aqua Iron is designed to make a busy family life easier and less complicated and it certainly does that. They have thought of everything here. Some of its highlights are:

  • It is wonderfully lightweight. The iron itself weighs only 1 kg.
  • Auto Off (I so need this!).
  • The safe rest position is face down on its soleplate on the ironing board. It is always safe. This prevents wrist strain and repetitive movements caused by continuously placing an iron on its heel.
  • It has a pressurized steam generator with a 2.2 Litre extra extra large fully visible water tank.
  • The iron locks to the base for easy carrying.
  • Awesome descaling switch. It basically cleans itself.
  • Provides continuous steam up to 120 g/min and a steam boost of 220 g. It has up to 5 bars of steam pressure. Crease removal is fast and easy. Great for vertical steam if required.



It has no temperature setting dial! This amazingly clever little iron can go from linen to cashmere to silk, in any order, without changing anything. It uses OptimalTemp which means that it maintains a balance of steam and heat to iron anything that is iron-able without adjusting any settings.


For the first time you use it you fill up the water tank, plug it in, wait about 2 minutes for the water to heat up, and iron. Simple as that!

It thrives on tap water. Only use demineralised if your water is very hard. To clean your iron you don't use decalcifying stuff or vinegar, just fill with water, and flick the descaling switch. How lovely it that?




It is such a clever thing. It is priced at $429.95. But it is I believe at the very top of its class, and if you dislike ironing or spend a lot of time slaving in front of an ironing board, then using this beautiful iron is very cool indeed.


Melanie


Monday, 21 April 2014

Getting Back Into the Swing of Things


Some thought provoking quotes that have struck a chord and helped me get through this past week.








As we begin another school term, and get back into a routine, I shall endeavour to set small goals that are positive, personal and possible and give myself a small reward when I accomplish tasks. We will see how that goes!

I like the routine of school days, but miss my children during the day. My kids are quiet, gentle, considerate souls in a world were so many aren't, and it tugs at my heart to leave them there. Are you happy when the school holidays end? 

I am still here (amazingly enough), still fighting, still antidepressant free. But still coffee and I are not friends. 


I hope your week is a pleasant and productive one. Remember if someone shows you kindness, pay it forward.



Melanie

Monday, 14 April 2014

Chin Up Butter Cup or This Too Shall Pass



I have been to a dark, dark place. I have been there so many times before. It doesn’t get any nicer or more welcoming. It is the pits. It is a place that no matter how hard you try you can’t see tomorrow. So you close your eyes and somehow time keeps moving on.

I lost interest in eating and drinking and coffee. Coffee! Who on earth would believe that of me? Coffee has turned on me and snarled, arched its back and walked away and left me wondering why? We have gone our separate ways.

I am not sleeping. I stare at the blackness until about 2 or 3 am. The nights are so incredibly long and stretch on and on and on. I lie there having in depth dialogues with myself about everything and anything. Sometimes I get up, just can’t bear to lie there anymore.

Sharing is something that is hard for me. Letting people in behind the towering wall I have built up over the years is virtually impossible. Letting people see the real me, what goes on behind my eyes and inside my head, is scary. And I have a blog, so how silly is that?


I am a people pleaser. I hate saying no. I try to please everybody all the time, and it gets tiring for me. I don’t want people to dislike me, so I am whatever you want or expect me to be. I adapt my personality to suit yours, but I have done it for so long, I think that I have lost myself somewhere along the way.

Some people stress me out so much that I find it hard to be around them. Some people who assume because I am quiet that I am stupid or na├»ve. But really if you pass over me as not worth the time or effort, then that is fine, really. I prefer it that way. I hate standing out. I don’t rock the boat, I don’t even make any ripples as I go about my life. I know I won’t make any ripples when it is time for me to go.


At the moment I am free falling as it were. After 24 years I am anti-depressant free. Not really through choice but because the medication the doctor changed me too has made me feel so ill that I had to stop. I can’t say that I am feeling happy or better BUT I am feeling, probably for the first time in decades I am feeling and at the moment that is ok. The rawness and intensity of life feels like a splash of icy water in my face.


Anyway, thanks I think in part to some chocolate pancakes, which it appears have the ability to heal and stick together broken bits, of which I have plenty, I am functioning again. My blog is back on track. Although this time I am not accepting and saying yes to everyone and everything that comes along. I will be trying to be more honest and open and that super scary word ‘share’ more of myself with my long-suffering readers. I am learning how to say no, which is something that I am not familiar with so please bear with me here.

Ok, so onwards and upwards. Battle scared, weary and bruised but forever fighting.

Look after yourself and your loved ones.


Melanie


Let go of what’s gone, be grateful for what remains and look forward to what is coming.




Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Let's Get Organised For Going Back To School


School is almost back again. Time to think about all those things like schedules, books, pens, clothes, shoes. The list seems endless sometimes, and when you add more children to the equation then it can start getting pretty expensive too.

We are sort of organised this year. I have three school goers. A Year 1 and a Year 4 and a Year 6, going into the new 6/7 arrangement. Scary stuff!



I find that one of the more expensive items that you need and that you want the best quality and value for money that you can afford, is shoes. Do you agree?

I find that if I do buy them the el cheapo $19.00 sneakers from a budget shoe store then they are lucky to last one semester. That is around 10 weeks. Even though money is tight, I end up thinking well I don’t know if that was actually worth it.

Our little ones' growing feet are precious aren’t they? So you don’t mind paying that little bit extra and getting them a good pair of school shoes. But of course when you do buy them a pair that will last and look good, you need to look after them, so that they do last and don’t get all scuffed and aged looking and wear out before their time.

Mister Minit has a very nifty little box of tricks for school shoes. It certainly makes life just that little bit easier, and that is what we Mums and Dads need when it comes to organising the back to school mayhem.

It is called surprisingly enough, the Back To School Kids Shoe Kit from Waproo.



It contains

1 x Liquid Renovating Polish - Black
1 x Instant Shine Sponge – Neutral
1 Pair of Free 90cm Black Shoelaces

You can keep school shoes looking their best for longer. What a great idea?

I was given a free sample box, but I would like one of my readers to have it.

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Just leave a comment and let me know why you would like this very cool little kit.

I will then hand it over to my oldest girl, 11 year old Bethany to pick the winner for me.

The competition will run from now until Tuesday 28 January, so that I can get this into an express bag for the winner as quickly as I can.

Please only one comment each.  Australian residents only. Judges decision is final.

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Please have a look at the other products that Mister Minit has that can make this time a little bit more organised for the busy year ahead. There is a huge variety of key rings that are great to help distinguish school bags; themed and coloured keys; Instant Sneaker Cleaner; Minit Instant Shine; Stay Fresh Odour Away, and lots of other things. I must pay them a visit myself.


All the best!



Melanie


Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Discounted Baby Goods and Child Safety Products


As anyone with children knows they grow, and they grow fast!  Some would say they grow too quickly. They seem to have so many growth spurts and can go up a couple of sizes at once. As a mum it is hard to keep up at times. I know that with my four it is a never ending story.



My youngest is now 3, so I am past that expensive baby stage. But I do understand and remember what it is like. With expensive items like cots, prams, high chairs, car seats, and the numerous other things that babies need. As well as the safety items like gates and latches and other child proofing products that you need around the house, it can really stretch the budget.

I am always looking out for inexpensive but quality items for my family.  Have you ever been to a Factory Outlet? They are wonderful places. They are becoming more and more popular too. I remember a holiday to Melbourne when I was younger, and we spent a very enjoyable day, going around to the factory outlets and finding the bargains.

Now there seems to be Factory Outlets popping up everywhere. They are great. That includes outlets for kid stuff too. A great new online store is Baby Value Factory Outlet. They have 3 stores in Victoria. But they are mainly an online shop, and they deliver Australia wide, but currently not to Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Because they are new they have an opening special of free delivery at the moment.


Maxi-Cosi Mico Infant Carrier
Safety 1st Swivel Bath Seat

Maxi-Cosi Hera

Of course when there are littlies in the house we want to keep them safe. They can get themselves into trouble very quickly. Sometimes it just isn’t possible to watch them every second of the day. There are lots of safety things for the precious little people in our lives. One of the most well known brands for all things related to safety for bubs is Safety 1st.

I think most people with children have used a Safety First product at some stage. They make all sorts of car seats and anchor kits, plug covers, latches, bed rails, bath seats. So many other things. They really are the best at what they do.

Some products that I didn’t realise they made, but look really interesting are:

Welcome Baby Nursery Kit; Health Care Kit;
Front Loader Washer/Dryer Lock; Jumbo Edge Protectors

If you are looking for some discounted baby products at an online store, but still would like to have the high end, quality brands like Maxi-Cosi, Safety First, Mother’s Choice etc., then take a look at Baby Value Factory Outlet. Or go to Safety 1st if you would like to see what a huge range they have available.


Take care everyone and stay safe.


Melanie




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