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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Anxiety August: 1 Year On

Mental Health Month


The best part of blogging is interacting with readers. Last year, my most successful series, allowed me to share my journey with Anxiety and actually help some people through incredibly hard times. You may, or may not, remember Anxiety August (click here to catch up), but I thought it would be nice to do give you all a little update.

So continuing with My Story. I still have anxiety. I think the biggest hurdle I've overcome is thinking there is some sort of magic cure out there. There isn't, at least not for me. I've come to accept that I'm just an anxious person, but that's ok.  Anxiety is just a characteristic and doesn't have to be a bad thing; it's simply a case of channelling that energy in a positive way. If you always think of anxiety as a negative aspect, you're not using it to your advantage. Anxiety, for me, means I care about things and want to do my best, both of which aren't bad at all.  As soon as I started thinking about it in a more positive way, my self-esteem and confidence grew, and I found I could do things I was too nervous to do before. 

I'm not saying my life is all sunshine and rainbows. Kittens and puppies don't pop out of packets of biscuits and unicorn's aren't in my garden. Despite all my best efforts, I still have panic attacks now and again, and most frustratingly they do still prevent me doing things, albeit very rarely. Panic attacks are part of the flight and fight mechanism, and although sometimes you might want to desperately push through things, you can't. So having panic attacks hasn't changed, but my attitude to them has. I'm kinder to myself now and don't beat myself up after I've had one. Anyone who's experience them will know how exhausted you feel after you have one, so I now let myself rest rather than making myself question why I have panic attacks but other people don't. I've accepted that I have them and while they're not nice, it's also not a negative reflection of me. It doesn't mean I'm not good enough to achieve what I want to, and it certainly doesn't mean I won't do it. All panic attacks mean is that your mind has gone into survival mode and is processing every minute detail. That is not something to feel ashamed about. Everyone has hurdles they have to jump and this happens to be mine. I've come to realise though that you can't jump over those hurdles if you don't accept they're there. I've now accepted anxiety will creep up now and again, but now I'm armed with methods to channel it and a realisation that hating something that makes me, me isn't going to help in the long term. 

So, Anxiety is a part of me, and whilst I'm not overly fond of having panic attacks now and again, it makes me who I am. And right now, I'm happy.

xoxo
J
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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The Best Budget Face Mask

Quick Fix Facials Anti-Blemish Face Mask













You know when you're strolling round Boots, and want to treat yourself to something new, but you only have £5? Choose this and you won't regret not buying that Starbucks. 

Quick Fix Facials is an amazing range of face masks targeting every problem imaginable, all for a cheap and cheerful £4.99. Whilst you might get change ftom a fiver, these mask are nothing but the best, giving you over 10 applications over masks that rival the luxury skincare brands.

The Anti-Blemish Mask for Oily and Spot Prone Skin is my go-to treatment to get rid of those unwanted blemishes. Containing the magical combination of Dead Sea Mud, Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil, the mask is contained in a very handy squeezey tube, but is ever so slightly watery, so do take care. As my bathroom floor found out. To rescue your skin, simply smooth a layer onto clean skin and sit back and relax for 10 or so minutes. 

As I've said before, I have extreme combination skin. My cheeks, chin & forehead are quite oily, but my nose is dry (yeah ....) and it is so hard to find a product that suits my entire face. Well, I can happily say that this acne-solving mask worked a treat. After a single use, my skin didn't feel as congested and my pores looked noticeably smaller and tighter. I'm a big fan of instant gratification, but the real test is in the lasting effects, and that just makes me love this drugstore mask more and more. Throughout the week my skin didn't seem as greasy and the mask seemed to calm down any existing posts whilst preventing further breakouts. And this was after just one use! Say hello to my new skin S.O.S saviour. 

All this for the bargain hughstreet price of £4.99 and you simply can't afford to try it!

Have you tried any mask's in this range? I'd love to know what you thought!

xoxo
J
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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

It's Not You, It's Me



Hi. Remember me? I used to blog here pretty regularly. Used to is the key word. Up until last month, I used to post at least twice, if not three times, a week and have a consitent presence on social media platforms. Then I didn't. 

I could make the usual excuses for my absence; I've started a new job, life got in the way, I've been really busy lately, blah cliched blah. But I'm not. Partly because I think you deserve better than some well written speech, partly because I don't think I need to actually make excuses to justify my absence. 

See, I'm not a professional blogger. Whilst I'd love to blog full-time, The Crown Wings doesn't make a profit. I'm what you could call a hobby blogger, if you will. Like most hobbies, you need an incredible amount of dedication and motivation in which to maintain it whilst having a full time job. Last month I hit a wall and got a touch of the Blogger Blues, or Blogger Block. Again, I could spin you a yarn and say I didn't know the cause of this infliction, but why? My lack of motivation wasn't and isn't anything to be ashamed of.

As with all hobbies, if you do something for a while, but don't get to reap the rewards, you get disheartened. I've been blogging just over 3 years now, and whilst I never started to make a pound or two, or have a million followers or any other way you measure success, I felt I was stagnating. Whilst  we all go through blips from time to time, and I've experienced the Blogger Blues before, this time I couldn't shake the fact that I wasn't progressing or getting anywhere. 

Faced with two options; quit or continue, I decided to sit down and think hard. I loved the blogging community, just not my blog. And then suddenly it clicked. I was doing the same things, albeit at a higher standard, and expecting to get different results. Anyone would realise this wouldn't lead anywhere. A poor workman blames his tools, but a good workman will find his weaknesses and work at them until they're his strengths

So I'm currently swatting up. I personally thank (and some what blame for my new obsession with all things blogger) Rebecca from Autumn Leaves. If you've not read her handy guides, do it. She has completely changed the way I view my blog and I am now looking forward to seeing what happens. Things won't happen over night and, but I'm hoping you'll see massive improvements next month.

With that being said, have you got any tips? Anything you'd like to see? Anything you don't think's working?

Let me know!
xoxo
J
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