Self Care Essentials During Lockdown

Hi All, I hope you are well?

With Mental Health being a massive crisis during lockdown, I thought I would gather some self care essentials to help you throughout lockdown. It isn’t for everyone but I promise if you try these, you will be feeling better than what you were and it will help your routine.

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils are a must have self care essential, I mean it says it in the name! I have a few favorite scents and I have come to realize that i associate them all with an activity and what they are meant for.For example, when I am writing blog post I have peppermint and rosemary in my diffuser ready to keep me on task while making my room smell amazing! 

BOOKS

One way that I not only motivate myself but also remind myself of how great I am is by reading inspirational books. I love to read in general, but on my really chill days I love to pick up my book on quotes from great women or affirmations (that I probably should have been saying all week long lol).

BATH ESSENTIALS

If you have not been able to take a GOOD and NICE relaxing bubble bath in a while, you are missing out! Courtesy of the quarantine of 2020 I formed many good habits, bubble baths being one of them. I would listen to music on my speaker, place my mask on and let the aroma of the bath soothe me. This is a must to add to your self care essentials that you simple cannot do with out! It’s super affordable and last forever- seriously I have a bottle from April STILL!

COMFY PAJAMAS/SOCKS

There is no better way to spend your self care day than in your most comfy of clothes which is why I had to include them in the list of self care essentials. Personally, I could wear shorts and a tee but I know for others the clothes have to be top notch. I love comfy, fuzzy socks! There is just something about giving yourself a pedicure, moisturizing and sliding on comfy socks as a finishing touch that make me go “ahhh”.

WEIGHTED BLANKET

For guys that have difficulty relaxing even when you have planned time for yourself, this may be most beneficial. The weighted blanket adds that sense of security, anxiety reducing, stress relieving feeling that we all could benefit from.

MUSIC

It is super essential for your self care to have music! Your playlist should include music that is motivating and uplifting.

JOURNAL

Okay, okay don’t hurt me but I will not get off of my journal fandom!! I would do you a disservice if I were not to mention this amazing self care essential item. I have many journals I like to use for different reasons. I have one journal for therapy notes, another for thoughts (day to day use) and another for goal setting. I have also used one in the past that was specifically for improving my self care routine.

MASKS

Invest in some face masks, hair masks, eye masks and foot masks… have a pamper night!

Self care is so important and yet we all fall short of taking the best care of ourselves. Those are some of my tips to help you throughout Lockdown,

PLACES I HAVE VISITED IN 2020

Hey Everyone, hope you are all keeping well?

I always get asked how I find the nicest places? Whats my secret? and that I should make a blog of the places i have visited. So here it is, here is my post dedicated to places I visited in 2020 and some tips to help you plan your visit.

My First stay with Joe was Chester – Indigo Hotel on the 14th March 2020. We aimed to go to Chester because of their Zoo, Joe planned the whole weekend and it was lush! Would highly recommend visiting when we are allowed to do so. I am obsessed with elephants and they have the most gorgeous water hole for elephants. It’s around a 4 hour drive with traffic (long I know) but if you are anything like us blasting out some old skl and singing along, the time flys.

Gallery image of this property
Hotel Indigo – Chester – £180 Deluxe King Room – 1 Night
Nelly The Elephants – Chester Zoo

Our second stay was a little different, with everything going on to do with Covid we just needed a break out of lockdown. We booked the cheapest hotel and just packed our things and went. On the 19th August 2020 we went to Falmouth had some seafood, drank endless amounts and discovered a beautiful beach cove. From this venture we were eager to book another.

Basset Cove – North Cliffs.
Basset Cove Beach

As my Birthday month came, I was eager to get away. We were browsing, I did some smooching around on Instagram and came across The Cornwall Hotel And Spa. We booked this straight away without hesitating,this stay was relaxing, beautiful and exactly what we needed. We learnt more about us as a couple It was just needed after a few crappy months. So on the 14th October we went on an adventure in St Austell. We visited the Eden Project, Tintagel Beach and Merlins Cave, The lost gardens of Heligan and also took a trip to Plymouth on the way home for a game of crazy golf and some more yummy food. As you can tell I am an adventurous soul!

The Eden Project
Tintagel Beach and Merlins Cave
The Lost Gardens Of Heligan
The Cornwall Hotel and Spa
My Love – Every Adventure With You Is An Adventure To Remember ❤

Our final trip of 2020 was at the most beautiful shepherds hut tucked away in Launceston. We planned to do this in December before Christmas, we were very very lucky to have been able to have this trip due to lockdown! On the 9th December 2020 we embarked on another adventure, I have never been so relieved and happy to be somewhere remote and just hearing the sounds of birds. At this trip it was a hot tub getaway in the middle of nowhere, we drank, cooked meals together and played board games. Had barrels of laugh together with the pigs on the farm! On the way back home, we stopped off to Exeter for some Christmas shopping and some Wagamamas of course.

Landrends Cornish Holidays
Landrends Cornish Holidays

Now those were our 2020 Staycations! It has been hard with Covid and Lockdown, I have been very very lucky and I count my blessings each day. Now you ask and wonder how I book and find these places? As you can see most of where we went in 2020 was in Cornwall. My advice? Google your surroundings, look on instagram, look on pinterest. All my bookings are done via Booking.com or AirBnB with a 20% discount from Booking.com. With Falmouth we were very very lucky to find the beautiful basset cove, most of my ventures are through driving elsewhere and then googling a place we past and searching near that area. Google Maps comes in very handy!

I sometimes love to have a plan of what we are doing whenever we go away, but sometimes I also love to be spontaneous. Joe has always said, I am outgoing, Ambitious and Courageous oh and a little dopey but he is clumsy so 😉 ( last valentines he knocked the candle off the table in a french restaurant ) What I am trying to get at here? Any trip you can make memorable, even if it’s eating out of a can of beans in front of a fire, no matter what the situation you are surrounded by the ones you love and for that you are lucky!

I wonder what trips will come out of 2021, will we get a summer like 2018? If you need advice on where to book or need help looking for romantic places, let me know? I love planning stuff like this!

But for now, I am going to finish watching How To Get Away With Murder, with a large hot chocolate.

Stay safe everyone!

Peace, Love and Gin xox

REFLECTING ON MY 2020 CHOICES

Hi everyone!

I hope you’re all well. With the recent news of Lockdown 3.0, I am reflecting back on 2020 and looking at my goals, what I have achieved and what I will achieve.

I have recently started a degree in Business Management, this is something I have always aimed to do and would like to progress with Journalism. This came a light after my world got turned around August 2020, I received some upsetting news which made me hit rock bottom. Lockdown had affected my mental health, but the news I received I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. It is something I am still dealing with and have to live with. I turned to drink and drove my car half a mile which ended up with me losing my licence for a year. Full of regrets but onward and upwards, this is what pushed me to turn my life around.

I was recently diagnosed with severe PTSD November 2020 which I am now getting therapy for, 6 sessions in and I and I am doing great. For anyone that doesn’t know Severe PTSD is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. I have experienced a lot of trauma in my childhood and adult life, I have witnessed and seen things I cannot explain.

I am so proud of myself for plucking up the courage to apply for open university after putting it off since 2016. I wanted to turn my life around and do something for me. I started this blog April 2020, I want to progress with my career, manage a company and write articles for magazines. I have recently been given another snippet to write in the Guardian (Not about Engagements this time) Long story…

I guess I should start by saying it probably seems totally random to many people. I work full time, I love to write, and I’ve loved having a blog. I want to say that I love this blog and my social media, I love updating my life on what I am doing, but keeping some stuff private still. Yes, you get the odd troll but predominantly, the people who follow me and who I speak to are truly amazing. I mean it from the bottom of my heart when I say you’ve all saved me in ways you can’t even imagine. I genuinely don’t know where I’d be if it wasn’t for all of you, who read what I write, follow me, like or comment or message me. It may seem small to you, but to me every small interaction is something that has helped me through so many different things in my life and for that I’ll be forever grateful. I can’t explain how blessed a life it is to lead, that when you’re going through crap, or feel at your lowest, and someone pops up to say ‘I hope you’re okay’ or even ‘I found this chocolate in a supermarket I think you’d like’.

I want to write and post and share. I want to help people by talking about things and letting people know that it’s okay to feel certain ways, and to be different, and to go through difficult things and that it will all be okay in the end. I have loved writing and reading since I exited the womb, and one of my life goals has always been to write a book, which I’ve promised myself I will do – but I guess the point I’m trying to make, in the most long winded way, is that I’ve felt lost during 2020.

I’ve felt like I wasn’t fulfilling my potential – and I don’t mean that in a bigheaded ‘I’m better than this way’ – what I mean is that I am so interested and passionate about helping people and writing, and I’m just generally someone who loves to learn, to read – and has always had a massive interest in Journalism. My goal for 2021 is to pass my first year of Business Management and focus on Journalism, I would love to become an agony aunt for newspapers/magazines.

Applying for a degree was a nerve wracking decision to make because 1) it’s a lot of money to spend and 2) I’m 23 and work full time! In all seriousness though, it has taught me that it’s never too late to do anything, or to start all over again. It’s your life, and it has limitless possibilities.

I am pretty sure I want to manage a company and write articles for magazines. I am being completely open minded and I am going to speak to as many people as I can in both careers Business Management and Journalism, and do as much research as possible to make sure that I make the right choice for me.

My life in 2020 turned upside down, hit rock bottom but some what picked me back up and I have blossomed. You want something, you need to go for it. You want to run a business, start a business, do a degree, get fit. DO IT! Do not sit and ponder, the world is your oyster, a couple set backs and you will have a major comeback.

All I know is that I am so excited for this new stage of my life, and I can’t wait to bring you all along with me!

Speak soon.

Peace, Love and Gin xoxo