So this year has been a rather strange year with all of the world living with the upside down news of COVID 19. All of our lifestyle has had to change in these uncertain times with us all living with the unknown. Not being able to see our loved ones and the people we care about. To having to wear masks when doing the quick weekly grocery shop.
So I thought I would share with you some small easy ideas on how you can make someone you love and care about feel that little bit more special at the moment.
Whilst in lockdown and not being able to meet up with friends. I have enjoyed having weekly get togethers on Zoom, FaceTime and House Party. If you are missing a relative or friend remember you can always call them up for a quick chat or send them a text . During this difficult period a lot of people don’t have anyone to talk to and can feel very isolated their are charities that you can volunteer for were you get to chat to people who don’t have anyone to talk to. Having a chat to anyone can brighten up their day in more ways than you could possibly think. Here is a link to a list of charities you could get involved with to help people in your local area feel less isolated.
You could make a meal for a neighbour and leave it on their doorstep. Or you could add your neighbours grocery list to your online delivery order if they find it hard to get out and about and don’t have people around them to help. You could give donations of food to your local food bank.
Message on a Pebble
If the love doing anything crafty, you could have a go at painting messages or drawings onto pebbles and stones. You may find some from your garden or maybe you have some pebbles you can paint from a trip to a beach. You could then put them around your local park for people to find whilst they walk their dog. Little words of encouragement can go along way.
Donate to Charity
In this hard time charities need our help more than ever to help the lives of others in the community. Their are lots of charities out their that you could donate to. For example Riding for the Disabled Association, Cancer Research, Action for Children and The Theatre Shed to name a few.
I would love to know all the kind things people have done for you. And what you have done for others over this period. Please leave your comments in the comment box below.
Hannah from Luxury Blush created her very own lockdown tag. When I found out about this I was so excited. I knew I needed to take part! This tag has 11 questions and is just a bit of fun and sure to put a smile on your face.
1. Come On, Own Up…. Did You Stock Pile Anything?
I didn’t stock pile anything so it was a bit of a shock to see loads of empty shelves around. We found it very hard to find flour but now we’ve finally got some!
2. Have You Discovered A New Hobby?
One thing that I have done in lockdown is finally getting tropical fish. I now have two tanks. I have enjoyed creating the interior of the tank, finding out fish facts and of course getting them. Having fish is much more of a hobby than I originally thought from learning about plants, community fish, temperature to name a few.I now do really feel like part of the fish tank community. I don’t know if you could say this was a hobby. But during lockdown I am enjoying making and painting my own rabbit hutch.
3. Where Is The First Place You Will Go Once Restrictions Are 100% Lifted?
I can’t wait to see my friends and finally getting back into the saddle for my Saturday morning ride. I can’t wait to see the amazing horses and ponies, instructors and volunteers because boy have I missed it!
4. Lounge Wear Or Normal Clothes For A Of Isolation?
I would say most of the time I wear my normal clothes as this helps me with having a routine I feel comfortable with. Also I feel that it helps me set up my mind for the day ahead.
5. Have You Been Wearing Makeup Whilst Staying At Home?
Before lockdown I wasn’t wearing makeup everyday. However during lockdown I have enjoyed reading skin care books and trying out new looks. I have found that lockdown has given me the time to let my skin breathe helping me with my complexion.
6. How Many Zoom Quizzes Have You Done? And Importantly, Did You Enjoy Them?
I’ve done a couple of quizzes and I really enjoyed them it was really nice to be able to chat with friends and have a laugh. I’m awful at quizzes.
7. Did You Give Into The Hype And Bake Your Own Banana Bread?
This is something I haven’t done but my mum has been very busy making delicious birthday cakes and treats.
8. Were You Still Ordering Takeaways? If You Did, What Was Your First One?
I don’t really eat many takeaways even before lockdown. However I recently enjoyed stealing a little bit of my sisters Chinese takeaway meal .
9. Has Your Blog / Instagram Content Had To Change Since Lockdown?
I wouldn’t say my content has changed loads on my channels. However being in lockdown has given me lots of opportunities to write guest blog posts for other organisations. Lockdown has also shown me that when everything is 100% ok again that I would love to do more modelling shoots and post these photos on my social media platforms. I want to also work with other creatives from modelling to acting to things I don’t even know about yet!
10. Are You Waiting Until The Hairdressers Re-Open Or Have You Cut / Dyed Your Own Hair?
Right now my hair is a the length I would like however when the hairdressers re-opens I will go and probably have a small trim. Personally I can’t wait till the beauty parlour opens up again so that I can get my eyebrows threaded and waxed!
11. Who Have You Missed Seeing The Most?
This questions hard I’ve missed so many people so this answer maybe quite long. I have missed seeing and meeting up with my close friends. I have missed not going to The Theatre Shed and seeing my Shed family in person. I have missed seeing everyone and the horses and ponies at South Bucks RDA. I have missed working on the farm with friends. And finally I have missed not being able to perform on stage with college friends.
Thank you to all you amazing key workers out there and Thank You for reading. Stay Safe💜
This post is going to be a bit different compared to my pervious blog posts . I want to tell you all about Spoonie Survival Kits and about the person behind it all!
Pippa Stacey is a chronically ill writer from Yorkshire. Whilst at university she acquired a debilitating chronic illness which completely changed her life. When things started to get better she began to engage with media opportunities and speaking up about life as a student with a long term condition. In 2015 Pippa founded her very own social enterprise Spoonie Survival Kits which is now growing from strength to strength . You can checkout Pippa’s blog at https://www.lifeofpippa.co.uk/about/
The Survival Kits
When living with a chronic illness sometimes you realise just how the small things others take for granted can mean the whole world and make your day. Through this concept the ideas for these kits were made. “Spoonie” being the slang term for anyone living with a chronic illness and the kits are “little bags of happiness “. The aim is to make sure no one feels alone. The kits officially began in 2015. Kits are made to tailor for specific conditions and symptoms. 50% of all sales is donated to charity the remaining 50% is used to cover the costs of running the project. The contents of these kits are secret as they want it to be a surprise! Checkout this link to find out more about the survival kits: https://www.spooniesurvivalkits.com
Let’s Talk Kits
This kit is fantastic for anyone who needs a bit of support and comfort at night. Maybe you are feeling low? This kit also contains some gorgeous handmade items made by some of their incredible volunteers.
If you would like to buy this item please click on this link below
A big thing about this kit is with sustainability so if you know anyone who feels strongly about sustainability this would also make a great gift. This jute zip toiletry bag contains five fabulous surprises! All items are cruelty free and ethical, cosmetic items are suitable for sensitive skin
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Those with chronic illness can often face unrelating pain on a daily basis otherwise known as chronic pain. These kits DO NOT cure this however these products are done to hopefully fill you with comfort and maybe a bit of distraction too!
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With Spoonie being the slang word for someone who has a chronic illness these necklaces make a great gift for a loved one. Or maybe it’s a lovely little treat for yourself, to give you or a loved one a an extra bit of strength on a low day.
This necklace is handmade using quality sterling silver. The spoon is on a silver chain with a ring clasp. The necklace is on a chain that measures approximately 16 inches/ 20cm, with the spoon chain measuring 0.6 inches (15mm) .
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Dear Chronic Illness features a collection of short letters collaboratively written by 16 young people addressed to their conditions. Their conditions range from POTS, Endometriosis from Tumours to Serve M.E to name a few. The letters provided a light-hearted and humours commentary on each writers experiences. Whilst at the same time aiming to give insight into the challenges of navigating life whilst living with chronic illnesses. This book compiled by founder Pippa Stacey and published by Wallace Publishing.
So with everything that’s going on at the moment I have been feeling more anxious. My routine for the week has changed and I’ve been finding that a bit challenging at times.
Recently I spoke on the phone to my care coordinator and we were discussing how I could create a new routine that I felt I could understand and build myself some structure as things are so unknown. Which can lead to me feeling like I don’t know where I’m coming or going.
I have also been working on creating a new routine I feel happy and comfortable with the help from my support worker. My support worker often reminds me that it doesn’t matter how big or small the things you are achieving are. As well as this she regularly reminds me that it’s all about the sense of achievement I get from doing something and not what others think. I am also trying not to be too judgemental on myself and be kinder to myself as I know I can be a bit to hard on myself at times.
Let’s get started
So to get started on setting out your day visually all you need is a notebook and a pen. I love to make mine colourful so you could use felt tips or gel pens. Or you could do this on a whiteboard and use a whiteboard marker and have this placed somewhere in your room so you can see it everyday when you wake up. Your day could look like this.
How to plan the day
1. First write the date at the top of the page or whiteboard.
2. Now list out the music, TV programme and exercised our want to do for the day.
MUSIC: My happy playlist on Spotify
EXERCISE: Walking the dog
TVPPROGRAMME: Sex Education
3. Next write down 3 things your grateful for, it can be anything!
4. Next you need to write down your MUST do list. This is different from your to do list as these are tasks you must do that day. For example clean the fish tank or send your friend a Happy Birthday message.
5. Now it’s time to think about how you want to feel for the day. For example I wanted to be calm, relaxed and happy on Sunday.
6. Now let’s write down 5 people your sending positivity thoughts and energy to for the day. It can be anyone!
7,. Lastly it’s time to write your to-do list. I like write down 5 things I need to do in the order of importance. Any tasks left to do that day I will add it to my To Do List for tomorrow.
I hope this helps you or gives you some ideas. I would love to know how your adjusting with everything right now. So please comment in the below!
Right now life is very strange for everyone across the world. From our daily routines changing to coping with the uncertainty and unknown. As someone who suffers from high levels of anxiety I thought I would share with you some of the things I am doing right now to help me manage my anxiety.
Social media plays a big role in modern day society . And now more than ever you might find your using your social media platforms even more because of social distancing. As you can’t go out and socialise with your group of friends. Social media can be a great tool to use in times like these. But remember if your chat starts to turn onto talking about topics you feel uncomfortable about for example Covid- 19 tell your friends that you feel uncomfortable this is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact the conversation will problem turn into story times and they won’t even realise you’ve changed topic so don’t feel guilty saying . Remember your family and friends care about you and the last thing they won’t is to make you feel uncomfortable or anxious!
Another tip I have is make sure you are following accounts on platforms such as Instagram that you find positive, inspirational and put a big smile on your face. If you are finding any accounts you follow hard to look at remember it is ok to unfollow. The last thing anyone wants is for you to have a negative impact from their account!
It’s great that we want to know more about the current situation and what’s going on around the world. However looking at the news all day can really start us to make us feel more tense and make your anxiety a lot higher . To help keep you less anxious but still know what’s going on you could restrict yourself to just turning on the news at a certain times everyday. For example 9am and 8pm . To help you do this you could turn off your news app notifications on all of your devices.
This one might seem a bit obvious but the better night sleep I have the better I feel the next day. An alarm in the morning could really help especially when we get that temptation to have a quick lie in. This could become much greater as we don’t have to get ready for the school run or work run.
Now guidelines are saying we can now go for short walk or do other type of exercise like running for about 30 minutes. I recommend just spending so time outdoors in the fresh air. This can really help to clear your mind and make sense of all of your thoughts. As well as this the fresh air can help you feel grounded in the here and now.
Right now you maybe finding it hard to go to the shops or struggling to afford ingredients. However making sure you eat everyday is very important especially breakfast it gives you energy for the day ahead. A great place I like to look for easy, affordable and health recipes is on Pinterest. Soon I will be showing you how to make some of my favourite recipes that I have found through Pinterest.
I hope some of these ideas helped you if you are experiencing anxiety at the moment. I would love to know any tips you have too. Please pop them in the comments below!
With everything that is going on at the moment our routine schedules have all changed. As I am a college student I have now had to get a new routine for my college working days. I have found this hard but it seems to be getting better day by day.
I thought I would share with you some of my favourite tips to help you get into a new studying routine from home.
The first tip I have is quite a simple one, with changes to my everyday routine I try and look at my day and see if their are anything I can do to set myself up for the day like before. I always have breakfast this might seem obvious but breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And can really help you to get energy for the day head and help you have a positive and a can do attitude!
Before my lessons start for the day I like to make sure I’ve got everything I need and set up ready for my days classes. From making sure I have my pens and pencils to my notebook and calculator to name a few. I also like to refill a water bottle so I can have it with me at all times whilst I’m working as it is really important that you stay hydrated throughout the day.
When I was at college I had different books for doing different topics and portfolio work in. I have really found using notebooks with dividers in helpful now that I am working from home. This is because now I can use one notebook to write everything down in one place but put notes down in the right sections together . For example one section of my notebook is my maths work and another section is about jobs in the industry.
Sometimes in the classroom you can get distracted but when your working from home it can become a little bit harder as you may start thinking about things you need to do around your house or things you want to do. Like watch something on TV or maybe call your friends.
To help me to stay on task I like to do two things:
The first thing like to do is to listen to music as I work as I find this very calming and it helps me to reduce my stress levels.
The second thing I like to do is have a pad of paper near me as I sometimes find it easier to listen in class if I can do some doodling at the same time.
My last tip is remember to take regular breaks and do something else you enjoy for a bit. That could be watching TV, reading a book or magazine, talking to friends or eating yummy treats to name a few.
Whilst in isolation I have had more time to watch my favourite YouTubers as well as finding new YouTubers to watch. From animals to fashion and channels all about motivation to name a few. I thought I would share with you some of my favourite YouTubers I am watching right now.
At the moment I am unable to have my horse riding lessons at my local Riding for the Disabled stables. I am finding it hard but to help me with not missing out on my weekly horse fix. I have been enjoying watching This Esme. This Esme makes YouTube videos all about her horses and donkeys. From equine care to hauls to challenges. If you are an equine or animal love I would definitely recommend watching her videos.
I also enjoy watching paralympic athlete Natasha Baker’s YouTube Channel. I have watched all her videos many times!
My last Animal YouTuber I enjoy watching is Emzotic. Emma does a range of videos from pet care to D.I.Ys . If you are a fan of unusual animals or want to learn how to care for a variety of animals checkout her channel.
One of my favourite beauty YouTubers is sophdoeslife. She is very well known in the beauty YouTube community . All her videos are about everything beauty and fashion related. From testing products, makeup hacks and decluttering makeup and clothes.
Jordan Bone is a YouTuber who I have watched now for many years now. Through videos she shares her story, to makeup videos and now onto more motivational content too! I have watched many of her videos over and over again! She is helping me a lot at the moment with still trying to stay positive despite life’s obstacles.
Grace Victory a very well known YouTube is another YouTuber I love and have watched for a long time over the years . One of the big reasons why I loved watching her videos for so long was because she is comfortable talking about those taboo subjects! I now really enjoy watching her vlogs too.
I enjoy watching sisters Grace and Amelia aka The Mandeville Sisters on YouTube they talk about everything from disability to mental health to everyday life .
I have recently just started watching Hannah’s YouTube Channel. I really enjoy watching her videos. She makes videos all about lifestyle, arts and culture to work and career.
I am enjoying watching Anomalous Chloe YouTube videos. Chloe is a mental health nurse and I find her videos really interesting as I get to see what’s it like from a mental health nurses perspective as I have been in a mental health hospital as a patient. She makes videos all about mental health, nurse life, vlogs and hauls to name a few.
Last on my list is a new YouTuber I have been watching recently called Sadie Aldi’s. Sadie creates videos all about lifestyle,wellbeing , fashion and organisation.
I hope this gave you some new YouTubers to checkout. I would love to know what YouTubers you like to watch! I’m always on the lookout to add new YouTubers to my watch list!
So right now things may feel rather odd and you might be feeling stuck on things you could do. Here are some ideas of things you can do whilst being indoors. Remember to stay home and stay safe!
How To Come Up With Ideas
I like to organise my ideas as it can be hard to focus on activities you want to do with all these thoughts and emotions running wild in your head. To organise my ideas I like to get them down on paper and create myself a mind map using felt tips and gel pens. I like to organise my ideas into categories such as fitness and creativity. I like to make my mid maps as colourful as possible so that I can refer back to it when I’m unsure on things I would like to do. Once I’ve made my mind map I like to pin it up on my pinboard in my room so I can see it regularly and refer back to it.
Here is an example of a mind map you could do.
Ideas Of Things To Do
I have been enjoying doing some dance classes on YouTube and Insta Live. They are a great way to keep fit whilst not being able to go outside or to the gym.
I have been enjoying doing musical theatre dance classes with Strictly Star and judge on The Greatest Dancer Oti Mabuse. Checkout her YouTube Channel to join in and learn some fun musical theatre dance routines.
The Theatre Shed run weekly workshops in performing arts for all ages and all abilities! During the holiday they run holiday workshops I recently took part in their music video Easter holiday workshop. You can contact them via email for more information.
If you ever wanted to learn a new skill or find a creative hobby now is a great time.
Future Learn runs online courses for you to do at anytime that suits you. The courses are not to long and you learn through a variety of methods such as videos and discussions. You can take classes in a variety of subjects such as Fashion , Health Care and Business.
Another good place to try yourself at something new which is creative is on Skill Share. Each workshop is taught by tutors in a variety of different subjects for example drawing, painting, printing, collage, digital art and blogging.
What a year I have had with lots of ups and downs. I wanted to share with you some of my greatest achievements and some of my fantastic memories!
This year Riding for the Disabled celebrated their 50th Anniversary with the campaign called 50 Faces. I am so proud to say that I was one of the faces for this campaign. Riding for the Disabled don’t only help lives they save them!
Some of you may already know this but this year I was accepted onto Performing Arts Level 2 course at College. I have wanted to do this course for a long time but had lots of ups and downs trying to get accepted onto a course I really wanted to do due to my disability but I’ve finally done it and I’m enjoying every minute of it!
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
This year I went on tour with The Theatre Shed with our production of CapeAbility I got to perform at Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It was an amazing experience full of lots of memories I will cherish forever. I can’t wait to go on tour again in 2021.
This year I started doing Dressage competitions online with Dressage Anywhere. I competed with Billy and he has been amazing I had such a good time competing with him. I have also enjoyed helping to train him so that more riders have the joy of riding with him. He is such a star!
Earlier this year I went on a Vlogging workshop with National RDA in London and learnt all about the Art of Vlogging run by The Media Trust. I then entered a short YouTube Video I made about the RDA into the vlogging competition. I made it to the semi finals and got to go to London for the day to learn more about YouTube and vlogging as well as meeting more young creatives and having talks with well known YouTubers. You can find out more about the VlogStar competition 2019 at https://www.vlogstarchallenge.com/single-post/2019/07/15/Semi-Final-Recap
I am on the front cover of RDA’s Handbook 2019 with Billy and my helper Hazel going on a hack in the woods.
This year I started doing hair and makeup modelling for students at Iver Makeup Academy at Pinewood Studios.
I have recently joined talent agency Industry Haus as an actor and model. I can’t wait to see what the future holds… maybe your see me on your screens. My profile should be up soon please check it out at http://www.industryhaus.com
Thank You for all of your love and support this year. Have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!