Tips for dealing with Insomnia

I've always had a weird relationship with sleep. When I was a teenager I used to have the best sleeping pattern always sleeping early and waking up before 8am, I remember the one time I slept in until 10am and my whole family were shocked. Around two years ago it all changed my anxiety was keeping me up all night, and I just got stuck in a rut. I was sleeping at 5/6/7 in the morning or sometimes even later. I was trying to sleep all night and was just getting stressed out, so I tried to turn it into something that happens. I became the night owl, my friends would message me when I was getting up for work, and we'd laugh about the fact I'd still not been to sleep. It was the best way to cope with it for me, honestly though it's actually horrible not being able to sleep. Since i'm starting a new job in a couple of weeks which involves me needing to be up at a normal time, I decided I needed to try something to get to sleep. I thought I'd share with you all some tips to try if you too are insomnia sufferers.

Tip One: Better Sleeping Conditions
For me I found that having curtains which had light seeping through kept me awake at night, as I primarily slept when it was getting light, I found it harder. So I invested in some blackout curtains making it easier to sleep no matter the time. I also invested in a new bed, my old frame and mattress were one which my landlord supplied so I often felt uncomfortable when trying to sleep. 

Tip Two: Sleeping Aids
The Interdependent Pharmacy offer a small range of aids to take before sleeping including Nytol which includes an anti histamine which often makes you drowsy, making sleeping that little bit easier.  Nytol recommend creating a bedtime routine which works for you. Whether that includes getting a new comfy mattress and having a hot drinking alongside taking a sleeping aid such as Nytol.

Tip Three: Try Sleep At The Same Time
My problem always used to be going to sleep at a weird time in the morning and getting up in the early afternoon. I found it hard to get a pattern going, I try to get into bed at a regular time and even if I'm not sleeping, at least i'm laying in bed getting comfy. 

Tip Four: No Phones. 
I often didn't realise part of my issue was my phone, I would sit up on my phone all night and wonder why it was impossible to fall asleep. Your phone being lit up often makes your eyes stay awake as well the concentration which goes into using your phone. 

What are your tips for treating Insomnia? 

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Pizza To Britain’s Last Wilderness!

Good afternoon you lovely lot, how are we all doing? Today I am bringing you a bit of a different post to my blog in collaboration with Chicago Town. If you don't know who they are let me give you a little bit of info. They are the UKs number 1 frozen pizza brand, pretty cool huh? I can hands down say those pizzas can taste as good as any takeaway. With stuffed crust and many toppings on offer as well as mini microwave pizzas on offer, there is something for everyone!

As part of their latest campaign they decided to deliver a freezer full of AMAZING pizza goodies to "Britian's Last Wilderness" who have never tasted the offerings of takeaway.  Watch the video below out find out what happened! Inverie in Western Scotland is described by experts as “Britain’s Last Wilderness”. It has just 120 residents and is officially home to the UK’s most remote public house, The Old Forge. The whole community is so small that it shares a single postcode, PH41 4PL. With this in mind the residents have never had anything half resembling a takeaway premises, which is no surprise, given that to reach the nearest takeaway it would take a minimum of 2 hours – travelling by boat and car.

Inverie resident Ian Robertson, aged 70, said: “We’ve heard all about takeaway food being delivered elsewhere in the UK, we’ve never actually been able to enjoy one ourselves because we’re so remote no-one would ever deliver here. You go Chicago Town!

To view my previous posts with Chicago Town click here

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What I've Been Lovin' #4

Another month, another what I've been lovin' post! You lot loved last months so I decided I would do another post on what I've been lovin' lately! If you're new to my blog this post is basically me sharing everything what I've been loving with you over the last month, it seems to be one of my more popular posts so I decided to make it a regular feature. I hope you enjoy this months, let me know what you've been lovin' this month in the comments!

Last week I got my third tattoo and have now booked in my fourth, I am super in love with how all of them look and I can't wait to cover both of my arms in them. I've decided on a cutesy sleeve for one arm and a spooky one for the other. I got the first tattoo for the cute sleeve last week done by the lovely Emily AKA Flim Flam at Tattoos @ 58. I'm hoping she will be creating many cute pieces on my arm in the foreseeable future!

My blue hair:
I've finally got my hair a shade of blue that I love thanks to the lovely people at AJC93 and Crazy Colour. They have SO many amazing shades that I can't wait to try out, at the moment I've got Capri Blue on my hair! Two bottles covered my whole hair and I've got thick hair. Yay! From what I can tell so far, it seems to be lasting despite being temporary and me washing my hair a lot.

Home decor 
At the moment I am super in love with home decor, I plan on tidying out my office and turning it into a really cool room. I've been super interested in getting some really cool lightening in my office. LampCommerce offer some amazing styles of light which I love, including Artemide for their super cool and unique floor lamps and Metallux for their lovely roof lighting. As well as this I've been looking into alternative storage solutions which I would love to create some of to put in my office.

13 Reasons Why:
Every man and his dog has watched this, and if you haven't where on earth have you been? 13 Reasons Why is a season on Netflix, that was originally a book wrote by Jay Asher, and I read it years ago! When I saw it was on Netflix on Friday (apparently it had only been put on that day) I was straight on to it, and by the end of episode 1 I was hooked. 24 hours later I had watched all 13 episodes.

Not to give any spoilers or anything but it is basically about a girl who commits suicide and she leaves tapes with 13 reasons why. I would give a lil' trigger warning though, if you're triggered by issues around suicide and sexual abuse I would give this one a miss.

Learning To Drive: 
I've recently decided I need to pass my test, with a few failed tests under my belt and a passed theory test that is is quickly running out, I have decided I am on the lookout for a new instructor. With Pass N Go they find the best prices for lessons in your area and then you can decide how many you need. I will only need a small block before I'm ready to do my test, perfect for a refresher. You can also buy essentials you need for passing your theory, like theory test books to learn all you need to know.

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Life With PTSD.

I've felt like recently I've slightly lost who I am as a blogger, don't get me wrong I honestly love all of the new content I am putting out, but I am also kinda sad. Sad that I feel like I've lost talking about the things which are so important to me, like my mental health blog posts. So I'm bringing it back, I also bringing it back with a post which I've had a quarter written in my drafts for a pretty big length of time now. Life with PTSD.

So back in 2015 I was officially diagnosed with PTSD. It's a difficult one to deal with because a lot of people assume it is just for people who have been at war, but in fact it can come from any sort of trauma. Even when I was diagnosed I was confused, I went to google what was wrong with me and the first searches were all about being at war. I finally found something that related to me. 
"Related to an incident in which the person suffered a serious trauma." The words on the page rang true to me, I felt like someone finally got it. I started to read up on symptoms and things started to make sense, but even now I struggle to accept what I suffer with. I'm writing this post to reach out to all of those who are suffering too. You're not alone

The worst part about the illness to me is the flashbacks, I'll be laying in bed alone. I'll hear a noise and my whole body will shut down, it'll trigger my brain and give me the scariest flashback, and it takes minutes/hours and even days to feel okay again. I'll lash out to those closest to me because I can't separate reality from the trauma. I'll feel an overwhelming urge to scream and cry. I want to be alone but also hate being alone. I feel scared that nobody is ever going to be able to love me whilst I'm suffering from this. I feel like I can not be on alert, I can never walk around with both headphones in, I'll jump at the slightest noise, I'll be laying in bed and my brain will go into overdrive, I'll constantly be worried that I am upsetting someone, or that I'm a burden. It took me 6 months to stop asking my best friend daily if he still wants to be friends with me. 

Along with my PTSD, there is the depression and the anxiety which pretty much fit hand in hand. I hate going out alone when it is dark, I panic I am constantly annoying. I spend days in bed. I constantly struggle with suicidal thoughts and with people it's never a long-term thing, it's always a when, when are they going to leave, when are they going to give up on me. It's become something that is so normal to me now, it barely even phases me when somebody leaves my life. 

When I suffer a flashback and I am with another person I can often lash out, whether that be verbal or physical it's something that happens, which makes me feel horrible. I feel like the worst person in the world. It's like watching the whole thing through somebody else's eyes and I can't stop them doing it. My temper is awful and I wish I knew how to control it. I've been having therapy to help me deal with my trauma and it actually gives me some sort of escape from what I'm dealing with, although it is tiring and hard as hell, I'm happy I finally have found some sort of therapy which seems to offer me some sort of cure. There are other ways to get therapy including online, you can get this from BetterHelp. It’s always worth exploring other avenues, even if some of them don’t work for you.

I am me, I am not my PTSD. I am a survivor!

Tips For Student Living + Giveaway

Happy Saturday all, I hope you're enjoying the bank holiday weekend! As most of you who read my blog regularly are aware I have recently just finished my degree and was at university for over 4 years (weird course length) during that time there were many things I learnt and I think I grew up a lot during my time, from a little first year so I guess now a graduate. These tips are just things which I think are useful and if I were a student again I would follow. Also, stay tuned to the end of the post to be in with the chance of winning £100!

Tip One- Make Your Account A Student One!
Student accounts give you a 0% overdraft which is always useful for when those pesky bills sneak up on you, it also gives you chance when you're a graduate to pay back your overdraft over an arranged amount of time. Just make sure you make your overdraft a reasonable amount.

Tip Two- Budget Your Money. 
When your student loan drops at the start of term the overwhelming urge to spend it all overtakes, fair enough treat yourself, pay your rent and then work out what you've got left to budget for the next few months. There is no point in living in luxury for a month and then having £100 to last 3!

Tip Three- Supplement Your Student Loan! 
Getting a job at university was one of the best things I did, it helped me be able to have some kinda life alongside my studies and not feeling guilty for spending the money I have earned at work. Supermarkets are pretty flexible with students.

Competition time: 
So the guys at Unifood Direct are offering 5 of my readers the chance to win £100 each as well as 50% off their first box with Unifood. If you don't know about Unifood Direct they are a monthly subscription box who offer an amazing box of food for £28 with 20-25 food items in each box from brands we all know and love. To be in with a chance of winning follow the rafflecopter below and be sure to check out the T&Cs.

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T&Cs as stated by Unifood. 

  • Entries made must be made by a student, parent of a student or someone who has affiliations with someone at University.

  • Each individual must sign-up to the Unifood Direct site to be entered into the competition.

  • Only one entry may be made for household.

  • The prize money of £100 and 50% discount code is given out after verification of signup to the Unifood Direct site.

  • If you are chosen as a winner you must provide a valid email address or an alternative way to be contacted within 10 days of being chosen.

  • If sufficient effort has been made to contact winner with no reply, the prize money and discount code will be annulled.

  • Each discount code can only be used by used by the person it is granted to a maximum of one times.

  • This competition will run for a duration of three weeks, any entries made after this will not be counted.

Shop My Style #8 Sunglasses Edition.

It's back, it's been a long time in the making but it's back. I promised it would happen soon and it has! Shop My Style has been brought back, with a little twist I will be styling these outfits around sunglasses from Smart Buy Glasses and showing you how they can really finish off a look. I have also decided that for these posts two outfits just isn't enough so I will be sharing three with you. As you know I have a pretty alternative sense of style but I aim to make these outfits as Spring/Summer as possible with of course keeping it me! If you missed my last few shop my style posts feel free to check out 5, 6 and 7.

The Aviator- The Fun Look.

Kate Spade Sunglasses are from Smart Buy Glasses
Skirt is from Topshop 
Tee is from Pulp  
Shoes are from Office!

The Oversized- The Rock Look. 

The Michael Kors Sunglasses are from Smart Buy Glasses
The dress is from Attitude Clothing 
The bag is also from Attitude Clothing
Shoes are from Doc Martens
A choker is from Swarovski 

The Wayfarer- The Cool Casual Look

Trousers are from Boohoo
The Rayban sunglasses are from Smart Buy Glasses 
Hat is from Topshop
Tee is from Boohoo
Shoes are from Kurt Geiger 

Which is your fave look?

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5 Ways To Enjoy Coffee!

Happy Monday, I hope your week is off to a good start so far! Today I am bringing you a bit of a different post due it being Coffee Week! If you aren't aware of Coffee Week you're not the only one, I am only aware due to a super interesting press release that fell into my inbox last week courtesy of Kahlua who I will be talking about more in a minute, however let me just talk to you about the amazing cause of Coffee Week. The idea behind it is to give clean water to communities in which help to grow coffee. Donations from last years Coffee Week went towards some amazing projects and the same will be happening this year! So in aid of this I decided to bring a post about 5 different ways to drink coffee, some more different than others!

1. Iced Coffee
A pretty big trend around the world, especially when summer Strikes. I am a huge fan of drinking cold coffee whether it is over ice or in a delicious drink from Starbucks.  

2. Espresso Martini 
I told you we'd come back to Kahula, so the things you need to know. Kahula are encouraging people to drink amazing espresso martinis as part of coffee week, for a very good reason. As one of the main sponsors of coffee week they are donating 10p to every one bought in selected bars over national coffee which is pretty cool if you ask me! If you fancy giving it a go yourself you can also do that by purchasing some coffee liquor from Kahula, Absolut Vodka and also an espresso. and following the below step: 

Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, shake and then strain in to a martini glass
3. In Cake 
There are so MANY amazing recipes out there for coffee cake, but I recently found an amazing Mary Berry one which sounds like it is to die for and is a perfect way to enjoy the flavour of coffee with a bit of a naughty treat. Find the recipe here

4. In A Smoothie!
When reading A Cozy Kitchen I found an amazing way to enjoy coffee in a slightly healthier way, and that way is in a smoothie. The best way to do this is to add your ingredients along with some cooled coffee and ta daaaaa, you have another awesome way to enjoy coffee! 

5. In A Coffee Float
An idea I would never of thought of without Buzzfeed, who suggest making a glass of cold coffee and then adding a large dollop of ice cream on top and you have your float. It sounds like a super fun and unique way to enjoy a coffee! 

What is your favourite way to drink coffee? 

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Tips For Spring Cleaning!

Happy Friday all, what are your plans for the weekend? Mine are to start a HUGE Spring clean of my house, because if I'm honest, I am living in a tip and can never find anything I need. After not being able to sleep the other night I found various videos on rearranging you room to feel better as well as Spring cleaning hacks. This inspired me to share my very own spring cleaning tips/hacks with you all, and hopefully give me that little bit of extra motivation to get started on my own house. I would love some of your tips in the comments too!

Tip One- Be Ruthless: 
Out of all of my tips this is the one I need to pay attention the MOST. I am awful when it comes throwing things out/donating them. I am one of those people who hold on to everything. Notes from friends in school, primary school drawings, even t-shirts which remind me of gigs I went to even though they no longer fit. I've recently noticed that all of the clothes in my wardrobe are still there and have been since I moved in because I wash and wear the stuff I actually wear on a weekly basis and put them in drawers. I need a massive clear out of clutter, including make up and clothes!

Tip Two- Break It Down:
When it comes to cleaning I never seem to realise the reason I burn out so quickly is because of how many things I set myself to do in a short amount of time. If I were to set myself a room per day, it may be more manageable and I may actually stick to it.

Tip Three- Plan In Advance:
If you're planning a big clean, it is worth planning it in advance, stock up on cleaning products, make sure you've got plenty of time to do so. If you clean with someone else it'll make it seem less like work and more like fun. I found an awesome 7 day spring cleaning list on Good Housekeeping!

Tip Four- Storage Is Key: 
Sometimes you don't realise how much room you can save by having great storage ideas. That includes under bed storage, big plastic tubs or even check out these cool ideas from Brightside they're pretty cool! Including magazine holders for hair stuff and egg cartons for jewellery holders!

What are your top tips for Spring cleaning?