5 Tips For Mental Wellbeing

Saturday, 30 June 2018

I know how difficult it can be to settle those rather intrusive thoughts in your mind, especially when hope is a very distant feeling. I have struggled with my mental health for some years now, and I thought it would be a lovely idea to share some things that I do that helps keep me settled when I'm having an 'off' day. 

All of the thing lists are super simple and easy to do, and I have found that they really work for me, so I hope some of them will work for you too! If you want to watch the video of this, click here to watch it on my channel!

   Something simple, yet really effective. I love to have a good ole' stretch in the morning. Now, I'm definitely not a morning person, but by stretching, my body definitely feels a lot better and ready to go first thing. It's a chance to properly wake up and get your limbs active before you start your plans.

   Again, something very simple, but so so SO important! I didn't realise how little I was drinking, and how much that affected my mood. When I started to track it, I realised how little I really was drinking, and as soon as I started drinking more, I notice how my moods improved. I take a bottle of water with me everywhere - I always have a drink on my desk and with me at night time. I found that if I have a drink of water before bed, I feel less groggy in the morning - and for someone who doesn't like mornings that much, this makes it just that little bit more manageable!

   Another simple thing that has really helped me; meditation. I like to sit on my bedroom floor, cross-legged, and talk through the day with myself. I like to do this in both the morning and just before bed. I talk through what my plans are for the day and the next, what went well that day, what could have gone better, and what I could improve on for the next day. It's a simple way to reflect and mindfully talk through your day, noticing and acknowledging the good and the not so good. It helps keep me organised and also offers a wind-down for the end of the day - perfect for when you're about to go to bed!

   This is something I know I need to work on... Talking about how you're feeling when you're having a bad day is probably one of the best things you can do. Whether it's with a trusted family member or friend, or a councillor from a charity or organisation, talking is key. I know it can sometimes feel self-indulgent to talk about yourself and your problems, but the people that you talk to, if they really care, then they won't mind at all, and if they do mind, then maybe they aren't the best people to talk to about this- but there will always be someone ready to listen to how you're feeling. Always.

   I have found that lists help me keep track of things going on inside my head. I love a 'to-do-list', and find that writing them helps me clear my head and helps keep me organised. I also love the feeling of checking off tasks when I've completed them - it makes me feel good knowing that I've been productive that day, even when they're just simple tasks such as 'wash your face' or 'brush your teeth'.

   So there are just a few really simple things you can do to help when you're having an 'off' day, I hope you find them useful! If you are struggling with your mental health at all, in any way, here are some great links to charities and organisations that can help!

Love, K :)


How I Left My Day Job & Started My Own Business

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Now, if you told me a year ago, "Kayleigh, you'll leave your horrible job working weekends at a grubby petrol station and start your own business" I would have laughed in your face. Seriously...

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would have started my own business just three years after leaving school. Coming from a family who pressured me into finding a job as soon as I left Sixth Form, I thought I would always work meaningless jobs on the side while working towards my dream of being a filmmaker (which is still my ULTIMATE dream by the way), and that's what happened for the first two years of leaving education.

I was SO unhappy in my previous job. As you all know, I'm a very creative person and am always thinking of new ideas for films, books and short stories; constantly creating and dreaming. So for me to sit in a dirty little garage in the middle of nowhere for 10 hours a day for two years... you can see why I finally had to have the courage to leave. And it did take courage; it was probably one of the scariest things I've had to do in my life so far (I'm only 21, so I'm sure I'll come across more frightening things). Telling my parents that I'm quitting the safety of a regular job and going freelance, having to figure out the in's and out's of running a business (I don't know if I'm there yet, but is anyone?!) and finding work for myself were all things I was so frightened about. But I told myself to be brave, and so I did it, and here I am! A BUSINESSWOMAN AT THE SPRITELY AGE OF 21! Yaaaaasss!!

I'm still very much at the beginning of my 'business-woman' journey but have already learnt so much from some amazing and inspiring people, and it's those people who encouraged me to expand my dreams and to share my skills and talents!

I have already worked with some incredible award-winning photographers and super cool local businesses, helping them grow and giving them back some time for them to focus more on being a bad-ass boss.

My journey is just beginning...

So, here's to owning 2018 and being a #bosslady!

For more information about my creative freelancing business, and for services such as creative writing, video editing, image editing and Instagram scheduling, pop on over to my website kcfreelancing.co.uk :)

Kayleigh x 

A Fresh Start

Saturday, 23 June 2018

As you may have noticed, the blog is looking a little bit different...

I can't remember the last time I wrote a blog post on here, and to be completely honest with you I have really missed it. Blogging and making youtube videos have been things that I have put off for a while now - I've been trying to focus on myself for a bit, and have launched my own business (and another business blog!) so I have been quite busy recently and haven't had the time or energy to commit to other things, but I've been planning away and I'll have some more content for you guys real soon!

I want to slightly change the direction of things here and write and create content with more purpose; so I took a step back and thought a lot about the things I care about and want to share and write about.

Firstly, I care a lot about mental health and talking and being as open as I can about it. I have friends who suffer from bad mental health and have sadly had a friend take her own life because of it. I would love to create a space on this blog that is not only safe but welcoming and ready to listen. I will share my own experiences with mental health as much as I feel I can, and I hope in my experiences someone will be able to feel comfort in knowing that they're not alone in any of this.

Secondly, and on a more light-hearted note, I love reading and all things bookish so expect to still see my book reviews and recommendations! Reading is something that I encourage to anyone and everyone, so if someone stumbles onto my blog and reads about a book they would like to read themselves, well that would make my heart really happy!

I am also incredibly obsessed with all things Harry Potter and have been wanting to make a recipe series on here for Harry Potter inspired foods for so long, so expect that real soon (hopefully!).

I also love documenting any travels that I have been on and am hoping to go to Disneyland Paris at the end of the year! In the future, I would love to spend four days at Disneyland Paris and really document my time there - photographing the parks, spending time in the shops, writing blog posts about the restaurants there, vlogging and really taking my time to explore the parks, rather than just aimlessly zooming around wanting to go on every ride. Although that is probably a long way away (hopefully next year!) it's something I really REALLY want to do!

Another thing I really enjoy doing is writing stories. I have posted an ASMR story called 'The Cloak of Shadows' on my Youtube channel and really enjoyed writing it and creating the soundscapes for it, so expect to see more ASMR stories posted on here as well! 

So, those are the main things I will be posting about on here, as well as any other ramblings that I think people will enjoy reading. I can't wait to start sharing content with you all, and I hope you enjoy this new direction I'm taking with my blog and Youtube channel!

To watch my Youtube video about the changes I'll be making with my videos, click here!

Have a magical day x

Kayleigh x

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