How to deal with being an anxious mess | The LDN Gal

How to deal with anxiety

There is nothing like a bit of brutal honesty at times. Aside from all the ‘new year, new me’ rubbish, anxiety is a demon many have to live with around-the-clock. Here’s how to deal with anxiety.

Many people would not see a person as anxious. In fact, most may even believe they are confident and outgoing – a shock to the system when this is further from the truth.

In the last few months, I have had to challenge my anxiety head on. I’ve had to do this for my own mental health and personal development.

See, anxiety is a nasty beast. It leaves you isolated, disconnected and quite frankly exhausted. So, I made it my mission to change my relationship with my mental health.

How to boost your mental health and mindfulness

Here’s how to centre yourself and deal with anxiety:

  • It is okay to not be in control 24/7– so what if you are late or say something ridiculous?
  • You can trust people – let people know how you feel and most will be considerate.
  • Talk more – it helps to talk about how you feel and to get a wider perspective on your concerns.
  • Take better care of you– put the dry shampoo down, wash your hair – you’ll feel better for it.
  • Dress up and get out– socialising always does you good, it’s only scary at first – step outside the front door.
  • Make time for you– find something you enjoy and do it often. Mindfulness is key.
  • Enjoy nature– take a walk and reconnect with your thoughts.
  • Structure your day – structure your day but allow for changes when needed.
  • Record your worries – If it helps, keep a diary and include your happy moments too!
  • Challenge yourself – Tackle anxieties slowly but surely and challenge your negative thoughts.
  • Sleep – if you over think too much, go to bed earlier. Also, listen to this (a lifesaver).
  • Be healthy – eat well and work out when possible. As a result, you will feel a lot better in your mind and body.
  • Breathing exercises – take deep breaths in and out for 7 seconds till you feel calmer.
  • Relaxation training – tense each part of your body for 4 seconds head-to-toe.
  • Seek support if needed – there is no shame in speaking to a medical professional. If you need support, contact your GP or local mental health support service asap.
  • Realise it is okay to have bad days! – Give yourself a break and start again tomorrow.

If you incorporate the above, your anxiety should ease up. Learn to centre yourself when you get anxious and utilise breathing and relaxation exercises when needed.

What do you do to challenge your anxiety? Have you tried any of the above?

Stephanie xox

Please follow me on Twitter Instagram Facebook for more updates from The LDN Gal

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

I am not a medical professional, this is advice based purely on personal experience

Uber Sonic Electric Toothbrush Review | The LDN Gal

Uber Sonic electronic toothbrush review

The Uber Sonic electronic toothbrush is sleek and efficient with an exterior crafted from brushed aluminium.

It comes as part of a subscription service ensuring your whites stay pearly with two replacement toothbrush heads being sent to your address each second month.

These refills are certainly a unique selling point, as well as the tooth whitening kit when you first sign up. You can choose to purchase these separately if you prefer.

Since using the Uber Sonic, I have noticed that my teeth do in fact feel great after each use when compared to my manual toothbrush.

So, what did I think of the Uber Sonic electronic toothbrush? 

The toothbrush has a timer inside that tells you every thirty seconds to change quadrant. The small toothbrush head makes it easy to reach difficult areas of your mouth.

Although the Uber Sonic is aesthetically pleasing, I would perhaps like a little more power. Nothing drastic, just a slight bit more intensity.

What makes the Uber Sonic oh so unique is its subscription service, gorgeous aluminium exterior and ease of use. You can buy the Uber Sonic here.

Have you tried the Uber Sonic yet? Do you prefer manual or electronic toothbrushes? 

Stephanie xox

Please follow me on Twitter | Instagram | Facebook for more updates from The LDN Gal

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

This Uber Sonic was sent in exchange for an honest review

Rebound Revolution Bicester

Rebound Revolution Bicester review

So, let me hit this post off by establishing something, I am pretty unfit at the moment. You know when you get a little bit busier and a little more indulgent, well the lb fairy has certainly paid me a visit over the past few months.

I guess it is time to do something about it and I have made the executive decision to get my backside into gear and shift a few pounds. Looking around my local area, I was a little put off by the gyms which seemed to all want to wrangle me into a 12 month contract – no thank you.

When I realised that the newly opened trampoline park next door to me did fitness classes, I was pretty intrigued and decided to take the plunge. Rebound Revolution Bicester offers a selection of workout classes and I opted for the High Intensity Hiit Workout Class.

So, what do I think of Rebound Revolution Bicester?

I have to admit, I was pretty terrified walking across but what could be more fun than bouncing yourself to fitness eh?  Arriving, I was given a pair of grip socks (included in the price) and ushered over by the peppy and lovely instructor.

I have to admit, at times during this hour-long session I could have dropped to the floor, but the feeling afterward was incredibly euphoric – I must keep in mind that fitness is great for your mental health.

After an intense mixture of aerobics moves, circuits, stretches and yoga positions, resistance and core training, I felt sweaty as hell and pretty damn accomplished. I will be returning and would highly recommend anyone give trampolining workout classes a try.

The fantastic class aside, the trampoline park itself is great, with 50 trampolines, a climbing wall, giant leap platform and airbag, wipeout area, basketball hoops and foam pit.

You can book from the Rebound Fiit selection of workout classes here.

Would you ever try a trampolining fitness class? How do you stay fit? 

Stephanie xox

Please follow me on Twitter Instagram Facebook for more updates from The LDN Gal

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

woman-portrait-girl-color-pexel

Pulse Light Clinic London

Let’s face it, removing unwanted hair is the bane of most people’s day-to-day routines. It takes time and investment in the latest and greatest hair removal products on the market to keep those stubborn follicles at bay.

Just imagine, if you never had to do it again? Laser hair removal treatment can offer that luxury. With time, hairs become sparser and sparser and ultimately you are left feeling a lot more silky smooth.

Just a ten minute walk from Liverpool Street station, Pulse Light Clinic London offers laser hair removal treatments, with discounts when you book block treatments of 6 or 8 sessions.

So, what do I think of laser hair removal treatment?

Laser hair removal is a simple, effective and relatively painless treatment. It reduces unwanted hair on many women and men and thus makes your daytime routine all that more easier. It is also suitable for every skin tone and the wave lengths of the Gentle Max Pro laser are adjusted to suit individual needs.

After an initial consultation and patch test, sessions can be taken to suit preferences. The average amount of sessions is often 8 within a year, with a few top ups following. You will have to wait between 4 to 8 weeks between sessions depending on the targeted area.

Results are often seen after the first session and the entire process is swift and effective. The initial consultation and patch test is also completely free!

Pulse Light Clinic London’s newest clinic is located close to Liverpool Street, they also have two additional clinics in London, one on Fenchurch Street and the other on Tottenham Court Road. You can contact them regarding their laser hair removal treatment and plans here.

What do you think of laser hair removal treatment? Would you consider it?

Stephanie xox

Please follow me on Twitter | Instagram | Facebook for more updates from The LDN Gal

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

This post was sponsored

Fruiteatox Daytox Lemon Tea and Sleeptox Orange Tea 14 Days review

Fruiteatox review

I had to delay my Fruiteatox review due to coming down with the flu recently – 100 per cent would not recommend to anyone ever.

It was slightly ironic considering how low my immune system was and having a little pick me up would have really sorted me out. Saying this, I am on the mend and have now completed my fourteen day Fruiteatox course.

When it comes to tea detoxes, they can be pretty hard to gauge their effectiveness. However, I like the fundamental idea behind Fruiteatox, they embrace their teas as part of a healthier lifestyle – a fruity cup in the morning and one every other night.

Fruiteatox Daytox Lemon Tea and Sleeptox Orange Tea Pyramid Tea Bags

So, what did I think of the Fruiteatox morning and evening teas?

Their detox plan includes a cup of Daytox lemon tea followed by Sleeptox orange tea in the evening. All ingredients are naturally sourced, gluten free and vegan-friendly, the teas are said to support weight loss, promote radiant skin and boost your metabolism as part of a healthy and active lifestyle.

The morning brew to be drank each day consists of lemon grass, ginseng, ginger root, yerba mate, liquorice root, tie kuan yin oolong, fennel seeds and lemon peel. All these natural ingredients working together to boost you throughout the day.

The evening brew which is taken every other night consists of calming ingredients known to encourage sleep, including chamomile, valarian root, hawthorn leaves, lavender, orange peel, orange oil and senna. The inclusion of senna allows for healthier bowel movements, cleansing your system and reducing bloating.

Fruiteatox Daytox Lemon Tea and Sleeptox Orange Tea

When it comes to the taste of the teas, they are very natural tasting with a mild fruity aftertaste. I suppose I am just used to the faddy highstreet blends full of flavour and colour.

When it came to results, I was pleasantly surprised by their outcomes. I did feel better and brighter, be it as part of getting myself into a routine or due to the natural additions in each cup.

I would definitely recommend Fruiteatox for those looking to embrace a healthier lifestyle, they even include online and downloadable healthy eating plans as part of their programme.

If you are interested in giving the 14 day course a go, please find the link to the Fruiteatox shop and tea selection here. There is a 28 day option for those truly commited health fanatics.

For 20 per cent off, please use code Steph20 at the checkout!

Have you tried Fruiteatox teas? Do you like the idea of a tea detox?

Stephanie xox

Please follow me on Twitter | Instagram | Facebook for more updates from The LDN Gal

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

The Fruiteatox morning and evening detox teas were exchanged for an honest review

wpid-2014-08-26-02.32.03-1.jpg.jpeg

How to make a skinny pizza recipe

The ‘skinny’ pizza is a low-fat, healthy and delicious alternative to the usual cheese and dough loaded affair  – and it is made with just a few simple ingredients!

Gather the following together:

  • White or whole grain tortilla (depending on  your preference)
  • Tomato purée
  • Low-fat soft cream cheese
  • Your choice of toppings (I opt for vegetarian such as sweetcorn, pepper, and onion but the possibilities are endless, get imaginative)

wpid-2014-08-26-02.31.44-1.jpg.jpeg

Skinny pizza recipe instructions

  1. Place your tortilla on a baking tray and smooth over a tablespoon of purée and follow with the cream cheese. Spread these evenly.
  2. Add your toppings as desired. If you are using meats, then be sure to have them cooked if required beforehand – vegetarian skinny pizza gets my vote every time. 
  3. Simply pop into your preheated oven at 200 degrees for a couple of minutes.
  4. Voila, you have a skinny pizza, low in calories, which is swiftly made and very filling. Plus, there is no guilt if you eat the entire thing!

See this recipe in The Currys Student cookbook, which is available to download for free here. It is packed with delicious, easy to make and nutritious recipes – not just for students!

What do you think of this healthy alternative to pizza? Would you try it?

Stephanie xox

Please follow me on Twitter | Instagram | Facebook for more updates from The LDN Gal

Follow my blog with Bloglovin