Another week, another dose of Monday Motivation. It's not quite the start of the new month, but it's as good as, so I'm giving you some extra positivity so you can start November off right. Here's your motivation to get through the week and to help you adopt the right frame of mind for a new month:
Several years ago, I was diagnosed with general anxiety disorder. I got the diagnosis when I was in the middle of a particularly bad depressive episode - which didn't help very much - but I had been presenting symptoms for a while. Over the last few years, I've opened up more about what this means for me and how it affects me on a daily basis.
While my anxiety is heightened when I'm feeling depressed - toward the start of the year I was having attacks on my way to work, which was tied to how bad my depression was - it is also a separate entity that I struggle with every day. In fact, living with both can make it harder as I often get anxious about the way that depression makes me feel, trapping me in a cycle that is really hard to get out of.
Although I have been more open about my anxiety, there are some things that I want people to know about how I cope with it and how it can affect 'normal' things. Here are the five things I really want people to know:
Now that I've lost more weight (I'm really close to five stone down since my pre-op diet), I've been able to get a lot more active. I've not re-joined the gym yet as I'm using spare cash for driving lessons and a car, but I'm hoping to in the new year. I am, however, working out a lot more at home and doing so much walk - even though I recently injured my foot.
Before my operation I would never have considered walking into work. I struggled to get up the stairs to my office so the three-mile trip was a definite no. Once I lost a few stone, I started going on a lot more walks and began trekking it to work as many mornings a week as I could.
Each time I walked in, the time it took me got a little bit less and the journey got easier. I even started exploring different routes to see which was best. Yesterday was the first day that I managed to walk both into work and home again, which is a huge achievement for me. In fact, I can tell you that I walked a total of 6.5 miles, took 17,067 steps and burned 3,307 calories from the time I woke up to when I got home. I know this because my new Fitbit Flex 2 recorded everything.
I may have spent as much time as possible this month relaxing by a pool without any makeup on, but I still have some solid beauty favourites. Now that I'm back to real life and am leaving the summer behind, I've started using some gorgeous products that are making me super happy.
Autumn is the best time of year for me and always makes me happy, not least because it means great seasonal products make comebacks. It also means that certain scents just seem to work more. All of this has inspired this month's list, so here are the beauty items I can't do without this October:
This time of year always makes me happy for numerous reasons, but this October, in particular, has been fairly awesome already. I may not be able to cope with the fact that this year is already almost over, but I'm definitely loving so many things right now. Here are ten things that I'm especially loving this month: