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Taking Care of your Mental Health

Mental health is such a trendy topic at the moment, which is good because more and more people can finally open up about their mental health issues. It is so easy to find yourself struggling with your wellbeing these days. Most of us have bad days here and there, but sometimes those bad days could go into weeks/months. That is when it becomes a major issue. There are simple ways you could ensure you stay on top of your bad days, so it does not lead to depression or other mental health problems.

 

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Here are some simple tips for staying well and on top of your mental health –

 

Sound Sleep

A good night sleep can solve many issues. I always ensure I get at least 7 hours worth of sleep everyday. Anything less than that makes me grumpy the next day. Many people underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep and some other also struggle to fall asleep for the recommended hours. If you struggle to sleep soundly, you can try having an electronic-free time an hour or two before bedtime. Try not to check your phones or tablets while in bed. A nice warm shower and a warm cup of milk  just before bedtime also helps you fall asleep quicker.

 

Eat Well

Eating a balanced diet and staying hydrated is great for your mental and physical health. Junk foods isn’t great for your overall health, so keep them to the minimum. Skipping meals may also make you grumpy, which will have an effect on your state of mind, so avoid doing so.

 

Get Moving

Siting is the new smoking, have you heard? Being active is one good way of staying on top of your health. Going for walks are great for your wellbeing. You could also hit the gym or exercise from the comfort of your home. There are so many ways to get moving and stay fit, so this tip should be very easy to smash.

 

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Talk to Someone

If you are struggling with your mental health, speaking to someone you trust can be your first step. You could also speak with your doctor first to get medical advise. Talking does help. You don’t have to keep it all inside.

 

Unwind

It is so easy to get busy caring for everyone and everything, while neglecting yourself in the process. Taking time out to relax and unwind is important for the wellbeing. You relax with a book, go for a massage/swim, book a spa day and just spoil yourself or relax watching your favourite tv show.

 

Taking care of your mental health is very important. It should be everyone’s top priority.

 

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Product Review: Petit Jovial Range

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Some weeks ago, I got the lovely opportunity to try out the Petit Jovial Range. It was my first hearing about the brand and I was excited to review the products. For those who have never heard of Petit Jovial, it is an organic skincare brand for the whole family. The skincare products cater for the growing bump, baby and beyond. I tried out three of their products and they are all really good.

 

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 Body & Scalp Massage Oil, £22

This body and scalp massage oil by Petit Jovial is a gentle blend of 100% natural oils formulated with Safflower, Sesame, Jojoba and Wheatgerm Oils. The pure blend helps to soothe baby when massaged gently unto their skin. It aids digestion, eases wind, and strengthens the bonding process between baby and the primary caregiver.

It also helps ease cradle cap, and works great as a moisturising body oil for all ages. Mums can also benefit from the amazing benefits as it also works wonders on stretch marks.

 

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Nourishing Multi-Purpose Balm for Face & Body, £25

This luxurious multi-purpose, rich balm is made with 100% natural butters – Shea Butter, Rosehip Oil, soothing Lavender and Calming Chamomile.  It is a perfect barrier for sensitive bottoms, nappy rash and dry areas. This multi-purpose balm also works amazingly well for soothing painful nipples, and nourishing dry cuticles and lips.

 

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Nourishing Bath Oil, £23

This lightly moisturising nourishing bath oil is made with Sunflower oil, Lavender, Geranium and Clary Sage to help soothe and relax baby and the whole family. The Bath Oil nourishes and cleanses the delicate skin.

 

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Here are my thoughts on these products –

 

PROS
  1. The products are 100% natural and vegan. They are free from parabens, SLS, artificial colours or fragrances, and other suspect chemicals
  2. I love the simple packaging. It works great.
  3. The products are quite affordable.
  4. All the products are gentle enough for babies and great for the rest of the family.
  5. I love the fact that the products are multi-tasking. It means I can get more out of them.

 

CONS

None.

 

This Petit Jovial Skincare brand is great for the whole family. I have been using the products in many different ways and they are great for us.

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of them?

 

What You Do – & Don’t – Need To Be A Successful Freelance Writer

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To be successful as a freelance writer, you need to have a particular set of skills. It’s not all that hard to be successful as a writer: contrary to popular belief! However, you have to have the right skills, the right level of creativity – and it would help if you had a good grasp of the language in which you are hoping to write. When we use the word successful, we don’t necessarily mean in terms of cash; we mean that you can see a steady stream of work based on the fact that people are impressed with you and what you can do.

There are several skills that you need to write as a freelancer, as we mentioned, and it’s so much more than you think. So, we’re going to talk through the skills that you need, as well as the skills that you don’t need, to be a successful writer.

 

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What You Need To Be A Successful Freelance Writer
  • You Need To Be Able To Write

It’s simple, but it’s true. It would help if you had some ability to write clearly, fluently and without too much waffle. Of course, depending on the topic, a little waffle is to be expected! However, it would help if you thought of writing as a craft which you must hone. You can learn to write, but it’s a little more about having a natural talent for it than anything else. You don’t have to aim for perfection with your work; what is perfect writing, anyway?

 

  • A Passion For Writing

While some people turn to content writing as a freelancer, they don’t have much of a passion or a desire to write. Most writers cannot explain to anyone their process. How do you tell someone that you can’t articulate the words you want to write, but that your hands know what to say? It’s because those with a real passion for writing have an instinct for the words which flow through their fingertips. You need this. You don’t have to love every topic in front of you, but you do have to be able to write that topic well. 

 

  • A Space To Work

The beautiful thing about freelancing as a writer is that you can bring your writing anywhere. You can sit in the park with your laptop, lounge on the beach with a tablet and you can even just sit at the dining table at home while you can. Ideally, if you’re going to do this professionally, you’re going to need a space to work. You need to be able to have the best software for your writing, with updated computer equipment. It would help if you also had an excellent smartphone to communicate well with your clients. There are plenty of packages out there, and you can refer a friend and get one month free SMARTY when you do. So, if you know other freelancers out there looking to stay connected, get in touch with them, and you both get something for free. Equipping your space is so necessary, so make sure you have the right writing tools from the start.

 

  • A Willingness To Market Yourself

You may not have much confidence in person, but behind the written word, you’re a powerhouse, and you know what you’re doing. Your professionalism and your confidence shines through the way you wrap your words around a given topic. You are a business, and you are your own selling point. As a writer, you need to be comfortable enough to market yourself, and that takes time to learn how to do that.

 

  • The Ability To Accept A “No”

Now, rejection is supposed to be a bad thing. In the world outside of writing, rejection isn’t exactly positive. However, as a writer, you will get far more rejections than you will accept in the early days of your writing. This isn’t something that should devastate you. Instead, ask for feedback; what was it about your writing that wasn’t right for the job? Learn from the rejection and move on.

 

  • Perseverance

Oh, boy, do you need to know how to keep going! If you are fortunate enough to get a role with a company with regular work coming in, you still have to think on your feet with other positions. As a freelancer, your job is never guaranteed, and it can change day by day. Instead of sitting back and letting workflow to you, stay active and keep your name circulating so that people are aware that you are writing and ready to go!

 

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What You Do Not Need To Be A Successful Freelance Writer

Now that we have discussed all of the things that you need to be successful as a freelancer, there are some things that you don’t need to worry about. Shall we take a look? 

 

  • You Don’t Need To Know It All

So much of writing comes from just, well, writing! You don’t need to know how to build your own website, and you don’t need to know how to write about every single topic in the world. However, you do need to know how to research your work and how to put out a good query letter. You don’t need to build your site when there are so many other professionals out there who would be more than willing to help you to do it! It would help if you trusted that you know more than enough to be successful.

 

  • You Don’t Need Unlimited Support

While it’s a beautiful thing to have, you don’t actually need everyone in your life to agree with you that freelancing is the way to go. People won’t, and that’s okay; you can’t help them with their wrong opinion about how you live your life. Content writers are kings in an online world. So, go out there and prove to everyone that you have nothing to prove. It’s so satisfying!

 

  • You Don’t Need To Fear Rejection

People will tell you no, and that’s something that you have to get over really fast if you want to be a writer. Don’t fear it; let people reject and learn from it – as we mentioned earlier.

 

  • You Don’t Need Hours Of Free Time

Writing is a passion, and you don’t need to wait until the perfect moment to start writing. You don’t have to wait until the kids have grown up and moved out. You only really need time that you want to dedicate to it, and that’s it. You will always find the time to write. 

 

  • You Don’t Need To Be Perfect

Lastly, you do not need perfection. Writers are naturally critical of their work, and you should be confident that the articles that you are putting out are what your client needs. There is no such thing as perfect!

 

Now you know how, what are you going to do about it? Go and chase your freelance dreams!

 

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