Blogging Tip: Take time off

Hey below bloggers! I have not written a blogging tip post in a bit. A lot of juggling has been going on behind the scenes for me, but I am working on a new blogging routine and it looks like I am settling into a new way of running Fashion and Style Police. So do expect regular blog posts from now on. The plan is to go back to blogging more often and so far my new blogging schedule is working really well.

This brings me to the theme of today’s post. I have been blogging for almost 9 years now, and it has been a learning journey all the way. I have gone from blogging a few times a week, to blogging everyday and back again. The learning experience is forever ongoing. Blogging is not something to learn and you stop learning. The big wide web keeps changing and so does your blog, which means forever twerking, learning and relearning things to keep your blog active.

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Blogging Tip: Take time off

One thing I have had to learn this past year is that it is ok to take time off. Like most things in life, taking time off is important to keep your ideas fresh and to stay healthy mentally and physically. Being self employed and relying heavily on my blog income made me struggle with taking time off. I must confess, I used to panic whenever I took a couple of days off, but I am pleased to say that is no longer the case.

Since the start of the pandemic, I take as many days off as required and I feel no panic or guilt. The irony of it all is that my views have increased massively even though I now blog less. The panic and fear were just the ego part of me trying to control everything which usually leads to less productivity.

Days off are important for any job especially when you are self employed and running your own business. You are your blog and you cannot afford to break down, and this is why taking time off is important.

The only blogging tip I have for you is to take a break every now and again, so you can come back ready buzzing with fresh ideas that create amazing blog posts. Also, remember to feel no guilt or fear when you do this. Your blog will be fine, your views will rise and your blog readers will understand. You are more than your blog. Stay safe.

Charity of the Month: Manchester Women’s Aid

The charity of the month is Manchester Women’s Aid. This charity is focused on helping domestic abuse survivors by providing safe and confidential temporary accommodation, play services, advice and support, dedicated case workers and support groups. It was created in 2014 and it is currently the largest specialist provider of domestic abuse services in Manchester. I have done a lot of research into their work and what they are doing to help women and children fleeing domestic violence situations. It is lovely to see great charities like Manchester Women’s Aid working tirelessly to save vulnerable women in the city.

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Manchester Women’s Aid Mission
  • To promote the equality of women
  • To protect women and their dependants through promoting the mental and physical health of such beneficiaries; advancing the education of such beneficiaries; relieving need, hardship and distress among such beneficiaries and advancing the education of the general public in relation to issues of women’s equality and domestic abuse.
Manchester Women’s Aid Refuge (Emerge)

The charity provides temporary emergency housing for domestic violence victims. It currently has five refuges across Manchester catering for up to 30 families in crisis. Many of the refuges offer full disabled access. The refuges are a mixture of self-contained units and communal homes. The charity also helps facilitate the move to a more permanent accommodation.

Manchester Women’s Aid also provides interpreters for women who do not speak English and they also assign a support worker to every woman who walks into their refuges.

I think this charity is amazing and I am glad to know these services are available to those who desperately need it. If you or someone you know is experiencing any form of domestic violence, please speak out and get help. There are many support services like Manchester Women’s Aid set up to help you get out of such toxic environments.

Donate

You can click here to donate to Manchester Women’s Aid. You can give as little or as much as you like – £10 could provide a welcome pack for a woman or family arriving at one of our refuges, with essential toiletries and other basics.

 

 

Tips for coping in the heatwave

Coping in the heatwave has been hard. It has been very warm this week here in Cheshire, England. The weather has been so sunny and humid. It has been a struggle to stay comfortable indoors especially at nighttime. I don’t cope well in extremely warm temperatures. When it gets too warm, I struggle to stay on top of everything. The heat makes it ten times harder to concentrate but I have found some tips that have helped me cope better in the heatwave.

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Tips for coping in the heatwave
Drink more water

I find myself drinking more water when it is warm, which is good. Drinking water regularly keeps me cool and hydrated. It also does wonders for my skin, leaving it clean and clear. You should also drink little cups of water here and there even when you don’t feel thirsty. This will replace all the fluids you are losing from sweat. Try to stick to drinking just water as much as possible.

Keep the blinds and curtains closed during the day

This helps keep the heat out, leaving your house cool, which helps you sleep better. Leaving the blinds and curtains down during the day is the oldest trick to deal with the heatwave.

Take regular cool showers

I take cool showers during the heatwave at least twice a day. This cools me down, gets rid of the sweat, and allows me to sleep better. The kids really enjoy cool showers too when it gets really warm. Try not to get the water too cold though so your body doesn’t react negatively. At the end of the day, you should be sticking to temperatures you are comfortable with.

Replace your duvet with a thinner fabric

When it gets really warm, I get rid of my duvet and use a thinner fabric as a cover up. It helps me sleep better.

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Run your wrists under a cold tap

Running cold water on your wrists will lower your body temperature.

Wear light, loose clothing

Wearing light, loose clothing will keep you comfy when the weather gets really warm. In a heatwave, the last thing you want is to have to do with tight clothing soiled in sweat.

Spritz your face with water

This is one of my favourite things to do when the weather gets unbearable warm. Spritzing my face with cool water keeps my body temperature low. I like to keep my little bottle in the fridge so the water is cool for when I need it.

How are you coping in the heatwave? I can’t wait until it is all over and normal weather comes back. Please share your tips for coping in the heatwave.

 

 

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