Happy Mind | 4 Ways To Help Your Wellbeing Through Autumn

The Autumn/Winter months can be notoriously pants for our mental health and wellbeing. The re-appearance of the long season of dark, cold days can be tough to handle so it's really important you look after yourself and your mental health, at this time of year.

I don't know about you, but the reemergence of the dark and cold days has taken a real toll on my mental health and it's been trickier than normal to keep my mindset positive and healthy. For that reason, I've implemented a handful of things into my life in order to really look after my wellbeing and to help me through the darker months.

1. Look After Your Skin
The cold wind that rears its head again at this time of year can take a real toll on your skin, so it's important to really look after your skin and get into a regimented routine that aims to rehydrate your skin and gives it a bit of TLC. Having a pamper session each evening will not only be something your skin thanks you for, but the quiet 'me time' is something your wellbeing will thank you for too. Give yourself time in the evenings - whilst you complete your skincare routine - to reflect on the day, put behind you any negativity and look ahead to the brand new day which awaits you next morning.

2. Create A Cosy and 'Safe' Indoor Space
The colder months often call for more time spent indoors so it is important to make sure that at home you have a cosy space in which you feel safe and secure. You could give your room a little autumn makeover and dig out the cosy autumnal blankets or drape fairy lights all over the place; anything that creates a space you love.

3. Make Sure You're Drinking Water
Now we're no longer in the warmer months, it's likely that your water consumption has decreased; I know mine has. But staying fully hydrated is so key for both good physical and mental health, so it's important to make an extra effort at this time of year to get your daily dose of H2O. I treated myself to a new 1 litre bottle from Primark and now carry it with me wherever I go, and this has worked wonders on my water intake.

4. Spend Some Time In The Great Outdoors
The colder weather that Autumn brings tends to not make an adventure in nature all that appealing, but bundle up and get yourself out in the open air. I've spoken before on Yours, Chloe about the restorative power of the great outdoors on your mental health and it truly can make all the difference, especially in this rather gloomy season. A long walk can really rejuvenate you, and you also get all of the wonderful benefits of a good bit of exercise. 

How are you looking after yourself this Autumn?
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Thoughts | The Importance of Avoiding Comparison In Blogging

We live in the age of social media. An age rife with people sharing their 'insta-perfect' lives full of holidays to picturesque locations, flatlay food shots and daily flawless outfits and beauty looks. With the constant promotion of this 'perfect' lifestyle, it's easy to find yourself falling into the comparison trap.

The issue of comparison is even more prevalent within the blogging world, with it being such a naturally competitive industry that relies so heavily on social media presence. It's easy to be scrolling through social media and find yourself experiencing self-doubt as a result of the 'perfect' imagery you're seeing.

If you can put your hand up and say that you struggle with comparison within your blogging life, I can tell you that you're definitely in fine company. Comparison is an evil that plagues us all at one point or another and I myself have long struggled with comparing my content to that of others.

It's human nature to compare, but it can do more damage than good as it often leaves you feeling bogged down with negativity. So let's shine a light on the importance of self-belief, shall we?

Within blogging, a large amount of what makes your blog and your brand special is its uniqueness; readers don't want to see 101 bloggers all creating the same content and rocking the same look. We all have a special thing to bring to the world - be it a character trait, talent, special quality or anything in between - and it's that thing which makes you the bloody fantastic thing you are.

It's becoming way too common to see bloggers aiming to emulate the success of full-time influencers such as Zoella, and in doing so many bloggers change the style of their content or photography, moving away from the things that made their blog beautiful in the first place and becoming a little carbon copy of these 'big' bloggers.

At the end of the day, no good can ever come from comparing your life and your journey to another's. You are not the same person; you do not have the same dreams, talents, wishes and memories. These qualities all contribute to you being the unique, creative and brilliant person you are, don't ignore them because it's not what you're seeing other people do. You should be shouting about your uniqueness from the rooftops. Focus on yourself and your own personal path because you sweetie, are killing it.

“Another woman’s beauty is not the absence of your own beauty.”

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