Monday, 26 November 2018

November Book Haul!

This month I was able to pick up some popular (mainly fantasy) books that coincidentally are all quite red! It has been a while since I have stepped into a bookstore and this month, I went in not one but two bookshops! #heaven

Here are the books I picked up this month:

Scythe by Neal Shusterman 

I have heard quite a bit about this book. It follows a world where everything has been cured and the only way that people can be killed is by the hand of a scythe. Scythes are members of society that are chosen to have this duty. They are told to 'glean' humans according to the statistics of how people died and the demographics of people that died before death was stopped. Everyone fears the scythes but they leave them to 'glean' as it is deemed necessary to maintain the size of the population. In this book we follow two characters who are chosen to potentially be scythes.

I have already started reading this book and I am really enjoying it so far. It is quite unique from what I have read in the past and I'm finding the writing style fast-paced which is perfect for me.

Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
I finally found this book in a bookshop! It is a lot smaller than I thought it would be! This book follows people in space through the use of different formats, such as letters and reports. That is all I know about this book and as a Doctor Who fan I am so excited to read this.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
I have been wanting to read this one for a while. It follows a world where the Queen gives birth to triplets and when the daughters come to an age they have to compete for the throne, resulting in two of them being killed. From what I know, each princess grows up on a different island with the use of different 'powers'. I have a feeling this world may be changed by this story!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I have read Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, the first book in the Grisha trilogy. It was an interesting fantasy with Russian references. I had meant to pick up the rest of the books in the series but I have yet to do so. I did really enjoy the first book though. I have heard that Six of Crows is even better. It follows a group of people that go on a heist. That is all I know and I am here for it.

What books did you pick up this month?

Friday, 23 November 2018

4 Spiritual Ways To Improve Your Mental Health

When it comes to your mental health, you may feel like you’ve got self-care covered. And yes, self-care is keeping your body clean and healthy, and it may be applying a facemask some days. However, embracing the spiritual could bring you one step closer to finding your true and happy self, and if that’s true, then we think it’s worth a try. Even if you currently think it’s all made-up fluffy stuff, it has actually been linked to good mental health and a strong sense of self. So, here are four ways to give it a go.

1. Meditation
Meditation is really good for your mental health, even if you think that it sounds a bit cliche. Taking some time out to think about what has really happened in your day - what you’re happy about, and what you want to change going into tomorrow - will keep you in touch with your inner sense of self, and focused upon the little goals that you’ve set for yourself. Headspace is a useful app if you need a bit of guidance.

2. Get a Psychic Reading
I know what you’re thinking, what does this have to do with my mental health? Well, keep reading. This is another way for you to secure your sense of self, as you’ll be able to hear what your future may hold, and what the implications of your past are. Whether you believe in it or not, a Psychic Reading will help you to think about the future, and we can’t see anything wrong with that. Especially if they tell you that you’re going to win the lottery, and buy a private yacht.

3. Exercise kindness
This one doesn’t require too much spirituality, but it is deeply important to the Buddhist tradition. Exercising kindness will not only improve the lives of those around you, but you’ll see it come back into your life as well. Though we can all be a bit worried about interacting with strangers, helping someone you don’t know will make you feel great afterwards, too. Win-win, good karma all around.

4. Reconnect with your body
Reconnecting with your body, and giving it all of the nutrients and love that it needs, will give you a more positive all-round aura, and affect your life in more ways than you can imagine. Ditch the alcohol in favour of something that your body really needs, and remember that it really is something worth looking after. It’s yours, after all, and you’ll be navigating the world in it for the foreseeable future. So give your body some love!

So, there are four things that you can do to utilise spirituality, and improve your mental health in the process. Recovery from any mental health issue is ongoing, and always a process of coming back to yourself. Trying some of these things could help you to not only spend more time on yourself, but also strengthen your connection to others. So give them a try, we’re rooting for you!

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Are You Neglecting These Key Areas Of Health?

When it comes to your body, are you in control? Do you feel as if you’re as healthy as you can be? Do you care about how you feel in yourself? How much energy you have? And really making the most out of your life? If this is the case, then it’s just so important for you to be healthier. And, be honest with yourself, do you feel as if you’re currently being as healthy as possible? Do you make conscious efforts to feel good and energized and healthy at all times? Would you agree that you’re in the best condition of your life, and that none of your own actions are putting your health at risk? It’s likely to be that your answer is no here - because so many of us aren’t all that sure on what we can do for our health levels.

And that’s okay. It’s okay to be unsure. But as long as you want to be healthier and you’re willing to learn, you can turn things around quite quickly. Or maybe you’re someone that is making quite the effort to get your health under control. And you care about your body and feeling good? Are you’re really sure that you’re doing all you can, but you’d love to know if there’s more you can do? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Because we’re going to run through the key areas of health that you may be neglecting, and what you can do about it.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Mastering Your Own Mental Health

As time goes one, it is becoming less and less of a stigmatized issue to talk about mental health. That is just as well, as looking after your own mental health is always going to be hugely important, and it’s something that we all need to think about doing. It’s not just for those with apparent or obvious mental health signs who need to focus on this - everyone can benefit from ensuring that they are looking after their mental health in the right way. In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the ways in which you can understand and improve your own mental health. As long as you do that, you should find that you are much more able to be happy and well in the long run.