5 ways to clear your head

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I think we all struggle from time to time with brain fog, this can be down to work getting too much or maybe down to your mental illness. We all struggle from time to time, but there are a few things which we can all do to clear our minds. I have learnt a few things on my way and thought I would share these will you. You never know they may help you… fingers crossed!

Exercise

I can only imagine that you have heard this one too many times… It is something that I was always being told and I didn’t believe that this would work for me. One I am not a lover of exercise and two my head is 1000 mikes per hour most days and nothing works to slow the thoughts down… so why would exercise?

It all depends on what works for you. I have tried different forms of exercise but I love running in the fresh air, but I haven’t been able to do this for a while due to the horrible icy weather, I don’t want to break an ankle. In the colder months I go the gym and tend to do the cross trainer as I can put my headphones in and forget all of my worries. It really allows me to focus on me and clear my head of those day to day thoughts/stresses.

Exercise is known to balance hormones and support your health in numerous ways. Studies have proven that if you have brain fog the best thing to do is to get up and move; so go for walks regularly, go out in to nature on your bike or just a walk and talk with a friend. You will for sure notice the clarity after exercise.

Write it down

When suffering with a clouded head it might be that there is too much going on in your head. Sometimes it can feel a though there are 100’s of thoughts loitering in your brain. It can become a bit of a burden and make you want to turn your thoughts off.

Clouded head can cause no sleep, struggle with concentrating etc. I would 100% recommend that you write all these feelings down, it allows you to get all those thoughts down on paper and declutter your mind. It can take a few attempts to work but trust me if you persist you can make this work for you.

Never underestimate the power of pen and paper!

Speak to someone

Never feel bad for speaking to someone about the things which are scrambling your head. Talking to someone whether it’s a friend of a family member or even a stranger, they may be able to shed some light on the issues that are causing you destress or just cluttering your head. They can be a listening ear for you.

Speaking to someone else will let you get some clarity on issues with you may have been dealing with for a while now.

Read a book

In order to escape from the thoughts in your head sometimes you need to be able to escape from reality. The perfect way to do this, is to get a good book for 20 minutes or more just escape from reality. Depending on what books you read you may be able to gain something from the book while reading or it could just be a chance to let your mind be free and escape, without having to really move an inch.

I am currently loving All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I tend to read this just before going to bed or in the evening to give me a bit of time to escape before winding down.

Meditation

This might not be for everyone! Meditation is something which can take  little time and practice. However, if you give it time you can really benefit from meditation when having a bad day of brain fog or just in general!

There are lots of different ways you can do meditation. You can use guided meditations, a  really good app is Simple Habit which you can use on your phone or you go visit their website. It provides meditations for all different occasions e.g. lunch breaks at work, sleeping and even for your morning coffee… there is pretty much everything on there. It’s the perfect way to get some time to clear your mind and focus on something  that really matters other than the clutter.

You can also use meditation music to focus on rather than the guided meditations it depends what works for you best. I sometimes use meditation music when on my way to work or just relaxing.

Is there anything which you do to help clear your mind?

*All photos my own


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Things that frill all us twenty something Grandma’s

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If you haven’t already gathered I am like an old lady in a young girls body.. I love all things my grandma loves and everyone at work says I am too old for my time. So I thought sod it I will dedicate a post to my old wise inner self!!


  1. Planning a weekend/evening over the food your going to cook or not cook.
  2. Having no plans all weekend … pure bliss.
  3. After a stressful day going home getting your pj’s on and having a nice cup of tea/coffee.
  4. Getting at least 8 hours of sleep.
  5. Your friends cancelling a night out … means a cosy night in for one! YES!!!
  6. Reading a good book before bedtime and falling asleep with it in your hand.
  7. Going out for afternoon lunch for a birthday rather than a night out.
  8. Long baths which include candles and a good book.
  9. Putting a candle on at any chance.
  10. Being excited about burning a new candle.
  11. Snuggling up with your cosy blanket.
  12. If your like me using your scarf as a blanket when your at work.
  13. Going to the cinema.. in the day time of course.
  14. Having matching pj’s
  15. Fluffy socks!!
  16. Your bag being full of everything possible such as pain relief, hand sanitiser, tampons and of course every kind of tissues.
  17. Long scenic walks.
  18. Television shows about cooking or moving house… my favourite life down under
  19. Making sure you have everything written down in your diary… don’t want to be double booking yourself (not that would actually happen).
  20. Getting excited about new mugs…. I must own a silly amount and I still live at home.
  21. Always having a back up coat/umbrella in the car incase it rains.
  22. Finding a new pair of practical shoes for long walks or just going out in general.
  23. Finding a cosy new jumper/any kind of knitwear.
  24. Again candles but not just any candles.. SCENTED.
  25. Infusers.
  26. Finding a nice wine which you can have a glass with when friends come round.
  27. Friends cancel a night at the pub to a girly night in.
  28. Spending an evening baking.
  29. Bath Bombs and Hand Creams…. getting these as gifts.
  30. Naps … a cheeky 40 winks.
  31. Being offered a herbal tea by a friend/colleague.
  32. Getting to spend time with you grandparents or just the older generation in general.
  33. Owning so many pj’s that you have to choose which you feel are more piratical.
  34. Thank you cards… whether that is receiving them or writing them!
  35. Blooming flowers.
  36. Fresh bed sheets.
  37. Or even better new bed sheets.
  38. Comfy bra’s!! Hell to the yes!!

Comment if your guilty or let me know if there are any you could add.

*All photos are my own


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