health

Are the clocks going forward a good thing?

Summer time has always been a good time for me. I love having warms days and long nights. Not wearing jumpers and coats is also a plus. However, there is a more important reason why I love summer, and its because I’m happier.

At this time of the year, the clocks go forward, which gives us more daylight hours. I’m excited for this as I wont be walking to/from work in the dark and it will be brighter when I wake up. Longer days will also mean I’m in a better mood overall. SAD affects me almost every year no matter what changes in my life.

SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder and is basically like depression but seasonally. We all know the symptoms of depression (constant low mood, lack of energy and being irritable), but SAD mainly happens in the winter.

I don’t really know what causes SAD but the doctor said it’s to do with the lack of sunlight stopping part of the brain working properly. This affects the production of certain hormones. These hormones control stuff like how sleepy you are, your mood, appetite etc. There is also a link to it disrupting your body clock.

I have a special light for ‘light therapy’. Its a large light to use in your home that is used to simulate the exposure of sunlight. I keep it in the corner of the room if I’m at home watching TV or something. It keeps your mood up and keep depression at bay. I use it every winter as often as I can.

SAD only affects you in winter, so it is almost a sigh of relief when I know the clocks are going forward. I look forward to the spring and summer time because I know my mood will be better and my overall outlook on life will be better. So my answer is: Yes, it is a good thing the clocks are going forward!

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Jess x

Reflection

Blogging with a full time job

I’m currently really happy with my job/career. I feel like I am progressing well and gaining confidence. I don’t dread coming to work like I have done with other jobs. I like the people I work with and we do work well together. Coming to work is different everyday, I deal with different people, different industries and different small businesses. Everyday is different.

I understand that many people blog for a full time job and have far better blogs/content than me but its difficult to manage my blog with a full time job as well. I work 9-5:30 so I’m out the house from half 8 till 6. By the time I’m back from work, I need to cook, eat and then relax. By this point I don’t really have much creative energy left. I can’t really think of what to write let alone write it.

This is why I tend to write posts at the weekends (mainly Sundays) because I don’t really have a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon. When I do have plans, I try to write something before the plans happen. Until you’ve experienced a sort of writers block, you wont know how hard this is. Sometimes I struggle for ideas when I’ve been super busy at work and then work is the only thing I can think about.

I like to plan out ideas for the month. I will write the dates I want to post on a piece of paper then plan out ideas for each post. Most of the time I try to look for events and holidays that are happening around the same time, this gives me inspiration. I have big plans for the summer content on my blog, but I think I’m am struggling to go there.

I post once a week too. This means that I wont expect to much of myself. If I said that I should post more, I don’t think I would do so. It would be too much for me to manage. Keeping the blog posts to a minimum is a good thing for my time management!

How do you manage blogging with other commitments?

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Jess x

Reflection

Update: What I want to achieve in the next 12 months

I didn’t post anything last week because it was a hard week for me to focus. I’d lost someone very close to me and it has been hard. I feel like I am slowing healing and getting back on track. Keep reading for this weeks post.

When I started my blog 6 or so months ago, I set myself some goals to achieve over the next 12 months. 6 months into this, I thought I’d write a little update on how far I’ve got. I’ve written the 5 things I wanted to achieve again below and how far I’ve got.

#1 Settle into my new flat and job

I have definitely done this. I still really like my job and part of me thought the novelty would have worn off by now but it hasn’t! I really like being able to communicate with so many different people in my working week. I really like my flat and where I live because I can walk to work. I keep telling new people I meet about uni and say that I think I have really landed on my feet with this job straight out of uni. I couldn’t be happier with my career start!

#2 Run a 5k – and train for it! 

I ticked this one off in November of last year. I started to go to the gym to get my stamina up for the race. I still go to the gym because it has just became part of my week now. I really enjoyed running the 5k and I want to do another one soon, but I can’t seem to find anyone to do it with me!

#3 Learn to drive

I started lessons at the beginning of the year, only an hour a week. I have only just figured out how the clutch works and how to not stall at junctions! I am just really cautious when driving and don’t really like to go to fast at the moment. I’m also reading up on my theory but still need to set a date to do my test. I’ll get there in the end!

#4 Practise my cocktail making skills

This has basically become irrelevant now. I realised what I really needed to do was get a ‘proper’ job before starting my own business. I needed money, experience and the knowledge to set up a business, but I don’t have that as of yet. Being my own boss is still my dream because there is something about it that inspires me.

#5 Learn more Spanish

This is something I have started doing recently. I have an app on my phone that has 5 minute lessons that I can do any time. I’m not confident enough to speak in Spanish in Spain though!

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Jess x

Travel

Interrailing?

Lately I have been thinking about all the things I have wanted to do and not done. I want to get another tattoo, get my hair dyed and travel to new places. So many things would convince me to do otherwise, money, time, work, fear etc. I have been given some awful news regarding a dear friend of mine, and I have not been myself lately. (This is another story and I don’t think I will be able to talk about it yet.) It has made me realise that life is too short to worry about things like money and time off work, so me and my sister have brought an interrail pass.

Travel Diary
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