Lockdown Lunacy: Your Greatest Assets In Avoiding Stress and Anxiety During the Pandemic

Feeling anxious? Stressed? Irritable? Moody? First of all, don’t beat yourself up about it. It’s okay not to feel okay. Especially when we’re all in the throes of an international pandemic. We’ve been cooped up indoors for weeks now. We’ve been diligently practicing our social distancing, straining to keep the kids where they should be while under lock down and coping with the learning curve (and reduced paycheck) that comes with working from home. Under the circumstances, you’re doing an incredible job of keeping it together!

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But that doesn’t mean you don’t need and deserve a helping hand when it comes to reducing stress and easing your anxiety. Your home can either be your greatest ally or your greatest enemy when it comes to avoiding stress and anxiety. Here we’ll look at some items around the home which can do you a world of good…

 

Your windows

 

Natural light is both the ultimate office perk and the perfect antidote to cabin fever. So make sure you get plenty coming into your home. Great quality windows are a long term investment, so use a reputable company like Plymouth Window Installation if you plan to replace yours. The right windows can help you to make the most of your natural light,are easy to clean, keep you warm in winter and cool in summer, saving you money on heating and AC. What’s more conducive to a relaxed mind than knowing you’re saving money? 

 

What’s more, your window can give you a great view of…

 

Your garden

 

Who could have known that we’d come to view our time spent outdoors as such a luxury? Nonetheless, the time we spend in the garden can be a great antidote to the stresses and strains of your workplace and your home becoming the same location. 

 

Gardening, fresh air and spending time amidst your flowers and plants can all be a fantastic boost to your mental health and allow the stress of the day to melt away. 

 

Your phone

 

Like your home, your phone can either be your greatest ally or your greatest enemy. If you use your phone to trawl through Facebook and Twitter you’ll likely be struck with a feeling of FOMO as everyone seems to be navigating the lock down better than you… or simply watching people being hateful to one another. However, when you use your phone to call or video chat with your friends you can enjoy an endorphin hit that helps your stress simply drift away. Nothing eases anxiety better than seeing a familiar face. 

 

Your pantry

 

It’s not just the plants in your garden that can be a huge boon for your psychological well being. The food you eat can also help you to reduce stress and anxiety. We’re not talking about the guilty comfort foods you enjoy over the weekends. We’re talking about all the wholefoods and plant based foods which can gradually alter your brain chemistry and stabilize your mood. According to recent studies, plant based diets are directly linked to lower levels of stress, depression and anxiety. 

 

Your pets

 

Finally, we cannot underestimate the importance of pet therapy throughout the lock down. Spending time with your furred and feathered friends can help ease stress, make you smile and boost your mood throughout the day.

Father’s Day Ideas

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Father’s Day will be here before we know it, and because of the current situation regarding coronavirus, a little bit of extra planning is going to be needed! Buying presents is never easy, and it seems to get more difficult with every year that passes by. The key is to choose something that is different and unique, and that shows you have put a lot of thought into it, yet at the same time, you need to make sure that the gift is going to be something the recipient likes. With that in mind, here are some suggestions…

 

Wow your dad with a fish tank

A lot of men dream of having their own fish tank! It is something that not only looks great in the home, but also provides them with a hobby as well. Check out how to make an African cichlid tank if you’re looking for some ideas. You may simply want to provide your dad with the tank and his first fish. That way, he can have a lot of fun adding different decorations and fish to the mix. 

 

Go for something funny with novelty braces

Braces are coming back into fashion, as they add a vintage and classic touch to an outfit. But, with novelty braces, you are able to put your unique stamp on this trend, with everything from occupations to animal themes available. Not only is this fun, but also it shows you have put a lot of thought into the present because you have tried to choose a design that is significant to your dad. And, let’s not ignore the fact that braces are very comfortable and practical. Plus, it is highly unlikely that anyone else is going to have purchased novelty braces for the person in question, and thus you don’t need to fret about buying the same gift as someone else.

 

Is your dad in hospital? Send artificial flowers 

One of the main reasons why you should send artificial flowers is quite simple – fresh flowers are banned in a large number of hospitals. This is because hospital bosses believe that bringing fresh flowers into hospitals can spread germs. They state that fresh flowers will create more work for nurses and lead to health issues by aggravating allergies and spreading bacteria. However, this does not mean you cannot cheer up your loved one, as artificial flower arrangements offer all of the beauty without any of the risks. It is actually believed that as many as nine in every ten hospitals have banned patients from having fresh flowers by their bed, and thus it is really not worth the risk of spending your money on fresh blooms when it is likely that they will not be allowed on the ward. Instead, people are turning towards silk flowers. Moreover, the beauty of artificial flowers is that they never die or lose their attractiveness, which means the person you are sending them to can appreciate them forever. This is particularly beneficial if someone has a long stay in hospital ahead of him or her.

Wedding Checklist: 5 Exciting Things To Do Before You Say ‘I Do’

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So you’re getting married! This is an incredibly exciting time in your life and the start of a new chapter. But it’s also very daunting. Over the next few months, you’ll have so much to organize and plan with your partner. 

 

Creating a magical day that you’ll both never forget, there are certain things that you’ll want to tick off your checklist ahead of the smaller details – such as designing the centerpieces, planning the bachelor and bachelorette parties and purchasing your wedding cake.

 

To give you a head start, here are the top 5 things you’ll need to do before you tie the knot!

 

  • Find a Venue

 

 

At the start of the process, spend some time looking at various wedding venues throughout your city. Alternatively, if you want to do a destination wedding, now is the time to book a flight and head out to a venue that’s further away.

 

When looking at wedding venues, you’ll want to find one that matches you and your partner’s tastes, can accommodate all of the guests that you want to invite and ensure that it fits within your budget. Wedding venues aren’t cheap, but if you research in advance, you’ll find one that doesn’t break the bank. 

 

 

  • Send Out Save the Dates and Invites 

 

 

Once you’ve settled on a wedding venue and you’ve put down your deposit, it’s time to send out the save the dates. On this save the date, you should include the date that you’re getting married and a little bit of information about the location that you’re having your wedding in. This will give your guests a taste of what’s to come and guarantee that they will be free on the day.

 

A few months before the wedding, you should then send out formal invites to all of your day guests and reception invites to others that aren’t included on the day. When you get all of your RSVPs back, you can start to create a seating plan for your wedding breakfast. 

 

  • Buy Your Outfits

 

 

This is perhaps the most exciting part of the planning process. During this stage, both you and your partner will buy your outfits, as well as your bridesmaid and groomsmen’s outfits.

 

Make sure that you plan this at least 6 months in advance of the big day, however, in case you require any alterations beforehand. During your dress fitting, you’ll want to invite all of your close friends and family – just make sure that you don’t have too many people though, as you could find that there are too many opinions flying around when you’re trying dresses on!

 

 

  • Purchase Your Wedding Bands

 

 

This is a wonderful experience for you both; around 5 months before your wedding, head out with your partner and purchase your wedding bands. With so many on offer in a range of budgets and styles (such as the Tacori Wedding Bands), you’re bound to find the right ones for you. 

 

 

  • Arrange Catering, Photographers, Flowers etc.

 

 

Once you’ve got all the above in place, you’ll want to think about who you want to cater your wedding, what photographer (if you’re having one) you want to hire, the flowers you want and if you want to have any evening entertainment. 

 

In terms of catering, you’ll want to sample various suppliers and menus before you settle on one. You want a menu that appeals to all palettes – so it’s a good idea to opt for a simpler dish. 

 

Similarly, with a photographer, flowers and evening entertainment, it’s worth looking at several different suppliers in order to get a better insight into which one is most suitable for your day.