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Rest more, sleep more

This week was really hectic for me, including working, returning to the gym, cooking, as well as other activities. It started to come to a point where I was feeling overwhelmed. I just wanted to stop everything and rest. I was not eating, and sleeping properly, which then led to lack of sleep, motivation, and then the downhill spiral started. 
Yesterday, everything came down like a ton of bricks,  I felt absolutely drained, tired, lethargic, moody, to the point where I was shouting at people, and actually did not want to listen to them. It was all too much. When I got home, I decided enough is enough. I needed to re-evaluate things, assessing the cause, how I can move forward so that this does not happen again, or how can I avoid this, or not get so bad, only on a small scale, where I can recover quickly 
I began my journey to feeling better by doing my self-care routine, which I mentioned in my previous posts, involving cleansing my skin, or using a face mask. Picture below of L'oreal repumping mask, I also use the L'oreal clay mask. 
I then listened to meditation music, and went to sleep early. 9 hours later, I woke up refreshed, but that was not the end, that was the beginning. I had a healthy breakfast, smoked salmon, with avocado and poached egg on toast, lunch was left over jacket potatoes with beans, dinner was a small portion of fish and chips, as the potatoes were quite large. Then I filled out my do list for Monday, including my self care things which I must do. This list is great, as any problems, or anything worrying me, I can just let that go for addressing the issue tomorrow. Following that I went to bed early again for 10.30pm. 
Overall, I think going to bed early really helps me, as I tend to wake up refreshed, and motivated to do things, like put my make up on, or to make an effort with my hair. 
Think this lockdown has really hit me hard, especially with my mental health, but I am stronger than I think, and look how far we have come, as it has been, I think 8 months, I have really learnt a lot about myself, and how resilient I am. 

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  1. I love to treat myself once in a while pampering during weekends will help you relax during the week.
    I usually use L'Oréal's masks for my skin. The one with Red Algae made for clogged pores has helped control the oiliness of my skin. This face mask is easy to apply on and easy to take off too. I highly recommend it makes my skin feel refreshed.

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    1. I might have to try the red algae one Aliya Jee, thanks for sharing!!

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  2. A good night of sleep is essential for your health. It's important to reduce stress during the day, just as good exercise and a healthy meal. I like to keep my room quiet and clean I might light some candles before going to sleep while reading a book; by doing this, I relax my body and fall asleep quickly.

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  3. Thank you for sharing all these tips. I'm trying to develop a weekly pamper routine and make it a priority, but sometimes it is hard to make time. Pampering yourself is beneficial for mental and physical health, it's important because it reduces stress and helps heal your skin and detox your body.

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  4. I agree with you this period of lockdown made us express a lot of stress and anxiety. I was looking for ways to reduce stress when I come across your blog, I love your articles. I would suggest lighting a candle or using essential oils at night before bed may reduce your stress. Essential oils also improve sleeping quality.

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    1. I have heard of the benefits of essential oils, I am going to give that a try, thanks for sharing!!

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  5. I found that all my stress was because I drink a lot of coffee during the day. Every time I feel tired or depressed, I grab a cup of coffee, I will indeed feel active and good, but shortly after, I'll end up feeling more irritated and exhausted. Too much coffee can cause anxiety and stress. Now I avoid coffee after 2 pm, and I try to have only two cups a day.

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    1. Yes excess coffee causes lack of sleep because of the caffeine in them, also it reduces the ability for iron to be absorbed. Iron is important for red blood cell production, fighting fatigue, stress, protection against diseases and infections. This is why expectant mothers are advised not to have caffeine during pregnancy, or reduce this significantly. Go for caffeine items Becca

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