Friday, 10 March 2017

5 TIPS THAT HELP TO CALM AN OVERWHELMED MIND


I am definitely someone who prefers to be constantly busy, so for that reason, I take on a lot of extra activities or projects. While being busy makes me happy, I sometimes find myself at a point where I am simply overwhelmed with all that I have going on, and find it very hard to refocus and get all the tasks that need doing, done.

Nowadays, I think I've managed to get to the point where I am able to recognise the feeling of becoming overwhelmed and can employ the following tips to help get through it, without too much unnecessary stress. While I can't guarantee these tips will help everyone, I'm sure there is at least a couple who might find this useful.

1. WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN
I've always found that writing down the things that are stressing/overwhelming me incredibly helpful, as it's an easy way to visualise what's going on inside your head. It also acts as a kind of 'brain dump' if you will, where all those overwhelmed thoughts can be put aside on a piece of paper.

2. TIDY YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Ever since I was little, I've found that tidying my room or even just a certain area of my room can be very therapeutic. For me personally, I find my brain feels clearer when my surroundings are nice and orderly. I don't tend to do a massive clean up, but even just making your bed or clearing the pile of paper off your desk can make a huge difference.

3. EXERCISE 
Exercise is always a great way to calm down and relieve stress. Even going for a short walk around the block can drastically improve your mood and clear your head. 

4. SET ASIDE TIME TO RELAX
When we are busy, it's really hard to find time to just sit and relax. However, if we want to be the most productive we can be, and not become overwhelmed, it is absolutely essential to set aside even a small amount of time to just sit and catch your breath. Relaxing isn't being lazy, instead think of it more as time to re-energise. If we keep working without any breaks, that's when we run into issues and start to feel like it's all just too much.

5. ASK FOR HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT. 
When we are feeling overwhelmed, it's very easy to get lost in our thoughts and feel like we have to do everything ourselves. Asking for help when you need it is something that a lot of us tend to feel embarrassed or ashamed about, but it really makes such a difference! Even if no one can actually help you with the tasks that need doing, it can always be nice to at least have someone there who you can check in with and unload some of your thoughts. Whether it be a friend or family member, find someone who is willing to listen from time to time.

I hope you found at least some of these tips helpful! I'd love to know any tips you have that you would like to contribute! Leave them in the comments below, I always love hearing from you!


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

BRAND FOCUS • F. MILLER

I am a huge skincare nerd, so when I came across the F. Miller product line on instagram, I was really keen to find out more about the company and the creator of these beautifully packaged products. 

F. Miller is a Toronto based company founded by Fran Miller, which create active botanical skin and hair care products that look and feel super luxurious without the need for any harmful chemicals. 
I was really lucky to catch up with Fran herself and ask her a few questions about her brand.

What do you think encouraged you to formulate your own line of body care?

I started creating my own skincare formulations after years of personal skin issues and sensitivities. I had a hard time finding natural products that were actually effective, felt and smelled luxurious and looked beautiful on your bathroom shelf, yet were completely free of harmful ingredients. I often found myself overwhelmed and unsatisfied by many skincare brands and products on the market, regardless of how much money I spent. After a few years I finally decided to make my own line a reality. 

I love the paired back design of your products as well as the holistic ethos of your brand. What made you decide on this approach for your line? I imagine it’s much more difficult creating a range of products with no colourings, preservatives, sulphates etc. Why was it important to you to approach a product line in this way?

I wholeheartedly believe in the healing power of botanical ingredients and equally believe in the longterm harm that can come from so many common chemicals that our everyday products are filled with. I’m a lifelong beauty junkie but I also connect with effortlessness and minimalism in all parts of my life. We are overwhelmed by so much these days, and I think that what we eat and what we put on our bodies should be simple and pure rather than complicated. It was important for me to prove that botanical can be luxurious, natural can be beautiful, and to smell and feel incredible too.

What would you say is your favourite product from your line and what do you like best about it? 

It would have to be our best-selling product - the Face Oil. It was the first product I created to combat redness, dryness and oily skin all at once. It’s highly concentrated and specifically formulated with 15 powerful oils to be balanced, easily absorbed and sensitive to all skin types. You can use it morning and night, winter and summer, before and after makeup. I would literally be lost without it! 



Fran also kindly sent over some samples of her face, hair and body Oil for me to try out for myself and I can confirm, they all smell and feel amazing! I will be sure to post a full review of all of the products in the next few weeks.

Be sure to check out the F. Miller Range at www.fmillerskincare.com and check out their instagram and tumblr too!


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