Top 10 Thursday – 10 Ways to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Everyone, at some time or other has experienced a bout of stress or anxiety of some kind, and in today’s culture of being constantly busy, switched on and contactable the number of cases of stress and anxiety are rising. I have stress and anxiety related mental health issues and have started to learn some of the triggers but even knowing what can start anxiety and stress doesn’t help to stop the feelings from coming. Today I am sharing my top 10 ways to relieve stress and anxiety when they do happen.

  1. Listen to a podcast
  2. Read a book
  3. Practice mindfulness (Calm is a fab app that I use regularly)
  4. Have a bath with essential oils (I find lavender and basil to both help relax me)
  5. Sleep
  6. Switch off all electronic devices even for half an hour
  7. Do a jigsaw
  8. Get out a colouring book or sketch pad and doodle
  9. Go for a walk
  10. Clean (I like to hoover the floors or even do some ironing)

What are some of your favourite ways to relieve stress and anxiety? I’d be really interested to hear so leave me a comment!

Top 10 Thursday – Favourite Mobile Phone Games

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Having a mobile phone is not just about being able to keep in touch with friends and family via calls or messaging. It’s about the apps you have, social media, news and weather streams and games.  My phone has so many different things on it to keep me entertained and I thought that today’s Top 10 should be about some of my favourite games.

  • BlockDoku – a game where you make lines and squares using given shapes.  This game is a really simple concept (similar to Tetris but instead of falling shapes that you have to try to make fall in the right place, you have a series of shapes that you place yourself)
  • Block! Triangle Puzzle! – a puzzle game where you have to fit the given shapes into a larger shape to fill it.
  • Candy Crush – a game where you switch different candies to gain points, special boosters and “save” ingredients.
  • Animal Crossing Pocket Camp – this is a game where you have to help other animals, make friends and create your own camp site.
  • ReDecor – An interior design game where you are set a brief and have to decorate the room accordingly (probably my number 1 game!)
  • Merge Magic – there are levels to complete by merging items, creating orbs and finishin in a certain timeframe and another part of the game where you can play in “the garden” and clear cursed land, create creatures and collect items.
  • Design Home – Anotehr interior design game where you choose furniture and other room items and decorate according to a brief or specified style or item range.
  • WordStacks – a word finding game where you have stacks of letters that make words associated with the “theme” of the level.
  • Words With Friends – play against other players in a game of scrabble.
  • Sand Balls – this game entails moving balls from one point to another by creating a path through sand, avoiding any obstructions and collecting other balls or keys along the way.

What are some of your favourite games to play on your phone?  I’m always on the look out for something new to play so let me know in the comments of any recommendations you have!!!!

Top 10 Thursday – My Favourite Podcasts

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I’m still having issues with my internet and general phone signal and connectivity so apologies for the missed post yesterday and the lateness of today’s post…

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time you will have read about my love of podcasts and that I am a frequent listener.  Today I thought I would share my favourite Top 10 podcasts with you.  In no particular order, here they are

If you haven’t heard of any of these then I highly recommend you checking them out!  Do you have any favourite podcasts that you listen to?  I’m always looking for new things to listen to so feel free to leave me your suggestions in the comments!

Blogmas – Top 10 Things I Love About December

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Its the 5th day of Blogmas and unfortunately I couldn’t think of a snazzy name for my “Top 10” series so we are stuck with it just being called Top 10.  Today’s Top 10 is a list of all the things I love about December!

  • Frosty mornings
  • Hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream
  • Christmas films
  • Crunchy leaves
  • Twinkling lights
  • Buying and making gifts
  • Fluffy socks
  • Christmas decorations
  • Clear, star scattered night sky
  • The promise of snow

What are some of your favourite things about December?  Let me know in the comments!

Top 10 Programs I have Watched this Year

Today’s Top 10 Thursday is a list of programs I have watched that I have really enjoyed this year.  I really like to look back and see what sort of things I was watching over the years so I thought that sharing them would be a way to record these for the future.

  • Good Girls
  • The Society
  • Umbrella Academy
  • The Good Place
  • The Great Interior Design Challenge
  • Interior Design Masters
  • Mystery Diners
  • Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Gossip Girl

And 2 bonus ones…. Pretty Little Liars and Gilmour Girls

What have been some of your favorite programs this year?

Top 10 Things I’m Loving Right Now

Today’s Top 10 post is a list of things that I am loving right now! I really like doing lists like these, especially in this season where there is so much that can make us feel a bit down, like the weather being damp and cold or the days being dark and gloomy. It is a nice way to remind yourself that there are some things that are positive in this season.

  • Fluffy, warm jumpers
  • Cozy nights in
  • The colours of the trees as the leaves change
  • Winter duvet on the bed
  • Dark nights with clear sky’s – perfect for star spotting
  • Crisp, sunny mornings
  • Hot chocolate with marshmallows
  • Snuggling under blankets and watching films
  • Comfort food
  • Listening to the rain falling down

Top 10 Books I have Read This Year

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Today’s Top 10 is a list of books that I have enjoyed reading this year, some are fiction, others are more text book based a in no particular order…

  • Frozen Grave – Lee Weeks
  • Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You – Todd Hasak-Lowy
  • The One That I Want – Giovanna Fletcher
  • Jenny Sparrow Knows the Future – Melissa Pimentel
  • Five Years From Now – Paige Toon
  • Two-Faced – Mandasue Heller
  • Brand Identity – Catharine Slade-Brooking
  • Symbol – The Reference Guide – Angus Hyland/Steven Bateman
  • The Girls – Lisa Jewell
  • Logo Design – Taschen

What have been your Top 10 books so far this year?  I’d love to know so leave me a comment!

Top 10 Things to do in Autumn

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As we are now well into autumn I thought I would share my Top 10 Things To Do in Autumn!

  • Wrap up in your warmest clothes and go for a walk in the woods or local park looking for conkers and crunching in the leaves.
  • Make a hot chocolate, add whipped cream and marshmallows, curl up on the sofa with a good book and a blanket.
  • Have a cosy evening in, light a scented candle, turn the lights off and watch a feel-good film.
  • Have a hot bath, treat your skin and hair to some pampering – exfoliate, mask, moisturize then have an early night.
  • Spend the day in your fluffiest, warmest PJs and socks doing something you enjoy – reading, playing games, writing, drawing….
  • Cook your favourite seasonal food and sit and enjoy it with family or friends (some of my favourites include vegetable stew, jacket potatoes, chilli or vegetarian cottage pie.)
  • Swap your summer clothes over to your winter ones in your wardrobe and spend some time creating new outfits from what you own.
  • Treat your feet to a pedicure – warm water soak, exfoliate, trim your nails and paint them a lovely colour, not many people will see them admittedly but every time you do you will smile.
  • Take a walk, with friends, to a local pub that has an open fire, order food and a tasty beverage and enjoy a good catchup.
  • Re-organize your living space to become a cosy haven – think soft blankets, twinkly fairy lights, candles, cushions – anything you associate with cosy.

Top 10 Easy Household Jobs You Can Do

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I see adverts all the time for household services that are easy for you to do yourself and some of these jobs are not even things I would have thought to call someone up to do for me.  Today’s Top 10 Thursday post is inspired by some of these adverts that I have seen which I would attempt myself rather than call someone out to do.

  1. Oven cleaning.  While I am not a fan of cleaning an oven (and am not entirely sure how to do it but a recent attempt involved very hot soapy water, oven cleaner and a scouring pad) it is not something I would even consider getting someone else in to do for me.
  2. Carpet and rug cleaning.  It is pretty cheap to hire out a carpet cleaning machine, buy the shampoo for the carpets and also to operate the machine, plus there is something super satisfactory about seeing all that dirt lift out of your carpets that I wouldn’t want anyone else to enjoy!
  3. Putting up a curtain rail.  I managed to put my curtain rail up (all on my own too – proper adulting!) and it was a really straightforward job.
  4. Painting and decorating.  So long as you take your time and use good brushes or other paint applicators there is not really much of a reason not to do this yourself unless it is something like a stairway or there is too much that needs to be done or specialist finish that is required.
  5. Ironing.  I don’t iron very regularly I must admit, many of my clothes are ones that don’t need ironing, and others, if hung up correctly when drying doesn’t seem to crease but when I do need to iron things I put on some music and lose myself in thought and it is soon done.
  6. Unblocking a toilet.  There are so many different ways to unblock a toilet and a quick check on YouTube will give you hundreds of video how-tos so unless these fail I would much prefer to do this myself.
  7. Dripping taps.  Another one that you can YouTube and have someone talk you through what you need to do to fix it, and once you know how to do it, can be easy and quick to sort out!
  8. Toilet cistern water levels.  I had a problem with my toilet cistern water level being too high and the excess water escaping through the overflow pipe, but I managed to fix it after Googling what was wrong and then following on-line instructions.
  9. Unblocking a sink.  9 times out of 10 if I have had problems with the water draining slowly from my sink it usually has something to do with gunk in the U bend.  I get a bucket, place it under the sink (directly below the U bend) and unscrew the U bend piece, empty it into the bucket then take it to another sink (or the bath) and give it a good clean in hot soapy water before re-attaching and find that usually works.  Only once do I recall this not working and this was when I lived in a block of flats, sharing wastewater pipes with other flats and it turned out to be a problem with the communal wastewater main pipe.
  10. Doors that stick or don’t close properly.  If the door in question is wooden it could be something as simple as tightening the screws on the hinges or getting some sandpaper and rubbing down part of the door.  As wood tends to warp, shrinking or swell depending on humidity and heat it an have a tendency to need slight adjustment over time.  If the door is a UPVC one then there are a series of hinges that can be adjusted to bring the door back into alignment.  Both of these have some good problem-solving videos on YouTube!