Sunday, 23 July 2017

Lets Talk About Panic Attacks

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I've spoken about anxiety on my blog before, but I don't think I've ever done an in depth post regarding panic attacks.

I suffer with panic attacks. I have done for many years now. They're nasty, horrible and something I wouldn't even wish upon my worst enemy. They're exhausting and crippling. 

My panic attacks stem from my emetophobia (fear of sick), so usually the occur when I feel sick, or someone around me has been sick. So, let me just explain the physical symptoms of when I have a panic attack. The first thing I notice, is my throat goes very dry, and I find it hard to swallow properly. The palm of my hands go extremely clammy and I get this overwhelming hot flush run through my body. Then the shaking will kick in, usually in my legs first. I can't keep them still. I will uncontrollably shake from head to toe, and its so difficult to get under control. Then goes my breathing. My breaths will be short and sharp, which makes me go lightheaded. 

As you can imagine, its not a pleasant experience. Obviously alongside the physical symptoms of a panic attack, you have all the crap that goes on in your head too. Thoughts like 'I just don't want to be here anymore', 'make this stop', 'when will it end?'. Alongside these thoughts, you have the struggle of trying to get your head back to a rational state, and calm your breathing so you don't end up passing out.

As you can see, panic attacks are no laughing matter. There's been times where I've been paralysed, not being able to move my hands or even stand up because of the panic. I don't know how many people know the severity of a panic attack, and its not just 'oh, I can't breathe', its much more than that unfortunately.

I don't want this entire post to be a downer, so I'll also share what helps me get through a panic attack. The app 'Calm' is always a great help, as you can listen to the sound of rain, the sea, anything relaxing basically. It also has little section where you can listen to someone talk, and help you with your breathing. Another app that I absolutely love is, 'Flowy'. I haven't heard much about this from other people, but I think its fab. Essentially, its a game where you have to collect coins and dodge obstacles, but at the same time, you have to breathe. Its hard to explain, but I'd really recommend downloading it if you suffer with panic attacks, or anxiety in general.

- Lucie
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Friday, 21 July 2017

The Amsterdam Diaries: Day One


Last week, myself, Ashia and Chloe ventured to Holland to visit Amsterdam for a few days. I thought I'd put together a handful of photo diaries, to share my experience/holiday with these girlies!


So welcome to day one of Amsterdam. We flew in on the Tuesday, but since we were staying a little out of Amsterdam itself, we decided to just stick to exploring the town we were in. The town we were staying in, was called Hilversum - it was super cute. But on the Wednesday, we decided to get the train and head towards Amsterdam. Our first stop was actually the museum of prostitution in The Red Light District. It was probably my favourite out of the museums we visited, it was just so interesting, and the confession wall was so funny. 


The first day mainly consisted of us being very touristy. Like I said, we visited the museum of prostitution, which was really interesting. We then went onto visiting the sex museum, which was...interesting haha. Lots of photos, very graphic to say the least! Nonetheless, worth visiting I'd say. Alongside both of the museums, we took a stroll around Amsterdam itself. We stopped for lunch at Omelegg, and I had the most delicious scrambled egg on toast. It was such a cute little cafe as well, would highly recommend if you enjoy all day breakfast/brunch. The rest of the day was spent browsing the shops until it was time to go back to our Airbnb. 

- Lucie
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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Summer BBQ Essentials


We've had another spell of beautiful weather recently, which of course is perfect for whacking out the BBQ and all the other essentials for a lovely summer evening!

First up, you've gotta get out the sliders. I never thought I'd say that, or even own a pair of sliders, but here we are. I picked up this hideously tacky pair from Primark, and I've been proudly wearing these around my garden this bbq season. Alongside these beauties, I also picked up a bargain pair of £3 sunglasses from Primark. They remind me a lot of Quay sunglasses, and I love them!

Obviously a bbq wouldn't be complete without music. You need those summer tunes to get it going (lol). The Panasonic CD Speakers* would be perfect for blaring out the music, so you can hear it in the living room, kitchen and garden. With the bluetooth setting as well, it means you have complete freedom with picking the songs to play. Albums I've been loving recently are Calvin Harris's new album, and After Laughter by Paramore, both perfect for the summer season.

And obviously apart from the fashion and the music, the food. I tend not to eat meat when having a bbq, or in general, but I'm very partial to a good halloumi burger. That and some couscous salad alongside it, this 10 minute one looks so yummy, and one I plan on making next time I have a bbq. Not quite your typical bbq food but I love it, and as long as I'm sitting outside, I'm happy.

So, what are your summer bbq essentials?

- Lucy

- This post was sponsored by Panasonic, however all views & opinions are my own - 
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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Soundtrack Of My Life


So this post is inspired by the wonderful Emma, who did this exact post on her blog. I absolutely loved it, and hearing about her music 'journey', so I thought I'd give it a go myself.

My first album 
One of the first albums I remember listening to as a kid, was 'Pop Party JR', or the original 'Pop Party' CD. I had a portable CD player that I used to carry around, but I used to use it mainly when we had long car journeys to go on. I remember the Pop Party JR CD had a separate DVD, which held all of the music videos to the songs, and I used to dance around my living room to it awww.

Long term relationship album
The first album that springs to mind when I see this, is the original 'The 1975' album. I've loved this album basically since it came out, and I'm still not bored of it. Its just one album I never seem to get tired of, no matter what. If I want something to listen to but I don't know what, I'll always turn to this album. 

Song that makes me happy
I have a few songs that make me happy actually. I think one that I'll always put on if I need cheering up though, is 'The Less I Know The Better', by Tame Impala. There's just something about that song that makes me feel so relaxed and happy. Its such a feel good song that I don't think I'll ever get tired of.

Song/album that makes me want to dance
One song that always makes me want to dance is 'Into You' by Ariana Grande. I do love a bit of Ariana, but then again, who doesn't?! For some reason, this song just makes me want to get up and dance my life away, its so powerful and full of energy!

First gig
This makes me laugh, but my first gig was JLS. I think I was 11, and I went with my friend and our Mum's came along as well, as we were too young to be going by ourselves. We went to see them at Epsom race course, and it was the day before I left primary school, CUTE! 

Song I wish I'd written
I am no musical genius whatsoever, and I never wish to be hahah. If I could have written a song though, it'd probably have to be 'Wonderwall' by Oasis. Purely because its such an iconic song that everybody knows and loves.

Song that reminds me of being a teen
I have so many songs that take me back to when I was about 14/15. One of them being 'The Other Side' by Jason Durelo. I remember blasting that song out, sitting in a field with my best friends at the time, having a fab summer. 

Karaoke Song
I hate karaoke so much. But if I had to pick a karaoke song, it'd probably be 'Reach' by S Club 7. I flipping love S Club and that song just takes me back to being little. Plus I know all the words to it, soooo!

Songs that remind me of home
When I think of home, I think of 80s music. Mostly because as a kid, my Dad used to play his 80s CD's in the car, and through the DVD player (lol who remembers doing that)?! 'Forget Me Nots' and 'Nights Over Egypt' really remind me of home and my family, especially my Dad.

Ultimate desert island disc
This is the hardest question, I don't know if I could pick one song. I feel like it'd probably have to be a song by The 1975, so maybe 'She's American' or 'Chocolate'. Such basic answers I know, but I do love both of those songs, and I'm not sure I could ever get bored of them. 

- Lucy
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Friday, 7 July 2017

Life Update: Where I've Been


If you're observant enough, then you'll know I've been a bit quiet over on these parts for a few weeks now.
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