SS: Sunday Saves (#73) World Mental Health Day Edition.

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Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely day too, and a lovely weekend overall. Today’s Sunday Saves is quite a special one; I didn’t write a post for this year’s World Mental Health Day but I thought I would incorporate it into this week’s Sunday Saves. I’m featuring ten posts that I have read over the week (including this morning) that talks about mental health in many forms.

1) Becloumar (Focusing On The Small Things. #MentalHealthAwarenessDay)

Rebecca’s post for World Mental Health Day focuses on the small things and this is something that really sticks with me. I much prefer having a cup of tea and a chocolate bar while watching something on TV rather than a big night out (but that’s just me) but even those little things help tremendously with my mental health. She shares the little things that make her happy and I can definitely relate to quite a lot of them.

2) A Carers Perspective (What’s My Name Again? Losing My Identity As A Carer)

I have no idea about the life of a carer so reading Ann Marie’s story about looking after your mental health while looking after someone is very important for anyone to read. She talks about losing herself, losing her identity and even hating the person that she was becoming so she gives a few tips to those who are in the same position as her

3) Sparkles and Stretchmarks (Blue Monday and Seasonal Sadness – Are They Real?)

I wanted to include this post, not only because it relates to mental health but because I feel like over the coming months, it might be something that some people may experience in the coming months. Hayley talks about how she thought her feelings could be related to pre-natal depression and she could start to see a pattern with seasonal sadness instead. I’m not sure a lot of people really know what seasonal sadness feels like, because Christmas isn’t always so happy and festive for everyone, and I think it’s important to learn from stories like Hayley’s.

4) The Rose Glow (Anxiety: What Not To Say)

“Don’t worry” is one of the most stressful things someone can say to me when I’m very anxious and Alice seems to capture this very well in her post. She talks about some of the things that she’s been told by friends and family that can affect you more than you think, and believe me, I can definitely relate!

5) She’s A Writer (A Musing Or Two On World Mental Health Day)

I relate to Sarah so much through this post because she talks about not only how the conversation of mental health has changed over the last fifty years but also because she talks about her CBT experience. As someone going through CBT myself, I always like reading someone else’s experience and how it has impacted them.

6) Elle JC (Anxiety And Me)

Laura’s short post about anxiety gives an overview of how anxiety can play in your head and it’s one that I relate to. One little thought can spiral out of control but I think it’s important that Laura has not only spoken about how it has negatively affected her but the positives that have came out of it too.

7) My Little Brushneen Blog (Mental Health Awareness: My Story)

Kayleigh tells her story of being diagnosed with G.A.D (also known as Generalised Anxiety Disorder) before and after the diagnosis. It’s quite a lengthy post but I love that she goes into so much detail because it can be quite a hard thing to talk about, and I really love that she has opened herself up so much about her journey.

8) Made By Steffie B (Drowning)

Steffie’s post is definitely an emotional one; she talks about her struggles with IVF, babies and how this has impacted her mental health. I can’t imagine how she feels but with her post, we get a glimpse into this journey that her and her partner have currently been going through.

9) Adventure and Anxiety (Mental Health In The Workplace – #WorldMentalHealthDay)

The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day was well-being in the workplace so I thought it was very appropriate to include Beth’s post. Unfortunately for Beth, it seems like she hasn’t had very much support in some of her job roles when it comes to dealing with her mental health. She gives statistics on how mental health can play a huge part in your life in the workplace as well as some of her own experiences, which are quite sad that some employers don’t see the impact that they can have on someone.

10) Sarah’s Chapter (T5W: Books With Mental Health)

If you’ve been the reader of the blog for a while or you know me in real life, you’ll know I’m not much of a reader. I would love to be but I can never find the time and I get really tired. However, I thought Sarah’s post about mental health books was really interesting; I haven’t read any of the books that she has featured but “Reasons To Stay Alive” sounds like a really good one (and she has a full review on that particular book so I’ll be giving that a read too!)

I thoroughly enjoyed reading all these posts discussing mental health, their lives and how it affects them. Mental health affects each and every one of us; positively and negatively and I think these posts just prove that everyone has a story.

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SS: Sunday Saves (#72)

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Hello everyone, Happy Sunday! It’s quite chilly this morning so a very large cup of tea and a big bathrobe is needed. I hope you’ve all had a nice week so far; I’m back with another Sunday Saves where I highlight three posts that I’ve read through the week that I think you should be reading too. I’ll be talking about things you get excited about as an adult, unfollowing people online and talking about your faith.

1) The Curvaceous Vegan (10 Things You Get Excited About When You’re An Adult)

The way I talk about new bedding is the way I used to talk about new Barbie dolls as a child. Amie talks about things we get really excited about as an adult, bedding being one of them and I couldn’t agree more.  Also, who doesn’t love being a fresh new cooking pot or taking a trip to IKEA? Such a relatable post.

2) PageTwentyFour (Why You Should Begin Unfollowing)

Over the last few months, I’ve really looked at who I follow on Twitter and Instagram. I wrote a post about Facebook friendships and deleted so many people I never talk to (You can read it here) In regards to Instagram, I looked at who’s stories I would constantly skip and if I wasn’t interested, I would unfollow them. If I seen a stream of tweets from someone who was either talking about something I didn’t like, I wasn’t interested in or was quite frankly bored of seeing on my feed, I would just unfollow them. Does that make me a horrible person? Of course not, you might feel differently about that, but in my eyes I don’t see the harm if I’m not longer interested in seeing what you have to say. It doesn’t affect you in any way and if someone felt that way about me, I would expect them to do the same. Paige talks about something similar in her post but she talks about it in the aspect of accounts that can affect you negatively and make you feel bad about yourself.

3) Extraordinarily Mundane (Jenny’s Faith Story)

My relationship with faith is an unanswered one. I used to go to Sunday School when I was younger but the only time I go to church is when there is a wedding, a funeral or a christening. I don’t know if I believe that there is a higher power out there but one thing that I’ve noticed while reading blogs and writing them is that I don’t see a lot of people writing about their faith. I came across Jenny’s blog post and while I don’t relate to her story, I thought it was interesting that she was telling her story of how she began to believe in God. So if you’re looking for more bloggers talking about their faith and religion, I would recommend Jenny’s post.

That’s all for this week’s Sunday Saves! I hope you enjoyed and as always, go and give the posts a read if you can, I really think they’re great. And if there are any posts you think I should be reading, tweet me over at @RetroSnowflake 💛

SS: Sunday Saves (#71)

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Hello everyone! Welcome back to another Sunday Saves post; I’ve been a little quiet on the blog and over most of social media lately, but I hope to be back in action in full force very soon. This week I’ll be talking about weekly updates, unethical companies and anxiety.

1) Peta (Wonderful Wednesday #34 |2017)

When I came across Peta’s post, it was something that I wish I could do but I don’t feel like I would be able to find something to write about in my life every single week so I give absolute props to her for doing it every week. It’s a really lovely post talking us through her week, what she has enjoyed and her achievements so far. You could almost read it as what she is grateful for too, it’s like a gratitude journal almost. It’s very sweet.

2) Girl in Awe (Dilemma: Buying Food From Companies With Unethical Parent Companies)

The conversation raised in Rosie’s post is something that I believe we need to be talking about more yet it can get very complicated. Two examples she brings up which I see arguments over time and time again (especially in Facebook groups) are Urban Decay and Ben and Jerry’s. Both companies that cater for a vegan lifestyle, yet their parent companies test on animals. What do you do? Do you praise these primary companies for being kinder to animals or do you boycott them because their parent companies are still in the wrong? In the vegan community, it’s a difficult question and often has many diverse opinions about the topic overall.

3) Katie Lou (When Anxiety Takes Over)

If you’ve never experienced anxiety, I would be really surprised because I believe everyone does at some point but maybe some people don’t realise it’s happening. Katie Lou wrote a post on what happens to her when it happens and how she feels; I felt like I was reading about experiences that I had had. It’s so hard to describe to someone yet in the moment, you feel a thousand emotion and a million thoughts. It’s a short post but it perfectly captures how anxiety can make a person feel.

Well that’s all for this week, thank you so much for reading today’s post. Remember to go and take a read of the blog posts and if you ever want to shoot me any blog posts to read, send them my way over on my Twitter! Have a lovely rest of the day whatever you get up to.

SS: Sunday Saves (#70)

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Good morning, afternoon or evening everyone and welcome back to another Sunday Saves! Another Sunday to choose three blog posts that I’ve read over the week and I want to share with my readers. Apologises for the blog being quiet this week, I have not had a minute to sit down and write some posts but fingers crossed, I’ll be back on my three posts a week schedule.

1) The Perks of Being Sharna (Essie Fall Collection 2017 – Review and Swatches)

I absolutely love nail polish! If I had to be without face make-up or nail polish, I would choose to be without face make-up every single time just because I feel more confident with nail polish on. I was in Boots yesterday and this was the first time I seen the new Essie collection and I feel in love with Girly Grunge! It’s such a lovely purple metallic and if you fancy looking at the rest of the collection, Sharna’s post is one to click on!

2) Thirteen Thoughts (Nighttime Anxiety)

I’ve featured Paula’s blog on my Sunday Saves quite a few times but I feel like I relate to so many of her posts that she’s always on my favourite bloggers list. The post I’ve chosen today talks about night time anxiety and over the last few months, this has affected me more than I would like. Not necessarily when I’m in bed, but when I’m about to get ready for bed, my anxiety would get quite high. Thinking about what I didn’t get done in that day, how much I have to do the next day and what else I want to do but I don’t have enough time to do. If you’re looking for tips to help you ease your night time anxiety, Paula’s post is one to read!

3) Andy by Design (Minimalism As A Choice In Life)

Minimalism is something I would love to strive towards but I hold onto too many memories and I find it hard to let go of things. In her post, Andy talks about her view on minimalism, what she’s been incorporating into her home and why there’s too many rules on minimalism. I love how in depth she goes too!

Thank you so much for reading today’s Sunday Saves! Remember to give these lovely bloggers a click to read their posts, they’re all really wonderful. Have a great day!

SS: Sunday Saves (#68)

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Happy Sunday evening everyone (or whenever you read this!) I’ve had such a busy weekend that the evening of my Sunday Saves was the only free time I had to write my post. I’ve just taken part in the #UKRunChat over on Twitter (it takes place every Wednesday and Sunday at 8pm) and I’ve came across a number of running blog posts during that so I thought it would be quite nice to talk about those.

1) Two Legs One Beard (My First Parkrun)

Reading Richard’s blog post about his first parkrun reminds me of my first parkrun last year (even though I started getting into them properly just a few weeks ago). He’ll give you some advice on what to expect from the Saturday morning run and he also talks about his experience.

2) Honest Fitness (I’m back. Running, blogging and moaning!)

Kev has just started up his blog again and he talks through some of the life changes he has gone through over the last few years. He talks about mental health and taking part in a 10K along with his little boy, so lots covered in just one post.

3) The Run Blog (Winning The Mental Battle)

The mental battle when running is something that I still struggle with and if you haven’t read my blog post on it, I’ll link it here. I love Paula’s honesty around running and how it used to make her feel versus where she currently is now. It’s definitely a relatable post for anyone who feels “off” when they run.

And we’re done for the evening! I hope you all enjoyed my chosen posts and remember to give them a little read and maybe a comment, it always means so much. Have a great weekend everyone!

SS: Sunday Saves (#67)

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Good morning, happy Sunday and welcome back to another Sunday Saves! I hope you’re all having a great weekend so far! Today I’ll be talking about running, growing with your blog and a new face mask.

1) The Running Bug (Why Running a 5K is a Big Deal)

When I first started blogging about my 5K training (which you can read here!) I was worried that people would think “It’s only 5K, why do you feel the need to train for it?” even though if someone I knew was training for the same distance, I would be so supportive. I came across this blog talking about why running 5K is a big deal and it’s so motivating for someone who has either built up to 5K or is about to start. The calorie burn, your own dedication and even being less likely to hurt yourself. If you’re lacking running motivation, give it a read.

2) Elleanor Wears (5 Growing Stages Bloggers Go Through)

As bloggers, we go through many stages including embarrassment, writers’ block, having too many ideas and even feeling like you’re not good enough. Eleanor’s post goes through five stages that, as bloggers, we face at one point or another so if you’re doubting yourself or think you’re alone in not feeling in love with the blogging world, read her post, I think you’ll see that it’s not just you that feels like that.

3) Emer D Blog (Beauty Review: My Body Shop Must Haves)

Emer was one of the lovely bloggers that was also at the Body Shop event a few weeks ago and in her post, she talks about what Body Shop products she’s been loving. I also love her review on the face mask because I haven’t tried mine yet, but if her review is anything to go by, my skin will be glowing in no time!

Again, thank you for reading today’s post; remember to go and read them too because it’s always nice to support fellow bloggers in any way we can. Have a great day!

SS: Sunday Saves (#66)

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Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend so far (for those of you that are in the UK of course). I’m having quite a relaxing Sunday morning; I have a few tealights lit, I’m about to move onto my second cup of tea and 30 Seconds to Mars is the choice of music this morning. In today’s Sunday Saves, I’ll be talking about the difference between men’s and women’s fitness magazines, the best websites for stock photographs and knowing when a job isn’t right for you.

1) Cake Vs. Scales (Why Women Should Read Men’s Fitness Magazines)

Katie makes a good point and I think anyone who is in the fitness world, someone who is starting out or simply someone who reads magazines, should read this post. She talks briefly about the comparisons behind men’s and women’s fitness magazines and especially the “attention grabbers” on the front cover. Women’s fitness magazines tend to focus on the bikini body and articles on how to have a better sex life while men’s magazines tend to focus on becoming stronger (it’s important to note they still talk about sex but it seems to be a smaller amount than women’s). Katie’s post explains it much better than me but next time at the shop, why not have a look at both and see what she means.

2) Laura Conteur (12 Best Stock Photo Sites in 2017)

It’s no surprise that I use stock photographs and there seems to be some judgement towards this for some bloggers which I’ll never understand. I don’t have time to take pictures every week for certain posts (although I try to use as many as my own photographs as possible) and when I do use stock photographs, I almost always credit them (unless I forget). Laura gives her recommendations for the best websites; I use some of these websites and she’s even given me some new ones to try!

3) Hello Sara Lou (How To Know You Have Found The Right Job: Joy Over Job)

Sara is one of my lovely Twitter and blogger friends who I have met in real life (and she’s just as lovely in real life as she is on Twitter) and we were talking about meeting up for some lunch last week and she mentioned about her two job moves. She told me she had written a blog post all about it (and silly me hadn’t seen it). In her post she talks about starting a new job that she was so excited for but she thought she had stepped down the career ladder when she actually got there so she talks about how she felt about going back to her old job, and how she’s much happier now. It’s hard to start fresh in a job but to feel like you’ve just undone all progress must been horrible so I have the up-most respect for Sara for realising this and going back to her old job.

Thank you so much for reading today’s post; remember to go over to the posts and give them some love. If you want to check out last week’s edition, you can find it right here!