Positive Thinking ~ Surround yourself with positive people

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Positive Thinking ~ Surround yourself with positive people

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And this linky is all about positive thinking – each month I focus on an inspirational, motivational, positive quote.

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Positive Thinking ~ It’s Okay Not To Be Okay

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Positive Thinking ~ It’s Okay Not To Be Okay

Positive Thinking It's Okay Not To Be Okay Looking After Your Wellbeing And Mental Health Blog Linky

This blog is all about turning any negative into a positive.

And this linky is all about positive thinking – each month I focus on an inspirational, motivational, positive quote.

And this month, from 8th to 14th May it’s mental health awareness week.  A great opportunity to remind you that:

It’s Okay Not To Be Okay

With a stigma still attached to mental health, with the pressure to have to feel and be okay all of the time, it’s time to remember that it’s okay not to be okay…

You know why?

Because we’re all human and life happens.

We all have times when we don’t feel okay.  And that’s okay.  Remember that the next time someone asks you if you’re okay, if you’re not okay, don’t reply with the automatic, expected response that you’re okay.  It might just open up some channels to your recovery and make you day okay.  Or okayish.  And that’s okay too.

So, tell me, do you feel okay?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.  Or tweet me @AllSortsHere using the hashtag #PositiveThinking.

Let’s create a virtual wave of positivity!

#PositiveThinking is my monthly blog linky.


Link up any blog post with a positive and happy theme (and it’d be great if you could copy my badge below into your post).  Perhaps your positive thought could be connected to a goal you have in mind, something funny you’ve heard or something funny you’ve seen.  If it’s got a PositiveThinking theme, it works for this linky.  Old or new posts, it doesn’t matter – link up as many as you like.  

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Let’s get the positive vibrations going good and strong 🙂

And while you’re here, last month A Positive Parent linked up to PositiveThinking.  Here’s their link if you missed it… 

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5 Ways To Get More Focus And Get More Zing! ~ #TheZenZing

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Welcome back to #TheZenZing where I help you put the zing back into your life.

This time I’m going to give you 5 ways to get more focussed and get more zing!

#TheZenZing 5 Ways To Get More Focus And get More Zing Energising

 So, how do you focus on something?

Try writing things down.  Because writing things down makes things visual and helps to prevent overwhelm, which can help to give clarity.
Writing things down can also turn into a brain-storming session and result in new ideas which can give more focus and clarity.

Exercise your brain by doing puzzles or writing in a different style to normal.  Anything that makes your brain work differently can help it to focus more.

It’s often easier to get more focus by sharing ideas, by asking for support and making sure someone is there to push or nudge you along.

Have a goal.  Because remember that with no end goal, we don’t know what we’re working towards and more importantly, we can’t measure our success either.  And that makes it difficult to get more focus…

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How do you focus?  I’d love to hear from you.  Please comment (below) or tweet me @AllSortsHere and use the #TheZenZing hashtag.
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Share your posts that are positive, happy and full of zing and show us how you put the zing back in your zen!

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Positive Thinking ~ Choose to be optimistic, it feels better…

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Positive Thinking ~ Choose to be optimistic; it feels better

Positive Thinking Choose To Be Optimistic For Your Wellbeing And Mental health

This blog is all about turning any negative into a positive.

And this linky is all about positive thinking – each month I focus on an inspirational, motivational, positive quote.

This month, remember to…

Choose to be optimistic ~ it feels better

We all benefit from a little bit of optimism… or a whole lot of optimism! There’s no limits to how much you can have.  And however much optimism you choose to have in your life, don’t let anyone take the positive outlook away from you.

You know why?

Because it does feel better!

I’d love to hear from you. Tweet me @AllSortsHere using the hashtag #PositiveThinking.

Let’s create a virtual wave of positivity!

#PositiveThinking is my monthly blog linky.

Link up any blog post with a positive and happy theme (and it’d be great if you could copy my badge below into your post).  Perhaps your positive thought could be connected to a goal you have in mind, something funny you’ve heard or something funny you’ve seen.  If it’s got a PositiveThinking theme, it works for this linky.  Old or new posts, it doesn’t matter – link up as many as you like.  

The linky door is always open.

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Let’s get the positive vibrations going good and strong 🙂

And while you’re here, last month A Positive Parent linked up to PositiveThinking.  Here’s their link if you missed it… 

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Caffeine ~ how you can get off it too

How I Got Off Caffeine And How You Can Too For Your Wellbeing

The story of how I got off caffeine

Once upon a time, I used to drink my fair share of caffeine, in the form of coffee.  My morning used to start with a good-size bowl of cereal (I’ve got to have my breakfast!) followed swiftly by a cup of caffeinated coffee.

Then, apparently out of the blue, I got the usual symptoms of a water infection (urinary tract infection).  The frequency, the burning, the back ache…

I took myself off to the doctor’s and was very surprised when my sample showed no infection.  Literally a day later, I was in so much pain and feverish that I was on the verge of going to A&E because I couldn’t get a doctor’s appointment.  However, I settled for the walk-in centre and lo and behold, I had an acute UTI.

Questions and answers

“How could that be?”  I asked the nurse.  One day I was clear and the next, I was close to going to A&E.  They suggested that it could be triggered by fizzy drink. “I don’t ‘do’ fizzy drinks,” was my reply.

“Caffeine can irritate the lining of the bladder.”

That was enough for me.  I was prepared to try anything to avoid this pain again and decided to go ‘cold turkey’ on the coffee.

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Decision time

“I don’t drink alcohol anymore, I don’t smoke, and now I don’t drink coffee; chocolate and candles it is then!” I decided.

Over the next 3 days, I had a headache and I was tired… beyond tired.  I mean way more than the tiredness of having a 1 year old baby.  Way beyond THAT tired…

But by day 4 of no caffeinated drinks, I was feeling like I’d broken through the barrier.  My caffeine craving was easing and I was breaking the habit loop.

Because it’s a bit of a ‘chicken and egg’ situation isn’t it?  It’s a habit and mild form of addiction that you crave.

Fast forward to present day and I haven’t had a caffeinated drink since the day I felt pain from that UTI.

I’m not suggesting the UTI was caused by caffeine irritation alone but from that day on I never wanted to experience such pain again.

Ride the storm

Yes, there are days I really need a pick-me-up but I just ride through it.

And now I reach for a Redbush (Roobois) Tea or a herbal tea.  Or simply a hot water instead.

I see people, especially young people, gulping down the energy drinks and my heart palpitates for them!  Do they seriously know or understand what that stuff does and how strong it is??  Clearly not.  Anyhow, that could well be another blogpost…

One reason for telling my non-caffeine story is to demonstrate willpower.

When I experienced pain like I did that day, I was prepared to avoid that level of pain at all costs.

Breaking the habit loop

Yes, I love chocolate and yes, that contains caffeine (and of course sugar) which has the same effect, but I don’t rely on chocolate in the morning.  Chocolate is not part of a daily habit loop.  And it’s not *quite* an addiction!

I do love the taste of coffee though and regularly need the comfort of a hot drink with a bitter taste… so I have de-caff coffee.

The purpose of this post is not to say ‘go me’ (well, maybe a little bit!) but to say that if you really put your mind to something, you can do it. You can break a habit, you can change a thought pattern.  You can break through barriers to achieve something.  You need grit, determination and your ‘why’!

I’ve recently started to drink Thyme tea and you can read the review soon.  (Opt-in below or in my sidebar to make sure you don’t miss that one!)

Have you got off caffeine?  How did you do it?  Have you got big plans to get off caffeine? I’d love to hear from you!  Please comment (below) or tweet me @AllSortsHere.  
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Be who you are, not who the world wants you to be ~ Positive Thinking

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This blog is all about turning any negative into a positive.

And this linky is all about positive thinking – each month I focus on an inspirational, motivational, positive quote.

This month, remember that you should…

Be who you are, not who the world wants you to be

We all benefit from just being ourselves and that comes with loving ourselves.  Do you ever feel like you’re playing to the ‘tune’ of others?

I’d love to hear from you. Tweet me @AllSortsHere using the hashtag #PositiveThinking.

Let’s create a virtual wave of positivity!

#PositiveThinking is my monthly blog linky.


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One of the simplest ways to stay happy is… ~ Positive Thinking

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This blog is all about turning any negative into a positive.

And this linky is all about positive thinking – each month I focus on an inspirational, motivational, positive quote.

This month, remember that

One of the simplest ways to stay happy is… letting go of the things that make you sad ~ Daily Dose

Have you been able to let of the things that make you sad lately?  Maybe you’re thinking about doing just that…

I’d love to hear from you. Tweet me @AllSortsHere using the hashtag #PositiveThinking.

Let’s create a virtual wave of positivity!

#PositiveThinking is my monthly blog linky.


Link up any blog post with a positive and happy theme (and it’d be great if you could copy my badge below into your post).  Perhaps your positive thought could be connected to a goal you have in mind, something funny you’ve heard or something funny you’ve seen.  If it’s got a PositiveThinking theme, it works for this linky.  Old or new posts, it doesn’t matter – link up as many as you like.  

The linky door is always open.

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5 ways to be more healthy and stay that way

So, have you got a plan to improve your fitness?

Maybe you’ve joined a gym?

Perhaps you’ve got kitted out for running or swimming?

If you have, great!  Good for you!

Or maybe you’ve got yourself a yoga mat or a meditation app.

A step in the right direction…

 

All of the above exercises and activities improve our mental health as well as our physical health, of course.  Those wonderful endorphins that are released in exercise… ooh yeah, give me some of those!

And it sounds pretty obvious that a consistent approach is best and that it gives you the best chance of success.  Taking up and continuing with exercise or a beneficial activity is a bit of a mind-game.  Particularly in the early days, getting into your exercise kit is half the battle. We know we’re going to feel great during and after exercise but resisting the sofa, TV and treats can be a huge battle.

As I’ve already touched on, once those addictive endorphins start pumping, it’s like a good habit and you just want to keep going back for more.

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To help you on your way, here are 5 ways you increase your chances of success to be more healthy… and stay that way (be it physical or mental, or both!):

  1. Why wait until new year?  If you’ve decided to take action, do it!  Right now!  Seize the day…
  2. Do the exercise or activity at the same time or times each day/week.  Pretty quickly, you’ll see a habit forming.  A good habit! I’m no psychologist but why would you go back to bad habits when good habits make you feel so gooood?…
  3. Accept that you’re going to come across obstacles.  If the exercise is to lose weight, but you fancy a chocolate bar or piece of cake… have it!  And then get back on the plan straight away.  Likewise, if you fancy skipping a session of yoga or meditation, chill our with friends instead (non-toxic ones!), read a book, light some candles, got for a walk to your favourite cafe or have a de-clutter instead.  And then get back on to the plan straight away.
  4. Tell your friends about your plan.  Providing they’re of a positive, non-toxic nature, they’ll support you and encourage you along the way.
  5. Consider that going cold turkey is often the best way.  Years ago (around 6 year to be precise), I experienced issues which led to a suggestion from the doctor to cut out fizzy drinks and caffeine.  I didn’t ‘do’ fizzy and so cut the caffeine.  My several cups a day went to zero cups, just like that.  I’m not saying it was easy to do.  I had a stonking headaches for days but I pushed through.  And I haven’t done do caffeine in drinks since (please don’t take my chocolate away from me!…)  Going cold turkey was the best action to take.  You might say that I was desperate to stop the issues.  I’m not saying they cleared up completely just because of cutting the caffeine but often, going cold turkey is less painful than weaning yourself off.

There you have it then, 5 ways to be more healthy and stay that way!

 

Have you got a plan?  What will you be doing?  Have you stuck to a plan?  How did you do it?  Did you follow any of the suggestions above?  I’d love to hear from you!  Please comment (below) or tweet me @AllSortsHere.  And come and say hi on social media ~ 

 

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A change is coming for Virtually All Sorts in 2017

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In true reflecting-and-looking-forward-fashion, I’ve shared my goals for the coming year.  And it’s also time to change the running order of Virtually All Sorts, to shake it up ever so slightly.  This is so that I can fit in all of my themes consistently.  You can expect the following from this little corner of the internet (with various other posts slotted in for good measure – sponsored posts, guest posts, reviews, giveaways…) :
  • Monday will be my #HighlightsofHappy blog linky …  I’m intent on continuing to spread the happiness far and wide, with your help of course!  Don’t forget that you can share you happy snap on insta, tag it #HighlightsofHappy and I will share my favourites that following week on the blog and also on insta.
  • Wednesay will be wellbeing day… where I will share all things related to wellbeing from yoga, healthy eating, positive thinking, gratitude, crystal healing, reiki, mindfulness.
  • Wednesday will also be writing day once a fortnight and will also feature my linky #WonderfulWorldofWriting on the first Wednesday of the month.
  • Thursday will be open to randomness as long as it fits my blog!
  • Friday will be #IfShesHappyImHappy which is all about the cycle of happiness – you being happy, making your child happy and it coming full circle to make you happy again!  We’ll look at empowering our children to be happy.
I hope you will continue to enjoy following my blog.  I love my little corner of the internet and it has evolved into an amazing achievement!

 

Are you a writer who would like to get involved in my forthcoming wellbeing magazine or would you like to guest post?  Or are you a brand interested in working with me?  Then drop me a line at virtuallyallsortsofeverything@gmail.com or tweet me @AllSortsHere

 

 

Have you taken the opportunity to make any tweaks and changes to your life (or blog) this year?  I’d love to hear from you!  Please comment (below) or tweet me @AllSortsHere.  And come and say hi on social media ~ 

 

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Why this year was a great one for me!

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So here we are, right at the end of 2016 and what a year it’s been!  I’ve achieved so much on this here blog and a ton of that is because of Aby from YouBabyMeMummy and the great advice and courses she offers.

 

As a result of her Productivity Course and her Wrap Party, I’m streamlining, I’m more focussed and I’m making some changes for the new year!  I’m a great believer in not waiting for the new year to make changes but it just so happens that a little step back from the blog for a week or so has brought me to this time and place.  So it happens to be the new year that I’m publishing this…

 

What’s going to happen in 2017 then?
I will be:
  • Launching a paid-for feature/course around my theme of wellbeing…
  • I will be publishing and launching a new ebook to go alongside those I’ve already published.  It’s already written but needs a few tweaks and we’re good to go…
  • I will be doubling my brand work and sponsored posts…
  • I will double my freelance work…
  • I will double all of my social media followers, so that’s YouTube, pinterest, instagram, g+, facebook, twitter
  • I will finish my kinesiology course…
  • I will launch a reiki distance healing service.  Being attuned to level 2, I’m really looking forward to this…
  • I will launch a Bespoke Crystals feature…
  • I will launch an on and offline wellbeing magazine…
  • I will double the amount of writing competitions I enter…
  • And I will continue with my linkys ~ #AllSortsofBlogs, #PositiveThinking, #HighlightsofHappy on instagram, #WonderfulWorldofWriting, #TheZenZing
Are you a writer who would like to get involved in the wellbeing magazine?  Or are you a brand interested in working with me?  Then drop me a line at virtuallyallsortsofeverything@gmail.com or tweet me @AllSortsHere

 

What would you like to see on my blog in the new year?  What have you enjoyed about my blog this past year?  I’d love to hear from you!  Please comment (below) or tweet me @AllSortsHere.

 

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