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Instant and affordable counselling!

As the charity 'Time to Change' promotes, talking is a key element in dealing with mental health at whatever stage and I couldn't agree more. Although I am on medication myself, I am aware that my problems don't just disappear because I take medication but are helped because I often talk about my problems, especially to my counsellor. I also understand that talking about such personal and sensitive topics can be extremely hard and so talking to someone in person can be harder than writing it down or through social media. But I know that without talking, that I wouldn't be as well as I am today. 

I've recently partnered with Better Help who offer online counselling services. When you sign up, it takes you through a questionnaire to match you with a counsellor that will best suit you within 24 hours. If you don't like the counsellor you are then matched with, you are more than welcome change it. Each counsellor on the site is licensed and chosen specifically for better help, in order to give you the best service. You can contact them at any time and via whichever method you choose - text, video streaming, on mobile etc. 

Often one of the other worries besides talking to someone in person is the financial cost. And I agree. Waiting lists for counselling services here in the UK are ridiculously long and often people have to resort to private and paid counselling services which can be expensive. Better Help has the option to opt for financial aid, which can give you discounts to the price of the counselling services themselves. The counselling from Better help itself is by large, cheaper than traditional counselling by as little as $35/£25 a week, for access to help at any time.

If you wish to sign up and give it a try, you can do so using my affiliate link, here.

If you need any more information, feel free to leave a comment below. I can't stress enough how much of a life saver counselling has been for me. I hope it can help you too. 



Is this the best speaker for reducing anxiety?

For a while now I have heard that music can reduce the effects that anxiety has, especially through singing. For myself it has always been the sunshine on a dark day. If it's before an exam, I can listen to something empowering or if I'm sad I will perhaps listen to something classical. It's not just when I'm anxious or feeling down that I listen to music, but it is part of our every day lives, whether it's first thing in the morning making our coffee, or in the middle of a field having a BBQ, there is always the opportunity to listen to music and enjoy the moment just that little bit more. 

Over the past few years I have always listened to my music through an old speaker that I got for Christmas one year. At the time it was revolutionary due to the bass and the sound that you could hear for long distances. However, as time has moved on I soon realised that it wasn't always the most practical way to listen to my music as it filled my dressing table, the sound wasn't as clear as it first was and it had been slowly detiortating. 

But there is something that can be revolutionary to help me listen to the music I need during difficult times, which is when I was fortunate enough to receive a treVolo S bluetooth speaker. Putting it on charge for the first time was very straight forward and simple, and whilst it was charging I thought I would see how it worked. Now, for someone who has had what was known as one of the best speakers for music at the time and has given me a lot of relief during my hard times of mental health, I wasn't sure whether there was much out there that could beat it, but I was wrong. The first song I played through it was Florence & the Machine's new song, which if you have listened to it, you'll know how sharp and clear the recording should be...something which I hadn't experienced as of yet. Playing this song through the Trevolo speaker, I finally understood what the music should sound like. It is clear and crisp and this is still the case even when you increase the sound. My Mother was outstanded by the clarity even when she was watching TV. The speaker isn't big, but it still packs a punch. It's hard to see how something so small can produce such a clear and warm sound, but it can! I can certainly agree with their statement that it can produce the most balances and relaxed sounds. And the best bit of all, is that unlike my other speaker my music doesn't have to be resigned to my room - not only is it bluetooth but it's completely portable, so you can take it wherever you want and the sound would be just as clear as a bigger speaker, especially since it can last for up to 18 hours! There's always the concern that the smaller the speaker, the more tinny the sound becomes, but this is certainly not case. If you're not a fan of bluetooth, there is also the option of using a USB to connect your music.

The various settings, such as 3D sound also let's you have the choice as to what quality and type of music you want to listen to. The option of 3D sound is fantastic for movies and TV programmes as it becomes somewhat of a surround sound from something that takes up little to no space. 

If you have been a reader for a long time, you know that I only write and share products and people that I believe have the capability of changing and improving people's lives. This product is one of them. Music is fabulous for anxiety, but it's even better when you can hear it in the best quality possible. If you want to learn more, you can do so, here.

Let me know what you think - What are best songs for overcoming anxiety? 



A leaf in an anxious world!

For many, I know that spending time amongst nature can be a great help with anxiety. Below is a guest post from permaleaf, whom create and install amazing landscapes, plants and trees which are durable and always of highest quality no matter the weather. If this sounds like something you're interested in, then keep reading!

How To Choose The Most Amazing Outdoors Landscaping Options For Your Landscapes? 

When installing an outdoors landscape in your home or office space, it is necessary that you choose the correct landscaping products. There are countless different brands in the market that sellvarioustypes of artificial landscaping products. However,when selecting artificialplants and trees for your landscape, you need to ensure that the products you choose have certainvital and essential functional benefits. Here’s what you need to take into considerationwhen choosinglandscaping products for your outdoors landscapes:

The Landscaping Products Should Be Affordable And Cost Effective 

One thing you must take into consideration when choosing the perfect landscaping products for your outdoorsettingsis that the faux trees, outdoor plastic flowers andartificial patio plants must be affordably priced. Affordable pricing ofthe faux landscaping products makes installing these products easy on the pocket and prevents a situation where you overshoot your budget. Further, you also need to ensure that there are wholesale lots of faux plants, flowers andtrees available with the seller or manufacturer of the artificial landscaping products, as you will require wholesale lots for large sized projects. 

The Landscaping Products Should Be Realistic And Lifelike 

Manypeople are apprehensive about installing artificial landscaping products in their outdoor landscapes because these faux plants, trees, andflowers often look very unrealistic and like plastic. Such unreal looking plants and trees can be an eyesore. When selecting landscape products, you need to ensure that the ones that you choose are very realistic and lifelike. The artificial plants, trees, andflowers should resemble their real counterparts in an identical manner. The lush green leaves and vibrantly colored flowers of the landscaping products should be such that they can fool even the most trained eye. 

Take Into Consideration The Weight Of The Faux Landscaping Products 

Another thing to keep in mind when making a selection of artificial flower arrangements for outdoorslandscapes, faux trees andhigh-endartificialplants is that these faux landscaping products must be extremely lightweight. Unlike real plants the faux plants should not be very heavy and difficult to move around or transport.Heavyartificial plants and landscaping products only end up causing hassles for the installer and require laborers and landscaping artists to complete the job. 

The Plants And Trees Must Be Sturdy, Long Lasting And Durable 

Another thing to keep in mind when choosing faux landscaping products for your outdoorslandscapes is that the plants must be sturdy, long-lastingand durable. These products should be able to withstand rough handling and should also be ableto be placed in a wide range of harsh outdoors settings. The products must not be weak and should not get easily damaged in transport or installation. They should last for years and years on end without spoiling and without requiring frequent replacement. 

The Artificial Landscaping Products Must Be Weather Proof 

The faux landscaping trees, plants andflowers should be weatherproof. Considering that these landscaping products are going to be installedin outdoors settings, they will be exposedto harsh weather conditions and different kinds of climates. Special UV stabilizers and high-grade color pigments must be injected into the raw materials of the plants to ensure that these landscaping products do not fade or lose their color when exposed to the harsh rays of the sun intropical climates. Further, the trees and plants should be such that they can tolerate rainfall and snowfall without spoiling or deteriorating. 

Quick And Easy Delivery 

When selecting artificial landscaping products for your outdoorlandscape, you need to ensure that the seller of these items guarantees a quick and easy delivery. The delivery should be made right to your doorstep or to the place where you are installing the landscape. Purchasing faux plants and trees that need to be picked up and self-transportedonly will turn out to be a hassle for you. Not only will it create a situation where your time is wasted,butalso the transport will end up being a real hassle for you. 

The Cleaning Process Must Be Uncomplicated 

Inmanycases, the artificial landscaping products require specialcleaning processes that only end up being a real waste of time. Specialchemicals and cleaning agents are requiredto keep the plants, trees andflowers looking fresh and new. Getting plants that need such cleaning chemicals and agents will only end up being a hassle for you and create a situation where the overall maintenance becomes very complex. Thus, it is essential that you choose faux landscaping products that require only a spray of water of a wet duster to keep them looking clean and fresh. 

Professional Advice Must Be Available 

When purchasing faux landscaping products, you need to ensure that the seller has a team of professional architects, landscaping artists and interior decorators who can give you proper advice on installing the landscape in your home or office space. These professionals should be able to provide you conceptual drawing and rendered images of the spacewhere you wish to install the plants and trees and must also be able to help you with the installation process. Getting proper advice for accurate installation of landscapes is necessary to prevent mishaps and disasters. Thus, when selecting the plants from a particular brand,you need to make sure that the seller offers you the option of installation as well as professional advice from his expert team to make the job easier. 

When making a selection forlandscaping products you need to keep these things in mind. Affordable faux trees and plants that are weatherproof, easy to maintain and clean, lightweight and long lasting are just what you need for a quickand hassle-freelandscape installation.

Thanks to permaleaf for sharing their insight and working with me in how to make your environment that much better, easier and less stressful. You can visit their website using the links included in this post!


Life Update!

Long time no see!

I stopped writing blog posts back in February to concentrate of my *hopefully* new career. This is still the case, but I will begin writing a bit more regularly soon. I also have a few collaborations and partnerships to share with you all too.

Over these past few months I have moved back home from where I was living with my partner due to the changes that I have coming up in my life soon. As a result I've also transferred jobs, but have stayed with the same company. I won't be staying with the company for much longer however, due to travelling and beginning my new job (I hope!) As for the new job - it has been a very long process to get to where I am and I'm not out of the woods yet. I'm over the hard part, but I still have a few conditional elements of the process yet to go. As long as I pass these final stages, I will be beginning my new career in August. It has been something that I have wanted to do from a young age and I can't believe that I might be experiencing it soon.

During all of this my mental health has been pretty stable. There have been a few wobbly moments, but other than that it has been good for a long while. Long may it continue! 


A new way to access mental health professionals

Below is some information that I think is hugely important to those who are in need of therapy or just someone to talk to. Talkspace provides a new way to do this and we both have corroborated to bring you this post below. 

Talkspace: A new way to access mental health professionals

Founded in 2012 by Oren Frank, Talkspace provides a new service which allows users to connect with therapists and mental health professionals through a smartphone app.
 
Talkspace has been growing recently, boasting 500,000 users as of November 2017. The company recently struck a deal with medical insurance provider Magellan Health. Magellan Health wants to be able to provide app based therapy to its clients, and soon people who receive their health insurance through Magellan Health will be able to use the Talkspace service as part of their insurance plan.

By changing the way clients and therapists are able to interact, Talkspace has broken new ground in the world of mental health care. The platform allows professional therapists to reach out to clients through text throughout the day. It also allows users to interact with their therapists face to face using video chatting.

Talkspace users and therapists operate asynchronous to one another, allowing access to therapy at any time of day, which is especially useful for people who are too busy to visit a therapist’s office.

Talkspace is currently jumping the hurdles that come with offering online therapy, training their health professionals to be able to properly communicate the empathy required for therapy to work through the text messages.


Oren, the CEO of Talkspace and a former mental health professional, hopes that, among other things, the spread of online therapy will remove the harmful stigma that is associated with seeking and receiving mental health care.