Wednesday, 13 May 2015

SOCIAL ANXIETY | MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK

As this week is Mental Health Awareness Week, I thought I would something a bit different on my blog and talk about my own personal issues with anxiety.
Since I was a child I wouldn't go anywhere or do anything alone, even go and look at another rail of clothes whilst someone stood a metre away from me. If I was left in at a play group on holiday, I would cry and throw tantrums. 
As I got older and had moved twice, I stopped going to school and started getting chest pains even thinking about it in the morning. I had lost contact with all my friends as I wouldn't go out or get the bus alone to meet them. I got very nervous in social situations, especially in groups or when I'm surrounded by people for example going to the cinema, I usually have to wait a week or two from when a film is first released so the screen isn't too full. I was also constantly worrying about something embarrassing happening if I was found in these situations, even though it probably never would.

I had no idea what was going on until I did searching online and my symptoms matched those with Social Anxiety and I was pretty confident in that's what I was experiencing. 

My family kept telling me to make an appointment but I was telling myself that I was okay, I could make myself better so I never did. I think that might be the fact that I like to do things myself and don't like people getting involved.
It was until I broke down when I had to go off in a group alone that I decided it was time to see a GP as it had started affecting everything in my life from making friends to going on training days and meetings at work to which I actually quit my job so I wouldn't ever have to go.

After finally building up the courage, I went to see a doctor I was told to make another appointment which kind of threw me off track and I didn't make one. Then 2 weeks ago I was called for Jury Duty and a surge of panic came over me and I knew I had to do something about it so again I made an appointment.

This time I really felt I was getting somewhere. The doctor I saw this time was lovely, she asked me  some questions and gave me a questionnaire to fill out. It can be hard trying to explain how you feel to your family as they don't really understand unless they are experiencing it but I felt this doctor did.

I actually had my second appointment this morning and can finally and hopefully start to overcome what I've been living with for a long time. If you are also living with anxiety or depression, just know that you are definitely not alone as I found out more people suffered with this type of anxiety than I thought. It is also okay to do things in your own time and every step you take is moving forward.

PE xo


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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL MASCARA

maybelline lash sensational mascara
maybelline mascara

As I don't have many favourites this month, I thought instead I would share the one favourite I do have. When this mascara first launched I did take a look at it and wasn't so keen with look of it as I thought it looked very clumpy. I did obviously end up getting it thanks to my mum who had picked it up along with another Maybelline item but because it was 3 for 2 and she couldn't find anything else, I threw one in the basket for myself to give it a try after the woman at the tills said good things about it. 
Of course after that I saw a lot of Youtubers and Bloggers also raving about this mascara and how good it is so how could I not try it right?!


It has a plastic wand that is curved which nicely coats all your lashes and can get right into the base of them. I love this because it separates my lashes which I always look for in a mascara and adds some length to them. My biggest worry about this mascara was it clumping and for me it doesn't really do that at all. The only con I have with it is that it can tend to sometimes transfer onto my brow bone but other than that it is a definite win for me. I think it may even come close to being just as good as the Max Factor False Lash Mascara.

Have you tried this mascara? What do you think of it?

PE xo
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