Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Randomise game review

Hey guys! Today i am reviewing something a little different than normal, not a book or a beauty product but a game. This game was sent to me to review and I honestly love it. My and my family love playing family games together and always have done and as a lover of Charades, Pictionary and Taboo, this game incorporates all of them into one.

I love the cards the game is printed on, they're really bright and it's such neat little packaging and so it will be easy to take on holiday with us which is what I will be doing! The premise of the game is to pick up three cards, someone will give you three numbers from 1-3. These cards will tell you what you are, how your feeling and what you're doing and you have to either describe, act or draw this to your partner who has to guess. For every one thing they get right they get a mark and if they get all 3 right you get an extra mark. It is honestly so fun and addictive, I think it would be great for kids as it can really expand their vocab, getting them to describe it, while also having lots of fun acting and drawing. For adults I would say the "easy" option on the cards is a bit too easy if you're describing so we make it a rule that if you're going to pick describe you have to pick the hard option! The combinations you can get are very funny, and watching people struggling to act out a scared rat making a fire, or trying to draw a handsome donkey skipping are even funnier still.

This is a really silly and fun game for people of all ages and I would definitely recommend it. You can buy it here for £10 from amazon.

Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Monday, 14 March 2016

Mental health awareness March- Bipolar disorder

Hey guys! Today's mental health awareness march post is on Bipolar disorder. Last week I talked about anxiety disorders and panic attacks and it was so nice to see you guys sharing and reading my post so thank you and I hope you continue to share this series and I hope it is helping people to become aware of mental illnesses and how the effect people.

Bipolar disorder is where a person suffers from very severe episodes of mania and depression. In a mania stage, one might be extremely happy, full of self-confidence and very loud.  In manic eppisodes people may make rash decisions, such as leaving their jobs, or spending lots of money. In a depressive stage they might be very sad, have difficulty sleeping and lack of self-confidence. In type 1 bipolar disorder, there is mania and mixed episodes, the person can feel very elevated or  have a mixed episode, which may include depression. In type 2 bipolar disorder, there is hypomania and depression, a less extreme mania, where they may feel energetic but do not loose touch with reality and can be often followed by a very depressive episode.

People with Bipolar disorder do go about their normal lives and symptoms can be treated, similarly exercise and eating right can often help some people. Most people with Bipolar have more depressive episodes than manic episodes, indeed many people can go for long periods of time without having any symptoms. Bipolar doesn't just affect mood either, it can affect energy, concentration, sleep patterns and self-esteem. People with bipolar are more likely to develop psychotic depression, where someone has lost touch with reality.

It has been found that without treatment bipolar can get worse, and getting into treatment is really important. It can require long-term treatment and often requires medication and therapy.

I hope this has enlightened you a bit more about bipolar disorder! If you would like to write a blog post about a mental illness, either the one discussed or a different one on my series please send them to smitheh01@gmail.com. You don't have to be a blogger, just have a wish to bring about awareness of mental illnesses.
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Monday, 7 March 2016

Mental Health Awareness March- Anxiety and Panic attacks

Hey guys! Today is the first of my #mentalhealthawarnessmarch series, where I talk about a mental health problem and discuss it. If you missed my last post on this, I also ask for help from you guys so if you would like to blog about a specific mental illness on my blog this month feel free to send me your posts to smitheh01@gmail.com. They can be a story you want to share, what it is like living with one, or even just more of a fact sheet. If you don't want to blog about it but still want to support what I am doing please share my posts on social media and help raise more awareness!

Today I want to talk about Anxiety disorders and panic attacks. I am a sufferer of anxiety, and I know the first thing people always talk about is the fight or flight response and how this goes into overtime, so your body is in a near constant state of prepering to either fight or flight, just like you leanred in GCSE science, but knowing this didn't really help me. There is a difference between feeling anxious and having an anxiety disorder. Everyone feels anxious sometimes, new job, an exam ect but imagine having that anxious feeling the majority of the time, even when there is nothing to be anxious about. Or when there is something to be anxious about the worrying is sent into overdrive. That's what having anxiety is like.

Unfortunately due to the stress people are under today, having an anxiety disorder is becoming more and more common. Honestly now most people would consider themselves to have this mental illness, or most people have the symptoms of the disorder and I think that this is so bad that the everyday pressures are becoming so extreme that we feel like we can't cope under them, that getting onto a bus suddenly becomes something that is terrifying.

Panic attacks is another part of having an anxiety disorder, suddenly you feel faint, and your heart beats faster, you may have chest pains and feel unable to breathe. In a panic attack you may feel like you're going to die or you're having a heart attack and they can last for up to 20 minuets. They can be a very scary experience for people who have never suffered from them before

"My teeth would chatter uncontrollably and my whole body [would] tremble, I’d hyperventilate and cry with panic as the feeling that I was going to fall unconscious was so convincing"

Anxiety is definitly not something to joke about, it can be scary and it is a nightmare to live with, it makes everyday things hard, such as asking a question in scool/ lecture hall, or going out with your friends, or doing something you really want to such as learning to drive.

There are many ways to deal with anxiety however, and with the right treatment and coping stratagies, many people can get it under control. If you feel like you have an anxiety disorder, please go and see a doctor.
If you would like to blog about your experiences with anxiety for mental health awareness march, please send your blogs to me or contact my at smitheh01@gmail.com.
Lots of love,
Eleanor x