Review: The Blurt Foundation's #BuddyBox Subscription

I’d choose to have a monthly subscription over a one off box. You know when you’ve had a few too many wines and your amazon account gets a thrashing? then a couple of days later you get a truck full of surprise packages? That’s what the sub box is like. Little surprises of self care every month.

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Let's Talk About Body Image.

Men actually do talk about body image. But in a different way. We take gym selfies, post thirst traps on Instagram, talk about how swole we’re getting or post about never missing leg day. What we don’t talk about is body dysmorphia, eating disorders, stretch marks, confidence issues or celebrate any other body than what’s on the cover of Men’s Health that month - and that needs to stop.

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5 Ways Your Anxiety can be a Travel Asset

Anxiety over the years has warped into a concept that’s been wholly negative. We’ve put it in a box and labelled it our nemesis -- our easy-to-blame preventor of happiness.  But at its core, anxiety isn’t a negative emotion. It kicks us in the pants, it knocks us into place, it lights a fire under our butts and makes us get things done.

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When It Comes to My Anxiety, Don't Say This...

I wanted to put together a little list of things that I really don’t like hearing whenever my anxiety comes up in conversations. Partly to vent (I am running on low sleep today 😂) but mostly to give you some advice if someone ever opens up to you about it, then you’ll have some footing as to what to do and say (and what not to)…

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How I Manage My Anxiety Disorder When Travelling

Travelling has been the best and worst thing for my Anxiety. It’s challenged me daily and given me all the exposure therapy that I could ever need. When you’re on the road for a long time, at some point or another you’ll experience unorganised transport, cancelled plans, burnout and travel fatigue. The great thing about it is, you learn how to deal with all of these things and come out the other side…

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Weird Things My Anxiety Makes Me Do

Our minds and body are closely linked so it makes sense that this hormone imbalance can result in some very real physical symptoms. A lot of people aren’t aware of the ways anxiety can affect your body (as well as your mind). The more I learn about my Anxiety, the more I realise that I do some weird stuff and it can be traced back to my Generalised Anxiety Disorder…

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How to Stop Anxiety Affecting Your Sleep.

You probably know the feeling… Your eyes are heavier than a shopping haul from pack ‘n save. Your legs are like aching and you just need to get into bed and cuddle that memory foam pillow until you drift off. But, as soon as your head hits the pillow, your mind starts going off on one. It throws up all the “what if’s”, the cringey memories from years ago and lists everything you need to do tomorrow/the next day/next month…

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{2019 Update} Bali, New Zealand & Life Plans.

So I’m back at the blog after a couple months “off” (aka worrying about other things lol). I thought I’d jump back in with a life update since I’ve been up to a lot since things have been quiet on here. I’m nearing the 9 month mark since I left on my travels. Writing that down, it doesn’t seem like a long time but my god, lots of things have happened…

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How Fitness Can Improve Your Mental Health

We’ve all suffered from a cold/flu that has knocked us for six or even broken a bone. Luckily, we usually know how to deal with them. Whether it’s a trip to the hospital or just a nice long Netflix binge with a cup of hot chocolate (or a glass of flat 7-up). The positive effects of exercise on your physical well-being are well documented but did you know it can also massively affect your mental well-being?

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Skydiving in Swakopmund, Namibia (Ground Rush Adventures)

When we arrived in Swakopmund, we went straight to Ground Rush Adventures for an overview of the Skydiving. We met a lovely woman who’s name I don’t remember and she played us a nice windows movie maker video of the Skydiving. The star-wipe transitions and funky “adventure” music convinced me this was a good idea and I signed my name up…

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"Are you OK?"

We’ve all seen the insta quote of “Treat your mental health like your physical health xoxo”, but the fact is, they are different. You can’t see Mental Health Problems like you can see a broken leg. Yes you should nurse them at the same importance but one is much harder to identify. Your pal could be quietly suffering behind closed doors but nobody would have a clue because they never ask…

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Advice for Travel Related Anxiety

Travelling with Anxiety is HARD. Between planning everything to the last detail and assuming the worst if anything changes, it can be exhausting AF. I’ve had my fair share of solo trips as well as my period of long term travel so it’s about time I shared some advice for minimising anxiety when it comes to travelling.

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Nearly Losing a Toe in Africa

OK so some people will say that title is exaggerated but they don’t know. It was Day 32 on our Africa Tour and we were on the truck making our way to the Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park (try saying that fast!). Our truck was called “Ben” and he had been quite reliable until he took a few days off in Livingstone. The door to the back of the truck had a lock on it one day but not the next.

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2 Nights at Malealea Lodge in Lesotho

The lodge offered both camping facilities and traditional Mud Hut accommodation. We opted to upgrade our camping to a Mud Hut (for 200 RAND pp/pn) since we had been told that it can get VERY cold at night. Lesotho is located about 1800m above sea level no it’s no surprise that it can get a bit chilly. It seems like we lucked out because we had two full days of sun when we were there (end of September time).

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[Life Update 2018] Africa & The First Months of Travel

Hey Pals! Time for a Life Update! I thought an update was long overdue since Africa so here’s your fill. I’ve just finished our 42-day tour in Southern Africa and it was amazing! We saw all of the Big Five animals (Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard, Buffalo) and the landscapes were b-e-a-utiful. So the tour took us around 7 countries in 42 days. As you can imagine…

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