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OCD: My Journey

It's been almost 5 years since I was diagnosed with severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It's been a long, difficult journey.

Looking at my life now, compared to the places I have been in before, so much has changed. 

There was a time when I couldn't leave my bedroom without using anti-bacterial wipes over every surface and door handle, every item I wanted to take out of my room with me, and showering. I spent hours and hours of my days carrying out rituals. Then, when I was too tired to carry out these rituals any more, I just curled up into my bed and refused to face the world. I cut myself off from my friends, and I worried my family. I remember telling my parents to put me in an institution so that I could start from scratch. I wanted to bin all of my belongings so that I had less to clean.

Using the toilet was such an ordeal for me that I wouldn't drink for days, until my urine was 100% blood. My skin bled from how much I washed it. I would hold a pen and moving my …

Swansea Bay 10k

Hello 💖.

It's been a while since I've posted.. yet again! 

A life update: This year I will be running the Swansea Bay 10k with my boyfriend in aid of Spinal Research and Brain Tumour Research!

https://www.sponsorme.co.uk/caitlingriffiths/2019-admiral-swansea-bay-10k.aspx

"This year, I’ve entered myself and Giordano into the Swansea Bay 10k.
I have never run a 10k in my life.. nor did I ever think I would. My dad used to run the 10k every year when I was younger.
As you may know, this time last year my dad had a very serious accident. He fell into a culvert and broke his neck and back in 5 places. He had water on his lungs when he was found, and a very nasty head injury. Luckily, with the support of the staff at Rookwood Hospital he is now on the road to a wonderful recovery. I’ll be raising money for Spinal Research, Rookwood Hospital and Brain Tumour Research. Brain Tumour Research is also a cause very close to my heart after we lost my amazing Auntie Barbara in 2012."
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Coping with anxiety

Worry is an important part of life. It can even be helpful as it can protect us from certain situations – such as stepping out into the road. However, excessive and irrational worries could be a sign that you are suffering with an anxiety disorder. There are a number of strategies that can be put in place to cope with anxiety. We have listed a few examples below, which should be helpful.ØMethod 1 Ø4-7-8 Breathing
This technique is based on science. When we are anxious our breathing rate increases, and this causes our brain to respond via the parasympathetic nervous system. This means that “fight or flight mode” is activated. We respond as if there is a threat that we must defend ourselves against.

The basis of 4-7-8 breathing is that by increasing the levels of carbon dioxide and decreasing the levels of oxygen in the brain. This can be equated to using a paper bag to breathe into. The higher the levels of carbon dioxide are, the calmer you become.

This technique is very simple. Breathe…

Some changes

Soooo, it's been a long while since I've blogged. I would love to say that it's because I've been so busy with life - which is definitely partly true - however I mostly have had no idea what to talk about.

Since I last posted a lot has happened. Firstly, I graduated! After I graduated I went to Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia with my bestie. Since getting back to the UK I've been feeling a little lost. I can say that I definitely did not find myself in Asia. If anything, I lost myself. And, of course, the first question everyone has asked me since being back is: "So what are you going to do now?".... Gooooood question.

A major change in my life since my last post is that I have made the decision to become vegan. This started as a 30 day challenge I set myself to eat a plant-based diet, then 4 days in I watched "101 reasons to go vegan" on YouTube and decided I could never go back to my old ways! Whilst I wouldn't like to come across as prea…

Colourful Graphic Nail Design

Thought I'd share a post on how to get a pretty and colourful nail design. This is honestly the easiest nail art ever - if I can do it then anyone can. 








So I started off using a base coat, followed by a base colour. I chose a lilac shade - doesn't really matter what shade you choose here it'll mostly be covered. 


To get the pattern I took an old, cheap makeup sponge and dropped some blobs of nail polish on (poetic, I know). I used a hair grip to move the colours around a little and then just dabbed it on to the nail. 




The way in which you dab the polish onto the nail will determine the pattern produced (obviously..). I chose a block colour pattern, however you can swirl the colours or layer them more. 


Finally, just finish with a top coat for longer lasting colour.   Instead of using a regular top coat you could use a glittery top coat to give a different look, see here.

What is OCD?

I'm a little apprehensive to blog about this topic - I'm not really shy about the fact that I have OCD, just a little wary of droning on about the same topic constantly. However people often have a lot of questions when I do tell them what I suffer with so I thought I'd try and give a little insight to anyone who's interested. 
I'm not completely comfortable going into too much detail about my specific type of OCD, however I will try to provide as much general information as I can.
To start with; the basics:There are multiple types of OCD. These can range from 'Pure O' to 'Contamination type'. I'll say a little about some of the more common types.
Pure OPure O gets its name from the fact that there are no physical compulsions associated with it. A compulsion is an action which a person carries out once they get an intrusive thought. These so called compulsions temporarily relieve the anxiety which said intrusive thought causes. A common example is:…

CLEAR, BEAUTIFUL SKIN: Aloe vera juice

I suffer with extremely oily, spot prone skin. I have tried absolutely everything to clear this up - even medication. The only thing which I have found to work is aloe vera juice.

Aloe vera can be externally applied to the skin, and many people swear by this. However, I have found that external skin products do very little in way of significantly clearing my skin, albeit they are great at spot prevention and reducing oily skin.

There are many benefits to internally taking aloe vera. Studies have shown that it has positive effects on the digestive system - going as far as to suggest it enables the repair of stomach ulcers(!). 

Aloe vera is also full of many vitamins and minerals, which in terms of beauty can actually aid hair growth! Strong and healthy hair is less likely to break, so will grow to be longer and more luscious. 

The anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral components of aloe vera juice allegedly rid the immune system of toxins and have anti-inflammatory effects (leading to…