Spirituality/mental health quote: ‘learning to be present’.

This is definitely true with me, I find it awfully hard to stay in the present.

I struggling with finding happiness in the present because of the awful habit of comparing what I have to others and because I’ve always had the picture in my head of exactly what I want and when you haven’t got it and your stuck in a type of limbo where you’ve done all the hard work but you still have no idea how to get it- it gets somewhat frustrating PLUS with your PTSD giving your flashbacks of the trauma and hard times you’ve been through. πŸ˜ πŸ˜“πŸ˜«

It’s not to say I’m ungrateful, I’m not! I’m so so grateful for everything and everyone I have in my life but I just constantly wonder- theres got to be more!

#mentalhealth #spirituality #spiritual #spiritualawakening #reality #struggles #dailystruggles #ptsd #PTSD #depression #anxiety #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthwarrior

Least concern animal: “Emperor Tamarian” (Saguinus imperator).

I’ve always liked this little primate and his funny tash!πŸ˜‚πŸ§

They are a species of tamarin allegedly named for its resemblance to the German Emperor Wilhelm II (who was the last German Emperor and King of Prussia, reigning from 15 June 1888 until his abdication on 9 November 1918 shortly before Germany’s defeat in the First World War, he was the eldest grandchild of Queen Victoria).

Here’s a picture of him below:

This monkey lives in the southwest Amazon Basin, in east Peru, north Bolivia.
Many Emperor tamarins are found in Amazonian secondary forests, which account for 40% of the forest area.

They are listed as least concern on the IUCN Red List however, their populations have been in decline due to threats of deforestation and human encroachment. Fragmentation of the forests has become a huge problem for arboreal primate species in the neotropics causing the tamarins range to be restricted, causing populations to be isolated, they are located in protected areas in Peru at Manu Park and Bolivia at Manuripi-Heath Amazonian Wildlife National Reserve. There are no protected areas that overlap with the Brazilian populations of emperor tamarins.

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#animals #animal #primates #monkeys #tamarinmonkeys #wildlife #wildlifeconservation #amazon #brazil #IUCN #iucnredlist #animalfacts

Critically endangered animals: “Javan Green Magpie” (Cissa thalassina).

✴I tend to share pictures and facts of vunerable- critically endangered animals on my Instagram so I thought I’d do it here as it’s a great conversation starter and educational piece. ✴

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The Javan green magpie(Cissa thalassina) is a passerine bird in the crow family, Corvidae.
It is a critically endangered species and endemic to montane forests on the Indonesian island of Java.

The bright green plumage is the result of the yellow pigment lutein, which they gain from their insect diet. They also feed on small lizards and frogs.Initially juveniles are bluish, but they become green after their first moult.

In captivity, adults turn bluish if their diet is inadequate.

Once common, the species has declined drastically as a result of habitat loss and illegal capture for the wild animal trade. The size of the remaining wild population is unknown, but perhaps only around 50 individuals, while others speculate that the lack of recent sightings might mean that it already is extinct in the wild.

In an attempt of saving the species, a captive breeding program based on confiscate individuals has been initiated by the Cikananga Wildlife Center in Java (since 2011) and a few European EAZA zoos (since 2015). It has successfully bred at both the Javan and European facilities, and as of 2018 this captive population had reached about 50 individuals.

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Yogi sleep: a yoga session that encourages sleep and leaves you feeling refreshed from a 30 minute nap?! Where do I sign up?

I was reading an issue of “In the moment” and I came across an article about- Yogic sleep!

I used to go to yoga and pilates classes many years ago whilst in university and I greatly enjoyed it, it helped me relax, helped with both my anxiety and depression and helped my balance, flexibility and aches and pains I get with my chronic fatigue but unfortunately due to money issues and time constraints I haven’t been for such a long time.

I would love to go again- but this form of yoga sounded AMAZING to me as soon as I read the article and it was really intriguing to read about a yoga session that you can sleep in as well 😍😍.

Anyone who knows me well, knows I struggle with my energy levels and any excuse to have a nap is right up my street. πŸ˜΄πŸ˜‚πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ

What is Yogic sleep?

Its traditional name β€” yoga nidra (pronounced yoh-gah nee-drah)β€” makes reference to Brahma, the Hindu creator god, who β€œsleeps” between successive world creations. His sleep is never unconscious.
Yoga Nidra is a practice that can take you to the next level; a relaxed body, fluid mind, and supercharged intuition.

Yoga Nidra is a five-stage process that begins with a body scan to engage one’s physicality. It incorporates meditation on the breath, the balancing of emotional states, visualization, and self-healing. Setting a positive intention is another important step (which is called a sankalpa) and this gives the participant a specific purpose to the session.

During Yoga Nidra, they teach you to let your awareness wander through the whole body. While doing so, they move you through the 5 different stages of consciousness just as in sleep: shifting between the waking state, dream state, and finally to deep, dreamless sleep- this creates deep relaxation for health, mental peace, and higher awareness.

The practise uses weighted blankets, pillow aids and soothing music.

It’s said that 45 minutes of Yoga Nidra is as restorative as 3 hours of sleep. What does this mean?

By receiving the proper rest, their is enhanced functioning of the immune and metabolic systems. In turn, this improves our overall physical health and leads to higher energy as well as fewer colds and infections of all types and the rest also improves mental health, eliminating brain fog, insomnia, anxiety attacks, PTSD, and depression.

Yogi’s believe that the control of the mind through the breath and the slow conscious breathing throughout the sessions works towards strengthening the relaxation response and suppressing the flight or fight response allowing access to the deeper layers of mental and physical health of the conscious mind.

Put simply, it is a deep guided relaxation that is mentally and physically restorative and releases deep-seated tensions, anxiety, improving your ability to sleep peacefully.

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This practice of yoga sounds AMAZING!

With my anxiety and depression, chronic fatigue and insomnia on top of that, getting enough sleep and not only enough sleep but the right type of sleep can be difficult, so this sounds like something that would be so beneficial for me and could also help a lot of people.

You can practice it at home or go to a session in a yoga studio.

I think if I went I would prefer to go to a yoga studio first, as the practitioner could explain it in more detail and guide you through the session perfectly to make sure you’re doing it right, then upon having enough sessions I would practice it at home.

I would LOVE to find somewhere to do this at.

I hope your intrigued reading this too.

Hope you enjoyed this short read.

Until next time.

Faye x

#yoga #yogisleep #sleep #peaceful #newyogapractice #wellbeing #inthemoment #sleeping #naptime #napping #mentalhealth #mentalhealthhelp

Podcasts to make you laugh πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

If the weather or work, or anything else is getting you down its always nice to have something to cheer you up make you laugh and put a smile on your face.

So here is a list of my top 5 podcasts to make you laugh.

  1. My dad wrote a porno: no comedy podcast would be complete without this one. Host Jamie is joined by his friends James and Alice to read out loud chapters from an erotic fiction penned by his father during his free time. The result is an awkward and hilarious as it sounds. This one has made me laugh until I cried. It’s definitely the best one you can listen to that will immediately make you laugh.
  2. Dope queens: the queens in question are Jessica William’s and Phoebe Robinson, who record a live comedy show each week with some of their favourite comedians, talking about everything from race to feminism with sharp with and on-point jokes and pure sass and sarcasm. Its comedy gold!
  3. Punch up the jam: if you’re a music fan this is definitely worth a listen- comedians and best friends Miel and Demi break down well known songs, hilariously picking apart their problematic lyrics and hidden meaning then recreating their own better funnier version. You’ll never listen to the same songs again.
  4. Keep it: Hosted by journalist Ira Madison III, who is often joined by Kara Brown and Louis Virtel, the show is a weekly discussion podcast that breaks down what’s happening in the entertainment world. The title comes from Madison’s Twitter catchphrase “keep it,” which is the two-word clap back Madison uses to shut down the trash news that comes through his Twitter feed. But what makes the show especially good is the extreme amount of chemistry between the panelists as they provide pop culture analysis that’s simultaneously thoughtful, brutal, and hilarious.
  5. Love it or leave it:

    Sometimes the best way to deal with news is to laugh at it, and for anyone who wants to poke fun at current events, there’s Lovett or Leave It. Each week, host Jon Lovett is joined by comedians, journalists, and more to “deal with whatever bullshit came flying over the transom in our broken, insane political nightmare factory.” Episodes are recorded live in front of an audience and include a mixture of discussions, pop quizzes, and games, which means you’ll be just as informed as you are entertained.

    Until next time.

    Faye x

    #podcasts #listen #comedy #laugh #laughing #cheeringyourselfup #laughter #comedypodcasts

Review of Tidying up with Marie Kondo. β˜ΊπŸ‘–πŸ‘•πŸ§€πŸ‘š

A few months ago all I heard about was this show by Marie kondo call “tidying up”, it was advertised on Netflix but I kept scrolling past it and completely overlooking it.

A few months back I decided to take the plunge and to give it a try, I read about Marie kondo beforehand and I really like the sound of her, she sounds like a very passionate and lovely person, she’s so polite and she has a very calming aura about her.

I binge watched the series in about 2 days and I couldn’t have enjoyed it more. She’s such lovely, polite and calming person and she is so little and petite.

Every family she helped she was very compassionate, and I think leaving them to do the organising rather than sticking her oare in and interfering worked so well because when it comes to a individuals home their belongings are private and personal and through her making them sort their house out themselves but using her rules and philosophy of sparking joy really attributed to the overall success of the house clean.

The way she organises the home is brilliant, the philosophy of keeping items that spark joy I thought was a really good idea and her ideals touch a lot on feng shui and mindfulness and as a premises i really loved it and thought it was such a simple idea and actually quite obvious idea (to the point where your like “why didn’t I think of that?!”) however, it can be problematic at times with the practicality element forgotten about, for example, shall I keep my multiple pairs of black leggings even though they don’t spark joy?- well yes because its the practical thing to do, one pair will eventually be dirty and go in the wash so I need multiple pairs obviously or if one pair rips.

Also with the books, I disagree with getting rid of books that don’t spark joy as some books have more of a practical element and I really believe in keeping books you’ve already read as it gives you satisfaction to see all the books you’ve read and learnt from plus you are bound to have people in your home that would pay an interest in those books which you then can borrow or give the books to them and this gives you an opportunity to help others and get closer to them, people really do bond over books- as you can tell I’m very passionate about books.

Her premises/philosophy I think though will help so many people in so many ways. Your home is such an important element to your life.

When it comes to your home it can be so easy to hold onto things that you don’t need, either items you’ve bought for the pure sake of it, items that you like or items people have given you, but if you hoard too much you home ends up chaotic and you lose sight of what you actually have and you no longer appreciate the items you have or the space you have, your not using your space to it’s full potential.

I think what Marie teaches is to value the little things, to value each item in your home, to value the space you have- she teaches you to be more mindful and to have gratitude and this is exactly what more people need because with our hectic and busy lives it is very easy to overlook the environment around you especially your home and you don’t always realise how much your environment affects your wellbeing.

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It’s great to see and hear that so many people after watching this programme have been inspired to adopt her methods and go into spring cleaning mode.

I do this myself every spring as I know that I get into the habit of hoarding things and when my depression is acting up the first thing I notice is that my room gets messy and a messy room makes me feel more anxious.

A tidy room and an organised room makes me feel calm and grounded and also helps me sleep better; many studies actually prove how your home can affect your mental health.

A recent study found that those who described their homes as cluttered were more likely to feel negative mood swings and fatigue.

Deborah Robertson, author of a new book called “declutter” also agrees saying- “Clutter drains you of energy, it steals your time, robs you of storage and fills your weekends with things that need cleaning, mending or putting away”…

You know what, she so right!!

After watching this I have already implemented her practices to my room and its made me feel x100 better but I do have to sort out my wardrobe and all my clothes so this is next on the agenda!!

Its going to take me a while! πŸ˜“πŸ˜« but it will definitely be worth it and make me feel a million times better.

For anyone who hasn’t watched this I would definitely recommend it.

You can also read her book:

I definitely want to give it a read.

Until next time.

Faye x

#tidyingup #sparkjoy #mariekondo #japanese #cleaning #netflix #springcleaning #cleaning #mindfulness #gratitude #healthy #wellbeing #organised #mentalhealth #tv #books #clutter #home #decor

MOTHS; Why they are important and why you should appreciate them more.

I have chosen to talk about MOTHS, yes moths.

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I have chosen to talk about moths both because they are easily overlooked as most people prefer butterflies, but also because the Butterfly Conservation have just launched a Moths Matter campaign (see a screenshot of their post below or check it out on my twitter) and over the next 12 months are on a mission to change peoples perceptions on moths, so as a member and a lover of all wildlife I thought I’d jump on board. β€πŸ˜πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹πŸ›πŸ›πŸŒΏπŸŒΏ

About the campaign:

Over the next 12 months the ‘Butterfly Conservation’ are on a mission to change peoples minds about moths, they are using this campaign to educate people sharing facts and information from their top researchers and blogs about moths in a different theme each month and later in the year they will be asking wildlife-lovers to go moth spotting in the dark to celebrate their 20th birthday in one of the UK’s most well known recording schemes.

Read more about the campaign below:

(www.butterfly-conservation.org/moths/why-moths-matter/mothsmatter)

There are some 160,000 species of moths in the world, compared to 17,500 species of butterflies.

Over 2500 species have been recorded in the British Isles.

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The difference between moths and butterflies.

First of all, how can you tell the difference between moths and butterflies there are some visually appealing moths that can easily fool you into thinking they are in fact butterflies.

Heres some tips on telling the difference:

  1. Antennae!- looking at the antennae is the first thing you can use as an indicator, butterflies antennae are club shaped with a long shaft and bulb at the end whereas moths are feathery and saw edged.
  2. Wings: butterflies tend to fold their wings vertically over their backs whereas moths tend to hold their wings in a tent like fashion that hides the abdomen.
  3. Frenulum: moths have a frenulum which is a wing-coupling device. It joins the forewing to the hind wing so the wings can work in unison during flight.
  4. Behaviour: butterflies are primarily diurnal, flying in the daytime whereas moths are primarily nocturnal flying only in the night with only a few exceptions.
  5. Development: a moth makes a cocoon wrapped in silk whereas a butterfly makes a chrysalis which is hard and smooth with no silk covering.

There are many reasons why moths are so important and should be appreciated more.

They are irreplacable and a valuable part of our ecosystems and as qualify of life indicators. Butterflies and moths are part of Life on Earth and an important component of its rich biodiversity. They have been around for at least 50 million years and probably first evolved some 150 million years ago.

They have educational value, aesthetic value, scientific value and ecosystem value.

Aesthetic value.

Often overlooked (as butterflies are prefered) moths come in an array of beautiful colours species and have been studied for over 300 years.

Here are some great examples of beautiful moth species:

Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae).

Garden Tiger Moth (Arctia caja).

Hyalophora cecropia otherwise known as the Cecropia moth.

(How adorable is this one! 😍)

The Hawk-Moth (Sphinx_ligustri).

The Luna moth (Actias luna).

You can’t deny that moths aren’t beautiful now 😍 one of my favourites is definitely the Luna moth and Cecropia moth.

Moths as well as butterflies have been an inspiration to people over the years and have been included in many forms of literature from the bible, to Shakespeare, to modern literature including poetry, artwork, numerous illustrations and musical lyrics.

They have also been the focus of artists worldwide, advertisers, and illustrators, butterflies and moths are often portrayed as the essence of freedom or essence of nature.

“Like a moth to a flame”.

The majority of people will be familiar with this phrase; referring to being dangerously or irresistibly attracted to something which comes from the well known fact that moths are attracted to light. This was referred to by Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice in 1596.

Ecosystem value.

Firstly, butterflies and moths are important indicators of a healthy environment and ecosystem. Butterflies and moths have been recognised by the Government as indicators of biodiversity- Their fragility makes them quick to react to change so their struggle to survive is a serious warning about our environment, where butterflies and moths are present other invertebrates will be present, they provide a wide array of environmental benefits including pollination and natural pest control.

Butterflies and moths are both flagship species for conservation in general, and in particular for invertebrates.

Educational value.

Moths along with butterflies have fascinating life cycles that are used to teach children (and adults) about the natural world- the formation of a cocoon or Chysalis is really is a wonder of nature, it will never cease to amaze me. You can also learn from their migration, amazing wing patterns, pollination behaviours, mating behaviours, how they interact with other species and iredecence- theres so much to learn from these little guys!

Scientific value.

Moths and butterflies are an extremely important group of ‘model’ organisms used for centuries to investigate many areas of biological research including such diverse fields as mimicry, embryology, evolution, navigation, pest control, population dynamics and biodiversity conservation. The long history and popularity of butterflies and moths have provided a unique data resource on an insect group unmatched in geographical scale and timescale anywhere in the world- this has proven extremely important for scientific research on climate change.

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Moths are declining in the UK. Studies have found the overall number of moths has decreased by 28% since 1968.

Many individual species have declined dramatically in recent decades and over 60 became extinct in the 20th century. Sadly, among the species which have declined are many beautiful moths which were previously very common and frequently seen in our gardens and green spaces.

The new State of Britain’s Larger Moths 2013 report shows clearly that moths are in decline. The total number of larger moths recorded in the national network of Rothamsted trap samples decreased by 28% over the 40 years from 1968 to 2007.

These alarming decreases in moth populations are not just bad news for the moths themselves, but also have worrying implications for the rest of our wildlife e.g. moth caterpillars are especially important for feeding young chicks, including those of most familiar garden birds such as the Blue Tit and Great Tit, Robin, Wren and Blackbird. Cuckoos may also have been affected as they specialise in eating hairy caterpillars, which most other birds avoid, and it has been suggested that the drop in our Cuckoo population may be linked to the decline in moth caterpillars like those of the Garden Tiger.
Already, research has indicated that a decrease in the abundance of bats over farmland is related to the decline in the moths that they depend on.
It is not clear what is causing the downward trend in our moth numbers. The reasons for the loss of moths are likely to be many and complex, and may vary for different species. More research is needed to understand what is happening. However, the loss of habitats resulting from more intensive agriculture, commercial forestry, industry and urban development are likely to be major reasons.
Other things which may be causing problems for moths include changes in the way we manage our gardens, pesticides, herbicides and light pollution. Climate change is also affecting moths. Whatever the causes, the decrease in moth numbers is a warning to us that all is not well with our environment.

Now I hope you will appreciate moths more, but you may also be wondering- HOW CAN I HELP?

Well lovely people that’s what’s next, look out for my next post which is about how to attract moths into your garden.

I am also going to post more articles on moths including:

  • My favourite moths.
  • Most beautiful moths in the world.
  • Moths of Britain that are declining.

Sources.

Butterfly Conservation Europe July 2008 (PDF).

https://butterfly-conservation.org/moths/the-state-of-britains-moths

http://www.mothscount.org/text/16/importance_of_

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://bc-europe.eu/upload/Why%2520butterflies%2520and%2520moths%2520are%2520important%25203.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwiIt_ml3YLhAhXlQhUIHSnnAz4QFjAQegQIBRAB&usg=AOvVaw0tYLBIP3BdfJSPTcAxb0-E

https://www.livescience.com/21933-moth-week-fact

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/22/moths-loved-not-loathed-only-few-after-clothes?

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