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The Benefits of Beauty Sleep

The Benefits of Beauty Sleep

Getting a good night's sleep is so important that it should definitely be top of the list in your beauty regime. Rest and relaxation ensures your entire body is rejuvenated, and your skin has time to repair. Unfortunately, not enough people understand just how important achieving a full 40 winks really is. Tired, puffy eyes, and grey skin is not a pretty sight, and if you don't feel fully rested after sleep, no amount of make-up can hide the consequences. But don't worry! I have some great tips about how to ensure you get the sleep you need in order to keep yourself in tip top condition.

 Get Some Exercise!

This may sound odd, but by doing some exercise about an hour before you go to bed you can actually benefit from a full night's sleep. You don't even need to leave the house and there are plenty of aerobic vids online that you can do in the comfort of your own home. Studies show that moderately intense exercise can help you fall asleep faster and keep you asleep for longer too. Daily exercise will also keep you in great shape too, helping you feel, and look fitter. 

Invest in The Right Bed

Since you are going to be spending around eight hours each night in bed asleep, you really do need to invest in the best bed you can afford. While researching which beds are both great for getting a good night's sleep, and are affordable, I stumbled upon the Bedstar divan bed and mattress range which is available online. Divan sets are reliable, sturdy and exceptionally comfortable, which is precisely what you need to snooze the night away.

Buy The Best Bed Linen

Synthetic materials are not great for your skin, and if you have sheets and duvet covers that are made using man-made materials, your skin could be suffering. Softer materials such as Egyptian cotton and linen are perfect as they gentle against your skin. The softer the material, the more comfortable you will be and therefore the more sleep you should get. Natural materials also tend not to crease, leaving lines on your face like rougher fabrics may do which is not what you want to wake up to in the morning! 

Turn Off Your Phone!

Flicking through your social networking site, and posting amusing updates can appear to be an innocent way to relax as you lie in bed, but it could actually be the reason you aren't getting enough sleep. Besides preventing you from truly entering the relaxation zone, the blue light radiating from your phone, laptop and even television can interfere with your ability to wind down at the end of the day. Make a resolution that once you enter the bedroom, you will do no more than relax in your cosy bed, and leave all social networking until the morning.

Taking Mental Health Seriously

Taking Mental Health Seriously
A few years ago now I got diagnosed with mental health problems. At the time I was pretty embarrassed of it, and didn't really speak up much about it. Once I decided to I learnt that actually a lot of my friends had similar problems, and really there isn't much of a stigma around them. 

In fact mental health is a lot more common than I first thought, with 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental illness each year. But still there's not a lot of awareness of mental health issues. I know personally I've struggled in the past to get help for mine, and I've found it's often because there's a lack of funding or research into mental health in young people. It often felt like I was fighting a never ending battle with my GP to even be put forward for CBT, and I honestly think it's down to a lack of awareness, and I know a lot of my friends have had similar problems. 

I came across this infographic from MQ Mental Health Charity and thought it raised some interesting points about mental health, particularly about the funding constraints meaning that some people aren't receiving the treatment and support that they need. 

MQ Mental Health are a charity that are all about understanding mental health, ensuring that it is treated, and ultimately prevented. And with the help of their supporters they can understand better mental health. Personally I am very keen to get involved with with supporting such a great charity, if you'd like to as well you can find more information here

Busaba St Albans Restaurant Opening

Busaba St Albans Restaurant Opening
I live about 20 minutes away from the town of St Albans, a gorgeous city full of adorable coffee shops and amazing looking restaurants, all of which I want to explore more of. And last week I was invited along to experience one of St Albans newest Thai restaurants, Busaba, and was invited to their launch night, doesn't that sound fancy? 

Enjoying the perks of being the boyfriend of a food blogger, I brought along Chris with me to the opening of Busaba, where we were both greeted with a glass of bubbly. Looking around the restaurant you could see it was full of hussle and bussle and excitement for the opening, with a DJ playing music, and an artist creating art work to be displayed in the restaurant. 

Once we were shown to our table we were greeted by the head chef who presented to us a sample of four dishes to try from their menu while we decided what to eat. The dishes were designed to be sweet, sour, salty and spicy and were a great sample to the food we were about to taste at Busaba.

As it was the opening night they had a sample menu available for a few of their dishes, as well as a few signature cocktails. For my starter I decided on the Thai Calamari, which came with ginger and green peppercorn, and gosh did it taste amazing - a nice twist on a normal calamari dish.

Chris, who's a little more adventurous with spicy food, picked the Som Tam - green papaya salad, dried shrimp, peanut, cherry tomato and lime. I'm not one for spicy food, but Chris loves it so it wasn't a surprise he picked out one of the spiciest things on the menu. It was fiery dish, with lots of flavour - perfect if you like something a little hotter.

When it came to picking a main there was no competition from me, I had to pick the Tamarind Grilled Duck. As a big lover of duck dishes I was excited to see what the Thai take on this would be, which came with Chinese broccoli and sticky rice. The duck was cooked absolutely beautifully, and the tamarind sauce really complemented the flavours of the duck.

Chris once again decided to pick out the spiciest dish, and opted for the Pad Kwetio - flat rice noodle, smoked chicken, king prawn, shitake mushroom and sweet potato fries. As it's another spicy dish, and I'm a wimp with spice I didn't pinch any of Chris's dinner, although I may have pinched a few sweet potato fries, which were oh my, amazing. 

All in all it was a lovely evening, and the whole atmosphere of the opening night was wonderful. If you looked around the restaurant you could see tables of people enjoying the food and cocktails on offer, and overall looked like it was a successful opening night. Not having experienced proper thai food before, I wasn't sure what to expect from the food, but I feel like I know a little more about the flavours from a Thai dish now, and I'm looking forward to heading back to Busaba to try some more soon!