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Project Blackout.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Project blackout is a concept I first heard of through Youtuber Hannah Maggs. Recently I've been bogged down, stressed out and definitely struggling with my anxiety. Usually I can cope quite well with getting through a panic attack but recently they have just wiped me out to the point it is affecting my social life. I'm coming up to my 20th birthday I want to take action and sort this out. I have a lot of stuff planned over summer and I am determined not to let my anxiety take over and ruin my holidays.

Youtube video of project blackout | Hannah Maggs. 
For project blackout I will be working a routine into my life where I will allocate 2 hours each day/ 5 days a week to take time out from everything. Switch off my phone, laptop, TV anything technological around me and occupy that time to just focus on myself. Walking, reading just generally pampering myself to give me that time I don't usually get to wind down.

I will also start practising meditation. Breathing is one of the most important things to keep under control throughout a panic attack and recently it takes me a lot longer than usual to get my breathing back into a calm state.

I'm not going to lie I don't have a healthy lifestyle. I don't eat healthily and I don't drink enough water or exercise and I enjoy drinking wine and I know that all this contributes to the life I lead but it's my choice on what I want to start with and I have prioritised that having down time is more important in my life. At this stage I don't have the determination to change my life completely and taking things one step at a time and getting into one healthy routine before moving onto the next thing is a lot better for me.

If any of you have found yourself in this situation I would recommend trying to work out a routine that works best for you. Things only get worse until you decide to do something about it.

I'll be doing an updated post in about a months time on how it's all going. There's a poster up in the staff room at work that says 'it takes 30 days to get into a routine but only 2 days to break one.' If anyone decides to join me in project blackout be sure to let me know either through Twitter or give me an e-mail!


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