But why Fashion? #bullying #mentalhealth

Hello my gazelles, I hope that you’re all doing well! Today’s topic is about fashion and how I used it as a form of self-expression which helped me shape my personal identity.

You may already know that I lived in Newcastle for more than 9 years. I have to say that a lot has happened. Like that one time I got threatened to get my hair chopped off by some girls who were serious enough to stick chewing gum up in my hair and it was an absolute pain to remove !

On the other hand; I had to cope with being bullied by some Arabs for not covering up my hair, until time went by and I started wearing a headscarf. I then got upgraded to a new level by being publicly harassed by non-muslims for wearing one.

This is a note to say that I am not trying to offend anybody, however, I will still share my personal experience.

It took me time to make good friends, but fashion kept me company, it may sound crazy to you, but the time that I’ve spent getting ready, picking out my outfits has always felt so therapeutic and soothing.

The way that I perceive fashion is so much more than wearing the latest trends, and it’s not based on the amount of high end and designer items that I own, I perosnally see it as a from of #selfcare.

It’s a way of living! Every day I wake up is a new chance for me to wear another outfit that makes me feel and look good. While some people think dressing up is a lot of effeort, and it’s done to impress others, my opinion is the total opposite because the only person I am willing to impress is myself.

So why fashion? because it’s empowering, and it boosted my confidence. Every style has a different impact on how I feel, and that’s the beauty of it. For instance the Characterful gown by Amoralle made me feel elegant, feminine and it embraced a different side of my personality.

Don’t forget that I like to hear from you so feel free to send me your stories and life experiences, let’s all share the love and support each other.

Stay safe, and love yourself.

Eslam Gazelle

Tips on how to get your sh*t together!

Hello, and welcome back to my blog. It has been ages since the last time I posted on here, and got to say that I truly missed writing so I decided to start again.

Before we get to the main topic, I want to say that I truly appreciate every single one of you who decided to click and read this blog post.

Now let’s talk, and this time we are going to get a bit personal, but not too personal lol

Credits : Hoor Alaamri

So, why have I stopped writing ?

To be honest I have few reasons, but I will only be discussing one of them because I feel that you might be able to relate to it.

I have a severe anxiety and in case you don’t know what that is you can read about it here. The past couple of months were very tough and that’s because I let the negative thoughts control me.

You don’t know know how many blog posts I have written in the past and never hit the ‘publish’ button just because I got super worried about them not being up to standards.

Until I’ve made a decision of learning how to deal with my anxity, but I also want to help you overcome the negative thoughts in your head and give you a couple of things that I have found to be effective.

Here are some tips on how to manage or cope with your anxiety:

  • Get yourself a diary.

Start writing about how you feel, it will help you reflect on what’s going on in your life and to get to know to yourself a bit more.

  • Draw or paint.

You don’t have to be talented, the process itself is very soothing and relaxing to mind and soul.

  • Speak to someone.

Talking to someone else can be helpful, I advice you to try to pay attention to what you’re saying, this can help you come up with solutions, and realize that some negative thoughts seem way bigger than they actually are.

  • Go to the gym, do a sport or dance

My lovelies, never underestimate the importance of being active, as this can improve your mood and help your mental health, and it will make you feel more energised as well.

  • It’s okay not to be okay!

You’re not supposed to feel all happy and confident 24/7 but do try to make yourself feel better by doing things that you love and enjoy. I would personally eat my fave dessert, or spend some quality time with a loved one. Sometimes I do both at the same time haha.

Last but not least, remember to enjoy the moment, live it and accept it, because things will get better. So take your time into finding the right mindset, smile and relax because you deserve to be happy.

Sending you lots of hugs, and wishing you all the best.

Till next time my lovelies.