Ways to ‘Switch Off’ From Stress


Hey everybody! How are you doing?

Happy March! How is it March already?! January gloomily dragged, yet I’ve seemed to have blinked and we’ve skipped a month! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling pretty stressed lately – I think it’s this time of year. However, soon the light evenings and blue skies will emerge, and Spring will soon greet us with a burst of joy.

When we are stressed, it can be difficult to practice self-care habits as we get so wrapped up in the busy schedules of every day life. Today, I’ve decided to share with you a few simple, doable strategies which can be easily implemented into your daily routine in order to help you ‘switch off’ from stress and indulge in relaxation:

1) Listen to a podcast

I usually do this when I’m walking to or from uni. It’s a great way to switch off from the stresses of life and to listen to a topic of interest. I really recommend listening to ‘Deliciously Ella’s’ podcasts – they’re so uplifting, inspiring and also really relatable! You can find them on Spotify. She covers a whole range of topics, from accepting failure to healthy eating. Plus, it’s super easy to squeeze this into your routine, as you can simply listen to these podcasts on route to places, or even when you’re cooking or getting ready for bed. I couldn’t recommend them enough!

2) Colouring book

In a world where we are dominated by social media and stress, escaping the online world and engaging in an activity like colouring in can be so refreshing. I have a colouring book and it’s so calming to unleash the colour and glide the pencils across the paper, filling in each shape and design with care. It’s such a pleasurable way to ‘switch off’ and ease the mind, and it’s a great way to spend time away from social media. This is really relaxing to do before bedtime, especially if you don’t fancy reading!

3) Write in a journal

I’ve owned a journal since I was about 10 and I use it religiously. Being able to write your thoughts and feelings down after a stressful day is so cathartic and I’d recommend it to anybody. It’s also a really therapeutic way to write down all the things you are grateful for in life. Being able to take a minute to focus on what you are grateful for can help relieve stress, as it puts things into perspective. With regards to fitting this into my routine, I often take ten or fifteen minutes before I sleep to write. This is also a great way to wind down after a busy day because you can switch off your phone (which is one of the biggest sleep disrupters!)

Overall, being able to practice self-care to relieve feelings of stress is so important for our wellbeing. The stress of life can often take a toll on us, dragging us down and causing us to neglect ourselves. I love being able to share with you these things which can make all the difference, so I really hope they help and I hope they work for you.

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Have a lovely day.

Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx


Vegan Pancake Recipe


Hey guys! How are you doing today?

The rain here has plummeted down constantly this week, falling from the grey clouds and spitting on the ground – not ideal! However, we can’t forget that Pancake Day is soon approaching! A few months ago, I tried out a vegan pancake recipe and I absolutely loved it. From the powdery flour to the sugary vanilla extract, this recipe requires minimal ingredients and is super easy to make! So, today I thought I would share it with you! I don’t know about you, but nothing feels better than sipping a hot cup of tea under a soft blanket on a cold Sunday evening. So, get cosy and I hope you enjoy the post!

I’m pretty sure I found this recipe on the BBC website, but there are plenty of other vegan pancake recipes on the internet! All you need is:

300g self-raising flour, 1tsp baking powder, 1 or 2 tbsp sugar, vanilla extract, some cooking oil, 400g plant-based milk (I used oat milk), a mixing bowl, whisk/spoon and a frying pan!
I added 2 tbsp of sugar because I wanted them sweet!
Canola oil and light olive oil are good to use!

Throw them into a mixing bowl and give the mixture a whisk to create a smooth batter! Once smoothened and thick, scoop a portion of the mixture onto the frying pan, wait a few minutes and flip! It’s so satisfying to hear the mixture sizzle, as the creamy batter turns to golden baked circles of fluffiness.

To decorate, I drizzled the pancakes with maple syrup, pleasantly watching the syrupy liquid glaze over the freshly baked batch. I also sliced a fresh banana which added extra flavour (as well as adding a healthy twist!) But obviously there’s plenty of alternative options such as lemon, sugar, strawberries and chocolate (if you aren’t vegan) etc!

I hope you enjoyed reading and let me know how you get on with your pancakes! Have a fantastic week and a great Pancake Day!

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

Some Tips and a Guide to Meditation


Hey everyone! How are you doing?
The weather this week has been manic! Gusty winds have raged through country and the cold weather has encouraged snowflakes to sprinkle the ground. For me, February month feels like a Tuesday of the week. Emerged in the midst of frosty weather, it’s also heaped with deadlines and stacked with copious amounts of work – stressful, right? Today, I want to share with you a few simple tips about meditation.

I’ve mentioned meditation a few times in many of my previous blog posts, as I know how effective it works when reducing stress. However, I realise I’ve never actually gone into detail and depth about it. Today’s blog post is going to focus on how I began meditation, the benefits of meditation and how to begin/fit it into your routine.

Firstly, some of you may be thinking ‘what actually is meditation!?’
Meditation is all about resting the mind and gaining a state of consciousness which is different from the normal wakening state. It’s about focussing on the present and containing our thoughts. Our minds are naturally so used to wandering and overthinking, which is why meditation can be hard at first, but practice makes perfect!

 “But how do you start!?” is a question so many people have asked me. Although I’m not a daily meditator, I have dipped in and out of meditation routines for years and years, so I can certainly talk about how I began. About 4/5 years ago, I was feeling overwhelmed during the exam period. My Dad, who meditates quite often, shared with me his experience about meditating and, after hearing all the positive effects it had, I decided to start myself. I searched some clips on YouTube – there’s so many! Type in “Practice Meditation for Beginners” and an endless list of options appears. I also really recommend “The Honest Guys” on YouTube and Spotify – they’re really good.

How do you meditate?
You must sit in a comfortable position, with your back straight and eyes closed. Focus on your breathing and focus on the sensations you feel within your body. Focus on the present. And, when you notice your mind is beginning to wander to other things (which it will at first), simply acknowledge it, and swiftly divert your attention back to the present moment. Practice makes perfect!

How to fit meditation into your routine:
Begin by scheduling a 5-minute slot each day to meditate. I recommend doing it in the morning, as this will begin your day with a fresh, clean slate. Meditating in the evening also helps, because it helps calm the mind before bed, altering your body into a resting state which initiates better sleep. Each day, gradually increase the amount of time slot which you spend meditating. It’s up to you how long you meditate for – whatever fits into your routine.  

The Benefits:
Personally, when I am routinely meditating daily, I feel an indefinable change in my mood. I feel less stressed, I cope with stress better and I overall naturally obtain a better mindset towards things. There are so many past studies which reveal the positive effects meditation has on both the body and mind – I’d definitely recommend giving them a read! It’s almost unbelievable because it is so effective. So, if it works for you, I would most definitely recommend giving it a go, because what have you got to lose?! It’s quick, simple and will benefit your wellbeing both physically, mentally and emotionally.

Bit of a different post today, but it’s one I definitely wanted to share! I hope you enjoy reading and let me know how you get on with it! Don’t forget to subscribe if you would like to see more content!

Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

What To Do When You Feel Overwhelmed


7:00am. You wake up to the familiar sound of your alarm and already you are thinking about your to-do list which flows like the closing credit of a film. Wouldn’t it be so much easier to stay wrapped up in the warm comforts of bed, shielding yourself from all the stress? Life can calve endless chores and tasks into our days, making us feel overwhelmed and tired. I can’t count the amount of times I have had to take a step back and force myself to relax to help manage my stress levels. We’ve all been there, and it can be very mentally draining. So, today, I want to share with you a few tips which can help cope with these feelings of overwhelmingness.

  1. Let go of what you can’t control

I once read a statistic which showed a high percent of what we overthink and worry about doesn’t even happen. What a waste of thoughts, right? You can’t control everything in life, so letting go of the things you’re not in control of is a great first step to reduce stressful thoughts. I sometimes ask myself ‘what is the point in worrying about what I can’t control?’ Overthinking these things is pointless, because thinking about them won’t change anything – what will be will be. Let life unfold the way it wants to, because things work out eventually.

  • Simplify

When things feel overwhelming, it’s so easy to fill your mind with tasks, making you feel like they all need to be done at once. This only causes more stress. When you wake up, simplify what needs to be done. Break what needs to be done into smaller steps – you can do this by writing a to do list and prioritising. Seeing things written on paper definitely reduces my stress levels as they no longer feel jumbled in my head!

  • Relax

Relaxing when you feel overwhelmed can make you feel slightly guilty, I understand. But it’s so important to listen to your mind and body if you feel like you’re crashing. Allow yourself to just relax for a little while – your wellbeing is much more important. Also, you are way more likely to be more productive after a rest because it gives yourself time to replenish, so it’s a win-win!

So, there are a few tips I thought I would share with you when things feel like they are getting too much. It happens to all of us and I believe being able to cope with stress and put our wellbeing first is so important. Let me know how you get on!

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx


How to Lift Your Mood on a Down Day


Hello everyone!

How are you doing?! I just want to begin this post by saying thank you all so much for all of your support! Over 100 people are now subscribed to my blog, and I’m so pleased that you are enjoying my posts and that they are helping you guys.

So, returning back to the focus topic of today – lifting your mood when you’re feeling down. Have you ever woken up one morning feeling a little flat? Your mood is low and your mind is clouded by thoughts. Something is chipping away at the positivity in you, and you just can’t explain why. We’ve all been there, and that’s completely okay. But being able to tackle these down days and pick yourself back up is crucial for our well being, and it’s also a great way of practicing self care. So, I thought I would share with you a few simple strategies which can be used in order to uplift your mood during times you are feeling a little blue.

1) Spend time away from social media

It’s very tempting to fulfil your down days with time spent on social media, because it barely requires much effort and it’s an easy habit. However, this can have an adverse effect and actually make you feel worse. Spending time away from social media allows you to detach from the digital world and focus on the present. Spend your time by immersing yourself in other engaging activities which can be rewarding and refreshing, such as reading a book, writing or going for a walk.

2) Meditate

This is great for an instant mood change. It sounds cliché, but I can’t express enough how effective I find meditation! Taking just five minutes out of your day to close your eyes, let go of your worries and untie the knots in your mind can feel so invigorating. It allows you to focus on your breathing and forget about the external stresses which have been on your mind all day. If you don’t know where to start, simply type up ‘meditation for beginners’ on YouTube – there’s plenty of clips to use!

3) Arrange to meet a friend

On a down day, the thought of seeing or speaking to somebody can feel draining and can feel like a lot of effort. But the thought is always worse than the reality, and actually having company can boost your mood as well as successfully distracting yourself from your worries. My friends and I love to have a cup of tea and a good chat, especially when we are feeling down – it’s such a good form of therapy!

So, those are a few tips I thought I would share with you which help me when I’m having a down day. It’s so normal to experience these kinds of days, but being able to pick yourself up when you’re feeling down so important and is also a great habit to fall into.

Let me know how you get on, and I hope they help! Thanks so much for reading. I hope you have a lovely rest of your day.

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

How to Accept You For You


Hello everyone, how are you doing this evening?
Yesterday was my first day back at uni, so I’ve been consumed with busy schedules and adjusting back to the routine after the Christmas break. Today, dark clouds covered the sky, resembling a grey blanket and reflecting the cold air which felt like frosty icicles on my skin. It was so nice to return home and light the candles with a comforting hot water bottle, sheltered from the wintery climate outside.

Recently, I have been thinking about the importance of self-acceptance, and how crucial it can be for our mental health. It’s sometimes easy to be swept away by the negative voice in our heads which criticize us for our mistakes and focus unnecessarily on our weaknesses. Being able to accept ourselves for who we are not only injects a syrup of happiness into our lives, but also helps us flourish as individuals and increases our self-esteem.

In order to help achieve self-acceptance, being aware of your strengths and weaknesses is key. Remember that no individual is the same, we are all different – unique and special in our own ways. Our strengths and weaknesses shape who we are; our strengths help us shine and our weaknesses are aspects of ourselves which we can improve on. Adoring our strengths and accepting our imperfections creates a magical path, which creates a journey towards self-acceptance – it’s okay not to be perfect! Being perfect is impossible – if we were all perfect, we wouldn’t be unique.

Also, remember to focus on your accomplishments. It’s a great way to accept you for you. Did you complete an assignment today? Or have you ticked off a few things on your to-do list? Did you make someone smile today? Award yourself for the accomplishments you have achieved – they make you a great person and encourage a positive mindset.

I have also found that being able to let go of negative mistakes from the past is essential for accepting yourself for who you are. The past is in the past and it can’t be changed. Mentally fighting your previous mistakes when they are glued in the past only worsens how we feel. It’s done, it’s in the past and you are now in the present. So, try to live in the present, reward yourself for your accomplishments and try to focus on the things you love about yourself.

So, there’s just a little reminder that you are amazing the way you are. Everybody has strengths as well as weaknesses and being able to accept these imperfections is important in order to achieve self-acceptance.

I hope you are having a great day and remember to keep smiling! I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and I hope it helps.

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

Unique Things to do in London


Hey everyone, how are you doing?! The weather here has been warming up slightly, and we’ve even seen some sun! Very unusual for January, but I’m not complaining!

Today I want to share with you a few places to go in London which are a bit alternative to the typical sight-seeing attractions. Although London is known for the stunning Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the Tower of London and multiple other attractions, it’s sometimes nice to explore the other areas of London which aren’t as tourist-heavy. With my partner living in London for a year, I’ve had many opportunities to visit the beautiful, lively city, so I thought I would chat about a few of the places I have been to which I have loved. I hope you enjoy!

1) Milk Train

Just near Covent Garden, head over to the Milk Train. With deluxe soft ice cream, you are able to personalise your ice cream with different flavours and toppings. From sugary clouds of candyfloss to crunchy oreo cookies of heaven, you can create the most delicious sweet snack – and the ice cream is so delicate and creamy too!

2) Brickwood Café, Clapham

If you’re staying near Clapham and have a couple hours free, I’d definitely recommend visiting the Brickwood Café. It’s an Aussie inspired café serving coffee’s and brunch, with a wooden interior that creates a cosy atmosphere. When I went, I had warm, toasted banana bread served with some sweet butter and peppermint tea – it was delightful!

3) Shoreditch

Filled with a creative energy and buzz, Shoreditch is known for its artsy history and restaurants. Plenty of colourful, unique artworks which plaster the walls outside – it’s a place that most definitely catches the eye! Shoreditch is also great for street food, restaurants and cafés, so be sure to stop by and have some food when you’re there.

So, there are a few places I would recommend when visiting London (that aren’t the usual attractions). I absolutely love London – it’s such a great city packed with vibrance and history.

I know this blog post has been a little different than usual, but I hope you enjoyed it!

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

How To Motivate Yourself on an ‘Off’ Day


Hey everyone, how are you all!?

I went for a walk yesterday. It was so frosty outside! There was ice glazed all over the ground, so wearing a woolly hat was a must! Right now, I am curled up in bed, drinking a soothing peppermint tea to wind down after the busy welcoming of Monday.

Today, I want to talk about ways to motivate yourself on an ‘off’ day. We all have off days, just like we have good days, and it’s totally normal. When these ‘off’ days occur, it can be difficult to even think about the ‘to-do list’ of the day, and the sound of ‘Netflix in bed’ sounds so much more appealing! However, learning to tackle these psychological obstructions is important, as it will feel a lot more rewarding at the end of the day if you have spent it being productive!

Firstly, remind yourself that the day is just one ‘off’ day, and tomorrow will be better. Being productive now will make tomorrow feel easier – you can do this!

Begin your day with writing a ‘to-do’ list and start with the easier, less effortful tasks. This will gently encourage you to ease into the routine of the day and, simultaneously, you will be productively ticking tasks off the list!

Reward yourself with breaks. Reward yourself for being proactive and completing the tasks you initially struggled to begin with. This is a great way to make yourself proud for what you achieved, which will boost your mood.

Also, remember listen to yourself. If you really need a break, then have one. Take things slow, and whenever you feel like you need to rest, then do it. Even if it is little and often, it’s so important to listen to the body and mind and look after ourselves with great care and love.

So, there are some tips for you! I hope they help, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading.

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

Stress-free Night Time Routine


Hello lovely people,

How are you doing? I’ve been so busy recently with what feels like endless assignments and deadlines! I feel so tired from working constantly – I need a break!

January. The time of assignments, deadlines and exams. Our days are crammed with copious amounts of revision and hard work – I feel like if I reference one more study my whole mind is going to burst. It’s such a stressful time period, trust me that you are not alone!

I’ve noticed that I have been falling asleep later than usual recently due to the stress of my assignments. When I close my eyes, all I seem to think about is the amount of work that needs to be done. So, I decided to introduce a few new steps into my night time routine (and I’ve found myself really benefitting from it) so I thought I would share it with you!

As you know, I absolutely love lavender. I use an essential oil (from Amazon) and I blot it on my pillow before I sleep. Simultaneously, I listen to sleep meditations by ‘The Honest Guys’ on Spotify (you can also get on YouTube) which are so relaxing. There’s one particular meditation I use called ‘Inner Peace,’ and it encourages the mind to wander to a happy place as you drift to sleep. With the scent of lavender in my room as I drift to sleep, it’s easy to imagine I’m immersed in a lavender field surrounded by tranquil waters. Closing my eyes, I leave the busy world of essays behind and escape to a private world of serenity. This method of relaxation before sleep is great because it allows you to create your own private, happy world of peace, allowing you to end your day with happy, relaxed thoughts.

As well as this, I also have got into reading books. I’ve found that even reading 10/15 minutes before bed really calms me down and makes me sleepy too, so I would definitely recommend reading a book just before bed.

Those are, in particular, the most effective strategies I usually use when I’m stressed and need to sleep. Let me know if you try them out – I hope they help!

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx


Healthy Smoothie Recipe


Hello everyone, how are you?

Friday is finally here and it’s the weekend! I’m sure you’ve been working hard, so now it’s your time to chill, relax and put your favourite TV programme on! Do you have any nice plans this weekend? My family and I are driving to see some old family friends of ours, so we’re going to be quite busy!

I woke up this morning and decided to make a smoothie. I’ve been into healthy eating recently and I’m loving it. I can definitely detect a change in my overall mood and I generally feel fitter! So, what I love about smoothies is that they’re full of great nutrients AND they’re so easy to make! You can chuck in a variety of healthy ingredients and it just tastes of fresh fruit, so it’s a win-win really!

The ingredients I used:
1 orange, a handful of frozen strawberries, 1 frozen banana, spinach and almond milk! (I also added some chia seeds and raspberries on top but that’s optional!)

The fact there’s spinach in it might put you off (I get it), but you honestly can’t taste the spinach because it’s overpowered by the fruit – so you’re basically adding all the good greens without even having to taste them!

It was a great, refreshing start to my day, filling my body with plenty of nutrients and I’d definitely recommend it. I don’t know why, but having a healthy start to the day makes me feel more motivated as well as improving my overall mood!

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx