Getting in the Festive Spirit


Hey guys! What’s everybody been up to?

Today’s post will be slightly different, however, I thought now that it’s December time, it’s absolutely necessary! As the dark nights draw in, the cosy fires illuminate our homes with orange glow, and fairy lights intricately embellish Christmas trees, displayed in our windows. Layers of frost coat the ground like perfectly rolled icing as decorated wreaths hang on our front doors. The Christmas spirit is dancing around us, so I thought I would focus today’s post on things to do during the festive season!

  1. Watch a Christmas Film
    Put on your favourite film or find something on the TV guide. Make yourself a warming hot chocolate and enjoy the movie! I absolutely love ‘The Grinch’ – it’s a classic festive film!
  2. Buy a Christmas jumper/pyjamas
    I don’t know about you, but I love treating myself to a Christmassy item of clothing! So many clothing brands sell festive jumpers and pyjamas. They’re super cosy and help you indulge right into the festive spirit!
  3. Get creative with your wrapping
    Once I’ve bought all my gifts for friends and family, I love choosing different wrapper papers and ribbons! Paperchase do lovely wrapping paper, but if you’re also on a budget, ‘The Range’ supply plenty of gift-wrapping choices. I’ve found that finding wrapping paper you love makes the gift-wrapping process so much more exciting and enjoyable.
  4. Baking/Cooking
    I absolutely love baking this time of year. Nothing beats filling the kitchen with the scent gingerbread and mulled wine with some Christmas music playing in the background.
  5. Go on a Winter walk
    Wrap up warm and go on a winter walk with a loved one. Embrace the festive air and grab a hot drink on the way!

So there are a few festive tips to get you in the spirit! I hope you all have a lovely rest of your day, and don’t forget to subscribe if you want to see more content!

Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx


Doing Something You Love


Hey guys! How is everyone today?

Look at this gingerbread house I made yesterday! It took four hours of dedication and creativity, but it was so worth it and was so much fun! (the penguin-looking snowmen were not intentional).

Christmas song lyrics joyfully filled the room as the adorned gingerbread house came together. The crushed hard-boiled sweets melted in the oven to create the stain-glass window as the smell of freshly baked gingerbread suffused the kitchen. Piping the pieces so precisely, a frosty image of fallen snow was created, with wispy icicles that hung delicately from the roof. Bursts of colour populated the the gingerbread to what eventually became a candy house.

Today I want to talk about being kind to yourself by doing something you enjoy/love. As Christmas approaches, it’s a time where our minds are often busy thinking about other people, so we often forget to ‘check in’ with ourselves. I’ve felt myself feeling rather stressed and overwhelmed with work and deadlines recently, and after speaking to my friends, they feel just the same.

So, I decided to take an afternoon off to do something I loved. I met up with a friend and together we decided to design and make our own gingerbread house. It was the perfect way to mentally unwind as well as implement some Christmas spirit into the day! I left my phone in my room as we preceded with our handiwork in the kitchen. With undivided attention, it was so therapeutic to completely engage in an activity that I loved with no distractions. No buzzes, no worries about work – just some essential, quality time to recharge and relax.

It’s so good for our wellbeing to reward yourself with some time off by doing something you enjoy. After reading this post, take some time this week to do something you love. Whether it’s baking, cooking, painting, going for a walk, going to the gym, walking your dog, reading, doing a sport or drawing. Utilise this time to switch off from your busy schedules and absorb in an activity which will bring you happiness. You deserve it!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post! Let me know what activity you’re going to do this week and I hope you have a lovely rest of your day.

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx


Mindfulness


Hey guys,

How’s your December going so far? What have you been up to? The frosty cold that welcomes us every morning never fails to trigger a burst of excitement inside me as Christmas soon arrives. Recently, I’ve been very consumed with assignments and deadlines on top of Christmas shopping and organising. Whenever I walk through the city centre on the way to Uni, I can’t help but observe the external panic and rush of other people, cramming their endless ‘to-do’ lists into one day.  So today, I want to talk about mindfulness – a very effective tip to maintain a calm mindset and overall a more positive wellbeing.

You close your eyes. You feel nothing but the waves of calmness which effortlessly run through your body. You notice your stomach expand whilst you inhale the rich, invigorating air, as you release weights of negative energy each time you exhale. You are calm, your affinity for positive energy is present and you are in control…

And there’s a small insight into what mindfulness feels like. Enabling yourself to take a few minutes each day to switch off and indulge in a private, peaceful bubble of calmness has been proven to have profound effects on our mental wellbeing.

If you are struggling where and when to begin mindfulness exercises, try YouTube or Spotify. There are countless video’s and audio tracks on mindfulness meditation provided for both beginners and advanced meditators. Begin by setting your alarm five minutes earlier and utilise those extra minutes to switch off from the outside world and have a moment of restful mindfulness. Begin your day with a refreshed, clean slate, and remember to repeat this daily! I also find that sleep mediation works wonders as well – so don’t hesitate to try that out too. I’ve already mentioned these in a previous blog post, but I really recommend ‘The Honest Guys,’ – they have an extensive variety of different meditations and mindfulness practices, so definitely check them out.

When I first tried out meditation, I didn’t think I would experience the beneficial effects as much as I did. Within days I felt calmer, more collected, less stressed and overall a healthier and happier person! I couldn’t recommend it enough, so please try it out and let me know what you think.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post, let me know how you get on!

Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx


Dealing with Anxiety


Hey everyone, how are you all doing?

I’m currently waiting for the train heading back from London – it was absolutely freezing this morning! As I was walking to the tube station, there were layers of frost which glistened on the fallen leaves on the ground and the cold air felt like tiny icicles piercing my face. The chilly weather seems appropriate now that it’s finally December – I couldn’t be more excited about it! What advent calendars have you got this year?

Today I want to talk about anxiety. Whether it’s some more than others, we all feel it on different levels from time to time. In the moment, it can become very overwhelming with both the emotional and physical symptoms that come with feeling anxious. Over the years, I have tried out different methods to deal with these heightened feelings of anxiety, whether it’s in the particular moment or just in general. I’d like to share these coping mechanisms with you so you can try them out and hopefully they will help you.

  • Focus on your breathing
    When you’re in a moment of panic, what’s really important is your breathing. It’s mind over matter here, and if you can start to focus on your breathing, encouraging yourself to slowly breathe in and out, your mind will eventually be convinced that you aren’t anxious anymore because you are breathing slower. Be patient with this. A few slow breathes won’t stop you feeling anxious, but the persistence of slow breathing will gradually help yourself to calm down.
  • Get in touch with your senses
    I’ve read a lot about the effects of doing this when you are in a moment of panic and it is proven to be very effective. When you feel anxious, try to observe what’s around you and what you can see/touch/hear/smell. It helps channel your mind back to reality and reminds yourself that you are okay. Bringing your senses back to reality helps reduce anxiety as it’s a reminder that you are in control, you are secure, and you are okay.
  • Remind yourself that you have felt this way before
    Reminding yourself that you have felt this way before and nothing bad happened the last time is another way to reassure yourself that things will be okay. Yes, you feel anxious right now but this moment will pass, just like it did last time. Just focus on your breathing, get in touch with your surroundings and remind yourself this will pass.

These are some key coping mechanisms I’ve found to be very useful when I’m feeling anxious or overwhelmed. If you would like to hear more tips please let me know!

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx


Calming Your Thoughts Before Sleep


Hey everyone, how are you all doing today?

Soon, we will wish autumn farewell for the year, and winter will greet us with frosty fingertips. As the fallen leaves on the ground turn crispier, the twiggy branches on trees remain bare as the icy air allures winter hats and scarves.

So, stopping racing thoughts before we sleep, how can we do it? A lot of us are prone to overthinking, especially when I’m trying to wind down before bed. I don’t know about you, but it often occurs when I’ve had a stressful day, or when I’ve got a busy schedule ahead of me. I close my eyes, trying to sleep, yet my mind is whirling around in a pool of rushing thoughts, making it seem impossible to drift to sleep.

As a frequent mindfulness goer, I have learnt that being able to distract your mind from busy thought’s is a powerful way to calm ourselves down. I have found that an effective way to distract your mind from reoccurring, stressful thoughts is by taking yourself to the present. Ask yourself: where am I? What can I touch? What can I smell?

As you close your eyes, you can feel the soft duvet shelter your resting body. You can feel your head sink effortlessly into the pillow. The warmth from the hot water bottle emits into your skin, as you inhale the soothing scent of lavender. 

Not only does this distract your mind from busy thoughts, but it calms the body and facilitates relaxation. Take yourself to the present. Remind yourself that there is no point worrying about tomorrow or worrying about the past when right now it isn’t in your control so it’s not worth worrying about!

So next time you’re struggling to sleep, close your eyes and try distracting your mind by focussing on the present! I hope this blog helps you, and if you want to see more content please subscribe!

Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx


Acceptance


Hey guys!

How has your day been? My Christmas shopping has finally started; all the discounts are on so now is the perfect time! I can’t get enough of the glittery lights which parade the city centre, and the dazzling Christmas decorations which fulfil the shop windows, each spreading the jubilant buzz as December 1st approaches.

I’m sure you’ve had a busy day today. As the beautiful blue sky falls to darkness and the nightfall hours approach, allow yourself some quality time. Grab a cup of tea, switch off from the outside world and allow yourself some time to relax and read this post.

Today, I was walking back home, listening to this insightful podcast about wellbeing. The content within the podcast inspired me to write today’s post because it mentioned something which I feel a lot of us could be better at, which is acceptance.

We’ve all felt it: sadness, guilt, disappointment, jealousy – the list is infinite. It is important to remind ourselves that it is entirely normal to experience these feelings from time to time. However, I firmly believe that there are ways to deal with these certain emotions that sometimes negatively overwhelm us.

Over the years, I have learnt that being able to accept these negative feelings as they come is a way to help them go. A quote I picked up from the podcast was “what we resist, persists,” and it’s so true. When we try to fight anger, the heat inside us intensifies. When we try to battle sadness, it remains stuck in our chest. When we criticize ourselves for being jealous, we feel worse. Essentially, rebelling against our emotions (rather than allowing them to happen), can overall affect us negatively.

Treat yourself and your feelings with kindness. Remind yourself that what you are feeling doesn’t define who you are as a person. People experience different emotions daily and that’s okay. These feelings come and go and being able to accept them and watch them gradually dissolve is a part of the amazing journey to self-love.

So next time you feel down, don’t resist it. Allow it, accept that you are feeling that way as it will pass.

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

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Being Appreciative


Hey guys, how is everyone doing??

I just wanted to start this post off by saying thank you for all your support since I’ve started this blog. It’s so lovely that there’s more and more of you joining – it fills me with joy knowing that my posts are helping you guys.

Autumn is preceding to Winter and December will soon be meeting us on our door step. Daylight falls to dusk early, as we are woken to layers of glistening frost outside. Although I love this time of year, I feel like it’s a time when many of us are overwhelmed with stress. Our days are packed with meeting deadlines, our minds are actively revisiting Christmas to-do lists, and perhaps our bank accounts aren’t as beaming as usual due to the arrival of the festive season. During such a busy time of year, it’s very easy to subconsciously spiral into the hectic schedules of every day life. It can cause us to feel stressed and down, starving our minds from positivity.   

Since I’ve been feeling stressed recently, I have found that being able to break away from the blur of everyday life for even just a few minutes can help slow the mind down and relax. Allowing the mind to rest for a moment and focus on what we are grateful for in life can be an effortless yet effective thing to do. So, ask yourself; what are you grateful for? What do you appreciate in life? Even if your answer is as straightforward as having shelter, or being thankful for owning an electronic device in which you are reading this blog post from. Reminding yourself of what you are grateful for is a simple, easy way to be more thankful of things we naturally take for granted due to the busy lives we hold. I have even found that writing down on paper the things I am appreciative of helps boost my mood and facilitates inner peace. So, if you prefer writing these down rather than mentally thinking about it, then do that!

So, after reading this post, try to think of a few things that you are grateful for in life, and observe the way it makes you feel. I find this really helps me put things into perspective, especially when I’m feeling so stressed.

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I hope you all have a lovely rest of your day!

Lots of love,

Somewhat Perfect xxx

Don’t Regret the Past


Hey guys!

Have any of you been to the Christmas markets yet? I went last weekend – indulging in the festive atmosphere was so heartening. As fairy lights glistened, glitter baubles decorated the mini stalls and the queue for chocolate crepes was everlasting. Children were gleaming at the standing Santa Claus statues as adults shared laughter, sipping on warm mulled wine.

Today, I want to share a quick message with you, focussing on mental attitudes towards negative past experiences. Becoming consumed with upsetting past events is common, especially if they have significantly affected our wellbeing. However, over the years, I have learnt that focussing on a negative past event and regretting it doesn’t resolve any negative mentality. This led me to think ‘Why am I getting so worked up about something in the past when I’m now in the present?’

Through conscious effort (although I am no expert), I have tried to change my mental attitude towards negative past experiences. Although having these bad past experiences are unpleasant, I learnt that it is up to you in the present to help how it makes you feel now. Rather than looking back with regret, I ask myself what positive things I learnt from these past events, or what positive outcomes came from it. Whether it taught me to stand up for myself, brought me closer to loved ones or meant someone toxic was removed out of my life – a positive outcome came from it. I’ve found that occupying this mindset has allowed me to forgive the past, rather than dwelling on it with regret which overall leads to a happier frame of mind!

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Lots of love,

Somewhat Perfect xxx

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Dealing with Peer Pressure


Hey guys!

How are you all doing?

In today’s post, I want to talk about something which can affect anybody, and most people have probably experienced it at some point in their lives: peer pressure.

“Stop being so boring and come out tonight,” “go on, you know you want to.” Sound familiar? Have you ever felt pressured into doing something you haven’t wanted to do but have ended up doing it just because you think it will please the people around you? You probably have, and that’s ok, because I’m sure it’s happened to all of us.

I feel like school and University are breeding grounds for peer pressure. During these times, you are surrounded by people who are finding themselves and wanting to try new things. It makes us feel like we have to do what everyone else is doing because we want to fit in, and we want approval from others. But, the important key to dealing with peer pressure is by staying true to yourself. Loving yourself and respecting your values is crucial in order to find the strength to reject unwanted experiences in a pressured situation. If you are in a situation where you feel pressured to do something you don’t want to do – then put yourself first and don’t do it.

It’s easier said than done, I understand that, and in the moment it’s difficult. Our mind becomes a battleground between our morals and wanting to please other people. And, when in this pressured environment, irrational thoughts will materialise into our minds, such as; ‘they won’t like me if I don’t do it.’ (although its important to recognise these thoughts are often untrue and irrational). Plus, if these people were your friends and they valued you as a person, they wouldn’t force you or pressure you to do anything – they would accept and respect your decisions and will love you regardless!

In a situation where you are being peer pressured, being able to recognize in the moment that you feel uncomfortable/uneasy about doing something is already an important step to staying true to yourself. You can then trust your feelings and remind yourself that you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. Value your opinions and yourself. Just because everyone else wants one thing doesn’t mean you want it too. We are all different and that’s totally fine!

So, in summary, stay true to yourself and your beliefs and don’t feel like you’re a bad person by saying no to people. Your true friends will stick by you and accept you for the person you are regardless if you want to do certain things or not.

Hope you have a lovely day and I hope this helps!

Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

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Christmas Gift Inspiration


Hello guys! How are you all?

It’s that time of year. The sparkling lights are up, Christmas tree’s cover shop windows and the smell of gingerbread latte’s suffuse cafés – the festive air is certainly approaching us! Todays post is a little different, but considering December 1st is approaching and Christmas shopping is on my to-do list, I thought it was the perfect time to suggest some Christmas present idea’s for friends and family.

Just a side note – when buying Christmas presents for others, it really helps me to write a list. I can then tick off each person once I’ve completed sorting their presents and it makes me feel a lot more organised!

If you are struggling for idea’s, I found that a lovely touch to a Christmas gift is sentimentality. Personalising or handmaking a gift adds a memorable, warming touch to give anyone on Christmas day. One year, I got my Nana a personalised calendar for the year. Each month was personalised and decorated with photographs of the family, and it was so nice to add that sentimental value to it. I ordered it on ‘Snapfish,’ which is a great website for personal gifts. They also sell mugs, keyrings, canvases and photo frames – so go and check them out. They make lovely Christmas gifts and it’s perfect if you are on a budget because they usually have amazing discounts!

Another great online store for sentimental gifts is ‘Not on the High Street.’ It’s packed with uniquely designed items with many options to personalise different gifts. I once bought my other Nana (who loves a glass of a wine) a personalised wine glass with her name on it, in which she loved! They also do really lovely jewellery, designed so beautifully and intricately. They sell a whole range of presents for men and women so I would definitely recommend!

So yeah, they’re just a few of my go-to websites for Christmas presents so I thought I’d share them with you!

I know it’s a little different, but I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you have any other ideas for Christmas presents, please let me know!

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Lots of love,

Somewhat Perfect xxx