Appreciating the Small Things in Life


Hey lovely people, how is your day/evening going?

Before I begin this post, I just wanted to quickly say a huge thank you for all your support! I now have 70 of you who are subscribed to my blog, and although that may not seem a lot in comparison to others, I’m still so overwhelmed that so many of you are enjoying my posts – it means so much to me and I’m so happy I can help!

Currently feeling very zen right now. I’m curled up in bed, wearing some fluffy socks and drinking peppermint tea. I don’t know about you, but I love herbal teas – especially of an evening. It’s currently raining here; the water droplets are tapping on the ground outside ever so gently. I’ve lit a few candles which are emitting a fiery orange glow, making me feel super cosy!

Today I want to talk about appreciating the little things in life. My friend sent me a quote and it was a great reminder, so I thought I’d share it with you:

“Today, I will pay attention to the small things that bring me joy.”

I feel like it’s so important to remember this. It’s so easy to become wrapped up and consumed with the stress of our day to day lives that we focus on the negatives and we take the small things in life for granted. Sometimes in life, it’s required for us to take a step back, breathe and remind ourselves of the smaller things in life that make us happy. Whether it’s friends, family, your partner, a hobby or even if it’s as simple as a book you’re currently reading. In times of stress or difficulty, remember the simple, small things in life which we may often forget about!

So, I just thought I’d share that quote with you as it was a nice reminder for me and so I thought it would be a nice reminder for you too!

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx


Tackling Negative Thoughts


Hey guys, how are you doing today?

I hope you all had a lovely New Year. I hope this year blesses you with the happiness, love and success that you deserve!

As we have waved December farewell, a clean slate greets us which is yet to be filled with amazing memories and adventures. Do you have any New Years resolutions?

Today I want to talk about tackling negative thoughts. As Christmas is over and we have celebrated the New Year, some of us may feel slightly down at the thought of returning back to school, uni or work. We have slipped back into reality after a magical time of year, so we could be experiencing lower moods which are derived from negative thoughts. Although I’m no expert, I would love to offer and share some advice about what you can do to help these negative thoughts in order to feel overall more satisfied and happier with yourself.

  1. Challenge them
    Once you have recognised and noticed a negative thought, try to challenge it, or turn it into something positive. Being able to recognise and challenge these thoughts not only helps you control them, but also helps to rationalise them. This helps you realise that these negative thoughts are often inaccurate and are usually habitual.
  2. Write down positive thoughts
    When you find yourself immersed in negative thoughts, take the time out to write down things that you make you happy. Whether its in a diary or just on a piece of paper, writing down positive things is a great way to cheer yourself up and allow the mind to focus on the positive aspects of your life. Whether it’s things you are grateful for or things you like about yourself, write them all down!
  3. Talk to someone
    It sounds cliché, but sometimes the best thing to do when you’re feeling down is to talk to somebody. A problem shared is a problem halved. Sharing our feelings may be difficult but just remember that people do care! People care about you the way you care about them. Sharing these feelings allows lifts a heavy weight off our chest which can feel both refreshing and relieving.

So, there’s some advice I thought I would share with you! I hope you enjoyed the blog post and let me know what you think. Feel free to comment and subscribe if you would like to see more content!

Have a lovely rest of your day.

Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx


The New Year


Hey guys,

How is everyone? Did you all have a lovely Christmas? I am aware I haven’t written in some time – I’ve been super busy with family events and Christmas celebrations. It’s been a joyful month filled with bubbly prosecco and endless laughter with family and friends.

Now…the gap between Christmas and New Year. What’s that all about? Many of us feel sad as the exciting build-up of festive joys comes to end and we wave our family and friends goodbye until next time. It can feel quite lonely – a really lovely time of year has ended and we aren’t quite sure how to fill the current days before the New Year.

I’ve come to realise that being excited for the New Year and treating it as a new opportunity is such a good way to think positively about the future and reduce the festive-blues. Life has provided us with a brand new, clean slate which will be filled with excitement, new memories and opportunities.

It sounds cliché, I know. But leave the bad in the past and bring the good things in your life into 2020. The past is in the past now – and this is your chance to keep it that way! Believe that this year will be a great new chapter in your life.

Each year is like a diary. You open the first page of many – all unwritten, blank and untouched. Each page is an opportunity to create and personalise new memories which can be treasured forever. Positive thoughts breed and attract positivity. Make this year your year because you deserve it!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post. I know it’s brief but there’s plenty more to come in the New Year! Happy New Year everyone, have a good one.

Lots of love,

Somewhat Perfect xxx


The Season To Give


Hello lovely people,

How are you all today? Sorry that I haven’t posted in a while – I’ve been super busy celebrating birthdays and sorting out Christmas checklists! As mid-December has finally arrived, it’s safe to say we certainly are in the midst of the festive season! We are seeing more colourful sparkling lights dress our streets as adorned Christmas trees dazzle the windows of family homes.

Not only is this a time of year full of love and festivity, but it’s also a wonderful time to give. Today I want to suggest some idea’s

  1. Donate/give to charity
    – although this time of year is wonderful for many of us, we can’t forget about those who may struggle. For many people, this time of year can be lonely and sad. Donating a gift or some money to those who are less fortunate not only builds a sense of community and love but will also brighten someone else’s day.
  2. Send out Christmas cards
    – sending Christmas cards and greetings is the perfect way to make others happy and let people know you are thinking of them during the festive season. I’ve found that sending e-cards is not only fun and efficient, but it also helps save the planet as it all can be done digitally, without paper. I recommend using ‘Paperless Post’ – they provide an endless array of different designs for cards, invitations and greetings (with a choice to customize your own) for all occasions! It’s such a perfect way to connect with people, especially during such a wonderful, festive time of year. If you fancy creating an e-card and sending a Christmas card (or any other) to send to someone you love, click on this link: https://www.paperlesspost.com
  3. Treat your neighbours to some festive goods
    This reminds me of my childhood. When I was younger, I was constantly immersing myself in the kitchen, baking all sorts of cookies, gingerbread and cakes. I then neatly presented them onto a plate and gave them to my neighbours! It’s a great way of giving during this time of year, and it’s also cheap if you are on a budget!

There’s a few suggestions of mine of how to give this Christmas! It feels so rewarding being able to give to others and make someone else smile.

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Somewhat Perfect xxx

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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


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


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.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post and I hope it helps you! Please subscribe if you would like to see more content!

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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