My Daily Routine at Home


Hey guys, I hope you’re all staying well and keeping positive during this strange time!

I know that many of us have been through a lot of change recently – a change of work setting, having to work from home, even a change in living dynamics. I’ve also noticed on social media that a few people have been struggling to adapt to this change of routine. So today, I’m going to share with you my daily routine which I have recently adapted to since all this change, and I hope it can offer some inspiration/ideas for you!

My Daily Routine:

Wake up: I usually set my alarm for 8:30am on weekdays. Setting my alarm for the same time each day really improves my sleep cycle and is a great way to keep your daily routine consistent. I’ll then drink a few cups of water and have a piece of fruit (I eat lightly at this time because I go for runs every morning).

Exercise: Since being restricted to home, I’ve really tried to utilise this time to practice self-care and aim to be healthier. So, every morning, I’ve been going on runs alone which are doing me the world of good. Inhaling the fresh air each morning whilst being surrounded by empty greens feels so invigorating and is also a great way to leave the house. I would definitely recommend a morning exercise to anybody, and if running isn’t for you, you could try a hit workout, normal workout or even yoga! They have so many tutorials to follow on YouTube, so definitely try that out. It really puts my head in a good space, preparing it for the day, especially when our days are now spent indoors.

Getting ready for the day: I’ll then shower and get ready for the day! I’m making the most of working from home, so I usually slip on a pair of comfy joggers with a cosy top – being comfy is key for me! I’ll then make myself a cup of tea (mint green is so good in the morning) and crack on with University work! Remember to drink lots of water throughout the day to stay hydrated!

Lunch: I’ll have lunch usually between 12-1pm depending on the day and how I am feeling! Eating healthy can really boost your mood, which is especially important during times like this, so I’m trying to be keep a balanced diet.

Back to work: After lunch, I’ll then usually work some more until 4pm. I understand that if you have a full-time job that you will finish later than that! Everyone’s routines will differ slightly!

In the evening: By the evening, I will switch off my laptop so that I’m not tempted to look/finish anymore work! It’s important to be able to switch off after a day of hard work! I’ll then have dinner.

Self-care: I preach about self-care so often because it’s so important to me! I try to implement a dose of self-care every single day, and find it particularly therapeutic to do so before bedtime. Whether it’s reading a book with a peppermint tea, painting my nails, running a warm bath, having a pamper session, watching a favourite film or a 10-minute meditation, I make sure I do at least one of these every night-time before I sleep. It allows me to have a calmer head space and helps me wind down for bed.

Goodnight: I usually aim to fall asleep at the same time each night to again regulate my sleep cycle and keep a consistent routine. I also still regularly use lavender oil before I sleep, as it really relaxes my mind and helps me drift off. I also recommend doing night time meditations (The Honest Guys on Spotify and YouTube are really good!)

So, that’s the routine I’ve adjusted to since being at home! I hope it helps you and gives you some ideas! I find that having a structured routine really helps both my motivation and my productivity when working at home.

I hope you are all staying positive and safe, and remember that we are all in this together!

Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

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.

Thanks so much for reading and for all of your support! Don’t forget to subscribe to join the family!

Have a lovely day.

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

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


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.

Thank you for reading! Please subscribe if you want to see more content.

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

Lots of love,

Somewhat Perfect xxx

Detaching Yourself From Social Media


Hi guys!

What have you been up to today? It’s getting colder and colder outside, and I don’t know about you but, I’m already wearing knitted jumpers and fluffy socks!

Today I want to talk about the façade of social media. “Façade” is just a fancy word to explain the deceptive impression we get from social media. Let me show it in a simple way. Today, I went for a walk and I collected some conkers along the way. Take a look at the picture I took of the conkers below.

Notice how the same picture looks slightly different? Notice how the images on the right look more enhanced, colourful and interesting than the image on the left? That’s social media for you. And that’s how easy it can be to portray something differently to reality.  

I’ll be honest and I’ll tell you something – you aren’t alone when you are scrolling down Instagram and you find that you are comparing yourself to everyone else on your feed. Because what people forget when scrolling down their feed is that you only see the edited, best side of people on social media.

You’ll scroll down your feed and see a picture of somebody having a great time at a party. Someone else is kissing their partner under the Eiffel Tower, someone else has graduated, someone else is wearing the latest fashion trends and someone else has just been offered a job. Sound familiar? *currently nodding to myself* Yes, it does, because we only see the best of the best on social media. All these smiling, perfect-looking people are just like yourself. Everyone has good days, and everyone has bad days, which is totally okay and normal. It is so important to remember that what you see on social media isn’t always true. It is so easy to taint reality with a “smoothing” edit, or a one-second smile for a photograph. It’s so easy to become consumed in this unrealistic world of perfection and invested in other people’s lives, and it isn’t good for us. I’m not saying it isn’t okay to edit or post the best pictures of yourselves, because people can do whatever they want. However, what I’m saying is that you must remember that what you see isn’t always true, and you shouldn’t compare yourself to others and to what you see on social media.

A ‘Social Media Detox’ is something I believe everyone should do from time to time. Going through Instagram, viewing Snapchat stories and seeing all this perfection can be so overwhelming and emotionally exhausting. Quite a few times now I have decided to do a ‘Social Media Detox,’ where I either limit my time on social media daily, or I just don’t use it at all. Studies have actually found that people who decrease their social media use tend to find themselves feeling less depressed, less anxious and more confident. And to me, that speaks a lot of volume! From personal experience, I found that taking time away from social media made me feel a lot happier and more content with my life. It allowed me to invest time in just myself and my own life.

So, if all this seems very relatable and you can feel yourself reading this post and thinking ‘yeah, social media does get me down sometimes,’ then why don’t you take some time away from it all? Even if that means limiting your use to just 10/15 minutes a day, or deleting the apps for a week. Have a nice, social media detox for a week and see how you feel afterwards. I know from experience that it makes me feel a lot better.

So, if you try it, please let me know how you get on! Having a social media detox is honestly something I think should be encouraged more often. Switching off and detaching yourself from it all is so good for your wellbeing. It’s worked for me, and so I thought I’d share my experience with you and give you some advice.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the blog post, and I’ll speak soon.

Have a nice rest of your day!

Lots of love, Somewhat Perfect xxx