Accepting The Highs and Lows


Hey guys, how have you been doing?

I think it’s safe to say that Spring is most definitely approaching – the air feels crisp and the evenings are lighter. Colourful dots have begun to blossom amongst the green canvas of grass, whilst white wispy clouds swirl through the light blue sky, delicate and fluffy. Each morning, I have been going on runs. It allows me to absorb the surroundings and appreciate the smaller things in life we sometimes take for granted. It also helps declutter my mind and sets the tone for the day, in which I return home with clearer thoughts and a calmer vision for the day ahead. It’s really helped me stay calm, particularly during this weird time. Today, I want to provide some reassurance about the current situation, and hopefully encourage you to accept how you are feeling, because I’m sure we are all experiencing up and down phases at the moment – which is totally okay.

Take this scenario. You wake up one morning, your mood is flat, you feel lazy, Netflix sounds too tempting to resist so you stay in bed and wear pyjamas all day.

Sound familiar? *Currently raising my hand*

This post is a little reminder that ‘off’ days are okay, and you are not alone if you are finding this time difficult. It can be challenging to stay positive all the time, particularly when we are repeatedly reminded of everything that is occurring around us. This is a time of change and uncertainty where we are restricted to the four walls of home, with many of us having to adjust to different living dynamics and new routines. Things at the moment are different, so of course not every day will be easy – it’s only natural to feel that way. It is okay if you wake up feeling down. It is okay to have a day off. It is okay to feel worried or uncertain. These are normal feelings most of us will experience given the current situation. Good days will come, and not-so-good days will go. Remember that this time will pass, we just have to take each day as it comes.

What can help lift your mood?

Obviously, different strategies work for different people, but I’ve been trying to implement a few different activities into my daily routine to keep myself entertained, and to help distract myself from the situation. Simple things such as phoning a friend or spending some quality time with family members are a great distraction. I’ve also been drawing, reading, baking, painting, running, meditating and doing home work-outs for some technology-free escapism. I’ve heard great things about Yoga too – I plan on starting that at some point too!

Although this has been different from my previous posts, I just thought a daily reminder would hopefully help and reassure you that the emotions you’re experiencing during this time are all completely natural and okay. We are in this together and this time will pass.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and I hope it’s helped. Have a lovely rest of your day/evening!

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

Homemade Banana Bread


Hi guys, how are you doing? I hope you are all safe and well.

From spending all this time at home, I have begun to appreciate the comforting scent of a freshly baked cake straight out the oven. Baking has always been a hobby of mine – there’s something so satisfying about turning a buttery, sugary mixture into a fluffy sponge of goodness. Last week, I was passing time and decided to bake a banana bread. I followed an old recipe from ‘River Cottage,’ but I altered it a little bit. It turned out super delicious and so I thought I’d share it with you!

You need:
100g unsalted butter (I used salted and it was fine!)
125g light brown sugar
2 eggs
2/3 ripe bananas
100/125g raisins/apricots/chocolate (anything you fancy, really!) – measurements are quite general for this because, in my opinion, it’s up to you how much filling you want to put in. I used raisins as we didn’t have any apricots in
200g self-raising flour
Lemon/orange (for the zest – not essential!)

Method:
Method is super simple!
Begin by mixing the butter (softened) and sugar in a bowl to form a creamy mixture. Then, crack the eggs into the bowl and mix again. Then, mash the banana’s into a paste and also add them into the mixture. Follow this by adding the raisins/apricots/chocolate (whichever filling you prefer) and mix well. Then, grate the lemon or orange zest into the bowl and mix! Then, it’s time to sift the flour and mix again. Pour the batter into a prepared tin and place in the oven for about 50 minutes (keep an eye on it though) on 160ᵒC.

Its really easy and it’s absolutely delicious – I’ve used the same recipe since I was young, and it’s never failed me!

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

How to Stay Motivated When Working From Home


Hey everyone, how are you doing?

In the midst of this uncertain time, it can be difficult to stay motivated. Particularly when we are restricted to our own homes – it can be so tempting to slip on some cosy loungewear and immerse in Disney+ or Netflix. The sudden change in routine and having to work from home is causing most of us to struggle with our motivation at the minute, but don’t worry because that’s completely natural – it’s a bizarre time for us all!

Today, I want to share with you a few tips which have helped me stay motivated during this time. I finally completed and handed in my dissertation the other day – so some of these methods must have worked! Of course, I don’t feel motivated every single day, but the tips I’m going to share have most definitely helped me! So grab a cup of tea, curl under a soft blanket, switch off from the outside world and enjoy the post.

  1. Write a to-do list the night before
    Writing a list the night before helps create a structure for the next day, as it clearly sets out what needs to be done. Writing lists before bed really encourage me to feel more motivated the next morning, as I wake up and feel keen to tick each task off the list! It also means you don’t have to worry about what needs to be done for the next day, as it’s already written down ! (And it helps declutter the mind).
  2. Wake up early
    I find myself feeling much more motivated when I wake up early (same time every morning to maintain a consistent routine). Waking up early discourages any feeling of sluggishness, which can often occur from waking up late and/or having an inconsistent sleep routine. Each early morning is a gift of a fresh day ahead. Picture each new day as a blank canvas – untouched, brand new and ready to be painted.
  3. Get dressed
    I did an Instagram poll the other day, and like myself, the majority of people are spending their days in cosy loungewear/pyjamas. Trust me, I know how tempting it is because I often do it myself! But I’ve been trying to dress in outfits which I would wear during a day at the library (eg/ jeans, smarter attire), and it’s making me feel much more motivated to work.
  4. Reward Yourself
    After a day of work and being productive, I usually set myself a ‘rewarding’ task for the end of the day. For example, I’ll treat myself to a movie on Disney+, or I’ll have a bath that evening. Throughout the day, as I’m working, I then remind myself of that particular reward which I will indulge in once my tasks are complete. This really helps me stay focussed and motivated to complete what needs to be done, as having a reward is something to look forward to.
  5. Listen to yourself
    Remember, if you are having an off day, do not get frustrated with yourself for not being as productive as usual! We cannot be really productive and motivated every single day – it’s completely natural to have off days. We are going through a difficult time of change and uncertainty, so feeling up and down is completely normal. Listen to your body, and if you really are struggling, then that is okay and remember to take it easy.

So, those are a few suggestions which have helped me stay motivated when working from home, I hope they work for you too. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this blog post, and I really hope you are all doing okay!

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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 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

New Years Resolutions


Hey everyone! How is the New Year treating you so far?

I went for a walk today – the weather was lovely. It felt so refreshing to switch my phone off and have some ‘me’ time. It was a time of reflection and gratitude. The air was crisp and felt fresh on my skin, as the aura of a New Year danced around the streets. I took this time to be thankful for everything around me, as well as focusing on myself and what I’m hoping to achieve this year.

So…New Years Resolutions, do you have any? Or any goals in general? As we set ourselves these desirable goals, it may eventually become tiring and frustrating if we feel like we aren’t achieving them straight away, or perhaps we are finding it difficult to keep up with our new goals. For example, I know a lot of people who are going to work on their mindsets this year, and are aiming to think more positively. It may be frustrating at first when you are trying to be positive but still feel the same as you did ‘in 2019.’ This can be the same for any goal – whether you are wanting to gym more, work hard, go completely vegan etc. These goals can be challenging and frustrating when we may find ourselves struggling to keep up with them. Sound familiar?! I definitely find myself feeling frustrated at times.

What’s important to remember is that patience is key. Changing our habits and sticking to new ones takes time and persistence. These things don’t happen immediately – it takes time and motivation. Just because it’s a New Year, does not mean you will notice a difference straight away – and that’s completely ok and totally normal! Accept that changing a habit and sticking to a new goal without finding it difficult at times is all part of the process. Take it day by day. For example, when you have completed one day of eating animal-free, reward yourself for that! One day is done, now onto the next. It eventually becomes a habit and will get easier and easier! You can do it. Stay positive and motivated and remind yourself that it isn’t all an upward journey. Life comes with it’s hurdles and that’s okay. It’s all about accepting them and learning to jump them.

I hope this blog post has helped you guys! Subscribe if you want to see more content and let me know how you get on with your New Years Resolutions! Remember, you can do anything – believe in yourself!

Have a lovely rest of your day!

Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

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