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!

Let me know how you get on, and don’t forget to subscribe for more content!

Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

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

Remember to Self-Love


Hey everyone, I hope you’re all having a great day!

Before you read this post, grab yourself a hot drink, put some fluffy socks on and use this reading time to escape from the real world. You deserve a night’s rest before Monday greets us tomorrow morning! As we launch into January, the nights continue to precede to darkness during early hours of the day, as we patiently wait for Spring to arrive.

Today I want to talk about self-love. It’s something a lot of us struggle with because the voice in our heads can be so critical towards ourselves, and not so kind. What’s important here is remembering to treat yourself as your own best friend. You wouldn’t be critical of your best friend, so why should you be critical of yourself?

Start your day off with positive thoughts. Tell yourself something positive. When you wake up tomorrow morning, tell yourself that you will be productive today. Tell yourself you are loved. Tell yourself that today will be a good day. Filling your head with good thoughts not only creates an optimistic mindset, but also fills the beginning of a new day with positivity. Thinking about happy thoughts and setting positive affirmations in the morning creates a blanket of positivity which you can wear throughout the day!

Remember to be kind to yourself. A key route to self-love is accepting who you are as a person. Don’t put yourself down for any mistakes you make because life is a learning process – we all make mistakes. We are all learning on this journey together – remember that we are all different and that makes us unique and individual.

Accept yourself – accept both the talents and the faults you have because nobody is perfect! Focus on the positive aspects of yourself and remember that you are beautiful inside and out. Reminding yourself of the things you like about yourself is another great way to love yourself. We all have positive qualities, and although it’s hard, don’t let a few negative thoughts override the positives ones.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading today’s post and I hope it helps. Remember to keep smiling and love yourself because you deserve it.

I hope you all have a lovely rest of your day/evening! Subscribe if you want to see more posts and thank you soooo much for all your support!

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