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


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