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Self Care Tips 


Christmas is fast approaching and the first 25 days of December can be a bit of a whirlwind. So much of your time can be taken up by Christmas shopping or Christmas parties that it’s easy to forget to take some ‘me’ time and relax. I finally filled in my calendar for the next few weeks to find that I actually had very little time to myself! Here are some of my best self care tips to help you enjoy the festive season and not burn yourselves out

#1 Don’t choose the stressful option

A pretty simple tip but one that is easy to ignore. Whilst Christmas is my favourite time of year, it is also one of the most stressful! With a busy calendar and errands galore, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. However, with a little planning everything can go a lot more smoothly. Perhaps complete the bulk of your Christmas shopping online so that when you do go to the Christmas markets, you can actually enjoy the festivities instead of rushing about trying to find gifts. 

#2 You don’t have to attend every party 

Sometimes I forget that when I am invited somewhere I do have the option to say no. Christmas is a brilliant excuse for a couple of drinks after work and office parties, but it can also be a quick way to exhaustion. If you can hack going out every night then definitely go ahead and do it if it’s what you enjoy, I personally find that going out 24/7 results in me being miserable, sleep deprived and hungover – not very festive! Therefore, I am only attending events that I really want to go to. 

#3 You do not have to drink alcohol

This follows on nicely from #2, alcohol is not integral to having a good night. Now, I really enjoy drinking sociably and I have a healthy relationship with alcohol. Chances are that if I am out then I will be drinking. I am also comfortable with not drinking at social events. However, I have realised that quite often other people have an issue with this and will try to encourage me to drink. As I said, I have a healthy relationship with alcohol so I often shrug it off and don’t get tempted but this experience does make me feel sympathy to those trying not to drink but being pressured into doing so. My main advice would be to not draw attention to the fact that you’re not drinking – I’ll often have a fizzy drink, which people just assume is alcohol and I won’t get involved in rounds. The festive season is full of drinking but there are huge benefits to taking a break from alcohol – most notably I am much jollier the next day! 

#4 Focus on an exercise routine 

I sympathise with anyone that struggles to work out in the winter – staying at home watching Christmas films seems like a better alternative! But exercising can boost your mood considerably and make you feel like less of a Potato. Whenever I am trying to encourage myself to get active I always think that I won’t ever regret working out but I will regret wasting my time at home. Don’t let the cold weather stop you, wrap up warm and go for a walk or a run – having the cold air hit your face is oddly refreshing! Or if you are really committed to your Christmas movies then stream them from your phone and watch them at the gym. Your future self will thank you for it! 

#5 Treat yo’ self

Life is all about balance. So, whilst you should take care of your health also remember to enjoy yourself. For example, after my recent manic weekend, I had the most magnificent lazy day on Sunday. I slept in, walked my dog, ate biscuits, watched a Christmas film, played Lego Harry Potter, ordered a takeaway and then relaxed in the bath with a face mask. I felt so refreshed and ready for the week ahead! I find that when I have lazy days, it resets me and make me even more determined for the upcoming week to smash my fitness goals and eat well. 

What are your top self care tips? 

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My Favourite Vlogmas

December is a brilliant time because so many of my favourite YouTubers participate in Vlogmas. Last year I became so dedicated to Jenna Marbles’ Vlogmas series, ending up with me having ‘Be Our Guest’ stuck in my head for a lot of December. 

This year I am particularly excited for Niomi Smart’s Vlogmas series. I only recently discovered Niomi’s channel and I have no idea how I hadn’t stumbled across her before! The channel promotes a healthy and balanced lifestyle, I can honestly say it has inspired me so much to lead a healthier lifestyle. I am also really pleased that I have discovered it during the winter when my gym motivation is at an all time low – it’s far too easy to stay in the warmth of my home than drag myself to the gym after work! 

The main selling point of Niomi’s YouTube channel is Niomi herself – I want to be friends with her! She comes across as so kind and genuine, even vlogging her bad days to show that YouTubers are real people and not everything is as perfect as it may seem. Also, the Vlogs are very real. Sometimes it can feel as though YouTubers are performing – which they obviously are, nobody wants to watch a Vlog with no energy – but Niomi’s enthusiastic nature feels so genuine and it doesn’t feel as though she is putting on a false persona.

I will write another post soon with more Vlogmas suggestions but if you have any of your own then I’d love to hear them! 

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Merry Blogmas!!

For the first year in a while I am feeling so festive. I decorated my office door on Tuesday (don’t judge me – every person on my corridor has judged me enough!) and I’ve already watched my first Christmas film of the year. 

I have neglected blogging big time. Mostly due to a seemingly endless few months of job hunting and then starting my dream job. Despite having too much spare time before starting work, I couldn’t blog often because I wasn’t in the right frame of mind. Do any of you find blogging a lot easier when you’re feeling happy? I can write a long blog post if I’m in a bad mood and incredibly passionate about something but my mood whilst job hunting was very ‘meh’, I felt detached and quite useless.

But that’s over now so I will be attempting to blog everyday until Christmas, yippee! Hopefully I’ll be able to fit in a few YouTube videos too.. 

I’m very excited to start this challenge and hope a few of you follow my progress over the next few weeks.

Merry Blogmas to you all! 

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2 Scrubs vs 1 Cleanser

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Coming in at third is the Bioré Blemish Clearing Scrub as it actually made my face come up in a rash. This is the first reaction I have had to a facial scrub in about ten years so I think that this scrub is harsher than others that I have used. It’s unfortunate because the scrub itself has a lovely orange scent and you can really feel it working (although, in my case, it was just corroding my skin so maybe it worked too well!) It’s all down to personal preference though, so if your skin is less sensitive than mine then I would still recommend this! downloadIn second place is another Bioré product, this time it is the Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser. This cleanser was different to anything I have used before; the black cleanser becomes a white foam when combined with water. Similar to the previous product, this did tingle on my face but that feeling is intentional! After use my skin noticeably improved, whilst feeling hydrated. This is recommended for daily use but I found it was most effective when used every other day – otherwise it dried out my skin. The perfect cleanser for any SOS skin moments.

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In first place is the Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing Scrub – this has been my go to skin product for as long as I can remember. Whilst I did love the Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser, I find that Clean & Clear is far kinder to my skin. I can used this scrub on a daily basis without the threat of drying out my skin. From the first wash any blackheads are visibly reduced and skin is left feeling super soft. Definitely make this part of your daily routine.

So there you have it! Have any of you got some recommendations for me to try out? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Album Review: SZA – Ctrl

Epitomised in the opening verse of Prom, “Fearin’ not growin’ up, Keepin’ me up at night, Am I doin’ enough?, Feel like I’m wastin’ time”, this album is what every twenty something needs.

The brutal honesty is explicit throughout, especially in Supermodel “Let me tell you a secret, I been secretly banging your homeboy”. Also, it turns out that this lyric is entirely true – SZA found out that her boyfriend had cheated on her in Vegas so she slept with his friend as revenge. The album is deeply personal, echoing SZA’s true emotions and account of events.

It feels as though there is no element of a relationship that Ctrl does not explore. From growing pains to break ups to feelings of empowerment; SZA is able to pour emotion into every song. The Weekend is a bittersweet track outlining the relationship that she has with a man, whom is also having a relationship with two other women; “My man is my man is your man, Heard it’s her man too”. Whilst she portrays confidence and positivity regarding the time she gets to spend with him, there is an element of sadness and not feeling good enough as she questions “I mean I’m saying what kind of deal is two days?”

My favourite thing about this album is that it allows the listener to reflect and relate on their own life, yet it comes across as effortless. Whilst the content of each song differs, the album itself provides a seamless narrative. Download this album immediately (if you haven’t already) – it’ll make navigating your 20’s that little bit easier.

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American Horror Story: Cult

The new season of AHS is out and all I can say is wow wow wow wow.

I thought the opening episode was incredible! I became somewhat disengaged with AHS over the past two seasons. I watched half of season 5 and then only about 2 episodes of season 6. I can’t specifically say what it was that caused the disinterest but I no longer found the show captivating. However, that has all changed now!

Cult is set in the aftermath of the 2016 US Election and fully engages with the social commentary. It begins with footage from the campaign trail and acknowledges real Tweets from Trump himself; the overlap between fact and fiction makes AHS that little bit more eerie. Sarah Paulson is back and represents a Left wing supporter, whom has a breakdown at the sight of Trump winning the election. On the Right wing side we have Evan Peters overjoyed by the victory (with a celebration that involves humping the television..)

Amongst these familiar faces there are a variety of other characters and, most worryingly, a group of clowns. Because after the recent release of It, more clowns is exactly what we need on our screens.. In all seriousness, I found the presence of these clowns in AHS even more disturbing that the depiction of Pennywise. They were reminiscent of the murderous, masked gangs seen in the Purge. Except the clowns in AHS also have sexual relations amongst the watermelons – classic Ryan Murphy going that little step further.

If you haven’t watched it yet then I would urge you to do so, I have a feeling that this will be the best and scariest season yet.

Yelemusic

Podcasts: Capital

avatars-000324914197-vj02ag-originalI have never listened to sitcom podcasts before but I am definitely converting! Capital is the funniest sitcom in a long, long time.

Inspired by Brexit, Capital takes a satirical approach to a recent referendum held on Capital Punishment, which gained a 51% majority in favour of bringing it back. The story follows a team of civil servants having to navigate their way around the controversial new law. The main cast consists of Adam Drake (Goose), Charlotte Ritchie (Fresh Meat, Call The Midwife), Liam Williams (Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee), and Matilda Wnek (BEARD), with appearances from Jon Snow & Harry Enfield. The relationships between the characters are perfectly portrayed and the rapport between them (or, in some cases, lack of) makes the podcast utterly immersive.

What impressed me the most was the way in which the episodes were recorded. Writer Freddy Syborn created a number of ‘beat-sheets’, that the cast used as a basis for the plot whilst improvising the rest. This method adds to the charm and makes each episode seem utterly effortless.

The series only consists of 3 episodes but it is enough to make you sympathise with civil servants and is a light-hearted approach to a serious subject matter.

Topical, humorous and eccentric – this is not one to miss.