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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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OOTD

I’ve done two political posts in a row so I figured I’d better do something a bit less downbeat! Here’s a little outfit of the day:

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Dungarees

These beauties are an H&M special and my first adult pair of dungarees! I absolutely adore them and wear them throughout the year. In the summer I love to pair them with a casual tee or a crop top then in the winter I add a pair of tights and wear a turtle neck bodysuit or a cosy jumper. I’m going to invest in a black pair soon – dungarees are a wardrobe must have!

T-shirt

Tee & cake are forever providing me with little gems! My ex-boyfriend bought me this t-shirt when my avocado obsession was at its peak and I’m forever getting compliments on it. I love it because it’s an easy item to pair with anything. Whilst in Australia I regularly wore this with a pair of high waisted shorts and sandals. Tee & Cake provides a number of wardrobe essentials (even better, they even provide an emergency cake recipe on your label!)

Shoes

Ah, my trusty Vans. They have seen better days but I love love love them. Aside from being the comfiest pair of trainers that I own, they instantly improve any outfit. I wear them with pretty much anything from jeans to dresses.

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NFL Protest

Protests against police brutality and racism have already begun this NFL season. Following Colin Kaepernick kneeling for the national anthem last season, Michael Bennett chose to sit on Sunday before the game against the Los Chargers.

In a brave decision, the Seattle Seahawks defensive end remained seated during the National Anthem with a towel draped over his head. This action was a result of the horrific and barbaric far-right violence in Charlottesville over the weekend. Following the game, Bennett described how the recent events spurred him “to use my platform to be able to speak on injustice”. The horrendous nature of the Charlottesville violence has been further exacerbated by Trump’s apparent reluctance and failure to publicly reprimand the protestors.

It is somewhat suspicious that Kaepernick’s actions he has not been signed this season – making the racial divide in the NFL explicitly clear. Other players must follow the lead of Kaepernick and Bennett as an important step in making the world aware of the injustice and racism that people are being forced to face on a daily basis.

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Trump vs Twitter

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There are many thought provoking questions that could be discussed but the most striking one to me currently is how on earth is Donald Trump still on Twitter?! It dawned on me today that in years to come history books will probably refer to Trump’s tweets as a basis for source analysis – hopefully not as an explanation for how World War 3 began…

Various articles, such as this one, have discussed whether or not Trump has violated Twitter’s terms of service. From the UK, Trump’s antics are shocking, scary and becoming increasingly less comical. It’s hard to imagine Theresa May in the same position; the PM is regularly mocked on social media due to outfit choices, behaviour in PMQ’s or scandalous antics involving fields of wheat. In comparison to the US, our leader seems somewhat stable (note: I had to roll my eyes at saying stable after “strong and stable” haunted the British public during GE2017).

It is frightening that Trump’s Twitter madness is not a new phenomenon, the President has been tweeting like a madman for as long as he has been socially relevant. The real madness is that despite his erratic Tweets, he was still elected! Am I the only person that feels as though Trump’s presidency feels like a joke that has gone on for too long?

Perhaps it’s refreshing for a politician to not be censored and to speak honestly… It’s just a shame that Trump’s opinions are ones that I think are best not enacted on or shared with the public.