10 healthy lifestyle tips for a better you

 Well hello to you my reader chums! I've spent a lot of time this past year working on myself, cutting out negative energy and learning to love all of me - and I've also learnt a lot of healthy tips, mentally and physically to do in order to improve myself and live a happier life.

10  healthy lifestyle tips for a better you

The new year can be about change and trying new things and if you're looking to live a healthier lifestyle, here are 10 tips for a better you.

Spend time focusing on you and your goals

Focusing on you and your goals isn't selfish. For the longest time, I spent my time helping other people, socialising and trying to keep busy with others, rather than focusing on my own goals and working on myself. I thought by being around others, I could distract myself from the things I've been avoiding and that scared me, and it would make me happy and it did, but it also meant I swayed away from what I really wanted to achieve.

A habit I've put into play the past few months is learning to love my own time and making sure I have that time to focus on me, my healing, and working on my goals. Learning to be alone is really important as you can't always rely on someone else to boost you up and offer advice, you need to be your own hype girl.

Cut out people who don't bring you joy

Anyone who brings toxic or negative energy into your life isn't worth your time. You don't need to surround yourself with unecessary drama or unecessary pain caused by toxic people. If people close to you are acting this way, slowly cut yourself away from them or limit contact and surround yourself more with those who radiate love and support - they're the ones who will boost you up and help you out. It's not about the number of people around you, it's about the quality and knowing they've always got your best interests at heart.

Try and get out and about more

Exercise and fresh air are so important for your physical and mental state. I'm not saying to go run a marathon but getting out and about every day for a short walk can really help in so many ways. Try and implement it as much as you can into your routine.

Take active breaks from your phone

I'll happily admit I have a huge phone addiction but I am at my happiest when I'm not scrolling or on my phone unnecessarily. Being away from your phone and technology is so important for your mental wellbeing, especially if you spend the most amount of time on social media. Try and take active breaks away from your phone - put it on do not disturb, switch it off when socialising and take allocated breaks, it can really help.

Actively be kind to everyone around you

Kindess is the most important trait anyone can have and it costs nothing to be kind. Not only is it important to spread love wherever you go, it can benefit people more than you realise - and it can also benefit you too. Doing good for others can make you feel good. But even though it's important to be kind to everyone, don't leave yourself out. Be kind to yourself as much as you would your family and friends - speak to yourself like you would your best pal.

Practice affirmations each morning

I've fallen in love with affirmations this past year as they really set my day out on a good foot. They can be the same affirmation or a series of a few that you repeat several times. It'll give you something to focus on first thing in the morning but also a sense of assurance too. 

Thinking about how you eat

The diet industry is something that I really don't like as it teaches people that losing weight and counting calories is the healthiest way to go about things - and that's not right, and can cause a negative relationship with food. Good nutrition is what should be valued when you choose what you eat and how you eat. It's not about cutting things out, it's about listening intuitvely to your body to what you want to eat and not restricting yourself. Food is such a beautiful part of life and as long as predominately of the time you make better choices on how you eat then you can still enjoy treats, and eat healthily.

Set boundaries 

I could talk about boundaries all day. Boundaries are so important to set in every different instance in your life, including relationships, friendships, career, and even your day to day life. You need to learn to say yes to what feels right and no if it's not for you. Taking control will give you back the power into your life.

Take mental health days

I would never be one to do this and in turn that made my mental health worse and I'd feel unwell for longer. However, this past year, I began listening to my body more and on the days I didn't feel great with my mental health, I would take the time to actually relax and do nothing - rather than force myself to do something. Mental health is incredibly important and if you're not feeling well, take the time off work, spend longer in bed, and do what works for you to feel better.

Stop people-pleasing so much

I think a lot of us a people pleasers as we want to make everyone around us happy. However, as soon as pleasing people is starting to make you unhappy, that's when you need to make the decision to stop trying to please those people - and focus on what makes you truly happy.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What tips do you have?

Thank you for reading <3

5 ways to stick to your new year goals

 Well hello to you my reader chums! It's a new year, and a lot of people take this as a chance to set new goals and jump into new things, and I'm definitely one of those people. A new year is a chance to wipe the slate clean, look back and reflect, and focus on your new goals.

Whether you've set one goal or made an entire list, here are 5 ways to stick to your new year goals.

5 ways to stick to your new year goals

Get yourself a goal journal

One of the best ways I find to stick to goals is having a physical list in front of me that I'm able to tick off. I'm a bit weird like that and love making lists and ticking them off as I go - it's like a sense of accomplishment. Instead of a regular list, invest in a goal journal. There are plenty you can find on places like Etsy or Homesense which can be packed with questions to really make you think of what your goals are and the actions you need to take to achieve them. One of my friends bought me a goal journal for Christmas and I've already started to fill it out - and love it. 

Make an action plan

All goals are different, whether you'd like to save money, travel more, find a new job, or create a fitness routine, you'll need to make an action plan that works for you. For example, if you'd like to save 5k by the end of the year, figure out how much you're able to put aside each month to be able to reach that goal.

Another action point that really works for me, is writing a do to list every day. By having something to work towards every day (even if it's the smallest task), you'll have a lot more focus and drive about what you need to get done. And, it should spur you on - as there is nothing more motivating than ticking off a list.

Don't put too much pressure on yourself

There's a difference between working hard and overworking - and it's important to know the difference. When you're focusing on a goal, make sure to put in the actions to pursue it but don't work too hard that you're making yourself lost sleep over it. Finding a balance is vital and will make it easier for you to achieve all your goals.

5 ways to stick to your new year goals

Praise yourself

This may sound obvious but congratulating yourself every step of the way will give you a positive mindset to continue pursuing all your goals. I always say to be your own hype girl as believing in yourself really is the first step to achieving anything you want to do. Praise yourself whether that's a compliment or treating yourself to a new piece of clothing or experience as a well-done gift. It's the little incentive that will keep you going.

Have fun with it

Setting goals is a fun and ambitious experience. We all have something we want to work towards and getting there should be a fun process. Even though at times it can be hard and difficult, every step you're getting closer to your goal should be celebratory and a good thing. Try not to get swept up with the trickiness of reaching the goal and enjoy it. As remember, every step you get closer to your goal, you're further away from what you used to be.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What other ways do you suggest to stick to your goals?

Thank you for reading <3

How to be sustainable on the go | Gifted

 Well hello to you my reader chums! I've been talking about sustainability for a while now on my blog and the changes I've made to my lifestyle, my wardrobe, travelling, and really, just the way I think about life and making decisions to live a more waste-free lifestyle.

With the mindset of trying to work towards living a waste-free lifestyle, I'm a lot more conscious when I'm out and about, how I shop, or the day to day things I get up to. If you're trying to be more sustainable or looking for some advice on how to do so, here are some of the things you can bring with you on the go.

I was kindly gifted a few of these items by gobambu but all opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.

How to be sustainable on the go

Reusable water bottle

I don't go anywhere without my Chillys Bottle. Ever since I got it nearly 2 years ago, it's served me very well, including being a part of my backpack contents when I was travelling. It keeps water cold all day long and generally, it's just handy to have. I always like to carry water with me regardless of where I am as I like to have access to a drink; it's so important to stay hydrated. Bringing it around will save you from buying excessive plastic water bottles that you're likely to throw away after one use.

Tote bags, tote bags, tote bags

I can't tell you the last time I bought a plastic bag when I've been doing my shopping, the idea of that actually makes me cringe a little now. I always have a tote bag at hand; they're really compact to carry around and they're a lot more resilient to heavy things I'm buying, which also means, they last longer. My favourite tote at the minute is the one I was kindly gifted from Heiko. I've been using it non-stop and as it's made sustainably, I find it feels a lot stronger than my other tote bags.

Travel mug

Now the weather is a lot colder, it's the prime season for hot drinks and that means a lot of waste with disposable cups. If you're a big hot drink fan, I would highly recommend purchasing yourself a travel mug that you can bring wherever you go. It's handy to bring drinks from home or if you're going into a coffee shop, to fill your drink up and take with you on the move. 

Sustainable bamboo products

Reusable cutlery and straws 

I was so excited to receive some of these as I've been wanting to have a set for ages, I just never got around to buying some myself. Wherever you work, you're always going to have to bring in lunch and that's when these come in handy. You can have them for your preprepared lunch or during lockdown, if you're going to stop somewhere for a takeaway, it'll save you having to use their disposable ones, adding to the waste. The straws are perfect for when things go back to normal and you can go to pubs/restaurants, or at the minute, when you buy a takeaway drink.

Swapping food bags with Beeswax wraps

Whether it's a picnic or packing snacks for work, instead of using clingfilm of disposable food bags, swap to Beeswax wraps. They're reusable, can be cleaned multiple times, and come in a selection of the cutest designs.

Your own produce bags

When food shopping, I don't know about you but I see a lot of people putting their fruit/vegetables in the throwaway plastic bags. And as easy as it is, it's also a little thing that adds to waste so for a while I just popped them in the trolley and washed them vigorously when I got home. However, when I bought some produce bags, it was a small but really effective change and I love how I'm able to reuse them over again. The same goes for the larger produce cotton bags, I find they're fab for the larger fresh produce.

Plastic-free gum

I didn't realise until a couple of months ago that chewing gum has plastic in it. And now, looking back at all the chewing gum cemented on the pavements, it makes sense as that stuff will take forever and a day to get rid of. Because of this, when I was next in my local plastic-free shop, I came across plastic-free gum and picked up a pack. it was a little pricer than regular come but tastes and looks the same - plus I know I'm not putting fragments of plastic in my body.

Other ways to stay sustainable when out and about:

  • Reduce the number of places you drive - try and utilise public transport, walk more or car share where possible.
  • Buy things with less packaging - A lot of food items sold in supermarkets are covered with unnecessary packaging. When shopping, try and limit what you buy as much as possible.
  • Recycle - If throwing things away, be sure to recycle whatever it is properly and efficiently.
  • Litter pick - If you'd like to go the extra step, try and pick rubbish up where you go and dispose of it correctly.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Thank you again to goBambu, I'm honestly in love with everything I received. Which tips do you have for being sustainable on the go?

Thank you for reading <3

My goals for 2021

 Well hello to you my reader chums! 2020 wasn't exactly the year any of us had planned, however, despite that, for me, it was a year of growth. I really managed to knuckle down and get four books written, make some great memories with my loved ones, and learnt to take a slower pace of life. It came with a lot of ups and downs for everyone, and I really hope 2021 is more of a positive and hopeful environment for us all.

My goals for 2021

With that in mind, I've got lots of ambitions for the year ahead. Here are my 2021 goals:

Become a published author

I have wanted to be an author since I was little and dreamt about having my book on the shelves for as long as I can remember. However, I never took the proper plunge into writing my books properly until this year. I had started them and had a million ideas bouncing about but didn't go for it. Furlough was really a blessing in disguise for me as I finally had that free time to really focus on my own writing, and getting to grips with writing books. I've managed to complete one young adult fiction and three children's books - and the next step will be to get them published. I'm aware of getting a book published is no easy task, however, you can't blame a girl for trying and I would love it if I was able to achieve that goal or be on the way to before my 25th birthday. That would be the real dream. 

Travel, travel, travel

If you read my blog often then you'd know travel is my biggest passion. I'm either always away on an adventure or planning my next trip - which means 2020 was a bit of a weird one for me. It's the longest I've stayed in the UK since I was probably about 19. I usually go away at least 5 times a year and I'm completely grateful for that as it's something I've implemented in my life for the past couple of years. 

Going to the airport every other month became as normal as going to work each day. It was like a routine and something I had to look forward to. I would plan my year around my travels, my holiday days from work, and my budget. I was able to go on a trip before lockdown this year but all the other trips I had planned were cancelled. I'm hoping 2021 is safer for travel and I can fulfil all my travel goes and get back to what I love doing best - seeing the world.

Continue with my healing journey

2020 was definitely a big year of growth for me. I was still getting over a breakup and dealing with a lot of other trauma I've experienced. It's been a year where I fell in love with myself and who I am again, I've grown in confidence and happiness and really changed my mindset for the better. This healing process has been good for me and I'm really feeling the best I've been within myself. However, healing is linear and I'm in the process of learning that and it's okay to be triggered etc. I hope to continue my healing journey in 2021 and feeling good in myself.

Spend as much time as possible with my loved ones

This year stopped a lot of us being able to spend time with those who mean the most to us and utilise facetime and Zoom as much as possible to have that social interaction. I was lucky enough when the rules were slightly relaxed to have time with friends doing somewhat normal things and see family. However, if it is safer next year, I'd love to be able to get big groups of family and friends together and socialise in the good old fashion way.

Continue to implement a more sustainable life

For the past few years, I've started to make small changes in my life to live more sustainably and waste-free, but have made the most effort this year. I'm not perfect in any sense in doing this, but I'm happy with the small changes I've made in my beauty routine, when I travel, how I dress and how I live. There are so many tips I pick up regularly and I'm constantly learning on how to improve.

Spend more time away from my phone

It's no secret that I'm a bit too obsessed with my phone and especially this year, I think I spent longer on my phone than ever. This is down to furlough and being my house far more than I would usually. However, it's the moments without my phone that are always the best so I'm going to make a conscious effort to put it away when not necessary and use the time I was on my phone to do other, more productive things.

Read a lot more

I'm a big bookworm and with more time this past year, I was able to read a lot more and I discovered some great books this past year. I don't know if life is going to change much in the next few months in terms of being busy but even if it is, I'm really going to try and read more. I've got so many fab books on my to be read pile and I can't wait to get stuck in.

Doing what's best for me

Gradually over the years, I've worked on this. I'm a massive people pleaser and I really like to help others so often I put everyone else's needs before myself. Most of the time, I love to do this but at the beginning of this past year, I realised, I need to start focusing on myself more in order to be happier and live my life the way I want to. I've learnt that putting my needs first and setting boundaries isn't a bad thing and it's something I want to continue doing in order to help me reach my goals. 

Saving more money

Despite being on furlough for most of the year, I have moved back home which has allowed me to save a lot of money that I wouldn't have if the pandemic didn't happen. I want to keep the financial security going into 2021 and hopefully start to work towards saving for a house deposit.

Living a healthy lifestyle for my body and mind

I see a lot of people in the new year going on a diet or detox but to be honest, that really isn't what I'm all about. I have a lot of opinions towards the diet industry and everything it stands for, and how it makes money out of people's insecurities - so a diet life will never be for me. I can understand I am naturally slim so it's easy for me to say that. But, I've always been big on nutrition and try for the most part to eat well and then allow myself to have whatever treats I like. I think I'll always be like that and I'm always grateful I have a good relationship with food.

What I mean by living a healthy lifestyle is everything that encompasses the word 'healthy'. I want to make sure I have healthy friendships with the people around me, that I take breaks, that I am well-rested, look after my mental health, ensure I get out and about often and do things that warm my soul. I'm aiming to bring lots of healthy habits in 2021 and leave behind all the negative and toxic energy.

I hope you enjoyed this post. What are your goals for 2021?

Thank you for reading <3