Friday, 5 August 2016

Taking a break

Taking a break

Even though I've just started my blog, I took a break. 
Quite a long break, over a week long which is a pretty long time, but don't worry I haven't gave up on my blog, instead I went camping for five days and have been trying to catch up on sleep ever since.
Over my break I've been thinking about breaks, and how just taking a short break can do the world of good, it lets you think over things, it lets you plan and figure things out and is helpful in everyway.
Whether you take a break as in going on a sun holiday (lucky) or just staying at home for a day or two. I promise that break will do the world of good.

Although this a very short blogpost, my advice for you this week is to take some time out whether it's an hour in the bath or staying at home a full day and stuffing your face with pizza, just chill. :) 


Sunday, 24 July 2016

5 simple changes to your life

For me, I always try to enjoy the little things in life, things such as

  • family/friend time
  • the great outdoors
  • laughter
I can assure there are many more things and so I thought I'd tell you how recently I've been doing some simple extra things that have loads of benefits as well as you will definitely enjoy them and will have loads of fun whilst doing them.

Drink more water

My motto when it comes to water, is to hydrate to concentrate. I'm so bad at reminding myself to drink water, but lately I've been making more of an effort, I personally drink 3x750ml of water each day now and I've been seeing a difference, water has been proven to relieve fatigue and so I always feel more focused and less tired all of the time. Other benefits of water include:
  • improves mood
  • treats headaches
  • helps digestion and constipation
  • aids weight loss
  • flushes out toxins

Going outdoors
With the new Pokemon Go app everyone is outdoors these days anyway, but if you're like me and are always found indoors either eating or sleeping then it's time to wake up and go explore. There are so many things to do outdoors from a simple walk to hiking up a mountain, you will never be bored, the outdoors is beneficial to us in many ways to name a few:
  • It will restore your focus
  • helps you to relax (combats anxiety and stress)
  • Nature makes us more happy
studies show that activities done outdoors make us feel more happy than that exact activity done indoors. So go outside.

Gentle exercise
Personally I never really do exercise and if I do it's intense enough that I give up after a week, but I've started doing the simplest thing like stretching everyday or doing a few yoga poses, I never out do it like I used to because I'm more likely to give up and I definitely don't enjoy it, If you can join a sports team then do, or even look up a dance routine on youtube just for fun. Some benefits of gentle exercise include:
  • Improves flexibility
  • aid blood flow
  • increase confidence
  • relaxation/ de-stressing
  • improve health and fitness without damaging joints
Studies show that going to the gym does not have the same benefits as a long leisurely walk.

Balanced Diet
Again I am terrible at having a balanced diet, my idea of eating healthily is eating strawberry sweets and thinking it's one of my five a day. Personally I try not to force myself to eat things I don't like for example I'm not a big fan of vegetables, so I eat more fruit or the vegetables I do like more to make up for it, and don't try to cut out all of the sweet stuff, just try your best not to eat as much, or don't eat any during the week and have a treat day and eat whatever you like. Benefits of a balanced diet include:

  • controls weight
  • improves mood
  • combats diseases
  • boosts energy
  • improves longevity

Relax, de-stress
It's ok to treat yourself every once in a while to some me time, light some candles, take a bath, read a book, have a face mask, or treat yourself to a relaxing massage or spa day. It's important to let your mind relax and to allow yourself some time to yourself without worrying about everyday life. Another form of relaxation is meditation which when I was younger I couldn't take seriously at all, but now I see the benefits it does for my mind not only do I have a clear head, but i feel completely calm and stress-free. 
benefits of relaxation time:

  • slowing heart rate
  • lowering blood pressure
  • increasing blood flow
  • reducing activity of stress hormones
  • lowering fatigue

doing these five simple things daily will not only benefit you in the long term but you will see the effects they have on you in the short term so add them into your daily routine.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon review

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon review

my attempt at a cool photo :)

   *spoiler free*

This book as the title says is 'everything' i wanted it to be, it was a light-hearted, funny read but also included some serious aspects which made the story more interesting. Its about a girl called Madeline/Maddy who is suffering from a disease where she is basically cannot go outside, the only people she talks to is either her mum or her home nurse Carla. A boy called Olly moves next door its basically their story of them falling in love and the crazy risks everyone takes for love. 

Nicola has expressed maddy's feelings towards Olly so well and I could relate to Maddy so much and is one of my favourite characters and so is Olly. There is a plot twist kind of towards the end, which caught me completely by surprise and I loved how unpredictable it was, because the story didn't seem to be heading in that direction. My thoughts on the ending was that it felt a bit rushed or not complete in some way, as I could've done with at least another 2-3 chapters, to see in which way the two main characters relationship was going. 

Throughout the book there were little notes and annotations maddy had written down which added an aspect of fun to the book and broke the reading down for people who don't like reading long endless chapters (aka. me). Its one of my new favourite contemporary novels, i would give it like 4 out of 5 stars which is what I gave it on goodreads.

  • boring parts= 0
  • funny parts= some
  • cute parts= a lot
  • surprises= 1 really big one
  • overall percentage rating= 94%