Chill Time Essentials // Unplugging

Friday, 10 June 2016
Hey everyone, since the summer's kicked off and I've had a little free time to relax, I thought I'd list and share the simple things I need/do when I'm kicking back and chilling out.
(Note: It's Ramadan atm, so obviously I'm no longer enjoying some of these things right now. If you're fasting I hope they're going well for you.)

1. Comfy Threads.
For me when I'm chilling, I'm all about being comfortable, so something cosy is what I throw on.

2. Tea.
Tea is more than a drink for me, it's basically my life. I love regular tea the most but I also really like herbal teas. If you really want to relax it's better to avoid something with caffeine and try a herbal tea instead. I haven't yet tried a Pukka tea I didn't like, their teas are always lovely and beautifully packaged too.

3. The Perfect Playlist.
Music instantly changes your mood, I go to Spotify to or Soundcloud to find different playlists.

4. TV/Netflix/YouTube.
 I dunno about you, but when I have time to myself I love to catch up on my favourite shows, shows, so Netflix is going to enter the equation.

5. A Good Book.
Sometimes I feel like I'm always way too switched on, checking social media, thinking of post ideas, reading my favourite blogs, etc. Sometimes it all just winds me up and stresses me out. Being unable to really focus on any one thing for too long and constantly switching between a bunch of different tabs can lead to overwhelm. Unplugging for a while is the best (but very difficult) thing to do. Finding a cosy corner to curl up in with a book can be an amazing way to chill out. I really want to get back into reading more again now it's summer.

6. A Scented Candle.
I think a great smelling candle can give you an instant mood boost.

7. Pilates/Stretching.
I'm not a yogi by any means, I just follow different YouTube videos. When I motivate myself to actually roll my mat out and use it, it's great. Trying out some basic simple poses can make me feel super relaxed.

So as you guys can tell, I'm bad to the bone :p.

What are some of your downtime essentials?

Links I Love #3 | Blogging Tips

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Blogging Creatively
I only recently discovered Michelle's blog Daisybutter, and I'm kinda in love with it. This post is a great reminder that your blog doesn't have to be a certain way to be "right". In this post she gently reminds you that you don't have to follow the crowd, if you're being yourself, you'll create a blog that's the "imperfectly perfect you".

50 Awesome Blogging Resources
This is a goldmine of blogging tips and tools. There's an app or website to help with every blogging related thing listed. Design tools, stock photo sources, writing, productivity and idea creation tools, this is definitely one to bookmark.

5 Photography Tutorials Perfect For Bloggers
I love finding useful resources to learn more, this is great post for anyone who wants to up their blog photography game.

Advice on Starting a YouTube Channel & Blog | Q&A
I've recently dipped my toe into creating content for YouTube, and this video is full of tips & inspiration. I love Lavendaire's whole vibe though, I recommend subscribing to her channel if you're into content that's all about inspiring positivity and wellbeing.

How To Brainstorm New Post Ideas
Feeling a little bit stuck for post ideas? This post full of great tips on how to get the ideas flowing.

Hope you found these helpful.
Until next time,
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