Friday, 12 October 2018

Autumn Playlist


As autumn rolls around we're settling into our pyjamas, snuggling ourselves into blankets, and lighting pumpkin spiced candles to set the atmosphere. But what about the music? To me music always plays an important part in how I'm feeling. It's part of the reason a movie soundtrack is so important right? You've got the ballads that make you cry, the songs that remind you or road trips, and perfect settle down tunes. There's a song for every mood, which is why todays post is based on the songs I have been listening to out and about this October. It's a mix of more recent music, and songs that I can settle down to when I'm feeling the need to get cosy and relax.
All songs will be linked to a YouTube Video so you can click and have a listen!
- Enjoy!

Woman Like Me - Little Mix Feat. Nicki Minaj
Autumn Leaves - Ed Sheeran
Taki Taki - DJ Snake Feat. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B
Born To Be Yours - Kygo & Imagine Dragons 
Jump Acoustic - Julia Michaels
Postcard - Troye Sivan Feat. Gordi
Colour - MNEK Feat. Haliee Steinfield
Finally Free - Niall Horan
Youth - Daughter
Let Me Down Slowly - Alec Benjamin
Irresistible - One Direction
Be Alright - Dean Lewis
Like To Be You - Shawn Mendes
Happier - Mashmello & Bastille
Call It What You Want - Taylor Swift
When You're Ready - Shawn Mendes
Eastside - Benny Blanco, Halsey & Khalid
Everything Has Changed - Taylor Swift feat Ed Sheeran
Thunderclouds - Feat Sia, Diplo & Labrinth
Queen - Shawn Mendes
Breathin' - Ariana Grande
Electricity - Dua Lipa & Silk City Feat. Diplo & Mark Ronson

If you have any other song suggestions please leave them in the comments below. I'm always open to discovering new music!

Lux

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

5 Ways To Be Happier

In aid of 'World Mental Health' day I have decided to write a post based on the things I have found help me when I'm starting to feel a little low. We can all be a little self critical sometimes, and end up in a loop of feeling un-motivated and under appreciated. These steps, - although only small - can really help improve the way you feel about yourself and the way you see life. It won't happen automatically, and it won't be all in one, but practising self love really has made a difference to my own mood, and I wanted to not only be able to document that, but share that with you all too.

"We all deserve to heal."


Listening to Self Help Podcasts

Since starting my self improvement journey I've begun to realise the effect that listening to Self-Help podcasts can have on your day to day life. Not only does it give you things to mull over and work on improving, but it can also give you an understanding on why the emotions your feeling are manifesting, and how best to try and change that into something positive. We all can be a little self critical at times, so having a constant reminder on a day to day basis to be a little bit kinder to yourself works really well. I would recommend listening to these in the morning before work, on your car journeys, at the gym, or before you go to bed.
If you're wondering where to start I would definitely recommend listening to  'Wobble' on Apple Music Podcasts by Jules and Sarah. Its a light hearted chat that deals with body confidence, and hosts guests from multiple backgrounds to talk about the things that make them 'Wobble', and how they work overcome them. Having listened to the first series of this podcast I can definitely say that it makes you realises how many people have the same sorts of struggles as you, and ways that you too can work to overcome them.

Watching Childhood Films

There's nothing better than settling down at the weekend and getting cosy to watch a film. It's a great way to be able to take some time to relax and just shut down for a couple of hours - snacks included. Personally I find when in need of a pick me up watching films that I loved as a child always gives me an extra little boost. I find myself laughing at old jokes, discussing my favourite parts, and reliving the magic that made me love the film so much in the first place. Not only this but knowing the plot inside out means I don't have to concentrate too much on even the film itself, leaving my mind to slip in and out and allow the cool down period it needs.
For me I always turn to the classic 'Harry Potter's'  It's a family favourite which means we can put it on without complaint, and there's 7 to chose from which means I never get bored of watching the same film.

Go To The Gym

This only really works if you're feeling motivated enough, but as I've said in a few of my older blog posts getting out and doing some exercise can really clear your head, and give you the push you need to feel a little more positive about the day. I'm not saying I love going to the gym - I don't, and I'll admit sometimes I need an extra push from my mum to get up off the sofa. But I have to admit, I have yet to come out of a workout and not feel happier and accomplished for the day. Not only does it release those endorphins, but it also improves my body confidence a lot. Regardless of if I can see change, knowing I've taken that extra step to help improve my fitness and health is a big push for me when it comes to how I feel about the way I look. I'm a work in progress and that's okay with me.
If you can't make it to the gym then doing a small work out at home, or going for a walk is just as good. I find walking really allows you the peace and quiet you need to take a step away from everything and re-evaluate your goals and what you want from life. Prioritise the things that make you happy. You'll find yourself becoming happier as these goals are hit.

Be Productive

Even if it's just doing a load of washing, being productive is a big game changer when it comes to your mood. Although lazy days are completely okay, if you allow these to go on too long you can become unmotivated and start to feel a little down. Keeping yourself on top of little jobs allows you to feel accomplished, and like your day had a purpose to it. It also ensures your tasks don't start piling up onto each other so they feel un-manageable. Set yourself little goals, goals that help you.
For me that's a little self pampering, having a face mask and cleaning my room so I feel like the environment I'm in matches the mood I want to feel. I'll make myself a hot chocolate and organise everything before working through them one at a time. Being on top of tasks reduces stress and anxiety so definitely give it a try if you're starting to feel like you've got a little too much going on in life.

Treat Yourself

I'm an definitely an advocate for 'treating yourself' every once in a while. In all honestly I'm not one to go crazy, I'm quite sensible with my money, but picking out something I'll allow myself to buy once pay day comes around gives me an aim to keep working towards. It makes the days at work seem worth it and keeps up my motivation throughout the month. 
Being able to recognise your achievements without someone pointing it out to you can be hard, so allowing yourself to pin point what it is your rewarding yourself for, and why you deserve it, can really help the way in which you feel about yourself and the achievements you make in life. It can be as small as treating yourself to a notebook you've been wanting for ages, to finally buying the more expensive item you've been eyeing up for months now. Life becomes a little easier when you take steps to love yourself.

If you have tips, ricks or podcasts you can recommend please leave a comment below! It would be great to here your suggests and start putting them into practice.

Lux
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