I’ve always loved sleep. It’s a well known fact in my family that I slept through the night for the first time when I was a tiny baby (My mum loved me!)

Over the last few years my sleep routine has been non-existent, and I’ve been known to get up late, plus stay up super late with an over-active mind that won’t shut itself off, then repeat the cycle forever. However, this past couple of months I’ve been working on it and I’ve got back a really good sleep routine, that I’m actually super happy with, so I thought I’d share what works for me in today’s post!

 

Be consistent

One of the most important things that works for me is going to bed and getting up at the same time every day. I set my alarm for about 8:20 every weekday, and usually fall asleep about 11pm every evening, that means I’m getting at least 8 and a half hours, which I so need. After a few days your body clock gets used to it, and you naturally wake up at that time (without an alarm) and start getting sleepy when the evening wears on. It’s a bit freaky and at the same time wonderful how in tune our bodies are with what we practice regularly. On the weekend I let myself stretch the boundaries a little (although not too much) by adding 30-45 minutes on each end.

 

Don’t go to bed hungry

I hear a lot of people say not to go to bed on a full stomach, but for me, it’s don’t go to bed hungry! Granted I don’t have a 3 course meal at 9pm, but I always have a snack an hour before bed so I feel satisfied. Plus, sometimes you can feel naturally sleepy after you’ve eaten too which helps. I usually have a bit of dark chocolate or some fruit, and I always wake up ravenous and ready for breakfast anyway, I guess I’m just that kind of person!

 

Be organised

This isn’t so much with your sleep routine, but with general day to day life. I always plan my diary 3 days in advance so I feel prepared for the days ahead, and I’m not awake worrying about how I’m going to get everything done at midnight.

 

Find what works for you

This sounds a bit vague, but whether it’s having a cup of tea before bed, or watching a Youtube video, do your thing. I find watching vlogs super relaxing, so I’m not one of those ‘don’t touch your phone for 2 hours before bed’ kind of people. Personally, I read for a good half hour and spritz a pillow spray. Sometimes I even stretch to the odd self- foot massage and it feels glorious!

 

Body scan

This is probably my fail safe ‘I can’t sleep but really want to’ tip. It might be a bit hard to describe but I’ll give it a go!

Basically, you start at your feet and clench one foot super tight, into a really small ball, hold this for 10 seconds, then release super, super slowly. The slower, the better. Then you do the other foot, before moving upwards towards your legs, arms, hands etc. This is a well-known relaxation method and it works every time for me, I’ll usually be fast asleep before I even finish it.

 

Do you have any good sleep tips?

 

I wanted to pop up a little post about my travel/holiday skincare routine, as I was using some pretty great products (if I say so myself!) and wanted to share the love about them on the blog.

MORNING

My morning skincare routine wasn’t too lengthy, I just used the mini Garnier Micellar Water (I still prefer the Simple one though) and applied the Caudalie Moisturising Sorbet afterwards before applying my body and face SPF.

I used the Hawaiian Tropic in SPF30 and because it was oil-free, it didn’t seem to break my face out either which is usually a worry for me and my sensitive skin!

EVENING

In the evening is where I get my skincare game on a little more! I cleansed using my favourite Decleor 3 in 1 cleanser, then applied the Alpha H liquid gold as a toner.

Once that has sunk in a little, I went in with the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, (I love this stuff and my skin much prefers it as a evening moisturiser for some reason) and the Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream. I treated my skin to the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask every night while we were there, and it lapped up the hydration! It smells like oranges too which is a bonus.

I then popped on some Birthday Cake Balm dot Com and I was ready to catch up on some Love Island viewing before bed and hitting the beach again the following day!

It’s been a while since I did a skincare post but I really enjoyed typing up this.

Have you used any of these products?

 

As I’m writing this, we just got back from holiday the previous evening, and I wanted to pop on here to have a little chat. It’s been a fantastic 5 days, and I would sum it up by saying it was the perfect break away to create space.

I created space in my mind with lots of reading, and relaxing. I created some space in my body with daily yoga practices, and lots of walking. We created space for us as a couple by spending some much-needed quality time together. Everything just flowed by easy breezy, and it was blissful. I was able to daydream, think, manifest goals for the future with no time pressures or restraints.

It isn’t until you go away and aren’t doing the same daily routines do you realise how much you needed an interval. A change in the ordinary.

I’m hoping to hold onto this feeling a little bit longer, and hopefully remember this as a great lesson and reminder to just breathe, and let things be. I definitely need to take parts of this holiday back into my day to day life, such as walking more, spending more time offline, and not rushing around as much.

I’m sure you are all reading how zen I am feeling right now, so I’ll leave it at that!

Are you going away on holiday this year?

 

For today’s post, I thought it would be fun to chat about a few things that I’m totally over hearing, or talking/thinking about myself. Plus I also feel in quite a feisty mood, so I’m embracing that here. What better place to get my thoughts out there than my old blog hey?

Feminism being a dirty word.

Sorry but, are we still in 1992? It’s about time people realised that women are in fact equal to men, and that’s how it should always of been. I just do not have the time for small-minded opinions and pitting women against women anymore! Women are badass okay?

Moaning about my Instagram engagement

If you catch me doing this, then be sure to let me know of this post I wrote previously! But in all serious, if I like the photos which I’m posting (which I do) then I don’t care whether they get 100 likes or a 1,000. Truthfully! It’s time to start posting for ourselves again. Although the follow/unfollow game is another thing…

Twitter

Sorry but I’m just so not into Twitter anymore! I’m not sure when this came around and I think a lot of people feel the same, but I’m not itching to refresh the app anymore. It’s a bit too negative or ‘samey’ for me over there at the minute. Maybe I need to follow some new people? The day seems to fly by and I forget that I haven’t even been on it!

Feeling bad about food

This could be a whole post in itself, but my attitude to food has really developed, and these days I just focus on what my body wants and needs. Yes I’ve just finished off a bag of crisps that were delicious whilst writing this, but I’m also having a stir-fry for dinner. Balance is key.

Avocados

I know, it’s disgraceful. I just can’t stomach them anymore…

 

Are you ‘over’ any of these things too?

 

I don’t want this post to come across preachy at all, but I really wanted to talk about something that is a new interest of mine, and that’s the environment.

Previously I was very unaware about what you could do to live more sustainably (and maybe I just didn’t really want to educate myself back then), but over the recent months it’s something that I just keep returning to. I always feel like I could do more, so if you have any more tips that I could do, please let me know in the comments!

Now the most obvious thing that I did was become vegetarian. I’m not sure when I actually cut meat out, but it was probably over a year ago if I had to guess. Why did I do it? It was a mixture of reasons, but a big one being that I just didn’t want to eat an animal, I didn’t like the texture and the whole thing didn’t sit too well with me, plus I was never a big meat-eater anyway. I would never judge those who do as everyone’s lifestyle needs different things and I respect people having different opinions.

A few months ago, I bought myself a glass bottle from TK Maxx, as I drunk so much water and was fed up with buying plastic bottles, especially when I heard about how bad they are for the environment. It works really well, but sometimes I do slip up and pick up the odd bottle every now and then, which I don’t beat myself up about. Plastic consumption is something I want to do even more research on, and I really want to try and avoid it as much as possible in terms of food shopping too.

Plastic bags is another thing I always try to remember when food shopping, and the ones I have now I re-use until they fall apart and try really hard to not buy another. I would definitely recommend popping a tote or 5p bag in your daily hand-bag so you don’t get caught short!

 

What else should I do to live more sustainably?