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? 

 

 

 

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and I really wanted to write a little piece about it on the blog, as I’m sure someone out there has experienced something similar in regards to social media.

Lately, for me, I’m just seeing way too much of the stuff that I dislike or don’t relate to, or simply find really upsetting. So here’s what I’ve done about it because things have got to change, and being mindful in the content I consume is something that’s very important to me.

 

UNFOLLOW/MUTE

There is always a few opinions about whether it is ‘acceptable’ to unfollow, which of course I think it is, you do you. There isn’t a rule to abide by if something is affecting you negatively. But if that feels too harsh, mute is a god-send. Plus, I’m pretty sure they don’t know that they are muted either.

Sometimes I don’t want to offend or upset anyone, but their tweets are a bit too much for me to read, so I mute them and I can carry on seeing more positive stuff that inspires and uplifts me. You can also ‘ban’ particular words on Twitter which is something I’ve done recently and worked well.

SEEK OUT

Ah, this next bit is the good stuff.

Seek out the things that feel good to you. Go on a follow spree of new amazing accounts on Instagram, find some new blogs to read on your commute, and engage in people who you find motivating!

The internet can be a super positive place if we use it well. Bask in the internet inspiration you surround yourself in. Let it spur you on to keep doing your thing.

PUT YOURSELF FIRST + BE KIND

If you get mid-way down an article that’s gone viral, but you don’t like the vibe it’s giving, stop reading. And if you spend a few mornings on the Daily Mail, don’t judge yourself! But next time, try and catch yourself in the habit if it makes you feel icky.

If you want a day offline, do it.

It’s so important to look after ourselves. Have you ever thought about how many things we are reading every single day that might influence our lives without us knowing it? Lets keep it the right stuff.

What steps do you do to consume content mindfully?

Please be aware that this post sounds like I don’t ever just sit, scroll Instagram and watch Gilmore Girls which I definitely do! But recently, when I have a bit of time free, I’ve started to spend it a bit more wisely than I previously would.

Of course there are times when I just lay on the bed and watch my Youtube subscription feed, but 80% of the time, I try to put my energy to better use and enjoy some of the hobbies I’ve picked up over the last couple of months.

So, what do I do?

Get out for a walk

I’ve been on a mission to up my steps a bit more recently, and that combined with my new love of podcasts means that when I can fit it in, I’m always taking the dog outside or just nipping for a walk to the park solo.

I love the fact that I’m moving my body more, which feels fab, plus I always love getting fresh air! Promise you it feels better than just sitting on the sofa, although sometimes that feels amazing too.

Craft and paint

I’ve really picked up the art bug lately and I’m just loving how creative and inspired it makes me feel.

On an evening whenever I’m watching TV with the family, I’m usually working on my cross-stitch, and if I have a spare hour in the afternoon I’ve really been enjoying painting too!
Bake

I’ve yet to master cooking, but I’ve been enjoying baking so much these days that I just have to mention it.

I tend to go for healthier versions of my favourite sweet treats and I swear by Livia’s Kitchen recipes, although being 100% transparent here by telling you that not all bakes go that well!

Baking for me is starting to feel very theraputic and rewarding, and that combined with the fact that I then have snacks for the week is perfect.

 

How do you spend your free time more meaningful? I would love for some more tips 🙂

 

Silence is weird, isn’t it? I know that I for once rarely have any in my life. And when it usually appears, I urge to put something on to fill it.

Podcasts, Youtube, Instagram stories, not to mention Netflix and the TV are all a touch away, and we rely on them to occupy our brains when we have time to rest. When the house is quiet.

It’s extremely rare to ever just sit. And notice.

And being honest, for me, it is sometimes a little un-nerving too. Sitting in silence makes us realise how fast paced our minds are, and it warrants us to take a step back from the ordinary. It creates space between ‘then’ and this present moment. It makes me for one realise how we get swept up in the day to day. The goals, the jobs, and the chores we ‘have’ to get done.

If you have any worries or issues hounding you, the done thing is to not think about them, and distract ourselves until they magically disappear. Which of course, most of the time doesn’t happen.

Now I’m not saying sit and over-think them for the next half an hour, because that isn’t helpful either, but giving yourself a bit of peace and quiet to ponder for a few minutes may clear some things up and bring answers to a much needed dilemma.

Even if you just take a moment to sit and appreciate the life you’re living, and the things you have.

A moment of gratitude is not a moment wasted.

 

A few ways to make friends with *silence*:

  • Spend the first five minutes you get home without reaching for your phone or turning the TV on. Let this be a time to digest your day, and a moment where you can unwind into your evening.
  • Make a silence ritual. Simple things such as a cup of tea, watering the plants or doing the wash-up could be done silent, and can be a cue to incorporate more mindfulness into your life.
  • Enjoy it with other people. One of my favourite parts of my relationship is where we can hang out, and there is no need to fill the ‘silence gap’. Sitting in each other’s company and being totally okay with being quiet is so refreshing.

 

Do you ever have silence?

 

Living more mindfully is something I strive to do every day. Granted, it doesn’t all work out like that but the intention is always there. I know I’m the best version of myself when I’m being mindful and balanced, so it’s a big priority. Of course it is totally unique to every individual, but here’s how I try to do it…

 

COUNTING THE LITTLE THINGS

Ahhh. I always say the little things are what I live for and it’s true. It’s like it’s almost in my DNA to look for everyday moments of magic. I remember getting so excited about things that were so simple when I was little, and I’m glad I can still feel like that now. Whether that’s a cup of tea in one of my favourite mugs, or painting my nails with a fresh coat, they brighten up the day. It also helps me live in the moment, I’m not thinking about future worries or past memories, I’m thinking about RIGHT NOW.

KNOW WHAT WORKS FOR YOU

For me personally, I have to be strict with myself on knowing my boundaries. I can easily get carried away and that enthusiasm is great, but realistically I know if I’ve been out all day, I need a night at home and not go somewhere else again, that’s just how I re-set. Being mindful means taking care of your mental health and looking after YOU.

FIND A MINDFUL ACTIVITY- IT DOESNT *HAVE* TO BE MEDITATION IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT.

There’s quite a few things I enjoy that I like to turn into mindful events, such as colouring, walking the dog outside, and baking. I’m trying to incorporate new activities into my daily routine, and I’m loving new hobbies such as cross-stitching too.

Is being more mindful something that you’re thinking about?