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How to cleanse your life in 4 simple steps

Before we get to the main focus of today's post I just have to point out the babing coat and bag I adorned when shooting this look. I mean, a pink pastel coat paired with a printed backpack... Dreamy! Whilst out scouting locations with my lovely photographer Zoe we literally jumped for joy when we saw this pastel house peeking out in the distance, I pretty much ran toward it with tears in my eyes because it was such a perfect backdrop! Anyhu, the coat is from Boden and the bag Radley and they are both currently my wardrobe favourites so I just had to take a brief moment to share my love for them both. So now that's done, lets get down to the nitty gritty. A post with a few tips and tricks on how to switch off, tidy, organise and streamline your life and most importantly be present!
Day in day out I constantly find myself thinking - 'why is life so exhausting?' This thought usually occurs when I'm mid commute - phone's ringing, coffee is spilling and my oyster card wont let me through the barriers (cue 150 aggressive Londoners tutting simultaneously behind me) Give me a break! And if it's not the little things it's juggling the every day deals of family, friends, work, chores, hobbies, fitness... the list goes on and on and sometimes it can leave me feeling a tad overwhelmed. Well fear not my lovelies, there are a few things we can do to make all seem cleaner, calmer and a whole lot easier!
Say 'NO' to invitations
We all love getting invited to things, it makes us feel happy, wanted, included - yadda yadda yadda... It's great! However, after birthdays, baby showers and Tim from down the roads annual house rave... It can often leave us feeling drained. You can say no! As much as you'd love to go to the pub quiz with Lucy from work, if you already made plans to spend the night alone with a take away and Netflix - stick to it! What tends to happen (and I am highly guilty of this) is that we say yes, but we don't mean it. And then we spend the time in between the 'yes' and the actual event worrying about how to bail at the last minute. All that angst and anxiety could have been spent doing things you actually want to do instead of stressing over how to get out of something you don't. So next time, be upfront. If you're busy say 'no thank you, I'm busy that day.' No one will cry, the world will not end and you'll feel no pressure whatsoever *breaths a sigh of relief*

Focus on the now
I've yarped on about the benefits of meditation many a time on this blog (take a peek here and here) and I still stand by the fact that mindfulness and being present 'in the moment' helps a huge deal with productivity. You may argue that more time spent ummming and ahhhhing is less time spent completing your urgent tasks but I can assure you that ten minutes spent focusing on whats going on in your own head and ignoring outside distractions will have you feeling calmer and more in control, enabling you to tackle your to do list like a pro.
Coat c/o - Boden, Dress - Marks & Spencer, Bag c/o - Radley
Shoes c/o - Boden, Glasses c/o - Superdrug, Brooch - Chanel
Photography by - Zoe Griffin
Digital detox
Although in all honestly this is something I've not yet done (being a blogger means I'm pretty much connected 24/7) It's something I've read into a whole lot and something I really want to give a try soon. So, why not join me? One or two days without your phone, without Facebook or Instagram... no big deal right? Or is it? I know I'd find it hugely difficult to do, but I also know it would give my brain the time out it really needs. I often find when I sit down to write or scribble ideas into my notebook, my best work comes when my phone is charging at the other end of the room out of reach. I often get stressed about my social stats, Instagram engagement and blog traffic so I'm continuously checking and re-checking all of my social platforms all of the time... it's so annoying! So if you're thinking about doing a digi detox, by all means do it. I adore what I do, I love creating content for you guys to enjoy but I've got to realise that by me taking a step back and a couple of days off - NOTHING WILL HAPPEN, no one will get hurt and the world won't cease to exist.
Do the essentials
Life admin, be it emails, tax returns or laundry, together they rack up quite the hefty to do list. Now I'm a fully fledged list lover (yay for alliteration!) This means I tend to spend more time writing the lists that actually doing the task, annoying I know. I've had to be brutal and look at each to do list I make with a ruthless eye. Yes alphabetising my DVD collection makes the OCD side of my brain jump for joy however essential... I think not. So now I look at my initial list and cross off any of the unnecessary (read: procrastinating jobs) immediately. It gives me a sense of priority and control and leaves me feeling instantly better seeing a list I can realistically manage within my set time frame.
So there you go, a few things you, me, everyone can do in order to be more present in our everyday lives. Switching off isn't always easy but it can benefit us in so many ways! What do you do to switch off? Is it a good book? A bubble bath? Let me know in the comments below and if you have tackled the digital cleanse, I'd be eager to hear your thoughts!


Kate x

7 comments:

  1. Love this, love you! Another great post. Will be trying out these tips, I already use headspace from when you mentioned it last time xx

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    1. Hi Eloise, Thank you so much for reading :) Glad you enjoyed it. Yes Headspace is amazing for just taking those ten minutes out to set yourself up right for the day. xx

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  2. Yassss to this! I really do need to say NO more and YES to me time. Completely agree, being a blogger is hard to digi detox, especially when your phone is pinging. So I'm trying to turn my phone on silent, pop it face down and charge it whilst I do something else for an hour. It's made a difference!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x
    www.fashiondujour.co.uk

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    1. Hi Lovely Leigh :D

      I'm trying to do the same when actually writing my blogs, my phone just ends up being a distraction and then I tend to procrastinate on instagram for hours haha! Thanks for reading hun xxx

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  3. Love this blog, this post is exactly what I needed (the oyster card bit made mme laugh - swear it happens to me every time) Will definately attempt the digital detox and am going to put one night a week aside just for me. x

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  4. Loved reading this! I've been feeling quite overwhelmed lately and I've not been too sure why, so this has honestly really helped.

    - Chloe
    chloetommo.co.uk
    xoxo

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  5. This coat is amazing! Really helpful post, I love the way you write, really honest and quite funny too x

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