How to build your self-confidence

How to build your self-confidence

Hi, my name is Liz, and I am the writer behind LizLovesBlog! Topics I write about range from sustainability, fashion, beauty and lifestyle so I was really excited to get a change to write for Monika. 

Self-confidence is something that is tricky to build, and hard to teach. For me, it comes in waves – sometimes I feel super confident and love my body and the way I look, and some days I’m the opposite.

Something I find really hard to say (especially on the internet), is that I like my body. Of course, there are things I would change, and I definitely want to keep progressing and becoming the best version of myself. But I do like the way I look! I feel like we are conditioned into this mindset that we should want to change the way we look and that nobody is happy with how they look but it just doesn’t have to be that way. So these are some of the tips which have helped me to build self-confidence over the last few years.

Practise self-love. 
If you have insecurities about your appearance, challenge yourself to write down (at least) one thing you like about yourself each day for a week. And then at the end of the week you’ll have a long list of positive attributes to look at.

Self-love is something everyone can work on, use affirmations, write them down or speak them into the universe, it might feel silly, but I do believe that this works. 

You also need to take time for yourself, try to take care of your body and appreciate what it does for you. This might mean having a long bath to relax, or it might mean going for a run to clear your head. Self-love is different for everyone so make sure you are doing what feels right for you, and not what you think you should be doing. 


Remove toxic people from your life, and your Instagram feed. 

Surround yourself with people that want you to succeed. Finding people who build you up and support you can make a massive difference to how you feel about yourself. 

Having the right friends can make such a difference when you’re having a bad day or not feeling yourself.  

Along with real-life, you need to follow the right people on social media. It’s no secret that social media has affected the body-image of its users, and it is very easy to get lost in an influencers Instagram feed and end up comparing yourself to them. There are, however, a lot of amazing individuals online who focus on body confidence and loving yourself and are really honest and real. These are the people I want to follow and I think you should too. Remove anyone who makes you feel inferior and follow people who inspire you and boost your confidence. Your social media should be fun and inspiring, if it is anything but this, you need to make some changes.  

Don’t compare yourself to others. 

This is something that I have realised over time and it’s also something I have worked on within myself a lot recently. Everyone is on a different path and what is meant for you will come your way. Whether it’s a relationship or a job interview, comparing yourself to other people will get you nowhere, it’s actually more detrimental to you because it’s a waste of your time and makes you feel worse. 

Growing up it always felt like there was this ‘ideal body type’ and to become attractive I have to fit into that body type, but I had to come to terms with the fact I would never look like that, even if I starved myself or went to the gym for hours every day. And also, this ‘perfect body type’ changes, which makes it even harder to achieve when the goal posts are constantly shifting. Once you realise that all bodies are beautiful in their differences, you can start enjoying life more without worrying about what you look like and what other people think. 

Fake it till you make it.
This is something my mum used to say to me all the time and I never really got it. But it really is true, if you walk into a room of people you have never met before, you can be anyone that you want to be. There are times in my life where I have felt so nervous and unsure of myself, but people thought I was really confident because of the way I acted. 

Nobody knows that you are nervous or unsure of yourself unless you show them. Confidence is very much an act and if you keep acting confident it soon follows naturally. 

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5 Smart Ways To Save Space In Your Wardrobe

5 Smart Ways To Save Space In Your Wardrobe

This is a guest post, written by Queenie Resmundo from www.thequeensights.com

It’s one thing to hang your clothes, it’s another to save space in your wardrobe. This may sound like a tedious house chore but organizing the closet can be rewarding for people who have little space for their pieces. I mean, not everyone has a fancy, huge walk-in closets like what we see on vlogs or television.

Saving space in your wardrobe is more than just folding and hanging clothes. It takes wise decisions when it comes to organizing your stuff. Here are some ideal tips to help you save space!   

Start with decluttering

Get all your clothes, intimates, and other items in your wardrobe and put them all on the floor. The key to saving space in your wardrobe is to minimize the content so make sure you pick the important pieces like casual clothes, bags, undergarments. For clothes that are not in for the season, you might want to separate them in storage that can be hidden under your bed. For the pieces that do not make the cut, consider donating or giving them to your friends!  

Add dividers/compartment

If your shelf is high enough but has a few dividers, make the most of its space by adding more compartments. Aside from allowing you to store more items in your closet, it also lets you separate pieces like shirts, jeans, jackets, which makes it easier for you to pick what to wear! If you don’t have enough space on your shelf, might as well invest in a garment rack where you can hang scarfs, coats, caps. Plus, it only takes a little space in your room.

Hang clothes smartly

There are many ways to hang clothes that save you space. Personally, I do double hanging – I use a single hanger for a couple of clothes. For example, I hang my full button blouses, and using the same hanger, I insert a folded shirt or jeans. That way, it’s much easier to get the clothes even if they’re hung together in one hanger. Lastly, you can try this hack: hang your clothes vertically by clinging the hook of your hangers on the other hangers or use a metal chain.

Use the bottom space

Now, don’t forget that you can still use the space beneath your hanged clothes! The space down there is great for your boots, bags, shoes, and if it allows, try putting in as well your boxed seasonal clothes that you separated from your decluttering.

Use the inside of the doors

Don’t think you’ve already used up your closet’s space yet. Take advantage of the inside of your doors by attaching hooks where you can hang belts, scarfs, or beanies! It’s a convenient way of storing your items and get them quickly whenever you need to wear them. 

Do you have any hacks for saving up space in the wardrobe? Share in the comments!

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20 Simple Self-Care Ideas For You To Try + A Story

20 Simple Self-Care Ideas For You To Try + A Story

Self-care, self-care, self-care… It is so hard to make time for an actual self-care these days. People are busy and always on their feet, trying to get the most out of the day. One person can work long days, the other might work nights and sleep all day. It is quite impossible to create a space and time for self-care but I believe that there is always a way around it.

For me self-care is a time in the day where you can just be with yourself and stop for a second. It is highly connected with hygge for me. I like to feel comfortable and cosy when I practise self-care so you won’t see me at the gym wearing tight clothing or working out as it is just simply not entertaining or calming for me. I like to sit and enjoy my company.

I created a little list of twenty simple ideas for self-care. You can do even during your break at work (some of them you can do at work but I wouldn’t recommend having a bubble bath in front of all your co-workers).

  1. Practise affirmations – one of my favourites and best ones when you have a bad day. Just try to give yourself some compliments or tell yourself that you’re strong and can overcome anything that’s thrown in your way.
  2. Read something educational – these days it is hard to find something very educational in a way we actually take something out of the article. Try to find some good articles about how to do something to make sure you will take something out of it.
  3. Read a chapter (or a page) of the book – no explanation needed. Just grab your favourite book and send yourself away in a mysterious new world.
  4. Write in the journal – not for everybody, I know, but it helps me to get through the day when I just pour my feelings on the paper.
  5. Practise mindful breathing – there are many apps that can help you with mindfulness. I use app called SERENITY that gives you various options to choose from.
  6. Stretch for 5 minutes – I don’t know about you but I need a good stretch after every 30 minutes I spend sitting. This one is a good one, especially for people who have a desk job and spend most of the time in a day sitting.
  7. Make yourself a cup of tea – who doesn’t like tea? Oh, you don’t? That’s okay, you can substitute for coffee or any other beverage that you enjoy (let’s just keep away from drinking wine at work. That could go very wrong).
  8. Get yourself a glass of wine – AFTER working hours, when you’re sitting down on your couch, alone or with your partner. Wrapping yourself in a blanket helps a lot too.
  9. Watch a comedy movie – or action movie, or adventure movie. It’s all up to you. You know what you like. Just try to keep away from the sad movies as they usually bring us down instead of cheering us up.
  10. Take a bubble bath (again, do not recommending doing that at work. Would be very awkward) – add good smelling candles and you’re ready for full experience.
  1. Do a little dance session – who doesn’t like to dance?! When we move, the endorphins in our body are woken up and we feel happier. So turn on that one song (you know which one I am talking about) and dance your heart out!
  2. Order takeaway – your favourite restaurant awaits!
  3. Make yourself a little spa day at home – face masks, creams, foot baths, all you can think of when you hear “spa day”. You don’t have to spend a penny for a homemade spa!
  4. Have a picnic date with a partner or by yourself (looking at the clouds can be very calming).
  5. Bake your favourite dessert (and then eat it all by yourself).
  6. Dress nicely for no reason (because you are the reason! Feel sexy in that pretty dress!)
  7. Turn off your phone and meditate or practice yoga – important thing to do when you use your phone a lot. Try to disconnect for awhile and see how it feels to stop receiving annoying messages or emails. Trust me, it is a bliss.
  8. Listen to podcast or good music (I won’t specify because we all have different taste, but you know what I mean – that music that makes you feel good and happy!).
  9. Take yourself out for a drink and a meal (totally recommend going alone instead of going with a partner).
  10. Buy yourself a present – whether it is online or in the shop, just treat yourself to something nice and fun!

It is all about your mental health and how you take care of it. Talking about mental health, if you’re following my blog you might have seen that I wasn’t posting anything for quite awhile and I would like to take a moment to tell you what happened and how I have been managing my stress and anxiety. It a very short story.

I can’t say a lot so they won’t get upset with me again, but my boss acknowledged that I have a blog and a company decided that is it a sensitive information that I am posting. I knew exactly what they were referring to and they decided to open an investigation about it. Taking my anxiety and stress level right now, my mental health went from 10 to -100 pretty quickly. I got nervous and stressed, I couldn’t eat or sleep normally. I was kind of a wreck. It just made my brain a scrambled mess. I was thinking about why would they make an investigation about it if it is my personal life and personal blog?

I just couldn’t be myself anymore. It still stresses me out as it is not resolved at the moment. I am still struggling about it and taking the situation I am at right now (I am being furloughed and I make way less money which makes me stressed about bills and my mortgage) it makes me want to quit my job. I am scared for my future. I was thinking about it for a long time as I want to make my own company from the comfort of my home. And now, I am 100% sure that I am going to quit. It just gives me too much stress to even think about my place of work.

I really want you to advise me on this one. I know most of you will probably not read the story part but the ones that do, please, tell me what you think about it!

Have a great day, my lovelies!

How To Reduce Plastic Waste In Your Home

How To Reduce Plastic Waste In Your Home

I think all of us have heard about global warming, turtles eating straws in the oceans, animals getting tangled in plastic bags every day. Carbon emissions are bigger than ever. Pollution is killing our planet and it is time to do something about it.

Today I wanted to talk to you about plastic waste. There is no way that you haven’t bought anything that has plastic in it. If you’re buying meat in the supermarket – the packaging is plastic. If you ever forgot the bags when you went for shopping – you had to buy another plastic one. Most of packaging these days is plastic because it is cheap to produce. But what about the recycling?

Only half of the plastic is actually recyclable – the other half is one-use only.

It is hard to keep up with all the numbers but to this day there is 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile floating in the ocean. 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the ocean every year, where 90% of it is plastic waste! Some researchers claim that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

If we will keep heading to this future, there will be no coral reefs, no fish, no ocean life because of the pollution. We have to do something about it! There are ways to reduce plastic waste in your household and contribute to saving our planet!

Watch the video – it is worth it!

USE JARS

I always start with this. It is a simple change but can do so much good to our planet. Swap the plastic containers you have at home to glass or porcelain jars! It is so much more Eco-friendly! But don’t throw the plastic containers away! Instead, try to re-use them as a decoration in your house or another storage box. Jars are great substitution for plastic and they are much more recyclable!

Little tip: if you decide to throw the jars away, remember to recycle the lids too! Empty the jar, clean it and put the lid back on. That reduces chance of it getting lost during sorting process.

METAL WATER BOTTLES

I own three metal bottles and I don’t move without having one in my bag. There is so many great bottles on the market you can buy. It doesn’t have to be expensive – the prices are starting from £6 and go up. I believe that the cheapest one is probably poor quality and it can leave a metal taste in your water so I would recommend to go for the middle priced one! Once you buy that kind of bottle it will last 12 years so it is something that is worth investing in.

Little tip: always empty your water bottle at the end of the day. This will help your bottle to stay clean and without rust.

FABRIC SHOPPING BAGS

The biggest retailers in the UK have sold 549 million single-use plastic bags in 2019. It is a smaller amount than it was in 2016, where the numbers reached 2.1 billion but I believe that we all can work on that. Buy yourself a couple of reusable bags. Keep it on the sight so you will never forget them when going shopping. This way you won’t have to buy any plastic bags! Simple right?

Little tip: don’t buy fabric bags from the Internet. I highly recommend to buy it from the shop itself as the quality can be deceiving. You need a strong bag that will last you a long time!

AVOID PACKAGED FOOD

Now, this might be one of the hardest things to do as everything is in the plastic containers these days, especially meat or cheese – two things I believe everyone is buying weekly. So how to avoid that? I highly recommend to give a glass containers a go with that too! You can just simply go to the shop where they have a special meat and cheese section you can buy products by pound or gram. I believe it is called a butchery. In Poland, where I am originally from, every supermarket has butchery and cheese section inside of it so you can easily forget about packaged meat and buy a fresh chunk from the butcher itself.

Little tip: Don’t be afraid to ask a butcher to put your meat in your container. Trust, they have no problem with it and some might even be grateful they don’t have to use a plastic wrap!

NO TO PLASTIC STRAWS

Nowadays, there are more and more people in the world using metal or silicone straws and it makes me so, so happy! All you have to do is type “metal straws” in Google and search through millions of sites for your favourite! It is so much better for the world and ocean – we save turtles from eating the plastic by having reusable straws!

Little tip: Watch out for the quality! I bought my reusable straws for a small price and they got rusty pretty quickly so try to find ones that have many positive reviews and have best quality.

GET MILK DELIVERED IN GLASS BOTTLES

It was popular ages ago to have a milkman deliver milk directly to your door. Even though it is not as popular nowadays, there are some shops that still do that! FIND ME A MILKMAN is a site where you can search the milkman by your postcode! They deliver milk to you and then pick up the bottles so they can re-use them again. I think it it a great alternative to the plastic bottle milk.

Little tip: be ready for the price of bottled milk to be a little more expensive than the supermarket ones. It is after all, a glass bottle and fresh product and delivery right to your door!


What do you do to help reduce plastic waste?

How To Start A Blog – Beginner To Beginner

How To Start A Blog – Beginner To Beginner

Being a beginner blogger, I relate so much to not knowing where exactly to start. I used to be so stressed out on idea that my blog will never have enough views or followers to actually make something from it (as I assume you’re blogging because you want to make money or at least are looking into doing it so in the future). I wasn’t always really confident about having a blog and actually making money out of it. You might have a plan and a vision but you don’t know how to begin.

I wanted to share some of my little wisdom with you and assure you that there is no right or wrong way of starting a blog. If you have an idea, think about it. Think how you will develop your blog over the months and years. You have to look at the bigger picture. Of course, it is easier said than done but at least try. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A WHOLE BUSINESS PLAN when you first start planning.

Create A Vision Board

I highly recommend starting with a vision board. So you have an idea you can see in your head. You know exactly what you want to do and share on your blog. You have everything figured out, right? Well, not quite. Creating a vision board with everything you thought about – name, theme, couple of initial posts and social media setup – and be very eye-opening. You might be surprised how many things you don’t like when you put them down and look at them all together. Vision board is something I used to create my perfect blog. There is always going to be something that will go wrong or be different from what you envisioned. So try to look at things from a different perspective (literally and figuratively).

Start Small

I know that most of you probably won’t agree on this as I have seen so many posts about how to start a blog where people said to go for Business Plan on WordPress from the beginning, but let’s be real for a second. Not all of us have money to go for the one of the most expensive plans here. Some of us won’t be able to start high and that’s okay. Of course, there’s a huge difference between paid plan and free plan but when you only began to blog – it doesn’t really matter. What matters is the content you put out there. After all, the content is what attract people to our blogs. You can work on the looks later on (or create your own graphics for the blog like I did). First, attract people, then make money. It all comes in a pattern, do you see it?

Focus On Content

As said above – looks don’t matter very much if content you’re creating is bad. From the beginning, it is important to create posts that will lure people in and be captivating enough to read though them. Content is the most important on your blog as it states what you are passionate about and what do you like to talk about. Try to forget about the looks of your blog and ask yourself if your blog is interesting and your posts are the best ones you can write. This will help you establish if you are giving your 100% to your blog posts or you just “fake it til you make it” kind of a person. For me, it is very important to create content where people will be able to say “that’s interesting” or “this is useful”. You want people to genuinely like your blog. Even if you would like to start from the expensive plans – it doesn’t guarantee you that you will make money straight away if there is no people reading your content.

Connect With Other Bloggers

If you already have a niche and know what kind of blog you have, try to connect with like-minded people who will follow you because they want to read your work. For example, I like to connect with lifestyle bloggers (if you are one of them, follow me on socials and let’s be friends!) because I write a lot about it. But I also love body positivity people as I am one of them and I am passionate about home decor as well. So if you know what your blog is about and, obviously, want more followers and subscribers, you have got to connect with people who might find you work interesting. I highly recommend doing it so on Twitter as there are so many accounts that can help you grow your audience from the day one!

Pinterest Is Super Important

Before I started using Pinterest I had very few views on my blog because I mainly focused on Twitter sharing. But what I realised is that on Twitter there are most of the same people all the time sharing their content and they won’t lick on your link again if they already did couple days ago. It is quite hard to create blog posts every day so we have to focus on promoting the other ones just for our comfort and peace of mind. That’s why Pinterest is so important – it gives you the flexibility to share you Pins (which you can design yourself on Canva or other graphic design sites, or you can work with ready-to-use templates) and freedom to post anything you would like. It is a bonus if you research for groups on Pinterest where people are sharing blog posts and help each other grow! It is just the other platform where you can connect with and meet people who have the same interests as you.

Tailwind Is Actually Not That Good

Many blogs telling me to keep using Tailwind and make sure I have it as it can help me grow my blog but I have been using it since the beginning of my blogging and it didn’t help me much. The free version of Tailwind gives you only 100 pins you can create and only 30 of them you can share to tribes and then, you either pay for the Premium account (which is $119 yearly) or you wait until the next month to post things again which is not a great idea if you’re trying to make your audience see you right here, right now. For me, the price of the premium account is too high and I cannot afford it so Tailwind is a big flop to me. You might want to try it or you’re already using it, but for me it wasn’t successful. Was it successful for you?

These are just some tips from me to you that I believe to work. What tips would you give to beginner bloggers?

3 Things You Should Do To Improve Your Health

3 Things You Should Do To Improve Your Health

Health is not something you should look at as an optional thing. I know people that are neglecting their health by simply not caring what they do or eat. Some people think that if your health is already not in the right place, there is nothing you can do. For me, there is always a way to improve your lifestyle and health so you feel better.

I went on a little research yesterday to prepare this post the right way. I visited more than 10 sites and have read through all the things you can do to be healthier. I found out a lot of stuff that I have been doing wrong too. I tried to pin-point the most important things to look after. It was a challenge. There is never enough that you do for yourself. Trust me, there’s always something missing. But that is not a point of my blog post today. I wanted to show you that even simple things can help you with your health. It doesn’t matter if you love food and sometimes eat too much, or you don’t know what to do to improve your health the easy way.

Drink Your Water

I know, so simple, right? In fact, there are so many benefits of drinking the right amount of water. Doctors say that you should drink 2.5 litres of water daily. Water flushes the toxins out of your body which seems like a great start to me. It also regulates the body temperature and helps your brain to function properly. It makes you fuller if you drink it before eating, so you won’t consume that much and might lose some pounds.

Other benefits include:

  • it may prevent kidney stones
  • it is great for the skin
  • it may help with your mood
  • it may help you with memory
  • it reduces the bladder infections
  • it improves the exercise performance
  • it helps with digestion

Eat Your 5 A Day

I know people that hate eating their greens. The texture, the smell, the taste – it all is a factor of why some people refuse to eat fruits and veggies. Some people won’t eat fruits unless it is a smoothie. Some people hate salads. And I totally get it. Some of the greens aren’t the best looking or the best smelling ones. But try to choose a couple of them to eat throughout the day. If you like smoothies – make them for breakfast! If you like broccoli – eat it with your dinner. Just try to squeeze in the 5 of them in a day. It can be in any shape – juice counts as well!

What are the benefits?

  • great source of vitamins and minerals
  • perfect source of dietary fibre
  • may reduce the risk of heart disease

If you’d like to get to know more click here to visit NHS site, where you can find the further explanation and delicious recipes to include in your day . You might also find it useful to look into the treating the digestive problems and what causes them.

Get A Good Night Sleep

That is the hardest part for me. Especially now, when I don’t go to work because of the pandemic, I have been spending much more time awake than asleep. It’s been hard for me to fall asleep and I am not getting enough sleep time in my schedule – not because I don’t want to, but because my body got used to me sitting awake until 2 AM. It’s entirely my fault and I’m aware of that. I have been trying to go back to my normal schedule but it takes time, so I reduced my time on social media and in front of TV and swapped it for a good book!

Sleeping an average of eight hours a day can reduce your stress, put you in a better mood and helps to lower your blood pressure! What’s there not to like right? Other benefits include:

  • improving memory
  • maintaining weight
  • keeping your heart healthy and strong
  • may reduce risk of depression

That’s TOP three things that are important to me to keep in a good health. I am aware that there is more things you may do to improve your health but things above are things that I am trying to do every day of my life. So remember, we all start small! Incorporate those little things in your life and see the difference!

What are the things you like to do to keep healthy?

How To Fight The Stress Away

How To Fight The Stress Away

We are living in the times where stressing about things is an everyday thing for most of us. We stress about children and how we are raising them, we stress about work, we stress about making our deadlines and getting things done on time. We never have time for others, especially loved ones, straight away and always have to squeeze them in our tight schedule so we can enjoy their company for a while – and even then we can’t stop thinking about all the tasks that we haven’t done yet. Sounds like you?

No worries, I know so many people like that. It’s hard for us to find time because our jobs don’t give us flexibility. Some may work in the company they hate, some might hate only their boss because they always have to stay longer hours at work even though they don’t want to. Lots of people nowadays make money on Instagram or by blogging about things which makes their living quite pressurised as they have to create content that is likeable and loved by many. And that is stressful enough.

I have gathered some tips on how to fight the stress away and feel better about the things we do.

Your Sleeping Schedule

I think this is the most important thing on my entire list – trying to get your between 7-9 hours of sleep. When we don’t sleep enough or don’t sleep well, we tend to be more cranky and easily irritated the next morning. For example, I didn’t sleep well last night and I got up in a mood where everything that my partner did was annoying and hard to accept. I was angry at him because of that but I knew that it was because I wasn’t rested enough. We become this little balls of stress and nothing seem to go right. I have so much trouble with sleeping so I know how it feels – everything around you seems to be too much. Your brain doesn’t retain information as well and you just can’t function properly. That’s why it is important to get a good sleep – to feel better and do better.

Meditation

This is something I just got into this year but it’s been helping me a lot with calming my nerves and making my day better. I like to do it every morning and every evening. It has a lot of benefits but the biggest one is that it is reducing stress and anxiety so, so well. During meditation, you focus on you – your breath, your thoughts, your body. You are acknowledging the things that make you worried and constantly nervous. It takes you to the state of relaxation and deep, tranquil mind, helping you to let go of thoughts that may cause you stress. Doing it regularly, and it’s been proven, can end up in emotional and physical well-being which, to me, sounds perfect.

Cut the socials

It is an essential thing. Social media can be cruel, creating a bad environment for your thoughts. Nowadays people can post anything they like online and no one can restrict it. It’s a free country, after all. But what comes with it is the negativity and pain. We all went on Facebook once in our lives and the first post out there was about a war, discrimination or other negative things that are happening right now in the world. It makes me so stressed just seeing the post, not mentioning when I go to the comments section. My advice is to cut the social media for a while – give yourself an hour or two in a day where your phone is on silent, your TV is turned off and nobody can interrupt you, I went an extra mile in it and unfollowed every account on my Facebook and other social media that was making me stressed and anxious.

Journaling

I never thought I would say that but journaling helped me throughout the most sad and stressful times in my life. I love doing it because no one is ever going to see what I have put inside. I can rant and I can write whatever I want in there. I can hate on people (especially that one person that always gets on my nerves at work) and she will never know! Pouring your heart out on the paper can help you understand your feelings better. You can also find writing or drawing very de-stressing, like me. The whole point of the journal is that we can get rid of negative emotions, calm down and let the stress stay within the words on the paper.

Read a Book

I know that some of you probably don’t have much time to sit down and read as you may have families to take care of or you are working long hours and just don’t fancy it after a long day. Personally, when I stress about something I like to sit down with a book in my hand and read at least two pages of it. It shifts my focus from stress to what’s the book about and helps me to fight it. According to research, 6 minutes of reading can reduce as much as two thirds of the stress level. How amazing is that?

Walks

I say it a lot and I will say it again – walks are important part of the de-stressing. Just a simple stroll in the park or in the woods can make you feel calmer. Getting a little bit of exercise is a great stress reliever. When moving your body releases endorphins – the happy hormone – and makes you feel a bit better. Just a 30-minute walk can change your mood and you will be able to return to your tasks with a fresh mind!

The things above might not works for all of you. It’s the list of things that work for me and I wanted to share it with you to give you some ideas. You might have your own ways to de-stress. Whatever is right for you, lovely! Let me know in the comments – what you like to do to fight the stress away?

5 Useful Apps For Beginner Bloggers

5 Useful Apps For Beginner Bloggers

I started my blog not so long ago. It was a huge decision to me as I had multiple blogs in the past but none of them worked out. When I started this one, I thought “This is what I love. It’s the thing that’s making me happy when I do it”. And I continued. Now, I have more than 20 followers, which for some can be very little but I am really grateful for all of them! So thank you so much, you all!

Thinking about when I started blogging I was looking for some good apps to use whenever I can, whether I am working from home or from the bus. I wanted a little bit more flexibility so I can create my own graphics, pins, totally unique posts with the big chunk of my personality shooting out of them. I found some good apps that I can use online, sitting at home, or on my phone while travelling. It helped me a lot with my blog, especially now, when I am back at my part-time job and looking to quit it soon so I can give blogging and starting my own business a good try.

The first app I devoted myself completely to is Canva. It gives you two options to choose from – free and Pro. The free version is quite limited with options but it doesn’t mean you can’t create pretty designs! You can choose from a long list of designs for Instagram posts, Pinterest pins, various covers for your social media accounts like Twitter or Facebook, and many, many more. You can even make business presentations with it. There are already made templates you can use but I much rather go with a blank page as it gives me more room to shine. I used the free version of Canva for creating a logo for my blog, and main graphics too. It doesn’t look bad, does it?

I recommend Canva because it is ridiculously easy to use, very straightforward and ideal for people who are just starting their blogs or sites. It also offers you a mobile app so you can take your designs with you anywhere you go.

Unsplash is my go-to site when it comes to professional photos that look good on my blog. Yes, I know I should be giving you my photos but I am just not very good at it yet (bear with me, I will post my photos one day!). Unsplash gives me everything I need – free pictures to download, professionalism and beauty. Their site is modern and simple, yet so beautiful. The simplicity makes the usage of the site very easy, even for the beginners. Just search the category which you’d like the picture to be in and you will have thousands of photographs to choose from. As we all know, the beginnings aren’t easy so Unsplash makes it a little bit less stressful for me. I don’t have to worry about photography for my blog and can fully devote myself to writing and graphic design.

Unfortunately, Unsplash doesn’t have an app – it is available only for desktops.

The very similar site to Unsplash is Pexels. It works exactly in the same way as the previous one. You go onto it, search for pictures and download them free on your device. What I like about Pexels is that whenever I want a picture and I can’t find it on Unsplash website, I can always try them and, somehow, they have what I am looking for. It is easy to use, modern-looking and it doesn’t overlap with the photos from Unsplash, which is great if you need multiple pictures from the same category but you want them all to look differently.

Pexels also offers an app for your mobile so you can download pictures to your phone and save them for later usage!

Obviously, when you want to promote your blog a little bit more but don’t know how to, the first thing that we all do is creating a Pinterest account. Now, Pinterest is my everyday use app. I cannot go a day without it. I had it way before I started blogging. My ideas come from there and I share lots of my blog posts on it too. The easiest way to get views on your site is by joining the group boards. I, last week, joined one of the bloggers’ group board on Pinterest. I love it there. There are so many people sharing things, giving me inspiration and motivation to keep going. Pinterest is relatively easy to use. You create an account, follow some interesting people and topics, and voila! – you can now re-pin pins to your own boards for later.

Pinterest has an app for your desktop and mobile so you can have it with you at all times, but you can also use it online, directly from the website.

You probably figured that getting traffic to your blog might be time-consuming. I find it easier to connect with people first. Finding the right audience is the key and what better site for that than Instagram. I am sure you already have an Instagram account but do you have a separate one for your blog? I recommend having one! Your personal account might have more people that follow you but most of them won’t even click on the links because they’re probably not interested. So targeting the right audience is important. Instagram lets you do that. You can search for people using hashtags or keywords like “lifestyle blogger” or “body positivity” and just connect with them by commenting on their posts. Remember to make it meaningful as that kind of comments are more likely to get a person to your page.

Instagram has a mobile app as well. You can use it on your PC but you cannot upload photos from it so I recommend having it on your phone as it is a quicker and more sufficient way to connect with people.

These are just a couple of apps I use to grow my audience and make my blog look good. I highly recommend it for people who don’t want to spend money the first month. I just bought my Premium account last Thursday because I couldn’t afford doing it at the beginning. I look forward to upgrading to Business account next month. I am sure there is more apps that you use but I find those 5 the best for the beginner (like me).

What are the apps you knew about? Is there any other app that you use and love?

How To Stay Organised?

How To Stay Organised?

For me, being organised is a must for my every day living, especially now when I have my own apartment and have more space to take care of. I cannot start a day without sticking a “to-do” list on my fridge doors (or writing it down on my phone like a 21st century average human being). I love de-cluttering spaces from things I don’t necessarily need anymore and making sure that my office desk is always nice and clean. Keeping things organised can help you go through your day smoothly, without interruptions, and can increase the sense of fulfilment as well.

Being organised isn’t always easy. Sometimes our schedule change and it creates a little storm in our every day life. But the important thing is to always go back to it. Whenever something changes, try to start your day the same as the last one and keep it consistent. Here are some tips on how to stay organised in your everyday life.

Make Your Bed

This is the big one – for me and for every other organised person I know. I never used to be a bed maker. I kind of figured that there is no point if I am going to go to sleep in the evening again, so why bother, right? Right now, when I wake up in the morning and I am done with my morning stretches and yoga, the first thing on my list is to make my bed look good. Even though my sheets are destroyed because of two little kittens in my household that love to scratch and bite, I am still trying to smooth it out, make it nicer. I even spray some fabric freshener on it, every day of the week, so the whole room can smell fantastic. I know that this simple act can help you start your day on a positive note. It gives you the feeling of done task which makes you want to do more and more productive things. Easy, right?

Finish One Task Before Moving On To The Next One

If you’re in any way like me, you often try to do many tasks at once. Washing up, doing the laundry, feeding pets, cooking dinner, shopping for groceries online, cleaning up – the list is never-ending. I always recommend doing one task at a time. If you’re currently doing something important, forget all other stuff. Maybe you won’t be able to get them done the same day, but at least you will do them right. You can always create a rough schedule around things to give you and idea of what you’d like to do on the day but don’t worry if you won’t finish them all – there is always tomorrow. So try to focus on one thing – whether it is writing a blog or doing online shopping – finish one before you move on to the next one and I guarantee you it will make a huge difference.

Create A TO-DO List

This is something I already mentioned above but I have a huge respect for to-do lists. They changed my life tremendously. I remember being like a tornado going through my tasks all at once, leaving a messy chaos behind me. I wasn’t prepared for anything during my day so any task that came up felt like it needed to be done as quickly as possible. When you create a to-do list for yourself, either the evening before the day or in the morning, you have clearly stated what had to be done. And fun fact – first thing that you put on your to-do list is the most urgent one so you will want to make sure to get that out of the way before you take on any other task!

Quick Pick-Up Around The House

Now, I know we all have 5-10 minutes to simply go around the house and pick some stuff up. Whether they are clothes or toys, or rubbish, it’s so easy to pick them up and put them away where they belong. I find it useful to go around my flat, looking for things that don’t seem to be in the right place. Trust me, there is so many things for me to pick up. As I am the type of the person that when I am changing I like to leave clothes in the exact place I did it. My partner say I am marking my territory that way but I simply cannot be asked to bend over and pick it up sometimes (yes, that’s laziness talking – you can’t tell me you haven’t done it at least once in your life!). So every day, I go around pushing myself to pick things up and put them in the laundry basket or the rubbish pin. It helps to create a clean space where your creativity can flourish and be at its peak.

Those are only some of the steps you can take to keep organised. It works for me, it might not work for you but don’t worry. The idea of being organised is something that we have to work on ourselves. The steps I shown here are only examples. You might start from them and see the difference. You might want to create your own routine – that’s totally fine! Find things that keep you organised. Make a list and follow them. You’ll see how quickly your life will change!

What are the things you do to stay organised?

The Best Plants For Your Household That You Cannot Kill

The Best Plants For Your Household That You Cannot Kill

When I first moved into my own apartment with my partner it was an incredible feeling. We finally were alone and we could do whatever we would like without anyone judging. After a couple of weeks of living here, I decided I wanted some plants around to make the place look homier. And so I did! I ordered three real, alive plants for my house. They looked fantastic – so fresh and greener than I expected them to be. We put one in our bedroom, and two in the living room. After a while, me being me, I forget to water them. Sometimes they go for two weeks without water. Why? Because I got used to artificial plants. I had tons of them back then I was living with my parents because they don’t require any care. So I made up a schedule for watering them. They are fine now (except cats nibbling on them when no one is looking) and they even began to grow new stems!

But what if you have a lot in your mind and in your life and you simply cannot afford to have real plants as you know you’d kill them but at the same time you’d like to enjoy them in your home? Well, there are some plants that are almost impossible to kill!

Let’s start off with one of my favourites – Aloe. It is a genus plant containing over 500 species of flowering succulents. It’s mostly known as Aloe Vera. Not only it is such a good-looking plant but it has so many benefits. Aloe gel can soothe burns and treat acne as it reduces inflammation and itchiness. It has a calming effect on the skin. Also, it was shown that it can help with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Aloe has not only health benefits. It was proven that it can keep your produce fresh and delay the process of ripening. The plant doesn’t require a lot of care – just keep it out of direct sunlight and soak it well every couple of weeks.

Next on my list is an Air Plant (known also as Tillandsia) – a unique looking plant that doesn’t even require soil to grow. How amazing is that? Although it doesn’t have any magical abilities like Aloe, it is perfect for giving your home a vibe of rain forest (especially if you hook it up to your ceiling and let it grow down). It looks special and only requires a water soak once every two weeks. How does that sound for all of you, forgetful plant nannies?

I’m not sure how many of you would consider having Bamboo as a household plant but let me tell you why it is so easy to grow it. Bamboo requires you to put it in the water – that’s it. Just change the water every couple of weeks for the fresh one and watch your bamboo shoots grow big and green. It also requires very little light so if you like darker spaces – this one is for you! You can’t ask for any easier plant than Bamboo. And it helps a lot wit Feng Shui feel, doesn’t it?

The Snake Plant (Dracaena Trifasciata) is the number one plant for you if you’d like to purify the air in your household. It’s one of the easiest plants to take care of too – you have to water it when the soil is fully dry which makes it perfect for all people who simply forget to water their plants sometimes. NASA found that Snake Plant goes the extra mile with absorbing toxins that none of the other plants does –  benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. Buy one and you won’t be disappointed.

Another one of my favourites is a Cactus. This fleshy, thick plant retain water better than any other plant. I believe that all of us, at some point in our lives, had a cactus in their rooms. I mean, what’s not to like? It’s pretty, easy to maintain and you can get one in any shape or size you’d like. It is perfect for forgetful waterers as it doesn’t require much moisture. You can also keep it anywhere you’d like. Just water them when the soil is completely dry and then you can forget about it for good a couple of weeks.

What kind of plants do you have at your house? How often do you forget to water them? What kind of plant is your favourite?

Let me know in the comments!