The Perfect Morning Routine | Books, Skincare & Yoga!

As my night routine post was so successful, I decided to a morning routine as well! The morning is my favourite time of day. I try to make this most of the early hours, and I usually achieve the routine in this post 6 times a week. For some reason Thursdays are never great for my productivity. Does any one else have a day like that? No matter how hard you try, it just never works out? Let me know in the comments.

1. Yoga

If it doesn’t happen in the morning, it doesn’t happen at all. That’s why I do this first thing! Usually the sessions are about half an hour long, which is perfect. Through yoga my body can fully wake up before I get on with other tasks. Also, after sleeping for eight hours, I certainly need a stretch! You can read more about my daily yoga practise here. 

2. Skincare routine 

It’s really important to have a skincare routine. When I wake up, I cleanse my face then use moisturiser with SPF. However the evening is a little bit different! I won’t go through this now though, because I just uploaded a whole post about my skincare routine!

3. Breakfast

Without breakfast, I start snacking throughout the day. My go-to breakfast is porridge but I do have lots of other recipes! While eating I enjoy reading. It’s a more positive experience than watching the news! Currently I’m reading The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.

4. Duolingo

I don’t touch screens until an hour after I wake up. And after breakfast and yoga, it’s usually 7am. Which means I can practise my languages! At the moment I’m doing French et c’est tres facile cependent les verbes sont difficiles! J’adore français.

5. Post on Instagram

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I spend about ten minutes posting to Instagram and catching up on your lovely comments! Doing this at the start of the day motivates me to be productive. And your kind words always bring a smile to my face ☺️

6. Do one thing from my to-do list

This could be writing a blog post, practising my cello or even doing homework. But ticking something off my to-do list close to the beginning of the day makes me quite happy! And once one thing is ticked off, I just want to carry on.

7. Bunnies

They deserve a cuddle every morning! 

8. Head off for my day

At the weekends I might go for a walk or have a drama rehearsal. On the days where I have nothing planned, I try to get myself out. Being inside all day really isn’t good for me! Even though I might want to stay in bed, the best thing for both my mental and physical health is getting outdoors. Some days I have a load of homework so I’ll take myself to the library to do it. 


Thank you for reading this post! I’m sorry for the dominating pronoun being ‘me’ and ‘I’. So in the comments, let me know what you do in the mornings. 

Is there anything you can’t miss in your routine? How do you prepare yourself for a busy day?

Hope you’re all well, whether you had a good or bad morning!

erin x

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Yoga | March For Mental Health

As part of Mental Health March I decided to practise a little bit of self-care. I started doing yoga in the mornings as a form on meditation! For a while I’ve wanted to try it out and there’s no time like the present, right?

I started this journey around the end of February. To have the time to do yoga I had to get up bright and early! My regular sleep schedule is 22:00 – 06:00 so jumping to 05:30 wasn’t such a huge leap. Now I spend the first 30 minutes of every morning practising yoga. Before last month I had never properly done yoga. I knew a few moves, such as the world-famous tree pose but beyond that I wasn’t knowledgable. So I decided to take guided yoga sessions.

At the moment I’m doing a 30 Day Challenge with Yoga With Adriene. She is a really good mentor, especially for beginners! If you are considering starting yoga, don’t hesitate! It’s completely free on her YouTube channel.

My experience has been really positive. It’s great to start the day with mindfulness, it sets the whole day up to be good. My emotions have been rational and I’ve started to notice a lift in my mood. I’ve just been more aware of my feelings, therefore dealing with them better.

In terms of physical improvements, I’ve not seen much so far. That’s because I’m only a few weeks in! It does make me feel better though. I think I’m more flexible than before. And by starting the day with exercise, it makes me want to continue being active throughout the day. I’ve been completing the 10,000 step goal more often! It may be down to something else, but I think it’s mainly the yoga.

A lot of people recommend exercising first thing in the morning but every workout regime I’ve tried – I never stuck with. Yoga is cleverly disguised. It feels more like meditation than exercise. So I don’t dread it when I wake up every morning! 

Before I forget, I ought to do my yoga for today! 

What do you do first thing in the morning? Have you ever tried yoga? How did it go?

erin x

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The ‘M’ In March Means Mental Health | Help From My Followers

The ‘M’ in March Means Mental Health. This month I am sharing with you a series of mental health related posts. There is such a stigma attached to mental health and we all need to realise how disrespectful it is to overlook this issue. In the UK, about 30% of young people have mental health problems. That is a huge number. That’s approximately 1 in 3 people! So, for those of you suffering, I hope these posts gives you some help. And for the other 70%, I hope these posts remind you to be more aware of your own mental health. Caring for your mind is just as important as caring for your body. So please tag along in this journey as we all shares our thoughts together. An overwhelming number of people wanted to help in this cause so I’ll also share with you their perspectives on mental health too!

When I shared the ‘March For Mental Idea’ on my Instagram I had so many positive responses. There were so many people that wanted to help. This post is an accumulation of the responses I received! Hope you find them beneficial!

“Firstly I would say allow yourself to heal, if there is something in your life that is clearly making you sick and you can do something about it, change it. Stop waiting to be happy, its easy to do, simply saying, I can’t wait until… but life’s short so its better to make small changes and live in the moment. Take one day at a time if you can, write a list of the five most important things you need to do in your day, no matter how small they seem and tick them off as you go, anything extra is a bonus. Lastly, remember its a slow process and it may never go away completely but it will get easier with time and before you know it you are doing things you never dreamed you could.”  – Pages & Paws (@pages.paws)

Check out her wonderful bookish Instagram! You’ll also find lots of dog photos there too (you don’t want to miss them!)

“The worst part of having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don’t.” – Joker

Why is it that people who are mentally unwell are shunned by our society? Why is it that we become so uncomfortable when people talk about their mental illness? Why do we run away from mentally unwell people simply because we feel that we cannot ‘handle’ their illness? Why is it that people think that mental illness is not a ‘real’ thing?

It is as real as a broken bone, or a swollen hand. It is not a way to gain attention. Of course, there are some people who use mental illness as a way to gain attention without actually being ill, but there are genuine people out there who are drowning in their own minds. And instead of supporting them, instead of understanding them, we tell them to ‘knock it off’ and we shun them. Why?

To the people suffering from mental illness: it’s okay to be unstable. It’s okay to disassociate. It’s okay to hide from the world. It’s okay to need help.

It’s okay not to be okay. Your mental illness is not a personal failure! Please do seek help from a therapist if you need it. They will help you. Do not destroy yourself for fear of the society. One in every three people suffer from mental illness! I know it may feel like it, but you are not alone. Don’t give up on yourself. Your mental illness is just a part of you, do not let it define you. – Adena Andvers

Please read more of Adena’s work via her blog. You can also see her amazing photos on Instagram!

Thank you so much for reading this post. Over the next few weeks there will be more posts like this. Including a collaboration with Jules (Casual & Up Close). It’s been really exciting to work with my followers for such a great cause. Please feel free to speak to me if ever you are suffering. I’ll always be here for you 🙂

Are you having a good day? How are you going to priorities your mental health this month?

erin x

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Mental Health March Bullet Journal Set-Up | Happy Clouds & Positivity

For a little time in February, I stopped writing myself to-do lists. There was a dip in my productivity, but I also found time for things I never usually had time for! However, now I’m back to school, lists are essential. How else can I keep track of what needs to get done? Though I spent a lot of time with friends and family, those few weeks were so disorganised. You may know that I’m not a fan of disorder!

March’s bullet journal theme is clouds. Now we are entering Spring, there are breaks in the clouds. However, when I was drawing up this set-up, it was so drizzly and grey! In the UK we had two consecutive storms. Luckily I avoided the floods. Please wish the best for those who did get stuck in it. I hope those affected get back to normal soon 🙃

I didn’t do a cover page; it’s not useful and I spend a lot of time rubbing out and recorrecting! So the first page of March is the monthly spread.

The box grid layout works best for me, even though it looks boring. It’s very functional! There is always a little strip on the side which the calendar doesn’t cover. I used this to put my habit trackers. The goals I’d like to track this month are:

To-Do Lists

I want to write a to-do list every day! Last month I got out of routine so I would like to return to routine this month.

Cello

As all months, I want to practise my cello often! If I track it, I hold myself accountable. 

Less Than an Hour on My Phone

Sometimes I don’t do this, and waste the day away. Now it’s nicer outside I will naturally be on my phone less. However, tracking it is always a good motivation. If I finish a week of being below my screen time limit, I treat myself! Usually my reward is to sit down and watch YouTube for a bit. 

100+ Pages Per Day

The first week of March is my readathon and I really hope I read more than 100 pages a day! But, when that’s over, I need a reason to keep reading. My habit tracker always helps me to do this. 

The next spread is my book tracker! I have ambitiously got a whole page to fill. I did track this at the front of my bullet journal, but I couldn’t put my ratings in such a small space. Hopefully there’ll be a few five star reads this month.

I’ve never done this before, but I wanted to make a ‘happy clouds’ spread. Whenever something good happens, I’m going to write it in one of these clouds. It’s more attainable than a mood tracker!

That’s the end of my set-up for this month! Hope you enjoyed reading, if you did stick to the end. 

Do you enjoy Spring? What the theme in your bullet journal this month?

erin x

The ‘M’ in March Means Mental Health. This month I am sharing with you a series of mental health related posts. There is such a stigma attached to mental health and we all need to realise how disrespectful it is to overlook this issue. In the UK, about 30% of young people have mental health problems. That is a huge number. That’s approximately 1 in 3 people! So, for those of you suffering, I hope these posts gives you some help. And for the other 70%, I hope these posts remind you to be more aware of your own mental health. Caring for your mind is just as important as caring for your body. So please tag along in this journey as we all shares our thoughts together. An overwhelming number of people wanted to help in this cause so I’ll also share with you their perspectives on mental health too!

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The ‘M’ In March Means Mental Health | Announcement!

This post is one going to be a short one, but I’d like to announce the 30 Day ‘Challenge’ I am hosting with Jules (@casualandupclose). Jules created a wonderful idea wherein you complete one challenge every day to improve your mental health. They are simple things like ‘smile at a stranger on the street’ but hopefully they’ll make a big difference to your day.

With mental health in mind, we are not forcing this upon you. I just thought it would be nice or you to complete a few of the things. Maybe take a screenshot so that’s it a little reminder in your photo album! The whole aim of the series Mental Health March is to take away all the challenges and stress thrust upon us in modern day life. 

If you don’t know what Mental Health March is, I’ll explain a little further:

The ‘M’ in March Means Mental Health. This month I am sharing with you a series of mental health related posts. There is such a stigma attached to mental health and we all need to realise how disrespectful it is to overlook this issue. In the UK, about 30% of young people have mental health problems. That is a huge number – approximately 1 in 3 people! So, for those of you suffering, I hope these posts gives you some help. And for the other 70%, I hope these posts remind you to be more aware of your own mental health. Caring for your mind is just as important as caring for your body. So please tag along in this journey as we all share our thoughts together. An overwhelming number of people wanted to help in this cause so I’ll also share their perspectives on mental health too!

How are you really feeling today? What’s on your mind?

erin x

Please check out Jules’ blog. She has done an amazing job at helping me think up these ideas and also created the calendar for Mental Health March! I would also recommend you look at her beautiful feed on Instagram.

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