What Life In Lockdown Has Taught Me

Hey love bugs, how are ya? No, seriously, how have you been? Lately things seem to be all over the place; not just here in the UK but The World. This pandemic has changed so many things and while it started off with messages of spreading love and kindness it feels like the last few weeks have been a mixture of anger, hatred and a lot of anxiety.

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While the UK’s fight with Covid19 is far from over, the easing of lockdown has made me look back over this whole situation. It’s been a real rollercoaster of so many emotions but it has also given me the biggest life lesson and that is the simple fact life is too short. Now I know what you’re thinking; ‘Hannah, how are you only JUST realising that life and time is precious’, don’t worry, I haven’t spent my whole life ignorant but the last few months have really make it so much more prominent.

Our everyday life was taken for granted, from popping into the shop for some snacks to cuddling a loved one or hopping on a train to work. One day we did it and the next we couldn’t and that is terrifying. We are learning how to be in our new normal and I don’t know about you but I would give anything to have it how it was and to slow it down; I mean we are already in June!

During the first few weeks of lockdown I found myself reaching for photos and videos of loved ones so I could feel like they were close. This really highlighted to me that I don’t document enough; which is also a weird thing to say coming from a Photography grad. I have promised myself that I am going to take more time to capture the little moments that are normally missed. The moments that would almost be forgotten. I want to be able to look back on as many memories as possible; so I hope my friends and family are ready for their close up haha!

It’s also given me a nice little confident boost because life is way too short to be worrying about what everyone else is doing and thinking. I do often worry about what people think of me; like when I started this blog or when I upload new content online but you know what, who cares. I love doing it, it makes me happy and the people that matter to me are so supportive so that’s all thats important. There are so many things I still want to try, like Youtube, but the worry of judgement puts me off; but I am determined to push those feelings aside and give it a go! I’m actually grateful that being in lockdown has given me that realisation.

So here is to better days; to making the most of every situation no matter good or bad.

Hannah X

Easy Lifestyle Changes You Can Do In Lockdown For A Happier You | Guest Post From Alisha Valerie

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Hello my lovelies, I really hope that you’re all having a wonderful day and start to your week so far! I’m Alisha Valerie, a full-time blogger and social media influencer from Merseyside UK. I’m also a Wiccan and being a Wiccan, of course, believe in the law of three and changing the simplest things in your daily routine can really have a massive positive effect on your life and mental health so I wanted to share some easy lifestyle changes with you all for a happier and healthier you.
x | Make an effort to put your phone away whilst with family members and friends, or whilst in lockdown make the effort to get in touch with family members and friends – it doesn’t take thirty seconds to send a quick text which will brighten someone’s day.
x | Take the stairs instead of the elevator, if possible.
x | Create a morning routine that you can look forward to every day. Check out my latest morning routine as a fulltime blogger by clicking here.
x | Create a calendar or journal with sections for work, life, exercise and fun – and make sure that you fill it in every day.
x | Drink more water and eat more fruit.
x | Never go grocery shopping when you’re hungry. You’ll only waste your money and buy crap you want but don’t need.
x | Always keep healthy snacks to hand. Fruits, vegetables, and nuts are always great and will boost your energy.
x | Make an effort to smile more. Speaking with a smile with automatically make you feel better and put out positivity into the world.
x | Don’t put things off, and make sure that you reward yourself for finishing big tasks. Even if it is only loading the dishwasher for the third time that day.
x | Create a daily positive playlist to listen to every morning. Check out local bands online and find new music to listen to.
x | At least once a month, step out of your comfort zone and try a new recipe.
x | Before you fall asleep each night, visualize tomorrow’s success.
x | Express gratitude daily. If you follow me on Instagram then you already know that each day I express my gratitude on there.
x | Don’t be scared to ask for help when you need it, and be there for those people who ask you for help.
x | Don’t waste TV time. Yes we all want to get comfortable and binge watch our favourite shows but for just five or ten minutes, make the effort to stretch or do arm-chair exercises whilst watching TV.
x | Spend as much time in nature as possible. We all can’t go camping etc right now so why not simply walk your dog, have your lunch outdoors in your garden, or read outside. These little things can really improve your mood and mental health.
I’d really love to know your views about including these easy lifestyle changes into your every day so please get in touch with me on one of my social media pages and let me know your thoughts? Thank you so much for Hannah for letting me host a guest post on her website, it means the world to me. I’m sending you all so much love, happiness and positive vibes!
With love, Alisha Valerie x

Pamper Night Essentials

I love a good pamper night and feel like I am doing them every week at the moment so I thought I would share a few of my essential products with you.

I don’t know about you but I haven’t really worn makeup at all the last few weeks but I still go in with a double cleanse. I start off with some micellar water which I feel like everyone uses but if you’re looking for a good one, I can’t recommend the Nivea one enough, it dries so quickly and doesn’t leave your face feeling sticky at all. Then I go in my long time love, the Lacura hot cloth cleanser and I work this in with my Foreo which is another staple that I can’t go without. Together, this combo gently exfoliates my skin and leaves if feeling cleaner and looking brighter.

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Now what pamper night is complete without a face mask? (the answer is none) My recent love is the famous pink clay mask from Alya Skincare*; there are actually no words to describe how good this is. You can either use it all over your face or in certain areas if you just need a little boost. It dries so quick and washes off like a dream and trust me when I say it leaves your skin glowingggg! I used to stray away from clay masks as I didn’t like the agg/mess of washing them off but this has encouraged me to give them another go.

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After I have done a mask, I like to make sure that I go in with a strong moisturiser and the one I have been recently using is the H2O Ultra-Hydrating Water Gel from Antipodes*. It smells like roses which is actually one of my favourite smells and this leaves my skin feeling incredible! I suffer from dry skin so this has been a life saver lately and I can’t recommend it enough. It also makes my makeup look a lot nicer because there are no dry patches for my foundation to cling too. An all round winner!

What are your pamper night essentials?

Hannah X

*All products marked have been kindly gifted to me on a pr basis but all opinions and feedback are my own after own use.