Image via The Crazy Tourist
I hope you’re starting this week with a smile, even in the gloom of this Monday’s weather.
It’s pretty bleak out isn’t it? We’re approaching that awkward phase in weather between Autumn and Winter, where all the gorgeous leaves turn to slush and everything is uncomfortably damp. Roll on those pretty Winter frosts, hey.
So, it’s that time again, where I cobble together a post in an attempt to keep those endorphins flowing throughout the week.
Get yourself comfy, tuck your toes under a blanket, and curl up and have a read.
Get festive in London
I’m feeling pretty positive this morning after an extremely festive trip to London. As far back as I can remember, an annual visit to the Big Smoke has been a family tradition. We’d all bundle up and march the streets, peering, noses pressed against the glass, at all the beautiful window displays and sparkling lights. Not much has changed; I’m still dazzled by Christmas in London every time I go. This year makes no exception. The lights are just beautiful and there is so much to see and do.
If you get the chance to pop up before Christmas, do it. Especially if you’re feeling Grinchy and yet to embrace the first signs of the best season ever, it’ll put you in the Christmas spirit.
Here’s a peak at what’s on this Christmas in London.
If bustling London isn’t for you, visit a different city or place, even if it’s local.
I’m a total advocate for a change of scenery and know how mood boosting a sneaky trip away from home can be.
Have a mindful Christmas
It’s easy to let the festivities throw you into a whirl. There can be a lot of pressure, to buy the perfect gifts, cook perfect meals and have a perfect time. It’s helpful to remain mindful at this time of year and remember not to let festive anxiety get the better of us. See this post from Career Girl Daily, with some helpful advice on keeping your head and not succumbing to Christmas stress.
We all love hot chocolate
Since giving up coffee (absurd I know, I’ll save that story for another post), I’m really into hot chocolate. As last week’s recipe was a healthy one, this week’s will restore the indulgence balance.
Take a look at Yummly.com for lots of delicious hot choccie ideas, there’s actually too many to chose from. I’ve managed to whittle it down to my two favourites, my achilles heel of all drinks, White Chocolate with Baileys and this scrummy Salted Caramel treat.
Take some time out to..do nothing
It’s healthy to take some time out.
There is guilt in doing nothing, I know because I feel it, but it’s important to take time out of your schedule to recharge. If my Sunday lie in extends too long, or if I have had a particularly unproductive day, I’m inclined to give myself a telling off. This article from the Guardian explains why we shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves and how doing nothing, can actually increase productivity. There you go, friends, enjoy those cosy nights in even more. (You’re welcome.)
Keep lists and write things down. I am a paper and pen kinda gal. I have to be the worst millennial, ever. I can’t even get to grips with using my phone as a calendar (six years post having an iPhone). So instead, I like to keep a little notepad and diary in my bag, in an attempt to keep on top of things. Being disorganised and out of sync can create ripples through your life. I’m not renowned for organisation so here are some useful apps from the pro’s at Vogue on keeping yourself in check, just in time for Christmas.
Enjoy your week and remember to find time to do nothing!