A lot of people lately have been
jumping on this whole Hygge lifestyle trend and I am loving it (Although let’s
be honest I’m sure a lot of us have always been totally up for a relaxing
Sunday in bed with tea and books and cosy-ness!) and I thought it very much
tied in with the mindfulness trend that’s also up and coming.

With the continuing increase in
work load and pressure we seem to be under recently, whether it be juggling
jobs or facing new challenges; work, academic, health or otherwise, the
importance of taking time out is even more important. I’ve noticed this a lot
amongst the blogosphere in general (mainly because we’re all perfectionists
that want to provide great content, but a lot of us are also preoccupied with full
time commitments) and so thought I’d share some of the things that have been
working for me since the start of this academic year, in case anyone’s looking
for ideas…

Smiling Mind:

This has probably been the main
thing that has really helped me this year. Smiling Mind is an app (similar to
the Mindfulness App – except that it’s free (which is why I changed to it))
that has a number of different podcast-type files that are based on practicing
mindfulness and meditation. The great thing about this is that most of the
files (on the Adult program anyway – I haven’t really explored the whole app
because there’s a tonne of content) are only about 5-10 minutes long and the
guy on it literally just talks you through a short practice that really calms
me down.

I usually listen to the
meditation ones right before I go to sleep and it really helps me not to check
my phone and to really take a good 10 minutes to relax and unwind and focus on
my body and my mind. If I’m honest the main reason I think it’s helped me is
because by doing this I have been sleeping really well and have definitely been
feeling more refreshed, awake and productive the next morning, thus impacting
the rest of my day!

You can do these meditations
anytime, anywhere and there’s a variety of different podcasts, for example ones
for sleep, ones for stress, emotion, worries, curiosity etc – I just love it!
Also the guy has an Australian accent and that may be a factor in why I love it
so much! (just you wait till I find an Irish one!!)

Yoga:

I know I’ve mentioned this in a
post before, but I am really loving the buzz that I get from yoga. The class I
take a uni is definitely not easy – I’m very tired and sweaty by the end of it
(even the beginners class) but I’ve certainly noticed a huge difference in my
energy levels and my flexibility and strength simply from going to one 1.5 hour
class each week. I’ll admit, I’m terrible at self motivation lately and never
really practice at home (partly because my room is so tiny and I don’t really
want to take up the whole living room shoving my bum in the air with 3 other
housemates about – I know excuses excuses) but I’ve bought a mat and now I’m
home for Christmas I’m going to try and at least do some short 20-30 minute
Yoga with Adrienne practices to try and maintain this buzz!

Fab Mental Health blogs:

What Lauren Did Today‘s Happy List Project

#MH at Little Thoughts Blog by Hannah

#Speak Up at Thrifty Vintage Fashion by Nicole

I was going to add a few other
little bits like going for a walk or a bath with a relaxing Spotify playlist
and candles, but I’ve appeared to have rambled on a fair bit (as usual) and
don’t want to bore you completely with things you probably know already.

Do let me know if you have any
other good ideas for staying mindful and/or whether you’ve tried any of the
above things? What do you think?

10 Comments

  1. The Nerdy Me
    January 18, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    I am not familiar with this hygge trend, I think I might have been under a rock or something, haha. But I love how people are focusing on mindfulness this year. I haven't heard of this app but it sounds amazing! I will need to look it up. Also, I am checking out those blogs right now, thank you for sharing! x-Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Josie Brownlee
      January 18, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      Oh really? I think it's like a Dutch lifestyle or something about treating yourself and relaxing, but I'm not hugely clued up on it (only what I've heard on twitter). You definitely should, the app is really good and an easy and quick way to practice each day! No problem, hope you enjoy them!

  2. Maria Colon
    January 20, 2017 / 2:24 am

    I need to try that app; sounds lovely!-MariaIN 1997

    • Josie Brownlee
      January 20, 2017 / 8:34 am

      Yes definitely, I find it really helpful, mainly as it helps me get to sleep!

  3. Vina
    January 23, 2017 / 2:53 am

    I will love to try the hygge lifestyle too. Thanks for the recommendations 🙂

  4. Frock Me I'm Famous
    January 23, 2017 / 11:28 am

    Love this post girl – I'm ALL about that Hygge life and am actually pretty sure I've been living it my whole life anyway aha! I absolutely love Yoga but have only done it a handful of times, it's something that I really need to get back into ASAP! Hayley xowww.frockmeimfamous.com

    • Josie Brownlee
      January 24, 2017 / 8:58 am

      Thanks so much Hayley! Haha- ain't nothing wrong in that – it's a great philosophy I think! I know I love it and it really makes a difference but I still don't do it nearly enough!

  5. Josie Brownlee
    January 24, 2017 / 8:57 am

    No problem, let me know what you think if you do!

  6. elizabeth
    January 30, 2017 / 10:10 am

    This is so lovely! I've been feeling so drained emotionally recently and this is just what I needed – I can't wait to check out the app! 😀 xxelizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara(lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

    • Josie Brownlee
      January 30, 2017 / 2:40 pm

      Thanks so much Elizabeth, I'm so glad it made you feel better! You should definitely check out the app, it's really good and easy! I hope you feel better soon hun!

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