How Daily Affirmations Can Help Shape Your Life for the Better

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The Power of Daily Affirmations for Building Self-Love and Self-Worth

When living in a world that is so deeply rooted in social media and personal image, it can be hard to turn off that constant comparison in your head, even when you put your phone down.

Social media has made it very hard to differentiate what is reality and what is not and it has caused a lot of suffering for many people.

A powerful tool that can be used for good has caused many to lose their sense of worth and confidence.

Something I have found to help keep me grounded and rooted in who I am has been focusing on how I talk to myself and treat myself daily.

I always say, if you wouldn’t talk to your friend the way you talk to yourself, there is an issue that needs to be fixed.

Insert daily affirmations!

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Hey Y’all!

Chas here, just your average single mama in sunny SoCal providing a safe space on the internet to discuss all things mental health, motherhood, and women empowerment-related!

After going through many difficult times in my life, I kept searching for some place to get answers or to just feel like I wasn’t alone. After many years of not finding it, I decided it was in my power to create it. So here we are!

What Are Daily Affirmations?

Daily affirmations are positive statements that help train your brain both consciously and unconsciously to focus on a goal.

That goal can be anything from work-related to self-esteem related.

The goal of these powerful mantras are to overcome that negative voice we all have in our heads, in addition to diminishing self-sabotaging behaviours or thoughts.

Instead of focusing on negativity within ourselves, we are redirecting our focus to positivity.

When we focus on speaking positively about ourselves, we re-train our brain to work for us instead of against us.

This mental shift has such a profound affect especially if you suffer from a mental illness such as depression, anxiety, OCD, and more.

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How to Incorporate Affirmations Into Your Daily Routine

A great way to start incorporating positive affirmations into your life, is by first committing.

Focus on the next seven days to make it a point to create a routine in the morning that lets you focus on your intentions and start your day on a positive note.

When you wake up, avoid checking your phone first thing. Instead go to your bathroom and while brushing your teeth (or doing whatever it is that you do right in the morning), focus on what your intention is for the day and a goal you have for yourself.

Make sure you are standing in front of a mirror!

When you have set your intention, think of a mantra that goes with that intention. See some examples below!

Whatever mantra you have chosen (there is no right or wrong), repeat it 3-5 times while looking at yourself in the mirror.

Focus on your breath in-between reciting your affirmation.

Once you have completed, go and drink 8oz of water before consuming anything else.

Continue to focus on your intention, and then carry on about your day!

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Examples of Powerful Affirmations

25 examples of some powerful affirmations are:

  1. I choose to let go of negative self-talk.
  2. I am strong, I am beautiful and I am worthy of all good things in life.
  3. I am capable of anything I set my mind to.
  4. I love and accept my true self.
  5. I choose to forgive myself and let go of any past mistakes.
  6. I set healthy boundaries and take time to focus on myself as needed.
  7. I choose to let go of all things I have no control over in my life.
  8. I am committed to choosing me, each and every day.
  9. I am committed to saying no to things that no longer serve me.
  10. I am prioritising my emotional, mental, and physical health today.
  11. I choose to live my best life.
  12. I deserve to feel loved and to feel happy.
  13. I am in charge of how I feel and today I choose happiness.
  14. I am love.
  15. I am compassion.
  16. I radiate positive energy.
  17. Today is filled with endless possibilities and I am worthy of all.
  18. Today is amazing and things are going to happen for me.
  19. I am beautiful.
  20. I believe in my abilities.
  21. I have the power to change my story.
  22. I use my failures as a stepping stone.
  23. No one can make me feel inferior.
  24. I breathe in peace and breathe out fear.
  25. Today I let go of self-criticism.

Feel free to write down your own and put them on sticky notes around your home!

Have them serve as a constant reminder of your commitment to caring for yourself and loving on yourself!

Here’s to honoring our worth!


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A Busy Mother’s Guide to Finding Time for Yourself

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Where does all the time go?

As women we wear many different hats: partner, mother, daughter, co-worker, friend, carer, coach, teacher, motivator, nurse, homemaker, driver. Our days can become never ending ‘to-do lists’ and trying to meet everyone needs.

By the time we finally sit down at the end of a long day, we’re too exhausted to be creative or make a decision beyond ‘shall I have a chocolate chip cookie or a jaffa cake?’

Then we feel guilty as we’ve promised ourselves we will eat no chocolate so that we fit back into our summer wardrobe! Sound familiar?

Or maybe the list is over-whelming and you don’t know where to begin. Quite frankly for a couple of years I had a daily fight with ironing.

I know it is ridiculous – and I never won, because no matter how much I wanted to beat that ironing mountain, on the very rare occasion I got to the bottom of it, the very next day it started again.

For the record.  THIS IS NO WAY TO LIVE!!

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After focusing on raising my three children for twenty years, I realised creatively I was running on empty. As I reflected, I realised I had left all my dreams, passions and would be adventures behind, though as my kids often remind me ‘we are the adventure!’ and that’s true … to a point.

Joking aside, I felt I had a couple of points to prove, one was to cook professionally which I now do, and the other was to be happy with myself. I started the blog ‘Live with Grace’ after completing a coaching course, and now hope to inspire and share stories to other women who want to live their best lives.

It sounds trivial who could be bothered by ironing? Yet I would see this pile every day and it was a reminder that I hadn’t achieved all that I had set out to do the day before. That no matter what was on my list for that day, I probably wouldn’t succeed. 

This inner struggle wasn’t really about the ironing, it simply acted as a symbol for me, that I wasn’t good enough, that I couldn’t cope. This mindset is incredibly negative and damaging. 

After a few years of soul searching and exhaustion, I realised I needed to change my thinking and adopt practical solutions.

I got help, my husband’s and son’s shirts are professionally ironed. 

It’s relatively inexpensive and saves me a couple of hours per week!  The professionals do a far superior job and I do not resent the time I’ve given up.  GAME CHANGER.

I taught my older children how to iron.

I iron a lot less, I simply don’t iron half of what I used to. I fold and give the pile of laundry to whoever it belongs to put away.  If I have sorted the washing, put it in the machine, hung it out and folded it, (rarely ironed) someone else can at least put it away.

The ironing pile, it is out of sight, it taunts me no more.

I allocate maybe an hour a week now to ironing (maximum), rather than an hour a day. I have saved SIX hours right there.

Once I was in the correct headspace I could see the potential of changing my daily lifestyle and replacing it with a daily routine that included ME TIME! 

This is what we all need to do, understand and find way to manage our time.  Adopt practical solutions and understand you may be spending more money but you are buying more time!

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Once we have the time, think carefully how you spend it.

I found the time! My youngest was a baby then and come naptime the temptation for me, was to collapse and do nothing.  I would make a cup of tea and switch on the TV for an hour. 

After finally coming to terms with the ironing mountain, I rewarded myself with TV!! Any TV, probably rather dreadful TV, but if I am being honest I did look forward to it.  Sometimes, I’m embarrassed to say, it was definitely the highlight of my day.

The thing is when we get to this point we can be pretty close to running on empty and convincing ourselves that providing we are meeting everyone’s else expectations, our own passions, interests and dreams can become forgotten.  Now I had found the time I needed to use it to best serve me.

This is where I was about six years ago.  I had been a full-time mum for twenty years, (with a small gardening business) and after someone asked me how I spent my free time, I genuinely struggled to come up with anything. 

Even the things that I loved to do: cooking and gardening, they had become part of my day, things I had to do.  Rather than things I enjoyed and relaxed doing.

It was a starting point for me to examine my life more and work out what I wanted to do, how was I going to carve back some ME TIME.

I decided ME TIME wasn’t meeting up with my friends, that to me is essential and separate from what I’m talking about here.  Socialising with our friends be it a coffee, a drink, a walk or a weekend away are important, vital!

ME TIME is about that nag at the back of your mind, when you’re lying awake at night, thinking there must be more to life.  It is remembering the dreams we had and finding ways to explore these yearnings.

I’ve yet to meet a mum who can understand where all the time has disappeared to since she had a baby.  It simply doesn’t come back.  We need to reassess how we spend our days and prioritise.

I cannot magic you more than 24hours a day, but I want you to really understand where those 24 hours go.

Also think about how you would spend free-time if you had it. (It can be tempting to scroll endelessly through our phones, or put the television on, but these won’t nourish you). 

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I promise you if you start making time for yourself you’ll feel better and this will have a knock on effect on those around you.

Often, others can see women at home with their children, many juggling jobs as well, and think they can’t or shouldn’t want anything else. ‘They have enough to do.’ I would argue our society quite likes us to feel like this, it stops us getting ideas! 

When our lives are full it is when we most need to find our own time.  We should never be running to empty, not even close.  A bath, maybe a good way to finish an exhausting day, but you need more in life than a good soak to look forward to.  (Also use the lock on the door, or you’ll be pestered constantly).

I believe we must grow and move forward.  Nurturing ourselves, benefits all around us.  Communicating how we feel to those that love us is so important.  It can easily become a competition of whose had the most uninterrupted sleep or who went out last. 

By making our partners aware how much we need time for ourselves it can be the most important step we make in finding time for ourselves and ultimately become happier.

If you’re a single mum or dad is rarely at home, reach out to extended family and/or also your friends.  Consider looking after each other’s children once or twice a week. Make it a fixed part of your routine.   

The ultimate guide to learn how to get some me-time for yourself, no distractions.

Once our children grow up, and time may at last seem more plentiful, it is our confidence that can stop us from trying out new things.  It may be a long time since we have learnt a skill or taken up a creative course.

Please try something new, you may not enjoy it at first, especially if you’re out of your comfort zone.  Remember this is normal but remember also that you owe yourself to give it a chance. 

Learning new skills can be intimidating especially if we’re in a group environment.  Yet it is vital that we listen to ourselves and if you have always wanted to paint, sign up for a class.  I think you’ll love it, but seriously, what is the worse thing that could happen?

You create a painting that you’re unhappy with, (I’m positive your teacher will find elements that they like and will be encouraging) you may have to go back next week and start again, maybe you even get paint on your jumper. 

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YOU can cope with this!  

Worse possible outcome is you not going to that paint class and never finding out that you love painting, just like you knew you would.

Another possible outcome, five years from now you sell your first painting, in a local exhibition, it gets posted online and someone calls who loves your painting and asks could you do something similar for them.  

This is how we make life interesting.  Think of the skills you have learnt on the way, the like-minded people you may meet and where this one six week class may lead.

It is exciting, isn’t it?

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Right now I’m offering a free two week course, for you to do at home, where you document how you spend your day and how it makes you feel.

By the end of the two weeks, I hope you understand how you can carve out time for yourself each day and also have a small challenge in place.

Let me know how you get on and when I hear back from five amazing women who have signed up to a new challenge in their lives, I’ll sign up for that painting course I just spoke about – I’m about to finish a course on nutrition, so there will be room for something new!!

My email is [email protected]  Simply leave your name and email and I’ll ping over the course.  It is as simple as that.

After finishing the blog today, I had a quick look at my Instagram account @grace_and_live_well and this was the first post of the day! 

‘If you use your time well, you have more time for making your difference in life.  That’s why we’re all here’. 

Brendon Buchard

How perfect is that?!

Live well

Grace x

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Drink More Water – The Benefits + How to Establish the Habit

Hello and welcome to this week’s blog post! I’m back again, and today I want to discuss the benefits of a basic human need…drinking water.

Some readers might think this is a topic that doesn’t need a discussion, as it is quite imperative to our survival.

But it is really surprising how many of us drink little to no water daily.

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1. The Physical Benefits
2. The Psychological Benefits
3. My Personal Experience
4. Establish Drinking Water
as a Habit

5. How Much Water Should
We Be Drinking?

I was one of these people for a long time and have only recently changed my ways.

Over the last 3 months, I have really noticed a difference in how I feel and positive changes in my body. And this is all because I began drinking more water.

I want to discuss my personal experiences with the wonders of hydration later on in this article.

But for now, let’s get into the sciencey bit.

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The Physical Benefits

By ‘physical benefits’, I am referring to the changes we notice to the external parts of our bodies, these are usually the changes and benefits most talked about when it comes to water consumption.

1. Boosts your performance during exercise

Physical exertion is the number one reason people stop exercising. They are too tired to carry on. But what if there was a way to extend the period of energised movement?

There is…drinking water is the answer.

Your physical performance can be almost instantly improved by hydrating.

This is especially important when exercising intensely or in hot conditions (see here).

Drinking a good amount of water can prevent reduced motivation and exhaustion.

I have also found, it makes exercising feel less difficult, physically and mentally.

2. Speeds up weight loss

Water is a fast and easy way to boost your metabolism. It is so simple, drink water and lose weight quicker and more efficiently.

A boost in your metabolic rate, helps your body to burn more calories on a daily basis. Therefore, resulting in weight loss.

A great tip is to drink a glass of water 30 minutes before your next meal. It can make you feel fuller and as a result, you intake fewer calories (see here).

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3. Keeps your skin bright and tight

When dehydrated, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin disorders and wrinkling.

Drinking more water can prevent this from happening.

Keeping your body hydrated, will keep your skin hydrated and, in turn, promote the production of collagen.

The Psychological Benefits

The psychological benefits of staying hydrated refers to the affects on the brain and behaviours. These changes are not as commonly discussed as the physical changes as they are often not as obvious.

1. Improves your brain functionality and boosts energy levels

Studies have shown that just mild dehydration (fluid loss of 1-3%) can negatively affect your energy levels and mood, resulting in a poorer performance of your brain and memory.

This is because your brain is highly influenced by your water consumption.

Therefore, increasing the amount of water you are drinking, and staying hydrated, helps your brain and energy do the best they can.

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2. Prevents the risk of headaches and can treat existing ones

Dehydration and headaches often go hand-in-hand.

Getting a headache is one of the number one symptoms that you are not drinking enough water (see here).

Studies have also shown a correlation between drinking water and the relief of headaches.

3. Can enhance your mood

Similarly to improved brain functionality, keeping hydrated can also positively affect your mood.

Dehydration has been linked to an increase in fatigue and confusion. This unhealthy state can also progress to feelings of anxiety.

Therefore, as a result of drinking water, your mood is likely to be more positive.

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My Personal Experience

As I’m sure you know, there are a tonne more benefits to drinking water and staying hydrated. The list could go on forever.

If you would like to find out more about the positive effects, go ahead and click here.

Along with the enhancements listed above, I also felt a lot of changes to my mental state and overall energy levels.

Firstly, I noticed improvements in my bodily functions. Everything just seemed to work a bit smoother and more efficiently (although I definitely needed to use the toilet more).

I think because my body and its functions felt better, so did I.

My energy and efficiency seemed to double overnight. I now have more energy to be productive and more energy and drive during exercise.

These changes over the past months have also positively affected my mental health. Having more energy and getting more things done, has made me feel happier than I have in forever.

I have loved the differences I have found in myself due to my perseverance with drinking more water and instilling this habit.

Establish Drinking Water as a Habit

Remembering to keep drinking water throughout the day, hasn’t always been as easy for me as it is now.

For someone who only really had a drink with a main meal, it was very unusual for me to be drinking throughout the day, and to choose water over a fizzy drink.

It has taken me about a month to really get the hang of this habit and imprint this into my way of life.

So here is how I did it so you can too!

Invest in a quality water bottle or flask

I purchased a Chilly’s bottle and can not recommend it enough. It is great value for money, as the quality is outstanding and the bottle keeps my water cold for longer than I even need.

I love my water bottle so much, I actually want to drink from it. This investment really kickstarted my waterdrinking and has continued to remind me to stay hydrated.

I seriously recommend everyone gets a reusable water bottle. Not only for yourselves, but also for the environment.

7.7 billion single-use water bottles are used each year, in the UK alone. Most end up polluting our rivers and seas, often endangering wildlife.

Set yourself a goal

In the early days of establishing your habit, it can be very important to set yourself a goal to keep in mind throughout your journey.

For me, I started by simply having a sip of water from my water bottle whenever I remembered.

Eventually, when I was doing this regularly, I set myself a new target to consume a certain amount of cups per day.

Every time I reached my goal, I celebrated my success then set a new one.

Finally, I managed to drink the NHS’s recommended daily allowance with ease.

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Track your daily water intake

This was a big one for me. Tracking how much water you drink, can encourage you to drink more by giving yourself a sense of achievement.

You should celebrate every day that you get closer to your goal and the days you reach it.

Tracking your intake is also important to make sure you are on the right track and are consuming the amount you set out to.

If you have a diary or bullet journal, I recommend creating a monthly habit tracker and making a note of how many glasses you are drinking each day.

Have a glass of water with every meal

By using food as a reminder to drink water, you are much more likely to remember to do it.

I used to always have a fizzy drink or fruit cordial with my meals. This meant I was consuming more sugar and not getting as much water as I needed.

By ensuring you only drink water with your food, you are adding to your daily total whilst keeping yourself hydrated throughout meals.

Keep water by your bed

Having a drink of water just before you go to bed and as soon as you wake up is a great practice, and one which benefits your body in many ways.

Make sure to fill up your water bottle or glass before you get into bed so it will be waiting for you in the morning.

This is an easy reminder for yourself, as well as being a great way to kickstart your mornings.

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So How Much Water Should You be Drinking Daily?

Unfortunately there isn’t a straightforward answer to this question.

Many different scientific studies has revealed many different results. Results which are all similar and prove the benefits of drinking water, but have lead to slightly different recommendations.

The recommended amount of water to intake daily, mainly differs from country to country. This can be linked to different climates; the warmer the climate, the more you should drink.

For this article, I use and refer to the UK government’s recommended 6-8 cups or glasses of water per day. This is equivalent to around 1.2 litres.

This includes drinking low-fat milks and low-sugar drinks, including tea and coffee. However, I personally only track my pure water consumption.

But if you would like to, or feel the need, to drink more water than this, please do. You would have to drink between 0.8 to 1.0 litres of water per hour to be at risk of over-hydration.

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Top 6 Netflix Series to Binge During Lockdown

I don’t know about everybody else, but this whole COVID-19 lockdown is getting a bit old now.

Yes it is fun for me to have this time off uni (even though I’m still paying over £9,000 for this year), but everday is the same.

I think we’d all be lying if we said we hadn’t finished whatever TV series we were watching before the lockdown.

Yep, I finished watching the new series of Brooklyn Nine-Nine in a day!

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1. Black Mirror
2. Tiger King
3. The Stranger
4. After Life
5. Safe
6. Dead To Me

So what’s next on your TV agenda?

Have you get anything lined up ready to watch, or are you struggling to find something you can really get in to?

Either way, I’ve come up with a list of the top 10 series I would recommend to watch during all this free time.

Programmes that can get you hooked from the beginning, and programmes with enough episodes to keep you busy for quite some time.

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Top 6

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1) Black Mirror

Black Mirror is described as ‘an anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech multiverse where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide’ by IMDb.

Set in a world only minutes from our own, Black Mirror unveils how modern technologies can backfire and be used against their makers, every episode set in a slightly different reality with different characters combating different types of technologies.

This Netflix series has to be one of my favourite of all time.

With 5 seasons and a total of 22 episodes (most over an hour long each), Black Mirror has kept me entertained for so long.

I’ve even rewatched the majority of them.

One of my favourite things about this series is that each episode is completely different.

They each have new characters, a new setting, a new time but all share one common theme, a future where technology takes over.

I also love how the series is so unique to anything else I’ve ever watched before and I couldn’t even begin to think of another programme to compare it to.

With 30 awards and 85 nominations, Black Mirror is a series you can’t afford to miss out on.

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2) Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

Yes, I know you’ve probably all heard of this show by now but if you haven’t managed to give it a watch yet, here’s me telling you to!

According to IMBd, this documentary shows how ‘a rivalry between big cat eccentrics takes a dark turn when Joe Exotic, a controversial animal park boss, is caught in a murder-for-hire plot’.

In the stranger-than-fiction documentary, Joe Exotic, a mulleted, gun-toting polygamist and country western singer presides over an Oklahoma roadside zoo.

Joe and an unbelievable cast of characters including drug kingpins, conmen, and cult leaders all share a passion for big cats and the status and attention their dangerous menageries gather.

But things take a dark turn when Carole Baskin, an animal activist and owner of a big cat sanctuary, threatens to put them out of business, starting a rivalry that eventually leads to Joe’s arrest for a murder-for-hire plot, and reveals a twisted tale where the only thing more dangerous than a big cat is its owner.

This series has 8 episodes which are each around 40 minutes long, so although it’s not the most time-consuming of programmes, it’s definitely a must-watch!

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3) The Stranger

New for 2020, this programme follows the lives of suburban families whose secrets and lies are made public by the appearance of a stranger.

This series is 8 episodes long and I am sure they will bring out another season to follow on in the near future.

The Stranger really makes you think about all of the people around you and how they all have their own secrets and private affairs.

You question and suspect each character for wrong-doing and find that each and everyone of us has a part to play.

I loved watching this programme for the first time and is just so different to others I have watched.

I love the mystery elements and the suspense throughout.

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4) After Life

After Life is a Comedy Drama I first watched last year. It is safe to say, my partner and I finished the first season within a day.

With only 6 episodes, each about 30 minutes long, it truly leaves you wanting more.

Ricky Gervais plays Tony, whose wife dies unexpectedly. This is when his nice-guy persona is altered into an impulsive, devil-may-care attitude; taking his old world by storm.

This is really a heart-warming, emotional and hilarious programme suitable for all (over the age of 15), and shows the harsh reality of sudden deaths and their affect on the world.

I am pleased to announce a second season is now available on Netflix of After Life and I have just begun watching this myself!

So far, I am loving it and it is a great continuation from the previous season.

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5) Safe

I heard about Safe after I finished watching The Stranger, and I found there were a lot of similarities and shared themes.

So if you like the one, you’ll definitely like the other.

After his teenage daughter goes missing, a widowed surgeon begins uncovering dark secrets of the people closest to him.

This programme is full of twists and turns, I’m sure you will find yourself seeing each character as guilty at one point or another.

Produced in 2018, I’m not so sure there will be another season of this, but luckily all major questions are answered!

Get yourself gripped into this mystery drama before you know it.

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6) Dead to Me

Similarly to After Life, I am so excited to find a new season of Dead to Me on Netflix this month.

After watching the first season last year, I was hooked and have been waiting for a follow up ever since (the last episode cliff-hanger was almost too much for me).

Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini (yes, she played Velma in some of the Scooby-Doo movies) both do an amazing job as the main characters to this Comedy Drama, even with some wacky elements to the story line.

This series focuses on a powerful friendship that blossoms between a tightly wound widow and a free spirit with a shocking secret.

You just won’t be able to get enough of it, I promise!

Although, I am yet to begin my adventure onto season 2 of this drama, I can not wait and I am already certain it will not disappoint.

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Top 10 Things You Need During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a wake-up call for a lot of us. These are really crazy times and sometimes I forget what the norm used to be, only a couple of months ago.

I mean, if someone had told you at Christmas time that you would soon be trapped in your house 23 hours of the day everyday for the foreseeable future, would you have believed them?

I think not.

As the UK lockdown was announced, just days after major US cities like New York, it was scary but kind of exciting.

As a university student I got to quickly pack some things from my studio and hop on a train all the way back to my family home, joyful at the idea of no lectures and classes.

For my younger sister it was a better story.

Her being in her last year at secondary school, she was given the news that she didn’t have to take any of her GCSE exams and could receive her predicted grades.

But now as the weeks turn into months, all of that seems like a distant memory each day consists of the same.

Merging into one, I never really know what the day is anymore.

I’m sure this is the same for a lot of people, and this is why I have devised a list of the things that are helping me get through this strange time and keeping me occupied.

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10 Products That Will Aid Productivity

1. Nintendo Switch Console

I’ve had my Nintendo Switch for almost a year now and it is honestly endless fun and recreation.

Whether your an adult or a child, there are games out there for everyone, and to be honest, the kids games can be very entertaining!

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1. Nintendo switch console
2. apple ipad pro
3. adult colouring books
4. Reading books
5. jigsaw puzzles
6. exercise equipment
7. streaming services
8. label maker
9. sewing machine
10. baking/cooking utensils

I have the original console but the newer Lite editions offer just as much play time, and for a smaller price.

In terms of the games to buy, in my opinion you can’t go wrong with pretty much any Mario game out there.

My favourites would have to be Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.

Then again, I completed Yoshi’s Crafted World in a couple of weeks, it was that good!

Other games available include The Sims 4, the brand new Animal Crossing and pretty much anything else you can think of.

I’m planning on purchasing Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training as my next game to improve my productivity during lockdown and as a throwback to when I used to play it as a child.

2. Apple iPad Pro

Since starting my first proper year at university in September, I realised how much the use of an iPad could benefit me.

After doing some research about my course, I found that one of the latest iPad Pros were most suitable as they include special design features (including Apple Pencil compatability) that would help my graphic design.

This was my intention for the purchase of my iPad and its capability goes above and beyond what I need of it.

However, the UK lockdown has made me realise its many other great uses.

They are so powerful the image quality is outstanding when watching anything on them.

I often opt for Netflix or one of the on-demand channels. More recently, I’ve reverted back to my youth and have been hooked to Disney+ for more than a few hours.

Other uses for my iPad include pretty much all my university coursework, there are so many useful apps at your fingertips.

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And finally, I’ve recently begun using Zoom to group call my friends for virtual quizzes or just some catch up time.

The iPad works very well with this software and is just the perfect size to fit about 8-10 people on your screen at once.

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3. Adult Colouring Books

I’ve never really been that big of a fan of colouring within the lines but, since the lockdown, I’ve found I have so much time on my hands I don’t know what to do with it.

Then there’s the added worry, stress and/or anxiety a lot of people are struggling with in these uncertain times.

Adult colouring books have been a great solution for me.

There are so many varieties of books to choose from, from simpler cartoon style designs to intricate patterns.

I’ve found the more detailed patterned designs to be the most therapeutic, and there is a lot of scientific evidence to back these claims.

Aside from relaxing, I’ve found these colouring books to be perfect for when you’ve got spare 10 minutes, when I’m waiting for dinner to cook, for example.

You can just grab the book and get to work on what ever you fancy.

4. Reading Books

Reading something you enjoy is an important part of our everyday development and down-time.

With so much time on our hands at the moment, it would almost be criminal to not spend an hour or so diving into a juicy read.

For me, I’ve found this time is perfect for going around the home and spring-cleaning where necessary.

In my bedroom alone, I’ve opted for an entire declutter and turned the whole room upside down!

To help me with this side project, I enlisted the help of decluttering gurus far and wide.

In recent years, there has been a wave of books in this category, each author with their own wacky method to minimalist living.

One of my personal favourites is Marie Kondo’s KonMari method for condensing your belongings.

There are so many books out there that can help you with clearing out and doing the most with the space you have.

Being confined to your home for so many hours of the day, it is important to embrace and enjoy the space that you live it.

Below are the books I recommend to help you with this.

5. Jigsaw Puzzles

A jigsaw puzzle is the classic solution to a rainy day, I don’t think I know a family who didn’t bring their puzzles with them on every camping and caravaning expedition.

Puzzles are an all-round crowd pleaser, they increase productivity whilst being super fun.

I also love that depending on your home situation, you can spend hours doing this by yourself, or get the entire household involved.

Another thing great about jigsaws is that you can spend as long as you like on them.

You could buy one massive 10,000 piece puzzle and continue working on it throughout the rest of the lockdown.

I would recommend putting together the corners and edges first, and make sure to find a place you can keep your progress where it won’t get damaged.

My mom always suggests under the rug.

6. Exercise and Workout Equipment

For the gym goers out there, I know it can be tough times.

All the gyms and fitness centres are closed for the foreseeable future and you need your next fix of gym gains.

Although a lot of people aren’t as fortunate as me to have a home gym, there are plenty of other options out there to keep yourself in shape without forking out on expensive equipment.

For myself, I like to put a focus on my core workouts and this is why I recommend the first product below so highly.

Others could opt for resistance bands, ankle weights or even a small set of dumbbells or kettlebells.

Working out at home doesn’t have to break the bank and once you buy these small items of equipment, you will have them for as long as they are of use.

You never know, you could end up cancelling your gym membership for good once you get into it.

7. Streaming Services

To accompany the iPad, of course you’re going to want subscriptions to streaming services.

In the last few years, streaming apps and websites have taken over from live TV.

I can’t really remember the last time I sat down and actually flicked through the TV guide.

The amount of content online is unlimited so there is something for everybody, I think this is why streaming companies are so popular right now.

And what better way to spend your time stuck at home than cuddling up with a new series that you know you’ve got hours of binge watching with.

Of course my first choice in the world of streaming apps is Netflix, there is just an abundance of films and TV series and I love that they are always bringing out new content.

For those people who aren’t Netflix fans, Amazon Prime Video is definitely up there with the best.

They have a variety of everything but I feel that they really out do themselves with their documentaries.

So if you want to learn something new during the pandemic, maybe this one is for you!

My final recommended streaming service is one that you don’t actually have to subscribe to.

Rakuten TV is perfect for those who don’t want to commit to monthly payments or simply can’t afford to.

They offer masses of films and TV series and are often the first to release new films straight from the cinema.

There are so many options with Rakuten TV, you can purchase films and series that you can keep on your account forever, or you can rent things to watch at a cheaper price.

They even have a section for all their free to watch content.

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8. A Label Maker

Okay now this choice might seem a bit wacky but here me out. We’ve got all this time, stuck at home, why not get organised?

As a child, I remember my dad buying a label maker and I was fascinated by it. Of course the cheaper alternative would be to just use sticky label and a pen but there is something so satisfying about using this cute little printer.

So why not invest in this budget friendly machine and have hours of organising fun!

I’d start with the glass jars in my kitchen, containing sugar, flour etc. But if you really get carried away, you could find yourself labelling pretty much anything.

These are also a great idea for those of you with a home office.

I imagine many have had to make a mini office in their home to continue working during the pandemic.

Well a label maker is perfect for sorting through all your files.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a wake-up call for a lot of us. These are really crazy times and sometimes I forget what the norm is.

9. Sewing Machine

Everyone needs a new hobby during the lockdown, and there are so many to choose from.

You could start learning a new language, start knitting, reading more, or even gardening. A fun and practical hobby I’ve found is sewing.

Once you’re equipped with your own little machine there are endless possibilities to what you can create.

I recommend trying to steer away from fast fashion and revamping some of your old clothes up. This is also a great way to become more sustainable in these unknowing times.

If you like the idea of getting in to sewing, you could simply opt for a needle and thread, or the classic Quality Streets tin with all the cotton reels and pins.

But investing in a sewing machine can be so much faster and more efficient.

Not to mention so much easier when it comes to hemming and doing different stitches.

I recommend this mini sewing machine below. It is more compact than some of the other bulkier models which is great for space saving, and is great value for money.

10. Baking or Cooking Equipment

Another hobby idea, get baking! Or cooking, whichever takes your fancy.

I’m more of a Mary Berry kind of girl but you never know, you could end up coming out of lockdown with skills like Gordon Ramsay.

Depending on what you want to do in the kitchen, there are lots of different equipment and utensil sets.

Yes a lot of these things will probably already be in your kitchen but there’s always that one recipe that requires something unusual. I never have any ceramic baking beans!

So get searching online, or through the recipe books you already have, and find some things you want to learn to make.

I’m sure no members of your household will be complaining about all the tasty cakes you’ve made.

I do not promote or encourage leaving your home unnecessarily, at this time. Please, if you would like to purchase anything inspired by this list do it online. Amazon is a great way to shop online, as well as many other retailers at your fingertips.

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