23 February 2016

7 Ways to Start Your Day Positively: What I Do

There are thousands of reasons to why sometimes our day can go "blah". Life isn't always like a walk in the park and things can happen (in the family, at work, at uni, with friends). There could be a specific situation on your mind that worries you or makes you feel helpless. You might feel like this busy lifestyle is taking over you and you never have time. Or occassionally you can simply wake up and you know that the day will go opposite to what you wanted, planned or expected. The good news is there are ways to change it so you can start your day happier and make that positivity stick around. I am planning to infuse a little series of self-development/improvement posts once or twice a month and this one marks the starting point. If you are in a rut or would like to never get into one, here are my tips on how to start your day in the most positive and happy ways to make the best of the next 24 hours.


It happens to the best of us. It can start with a small heap of clothes left on the chair or a misplaced paper. Then it all piles up creating more disorder. Artistic people tend to enjoy being around their "comfy mess" and it inspires them. While it's great (for them) I wonder how long it would take them to find an item buried underneath mountains of stuff. No matter if you are messy or neat, clutter and disorder can easily make you feel stressed and anxious even without you realizing it. Look around you and identify the space that needs attention right now. Clean the room, tidy your desk, wash your dishes, iron that pile of clothes, sort out files on the computer. Don't wait for one cleaning day. Do a little bit every day to maintain that clutter-free environment. Let's face it: who would say no to clean sheets, spick and span bathroom and tidy kitchen? Your mornings and quality of life will improve with the speed of light. 

If you have a busy lifestyle or simply trying to stay on top of things, you need planning and preparation. Being spontaneous is fun but when it comes to mornings there's nothing great about realizing your last clean work-appropriate top is in the washing machine or not being able to find the keys when you're about to hit the road. That's when you can do three simple things in advance to prepare for a positive and stress-free morning: 1) make a (sensible) to-do list for the next day - that way nothing slips your mind and you know exactly what needs to be done, 2) plan your outfit, get your bag ready, make lunch the evening before - it will save you a lot of time and energy in the morning and 3) go to bed at a reasonable time - it can vary depending on when you need to be up but try to get a proper amount of sleep so you wake up fresh (you know you will thank yourself for doing that).

I don't know about you but I absolutely can't stand being in a rush in the morning. It almost "ruins" my whole day and gets me frustrated because I feel like I have no time - EVER. So instead of rushing (usually because of staying up till late and sleeping in) I started to wake up about 1.5 hr before the time when I need to head out. Having your very own "customized" morning routine will make you excited to get up and start your day. Many successful people always rave about how they "get ahead" using their morning time wisely and in an enjoyable way. Your morning shouldn't be all about "get up, get ready, go". There's nothing too happy or exciting about that. Instead, try setting that alarm 15-20 minutes earlier and use that time to do something you love like a quick workout or meditation.


I don't work out in the morning (my body is too "asleep" for that - I do it in the evening) but I make sure to start my day with the right mindset. We all sometimes get so caught up in the whirlwind of life and circumstances that we forget to stop and think. Some sources recommend to pause and "count your blessings" or give thanks for what you have and appreciate. Those are great things to do. I know people who have a gratitude journal and they find it amazing. What helps me to get my mind right for the day is reading a small passage from the Bible and a prayer. I don't believe in religion but I believe in my Redeemer. The point is use those extra 15 minutes to do something that will make you happy and enrich your mind. Meditation isn't about sitting with your legs crossed and humming, it is to do with mindfulness. Do what rocks your boat: read, listen to music or simply pause and daydream :)

This one is probably the toughest thing I am trying to give up whenever I open my eyes. Our phones to us are like a chocolate cake for those with a sweet tooth. Mine pretty much becomes glued to my hand at the first opportunity. Morning should be a different story. Even though you might suffer from FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), you will see that nothing crucial is going to happen in the world of social media if you postpone checking it. Starting your day with scrolling down your Twitter feed, liking and commenting on Instagram, checking Facebook or Snapchat, etc. doesn't only consume a lot of your precious time but also "dumps" all this buzz of information on you. And depending on that influx it can actually make you anxious.  If you absolutely must browse, do it for 3-5 minutes and remind yourself about that delicious breakfast you are going to have right now. Phone down. 

For many years I have lived in an insane vortex which consisted of no breakfast and no lunch (+ unhealthy snacks here and there). One day it hit me and I knew something had to change. One of the best decisions I made was to include breakfast into my morning routine and actually enjoy it. As tempting as it is to grab your to-go cup of coffee, make those extra 10-15 minutes and sit down to enjoy your brekkie. Start by drinking one glass of warm water with lemon. Not only it rehydrates your body but also cleanses your system. Opt for healthy breakfast options like porridge with fruit or muesli. Try eggs (protein rules) and different nutritious spreads and toppings for brown bread.

Commuting isn't easy unless you live a short walking distance away from your office or university (lucky if you do!). Either you are on the train smelling all kinds of odours, "folded" into one of yoga positions in the overcrowded underground or driving the car trying not to blast the horn at everyone trying to cut in - stay positive, think of something great, put your ear buds in (if you're in a public transport) and listen to or watch something that makes you smile. It's not easy but it's doable. It could be treated as a new habit you want to develop. With time it will become a normal thing. On the days when you don't need to go anywhere try and get out of your nightwear as soon as you get up. Moping around the house in PJs sounds quite tempting but it will make your whole day slouchy, lazy and then the guilt will roll in moaning "why did I waste my day away". Grab a shower, get dressed, eat breakfast, enjoy some quiet time, get yourself to smile - and you are onto a happy day. Like I mentioned in my January Favourites: choose joy. You can make today (and every day) your best day.

I could list at least 20 more tips on how to start your day positive and happy 
but it would become a dissertation. I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful.
 ~ The idea behind it is to remind you to have the best day every day.
Even when going gets tough - you can do it! 
As cheesy as it might sound: I believe in you. ~

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  1. Popping over to say hi and I loved this article - Tracey www.justatraceblog.com

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    1. Thanks so much Tracey & thanks for your sweet tweets too :)
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  2. What great thoughts and perspective, and also a great, practical read. Digital detox is definitely a must which can help a lot. Warm greetings!

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    1. Thank you very much, really appreciate your feedback. I always feel so refreshed and happier after taking a break from social media and keeping my phone away - even if it's for a few hours. Thanks again!
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  3. Great post!! I'm definitely a planner and always prefer to have everything planned out in advance. I'm also usually pretty good at being clutter-free, but there are times when I just get so busy that random bits and things start piling up on my desk!

    Jasmine | The Sixth Disney Princess

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    1. Same here, hon! I am also into having everything organised and in order but it does happen that sometimes chaos begins. That's when I know it's time to get to work and tidy that clutter (physical & emotional) :)
      xox

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  4. Great post! I agree, removing myself from the phone in the morning is hard! I usually spend 30 minutes after I wake up just going through social media... unless I really have to get somewhere. I also do not function without Tea and breakfast before I leave the house! It makes such a big difference :)

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

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    1. I know the struggle, hon! :) It becomes such a deep-rooted habit that it's almost impossible not to go through every social media channel when you wake up. I've been restricting myself to do that and it actually helped to make my morning a bit more active and be more aware of my time :) Couldn't agree more about a nice breakfast. I am a coffee drinker in the morning though I love to have a ginormous mug of tea in the evening :)
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  5. Loved all of these wonderful tips Nadia <3 Your posts are always so inspiring, and I really admire your positivity! Work has been kind of bleh lately, but after reading your great tips, I'm determined to make tomorrow a more positive and better day :D Thank you so much for sharing!

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

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    1. I always appreciate your feedback sweetheart! I definitely try my best to spread positivity and happiness and I hope it could be seen through this post as well :) Yay, glad these tips of mine became a little motivation for you to start a day fresh and happy :D
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  6. Some great suggestions! Positivity is so important, so it's good to take time to make sure we have it in our lives!

    ivyholly.blogspot.com

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    1. So true, Ellie! Staying positive, focused and thankful is very important <3 Thanks for your lovely comment :)
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  7. Such an inspiring, uplifting article, darling! This was such a joy to read. <3 I agree with all the points, but especially with No. 3! Starting your morning right really is the key to a good day, in my opinion. I used to get up way too late in the morning, was always in a rush... It meant that I never had time for breakfast and I'd really stress out and panic! So I started getting up way earlier (about 1.5 hr before, just like you), and yes it's hard but a good morning routine really helps! Now I have time for proper breakfast, plus it's nice to have a little bit of time before going to work to just chill, watch some TV etc. I might start listening to more music on my way to work, it sounds like a good idea so thank you for the tip. :) <3 I hope you're well, hun! Hope both your hubby and your granny are feeling better now, and that you had a fab weekend with your other half. <3 Thinking of you! Kisses. x x

    Kay
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    1. Aww thank you so so much, love! You are always giving such immense support to me and I couldn't thank you enough. I am glad you enjoyed this post. I thought I'd share what I do to enjoy my mornings and start a new day happy no matter what :)
      Getting up a bit earlier helps a lot, doesn't it? :D
      Listening to music on your way to work is great, just relaxes you so so good.
      Thanks so much for thinking about us, honey. Hope things are more or less ok with you & your lovely man. Lots of love your way, sweetie xox

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  8. I love this list. It's so important to start your day on the right foot or fix it if it goes wrong. I always have breakfast in the mornings and try to remove myself from the phone. It can be hard, but so worth it! :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. I agree, Leta :) It's great to start it right and happy but then even if something goes a bit out of control it's important not to panic and simply try and turn things around. There's always a choice: either we can change the situation or our attitude to it :)
      No phone time is pretty rewarding. It's not easy but it's for the best!
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  9. I loved this post so much & I totally agree with everything you've mentioned, I felt like reading my own thoughts :) I did a post on my blog recently where I was writing about six habits that I think are very helpful & some of the things on your list were included in mine too. Smart minds think alike haha x I especially agree with getting up early enough so you aren't already stressed out in the morning - I always make sure to get up an hour before I have to leave so I can start off my day right & relaxed x

    aboutlittlethiings.blogspot.com

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    1. Great minds think alike, girlie :) I definitely feel a lot happier and more productive when I start my day nice and early. Just even if it's a day off, when I sleep in to after 9 it feels like the whole day has just flown by and nothing is done. So better take advantage of the morning time. Will check out your tips and your blog in the next few days, Sara :)
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  10. Great post Nadia, I had a digital detox last weekend and loved it. I think it's probably the most important thing for me. Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. I agree, Gemma. It is one of the most important things nowadays. I deliberately put my phone down/away/off and spend quality time with my hubby and friends. Even reading a book is so much better than being glued to the phone aimlessly scrolling down the feed, right?
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  11. Nice post girl !

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  12. Agree with everything you said! I already wake up around 6 am to get to work, which I must say is really hard to be positive :) At least I don't really check my phone until I'm on the bus to work, otherwise I'd be so late! Having breakfast is definitely one of the ways of having a positive start, I wish I'd do that more often instead of drinking tons of coffee without a single bite. Such a great post, hun! I hope you're having a great and positive week! x

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. I find it so much easier to get up early in summer. The sun is up and I am up :) It's not so easy when it's freezing outside or still quite dark. It's funny but I'd sometimes wake up and get excited about breakfast if I have prepared something special for that day lol. Coffee is a HUGE must ;) Hope you are doing great sweetie & enjoying your weekend!
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  13. So many great tips here, it's so easy to feel down in the dumps and thinking positive is definitely easier said than done, but I always like to try anyway :)! Having a good morning routine with a healthy breakfast is the perfect start to the day x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. Couldn't agree more, hon. What I have discovered since the very first day I met my (now) hubby is that how positive and happy, and it's contagious! :) I have become a lot happier and much more optimistic over the last few years. People who we hang out with sure do influence us a lot.
      As for the brekkie... I'd be grumpy very quickly if I don't get a bite to eat in the morning lol.
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  14. Thank you for these tips! I don't know how people can go without breakfast, it's basically the highlight of my morning haha! xx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha, same here, love. I remember a while ago a friend told me how she's looking forward to breakfast when she goes to bed lol. That was back when I skipped it. Now I can't leave the house without it :)
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  15. The post is fantastic! I love it so much!:)
    Have a nice day!

    www.theprintedsea.blogspot.com

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  16. These are great things to do. I am a firm advocate of a digital detox, as well as a clutter-free life. I usually do a digital detox from one social platform a couple times a month, as of late it has been Twitter and Instagram on weekends. It's great because I have been spending more time with friends that I don't usually see much of. Healthy balance is important, so I usually go through daily affirmations my mum gave me a book that helps. xx/Madison
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    1. It is all about balance, girlie. I know exactly when my body & mind needs to take a digital detox! I simply can't even reply to a single message or look at another picture. That's whenever the phone is put away :) Quality time with people we care about is so much more important than spending precious time aimlessly browsing, right?
      Your mum is lovely for giving you such a book, I'm sure it gets you in the right mindset for the day :)
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  17. The weekdays are always well spent for me but weekends are totally different!! Always not-so-productive with backlogs and yeah pretty much not doing anything for the day unless I draw a strict plan to follow. But maybe it's good to chillax during the weekends huh?

    Real Life Nerd
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    1. I know it's not "recommended" to take weekends differently from your normal work days. But hey, I agree with you - chillaxing at the weekend is such a must! Your body and mind needs a break from the constant "go go go" lifestyle.
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  18. Great post! This was such an interesting read.

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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    1. Thanks girlie, glad you enjoyed it! :)
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  19. Starting your day with a prayer is a perfect solution to unrest mind. Lovely tips.

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    1. Thanks :) Being a bit of a worrier, I know I need that quiet time with God. Let go, let God, right <3
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  20. Such great tips! I personally wake up, scroll through my emails and social media for 10-20 minutes before getting out of bed. I actually find it helps me wake up instead of rolling over and trying to catch "a few more minutes" of sleep - guilty! Will definitely try and put some of your tips into practice. Thank you!

    Hilary | The Beauty Collective

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    1. Thanks, lovely. As for your morning social media browse - if it helps you wake up better and doesn't slow you down in the morning, you keep doing your thing by all means, hon. I tend to reach out to my phone first thing in the morning as well but for a while now I only quickly check if there's an urgent email or message that needs attention. I postpone my social media scroll to later 'cause girl, I can get carried away lol. Glad you enjoyed the post, lovely!
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  21. Wow, you really have a nice idea, I am very glad to read this post!
    XX
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    1. I agree, Lily! If the area where you live is lovely & the weather is nice, a nice walk would make a brill start to any day :)
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  23. Great post :)

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  24. I'm so bad when it comes to spending time on my phone in the mornings, I really need to work on that xD But this is a really lovely and uplifting post, and I'll try to stay away from the phone and try to enjoy my morning tomorrow! x

    - Anne | annesmiles

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    1. Thanks, Anne :) The whole idea behind each post of mine like this is to encourage and spread the positivity but also share what works for me. So not easy to put the phone down but once you do, it's so worth it ;) Hope you are having a lovely weekend!
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  25. Good advices! Thanks for sharing.

    Sincerely, Stacy
    My Sewing & DIY Blog

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    1. Thanks so much, Stacy :) Glad you enjoyed these tips of mine.
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  26. I love this post! I always makes sure to follow my morning routine as well, I hate feeling rushed in the morning!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

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    1. It's the worst to rush like mad in the morning, isn't it? :) Those spare 15-20min make such a big difference. Thanks for stopping by, glad you loved this post, Courtney ;)
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  27. This is such a wonderful post, Nadia, and very helpful! I have to start my day reading The Bible and in prayer because without doing so, my day almost always turns out a mess. I try and remind myself that I am not the one that's in control over everything in my life, which helps to alleviate the stress I so easily put on myself. I also have to contiguously try and declutter my home, especially with my hubby and 13 year old step-daughter, both of whom aren't the most tidy, haha. I've always gotten easily stressed if there was a mess around me, even as a little girl, and the way I've always known to calm myself is to clean! These are amazing tips and reminders, thanks so much for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you're having a wonderful day and week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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    1. I am the same, sweetie. Sometimes it's easy to get carried away and skip that quiet time with God. But then again, when we leave our worried and thoughts with Him, then we can concentrate and enjoy our day fully :) Just like you, I am also relaxing when I clean lol. It just makes me happy seeing clutter disappear. Thanks for being so lovely and your support babe. Hope your weekend is going great!
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  28. Замечательно! Хорошего дня тебе, Надюш!

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    1. Spasibo ogromnoe, solnishko! Zamechatelnih tebe vihodnih!
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  29. I've been having trouble keeping the positivity up, and early mornings are definitely a part of that!

    nolongergrey.com

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    1. As difficult as it might be, it is possible to be positive. I honestly believe that we CHOOSE joy when we want to - learnt that from my personal experience. There are days when it's not easy but it's ok, keep your chin up no matter what, Sarah. Hugs!
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  30. I love this post because most blogs that I've been finding have been focusing solely on fashion. It is one thing to look good and it is something else entirely to FEEL good. You know?

    The most relevant thing from this list, in my opinion, is the idea of a digital detox. A few years ago my fiancee and I deleted most of our social media accounts. We both kept Pinterest alive because we love photography and we often use it as a recipe reference source. Separating ours lives from the internet in such a drastic way has helped us untether ourselves from our phones. We no longer check them every few minutes or feel ghost vibrations. We spend our time engaged in real conversation and we're forced to find ways to entertain ourselves beyond lurking photos of friends. It's actually pretty awesome.

    I'm reminded of the scene in "Walter Mitty" where Sean Penn's character is supposed to take a photograph of a snow leopard. Did you see the movie? The whole situation is set up by Penn's adventurous character in the idea that snow leopards, and photos of them, are incredibly rare. When the moment comes where Penn has the opportunity to get the photograph... he doesn't. He sits there and stares at the animal in amazement. Ben Stiller's character asks why he isn't taking the picture and Penn says something like "Sometimes I don't. When I really like a moment. Me. Personally. I just like to be... in it."

    The idea of living in the moment and enjoying life right now, I think, is something rarely scene in society today. I think that your list, especially in terms of a digital detox, is full of useful skills to bring that happiness and contentedness back to daily life. I think this post is excellent and I'm glad that I found your blog.

    -III
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    1. Really appreciate your feedback and supportive comment, Ricky.
      I haven't seen "Walter Mitty" but have heard of it. That is a brilliant scene and a reminder just to BE in the moment without taking a picture of it. I deliberately choose now to put my phone down and spend time talking to my husband and enjoying the conversation. Social media is amazing in the way it helps us to stay in touch with others but it can easily suck you in and deprive of simple pleasures, either it's looking at the snow leopard or reading a book.
      I do post beauty & fashion related stuff so you might want to skip those if you come back to my blog :) However, I enjoy posts like this one the most and I am glad there are many who appreciate them as well. Thanks so much for a fab comment and sharing your thoughts.
      Wish more people chose to be in the moment more often, right?

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  31. I don't prep a lot in advance but that's something I definitely need to work on, it'll stop be rushing about aswell :)

    I tried NYX before it was sold in boots but I haven't tried it lately. I want to give colourpop a go too :)

    Velvet Blush

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    1. Not sure about NYX bit of this comment, babe but I agree on the rushing vs. not rushing in the morning. Taking your time and enjoying it will surely lead to a happier day ;)
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  32. I really do enjoy my mornings at the moment, because they start with my daughter waking up and snuggling in our big bed, drinking some milk and getting her cuddles before we get up and get ready.
    After getting ready I take her to day care, which is a short walk (about 20 minutes) and then sit down with my breakfast for a little me-time before I start doing my chores.
    The tip I really need to incorporate is the clutter-free environment, even though I have to say it isn't exactly me who struggles, but the fact that the husband seems to magically fill up any non-occupied space with random stuff really no one needs!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Your mornings do sound like a delight. Time spent with family is the most precious! :)
      Thing with clutter is that you have to stay on top of things daily. It's easy to sometimes get too busy with work and other commitments and put off house work up until the point when it gets overwhelming to be in that space. I never let things get there 'cause I am a bit of a neat freak lol.
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  33. Very inspiring. Really enjoyed these read. Sending positive vibes your way! <3

    Enclothed Cognition/Bloglovin

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    1. Thanks Keri :) Glad you enjoyed the post girl & positive vibes are always a good thing :D
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  34. I always enjoy reading your posts and I think it's a great idea to incorporate posts like this! Going straight on my phone is a biggie for me that I wish I could stop. I am getting better at it though and waiting until I've had a hot drink and breakfast but the temptation is always there! Katie xx

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    1. I love to mix up such posts with other ones - it's just more me :) I don't think I would be blogging for too long if I only did makeup or fashion. But it's very individual, right ;)
      I only check my phone for an urgent email that needs attention or a message (from parents, for example). I hold off with social media until later on. It helps to spend the valuable morning time wisely, doesn't it babe :) Thanks so much for your sweet comments, glad you like my posts, hon.
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  35. Fab tips! I'm definitely with you on trying to cut clutter, I find it exhausting having "stuff" everywhere!

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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    1. It just distracts you, doesn't it? Even when you think you can still go ahead and get the work done or write a blog post, the space has to be clear of clutter :)
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  36. These are such good tips! It's always nice to start your day nice and what I tend to do is to remember to put one foot after another / one at a time since I'm pretty lazy and start to think about all the things I need to do in the day so I start with what I can at the moment and that makes it alot easier.

    Joyce // Joycentricity

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    1. Thanks for your honest comment, Joyce :) That's when planning comes in handy, doesn't it? Whenever I write down the night before what needs to be done on that day, I don't think about it much when I wake up. All I do is spend a bit of time in prayer, grab a shower and hop downstairs in the excitement about breakfast haha :) You take it at a pace you are comfortable in, girlie. I am not a morning person one bit but it's possible to "train" yourself to start enjoying your mornings :)
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  37. Thank you for sharing this informative post! :)

    x, Kat of Nested Thoughts

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    1. Thanks for popping in, Kat. Glad you enjoyed it! :)
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  38. These are all such good tips, & so important for having a good & successful day. Digital detox is probably on everyone's list. I actually enjoy putting the phone down so much when I do, I don't want to pick it up again! :)


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    1. Couldn't agree more, we all need a good digital detox from time to time. Haha, I am exactly like you, girl. It's so good to keep it away sometimes. First I think "oh no, what if I miss something important". FOMO is no joke but then again, in a few hours you don't care one bit if you missed something. You just enjoy LIFE ;)
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  39. Amazing tips, thank you for sharing!

    www.aimeroseblog.com

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    1. Thanks Rasa ;) Glad you could relate and liked them.
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  40. What an excellent and challenging post girlie! I couldn't agree with you more about the things you have highlighted here and how important it is for us to create a positive environment for our days to be lived out.

    I know for sure there are some of these that I need to get better at doing. So thank you for the challenge.

    Was lovely to spend time with you the other day. Hopefully will be able to see you again soon.

    Lots of love.

    Mia
    Daughter Of A King

    http://daughter-of-a-king1992.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I agree with you, hon. It is quite a challenge but it's possible and doable :) I know I am still working on a few of these, especially on the digital detox one. However, I tend to put my phone away quite easily lately and actually enjoy life without checking for updates or browsing aimlessly.
      Super lovely to meet you in person & I'm sure we will catch up soon again ;)
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  41. Love your tips! I líke to switch off my phone, it's so relaxing ☺
    Nati xx
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    1. Thanks so much Nati :) I so agree, girlie! I love putting it away, it's so refreshing, isn't it? :D
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  42. Getting rid of clutter has been a thing in the blogging world for months. I've always wanted to try to declutter but I can't muster the strength to let go of my stuff yet :(

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    1. Oh Angelie, getting rid of clutter has been a part of my cleaning routine for years lol. Decluttering doesn't always have to mean saying gbye to your stuff but just putting it away where it belongs and making your space clean, clear of stuff and "stuff"-free :) Hope that makes sense. If it's hard for you to part with something, don't push yourself too hard. Instead focus on simply keeping your space tidy. It's the essential part of decluttering. Hope it helps ;)
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    1. What time do you go to bed at, girlie?
      I am not a morning person one bit but I created a morning routine that I LOVE so it's so much easily now to get out of bed ;)
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  44. I love this! honestly has taken me 25 years to realise I cannot relax with mess around me, have been uptight and unfocused for so long! now I just do it all and get it out the way so I can relax :) such a fab post hun :)

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    1. So so true, babe! Mess has to go, and only then things can get done :) There's nothing better about your home than a) people who you share it with and b) tidy space that makes you relaxed and happy. Glad you enjoyed this post, hon!
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  45. Some great tips here, and some very important ones. For me it's important to start my day off with breakfast and I cannot go without my healthy baked good and a coffee.

    It's also important to start your day off with a positive mind-set and begin your day with a healthy attitude to make the most out of whatever your day has in store.

    Happy Friday!

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    1. Thanks so much, Laura. You are so right! The right mindset, a nice breakfast, coffee (!!!) and good attitude is all we need each morning :)
      Hope you are enjoying your weekend, girlie.
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  46. I LOVED this post babe! You definitely know your thing! Staying positive is something I very strongly believe in. Sometimes its hard to do so, and those are the times when these types of posts come in handy!
    Digital detox is definitely something I should try. Very often the last thing I do before I close my eyes is watch Netflix.... Sometimes it helps because it makes my mind focus on something other than trying to fall asleep(which is the worst thought, I never get to sleep with it on my mind...). But sometimes I could just go on and on with a good series and that also makes me sleep less.
    Then again, I've always been s sucker for breakfast :D I can't leave the house without something in my belly. At the moment I'm enjoying making smoothies! They're so good and yummy and also super easy to prepare! Hubby isn't too excited about the size of our fruit bowl atm hehe :D But he seems to be enjoying the smoothies too :)
    I loved to read this! So lovely! You're the best!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend hon <3
    Mwaaah! Hugs and kisses!
    Emma xxx

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    1. Thanks my lovely girl :) I just thought I'd share the tips that actually work for me personally and hopefully they would come in handy to others ;)
      Digital detox is such a must nowadays. We are being "attacked" by so much info daily, we always tend to stare at the screen, and it's not the best way to actually enjoy life. I love a good movie or a TV show too hon. It's so much better though than the time on the phone because you get to watch it cuddling beside your hubby and enjoy the same thing :)
      Ohhh smoothies sounds so lovely. I will need the recipes you are using hon. Which ones would be your faves? I need to eat more fruit! :D
      Thanks so so much for your support and friendship, girlie.
      You are so wonderful <3 Hope you are enjoying this weekend, hon.
      xox

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  47. I think it's harder than ever these days to go on a digital detox. I like the idea of having a set time then getting off to enjoy breakfast. Thanks for the great tips ;)

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    1. You're right, it is very hard to go phone-free for long, Kim. But it's such a must if we want to build strong relationships with our loved ones. No one likes a person who's always on the phone. I try my very best to put mine away as much as I can. It has been a lot more difficult since I started blogging but good planning and a little bit of digital detox here and there help to stay on top of things and enjoy quality time with family and friends :) Glad you liked the post ;)
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  48. These are really great tips, Nadia! Maybe this is why you always look so wonderfully happy. A digital detox is something I definitely need to try.

    Mallory // Perhaps Bananas

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    1. I believe that joy and happiness is our choice every day, hon :) It's easy to go all gloom & doom but not that easy to choose to be happy and thankful daily. It's quite a challenging thing but it's doable. Tough days happen but you're never alone to face them <3
      Digital detox is such a must when you need a little bit of a reboot. It's also amazing to just BE in the moment instead of taking a picture of it. I actually hope I will soon have such a chance when I see something beautiful and just stand and stare without getting my camera out :)
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  49. I always try to start my day positively. But when I walk out of my room and my parents start nagging me about universities and life, I just crawl back into my room and sleep again. Hahaha!

    I love your post Nadia, I should definitely try incorporating this into my daily life especially since I've been online way too much. Thanks soo much for your tips <3

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    1. Haha, I always enjoy your feedback and the amazing character that you have, Bash :) Digital detox is such a must, babe. Helps you to really start appreciating small things. We are just so addicted to social media we don't see the world past it but it's good to shut it all off and enjoy something amazing without (oh my goodness!) taking a picture of it. Now that's a moment I always look forward to. Life isn't about how many people will see it and like it on Instagram, right hon?
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  50. Hello! This blog is so good! It looks amazing! You're a very good photographer, how long have you had your blog? I'll definitely read it again - followed! Would you mind following me back on www.normalsjustanotherwordfordifferent.blogspot.co.uk ? Thank you so much!!! Xxxxx

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    1. Aww thanks, that's so kind of you to say that. I am glad you like my blog, posts & photography.
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  51. Привет, моя хорошая!!!
    Как же мне нравится твоя позитивность и оптимизм! Только прочитала у тебя в профиле, что ты человек для которого стакан всегда полон))) У меня точно такой же настрой по жизни, поэтому ты так близка мне по духу)) Спасибо за чудесный и вдохновляющий пост, милыя))
    Приятных тебе выходных, Надюша))

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  52. I love this post, and I'm so excited to see more of this series! Sometimes I get these weird slumps where I feel down for no good reason, so I've always been on the lookout for easy fixes to jerk me out.

    Cleaning my room is definitely one! I'm one of those people who just tosses everything around to pick up "later" aka never, so my room gets to be very messy before I finally clean it. Also exercising! I do a lot of pilates, and I've finally begun to enjoy that burn that your muscles get.

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  53. I am literally in love with this post my lovey and have to definitely agree with every single one of your points made too.. I am such a lover of being prepared in the morning, so always get everything ready the night before. Also.. I do not like leaving my cleaning just for one day .. so I always make sure my bedroom is clean and tidy before I go to bed!! I ALWAYS make sure to have my breakfast and lunch (also - these are healthy options too hehe!!). The only thing I have not done yet is a digital detox.. I am not sure I am ready to part with my phone/laptop yet hehe! I know the time will come when I need it though! Loved this post so much my love.. hope you are having an absolutely amazing weekend!!

    Saira♥
    www.throughtheglitterglass.wordpress.com
    xo

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  54. I am literally in love with this post my lovey and have to definitely agree with every single one of your points made too.. I am such a lover of being prepared in the morning, so always get everything ready the night before. Also.. I do not like leaving my cleaning just for one day .. so I always make sure my bedroom is clean and tidy before I go to bed!! I ALWAYS make sure to have my breakfast and lunch (also - these are healthy options too hehe!!). The only thing I have not done yet is a digital detox.. I am not sure I am ready to part with my phone/laptop yet hehe! I know the time will come when I need it though! Loved this post so much my love.. hope you are having an absolutely amazing weekend!!

    Saira♥
    www.throughtheglitterglass.wordpress.com
    xo

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  55. I love these tips! I'm definitely not a morning person, so maybe these tips would help me become one! (or at least start enjoying mornings more)
    Amelie
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  56. Prepping in advance is a great point, it's key to avoiding those last-minute panics that threaten to shake our moods! Breakfast is a super important meal too, as you've said, it fuels the day! :)

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  57. I love your energy and positivity,Nadia!
    I have to have breakfast in the morning, I can't function otherwise! ;)
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  58. Really needed this! Recently I have been having many doom and gloom days and positivity is something I really hold on to! Great tips! x

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  59. Spot on Nadia! I find I get quiet stressed if my room isn't tidy and yes, yes and more yes to planning. I've been jumping on social media far too often (I often use it as a place of observation and study in a lot of ways) but found that it is effecting me so chopping it down is a must! Swapping it for gratitude list in the morning! You always know how to brighten peoples days girl! <3

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  60. Hey hunnie. Thanks for this post, ive really enjoyed reading through. I love the idea of trying not to look at your phone the minute you wake. I have to admit it is definitely the first thing I do for 10-30 mins in the mornings before I get out of bed (depending on how much spare time I have)! I go through my emails, Twitter notifications, Instagram etc and then see what others are up too if I have extra time I'll check the news. It's definitely something I maybe need to try and cut out. I can get pretty addictive and I can certainly get lost in time if I have nothing to rush for!! I am guilty of not eating breakfast... Sometimes I'm just not hungry and then on the days I do eat I get hungry for lunch sooner I decide it's not worth it, but I know it's not the right choice. I am also guilty of clutter. My bedroom in particular I really need to get that sorted. I want a nice clean space to relax in and the mess is always a downer!
    Hope you're well sweetie. Chat soon..
    Love Hannah xx
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  61. Love this post! And what a way to start the new week ahead. I feel like I've established a great morning routine, though it took me a while. Digital detoxing is also something I am trying to implement but not having much luck with either.

    Sxx
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  62. This is a great post with some simple things you can do. I have tried to stop looking at social media first thing in the morning, as hard as it is. If I start my day with a prayer or devotional verse and listen to Christian music on the way to work, my attitude seems to be a lot more pleasant. I still need to work on getting up a few mins earlier so I am not always rushing around like a crazy person :-)

    Mary

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  63. I LOVE posts like this, no matter how much we know what works, it's always great to get a simple reminder like this! My husband and I were just talking about how hard it is for us to work when the house is cluttered, which is especially important for him right now because he works from home! Also, I've only recently started incorporating breakfast into the mix and it does make a huge difference! Loved this post! XO -Kim

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  64. Really interesting post...thx for sharing! Kisses dear, have a good evening! xo

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  65. Thanks lovely, glad you enjoyed it :)
    xox

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  66. Thanks Gemma :) Sorry it takes me ages to respond to comments lol - playing with Disqus here as well :)
    xox

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