Top 5 Mindfulness Instagram Accounts To Follow

In recent weeks I’ve been trying to change the kind of content I follow on my personal Instagram. I’m attempting to shift towards accounts that encourage mindfulness, empathy, and healing – a nice balance against all the celebrity Instagram accounts I follow. Here, in no particular order, are my top 5 Instagram accounts to follow. They’re packed full of positivity, wholesome messages, and beautiful aesthetics.


The Happy Sloth Club

I adore @TheHappySlothClub for the beautiful aesthetics and encouraging messages. The posts are a variety of different styles, which I love, because it always introduces something new to my feed. Their Instagram stories, too, are categorised into the highlights – there is always something positive to help me reflect when I’m having a bad day.

A Safe Place Inside Your Head

This account, @ASafePlaceInsideYourHead, is similar to the previous one but focuses more on identity and sense of self. I love the little illustrations and annotations; they’re great visual representations of whatever the post is trying to convey.

Millennial Therapist

Recently, I’ve found this account is a huge help. The @millennial.therapist is a psychologist who discusses healing from trauma and explaining the reasons behind learned behaviour.

The Holistic Psychologist

Similar to above, @the.holistic.psychologist makes posts about learned behaviours and how to respectfully create boundaries.

We Are Not Really Strangers

The @werenotreallystrangers account is based around a card game, but the Instagram account by itself is a great place to look. There are daily questions on their Instagram stories that ask provoking questions and encourage daily self reflection. It was the first account of its type that I started following.

What are your favourite Instagram accounts to follow? Let me know in the comments below.


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February 2020 Goals

January felt like one of the longest months ever, but January is here and with it my dissertation deadlines are just a month away. And a little after that, graduation. It’s going to be a busy few months. In today’s post I’m going over my goals for February 2020: reading, writing, and blogging.


Reading

I’m mostly reading academic books at the moment so I don’t expect to read many fiction books, if any. I will be reading a few witchcraft fiction books, though. Then there will be a lot of rereading all my dissertation and creative writing books. It is pretty much a repeated cycle of reading at the moment!

Writing

During January I finished the first draft of my major project, ‘Haunted’, and in February my goal is to edit down and rewrite. I’m working on the plot first – getting the structure right – and then I’ll do a close, line-by-line edit. The feedback I got on my first draft’s opening was pretty great, as was the feedback from my last creative writing submission. In other words, it’s stressful, but I think I’m doing well.

Blogging

I haven’t been blogging over January or the first bit of February but I want to occasionally take time away from studying to put together a few blog posts. I also want to write an update post for both my major project and my dissertation, where I can talk about my strategies so far.


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Full Updated Skincare Routine

I enjoy talking about skincare products that I am using. In today’s post I’m going to be talking about my complete updated skincare covering face and body with a mixture of new and old products. Note: Where possible I use products that are vegan and cruelty free – products that do not conform to this will be marked out with an asterix.


Face

BODY SHOP CAMOMILE CLEANSING BUTTER – Body Shop, £11

This is a staple of my skincare routine! It has a gentle camomile scent and effectively dissolves all my makeup, even the waterproof eyeliner and mascara I use. It is hands down the best product I have ever used.

Clean & Clear Blackhead Scrub* – Superdrug, £3.99

This is one of the only products that isn’t vegan/cruelty free but unfortunately it will remain this way until I can find a product that is equally as amazing as this one. I have bought far more expensive scrubs than this in the past that have not worked anywhere near as well as this blackhead scrub does. If you have similar recommendations of blackhead specific scrubs, please let me know in the comments!

Body Shop Drops Of Youth Foaming Face Cleanser – Body Shop, £10

I adore any kind of face cleanser that is foaming. They seem so much kinder on my skin. I’ll clarify here that although these products are listed chronologically, I don’t use each product every single time I use my skincare routine, or even every day. I will use the cleansing butter on days where I’m wearing heavy makeup, or the foaming face cleanser on days where I don’t wear much/any makeup.

Vitamin E Aqua Boost Essence Lotion – Body Shop, £10

I got a couple of these essence lotions for Christmas and I have to say, I love them! I use them in place of a toner. This one in particular is very hydrating and I love using it right before my moisturiser.

Revolution Skincare CBD Moisturiser – Boots, £10

This is another product I got for Christmas. I’m slowly introducing myself to the world of Revolution Skincare because I adore the Makeup Revolution, Makeup Revolution PRO and Makeup Obsession family of brands. They’re all vegan and cruelty-free, plus their products are very affordable. The CBD Moisturiser specifically is my favourite moisturiser I think that I’ve ever used.

T-Zone Spot Zapping Gel – Savers, £0.99

If you are having a hard time with breakouts then this spot gel is absolutely amazing. I bought it before a trip to Cyprus earlier in January and it solved every skin complaint I had while I was away. It made several bad spots practically disappear overnight and whenever I feel a spot forming, I put some on in the evening and it avoids the spot all together.

Body

Body Shop Warm Vanilla Body Yoghurt – Body SHop, Christmas Special

This was a special edition released for Christmas. I’m hoping they bring it back next Christmas because I’ve almost finished the pot and I don’t want to think about life post-body yoghurt. It is similar to their body butters, but somehow feels lighter and yet also more moisturising. I adore the smell, too. It is probably one of the most moisturising products I’ve ever used.

Wild Argan Oil Exfoliating Gel – Body Shop, £16

I have been using the exfoliating gel for awhile and I honestly love it. I think the argan oil is a little more scratchy than some of the others I’ve used, so definitely make sure to warm your skin up in the shower or the skin before applying (or mix with warm water in your hand) to have a more comfortable exfoliating experience.

What skincare products have you been using lately? Let me know in the comments below!


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January 2020 Goals

2020 is here! It is January and therefore time for me to make a post about my goals for the upcoming month.


Reading

I have reading to do this month for my witchcraft module. I’m aiming to get the first eight weeks read ahead so that I don’t need to worry about it around my dissertation work. So far, I have the first two weeks sorted and I’m about to start reading the third book.

Writing

I need to finish my 10,000 word short story by the end of January. That will give me eight weeks to edit, rewrite, and put together the critical essay (alongside the dissertation I’m writing). I think I’m beginning to really see the amount of stress coming my way in January and beyond. I predicted it, and started work early, but I feel like I’m not as ahead as I ideally would have been. Still. I’m more than capable of getting the work done in the time I have.

Blogging

Again blogging will take a slight back burner. I don’t have much of a schedule of content planned but once we hit March and April I should have much more time to work on building up a lot of posts.

I now have a planning journal for blog posts which will be very helpful for jotting down ideas when I get them but I can’t write a blog post in that moment.

Fitness

It seems like a lot of people start making fitness plans come January but I genuinely do intend to get back into working out. I’m not so much focusing on losing weight and I have been maintaining my weight for a good few months so I’m confident I can continue to do that, but I do miss the muscle I was beginning to build. I’ll do this through a mixture of exercises at home and short walks in the mornings or evenings, depending on my schedule.

What are your goals for this month? Let me know in the comments!


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December Wrap Up

It is the last month of 2019. As we say goodbye to December, here is my monthly wrap up.


Reading

This month I have read three books.

  1. The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  2. The Witch of Edmonton by William Rowley
  3. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

There are a few books I am currently halfway through reading, including:

  1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
  2. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Writing

This month I submitted a short story to my university and begun seriously working on the second one due in March. I have a lot of writing to do in the first few months of 2020. The last two weeks I managed to get 3,000 words into the 10,000 words of my major project. I’m definitely behind where I ideally wanted to be but I absolutely want to have the project finished by the end of January. Otherwise I will really start panicking.

Blogging
  • December Monthly Goals | I enjoy these posts to set myself goals for the month ahead. I’ll shortly be releasing an updated one for January.
  • How To Use Social Media More Effectively | I started a new Twitter account and turned some of my thoughts into a blog post about making your profile attractive and increasing your engagement.
  • 10 Visual Creative Writing Prompts | I wrote a post containing writing prompts themed around nature, based upon ten images, ranging from interesting perspectives to dark and threatening scenarios.
  • Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag | I don’t often take part in Tag Thursdays but every so often I find a book tag that I love. This was one of them.
  • 10 Things 2019 Taught Me | the last post of 2019 – it is fitting that it was looking back on a selection of things I learned (about myself) in 2019.

What did you get up to this month? Did you meet your goals or even exceed them? Let me know in the comments!


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