This past weekend I went to Budapest; it was a three day trip that had been in the works for a while. My friend and I have wanted to visit Budapest for a long while and so we were excited to finally go. I had a great time, and want to tell you all about it. In this post I am sharing the highlights of my trip, and things I recommend anyone to do whilst in Budapest. So if you ever plan on visiting the Hungarian capital, or have already been and want to reminisce, keep reading!
*you’ll notice that a lot of the pictures are very grey; the weather on our trip wasn’t the best and it was very foggy most of the time. The city was still beautiful though!
You know those days when you wake up and you just don’t feel great? You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you’re feeling down. Yeah, we all have those days; I know I’ve had my fair share. On days like that, self-care is so important. I think we tend to forget that just as we took care of our bodies physically, we also need to take care of our mind. Self-care looks different for everyone but there is one common element: it’s damn important.
Last week I had a several days in a row where I was just not feeling myself. I was sad, angry and felt like a failure. Those are not fun emotions to feel, but I tried my best to practice some self-care techniques I’ve learned over the years. Those techniques helped me to be more optimistic and be able to see that these feelings are temporary. Today I wanted to share some of my self-care tips with you, for days when you’re feeling down and want to figure out a way to make yourself feel better. I hope they’re useful.
Acknowledge your feelings.
First and foremost, I think acknowledging your feelings when you’re feeling down is the most important. So often we feel negative emotions but we choose to keep them tucked away, because we don’t want to deal with them. But the more we do that, the more those emotions build up, and eventually it will become too much. If you’re experiencing negative emotions, take a moment and think about them. Why are you feeling this way? Can you do something about it? Sometimes there’s a clear reason we feel down whilst other times we just feel crappy for no good reason. Either way, you feelings are valid and it is at these points that self-case is so important.
One way I acknowledge my feelings is by writing them down. Writing has always been cathartic for me and I often explore my feelings through writing. For you it might be something different; whatever it is, encourage yourself to identify how you’re feeling and explore your emotions.
I’m so excited to share this post with you today! If you’ve been following my blog for a little while now you’ll now that I recently embarked on a fitness journey. To sum it up, I wanted to get active again and feel good in my body. There is one catch though; I didn’t want to spend any money doing it. I’m happy to report that I’m still going strong and feeling great, and I’ve done it all without spending a dime. I’ve mainly been using at-home workout videos. There are a ton out there, but I’ve found a few gems that I feel are so successful at making me sweat, toning my body and making me feel great.
Today I’m sharing those favourites with you. I’ve picked a whole range of exercise videos because one thing I’ve learned on this fitness journey is that it’s all about balance. I like to concentrate on different parts of my body every time I exercise, and so these workout videos I’m sharing with you all have a different focus. Here they are:
I’ve been loving yoga recently, and this particular flow is great in that it makes me sweat and relaxes me at the same time. Adriene’s channel, Yoga With Adriene, is amazing; I have been following her for a while and have tried out so many of her yoga flows. Definitely one of my favourite ‘workout’ channels out there.
It’s Wednesday and so it’s time for another What I Ate Wednesday post! Before I show you everything I eat in a day, I quickly wanted to talk about something: carbs. I feel like carbs are such a big thing whenever people talk about healthy eating. I remember a few years back, when I was looking for a way to lose weight, I cut out carbs for a little while. I relied heavily on animal protein (I wasn’t vegan yet then) and certain fruits and vegetables. This way of eating not only made meal times less enjoyable, but it really didn’t do much for my body.
Luckily I’ve realised since then that carbs are amazing. Not only do they taste great (I mean, who doesn’t love bread?!?!) but they are also so beneficial in your diet! You get so much energy from carbs, which is why they are now a staple in my diet. As you’ll see in this What I Ate Wednesday post, I had carbs with every meal. Oats, bread, pasta; these are all foods which I enjoy on a healthy balanced diet. So, with that little talk out of the way, here is what I eat in a day:
Oats are my favourite thing to have for breakfast; the carbs give you energy to start your day off and most importantly, oatmeal just tastes amazing. This time I had some cinnamon oats, made with extra chia seeds and flax seeds, topped with soy yoghurt, almonds and these delicious grilled pears! The pears were such a yummy addition to this breakfast, I definitely recommend giving it a try.
Today I’m sharing one of my favourite recipes with you; peanut butter & jelly oat bars. I have always been a snacker and so I’m always on the hunt for healthy but filling snacks. These oat bars do the trick. They’re sweet, filling and so yummy. I tend to make a huge batch of these on Sundays and then eat them throughout the week. I hope you enjoy!
Ahhh mornings; you either love them or you hate them. I for one really enjoy my mornings and that is partly due to my morning routine. What you do in the morning sets the tone for the whole day. I like to structure my mornings so that I can have a productive day ahead. So today I am sharing my morning routine for productivity. I’m really happy with how I spend my mornings at the moment and I want to tell you all about it. So here is what I do in the morning:
It’s been a little over 2 weeks since I started my fitness journey (read all about it here!) and so I thought it was time to update you guys on my progress. As expected, there have been some easier and some harder moments, all which I’m going to share with you now.
Happy Wednesday! You know the drill by now, on Wednesday’s I publish ‘What I Ate Wednesday’ posts, where I show you what I eat on a typical day. The things I tend to eat on a daily basis change throughout the year, depending on the weather and what I’m craving at that point in time. As the weather is getting colder at the moment, I’m craving more hot meals. So here is what I eat in a day at the moment:
Not matter what time of year it is, I will always love pancakes for breakfast. I have pancakes at least once a week and I try to make them as nutritious as possible. You can find my recipe here, and this time I had my pancakes with granola, blueberries, almonds, cacao nibs and chocolate sauce. Not going to lie, I’m pretty proud with how this stack turned out!
Smoothie bowls; who doesn’t love them? If you’re anything like me, you follow a bunch of Instagram accounts that post amazing smoothie bowls and drool at all of them. And, if like me, you want to recreate those smoothie bowls, then keep reading. Today I am sharing my recipe for a delicious raspberry and peanut butter smoothie bowl. Continue reading
Last week I realised that I haven’t properly worked out in over a year. I do my best to maintain an active lifestyle in terms of walking a lot of going on hikes and such, but I have recently been lacking in the proper exercise department. I’ve noticed some small changes in my body in terms of weight gain but nothing major. I do however think that the lack of exercise has had some impact on my mental health. I think I’ve become more lazy in a lot of aspects in my life, which I think is partly due to being physically lazy.