A Few New Habits

autumn beach walksI have been attempting to switch things up a little recently.

I think making small changes is so healthy in everyday life. Even if your routine remains pretty much the same, there are ways you can switch things up so you feel recharged and refreshed.

It’s kinda funny because I used to hate change. Even small changes made me feel unsettled and anxious, but as the years have passed I feel like it is good to keep things fresh and make changes little and often.

Recently I have set small goals to start looking after myself, changing things up each month and trying out new habits. It ain’t just about getting moving in the gym etc, but on a deeper level too. Coz like I’ve probably said one miiiillion times, your mind is just as important as your bod.

I have tried to tie in a few new habits and small goals into my routine, and they are making me feel kinddda like a new sparkly version of myself (bar the STONKER of a cold I have right now) 🤧

I thought I’d share a few of my new habits on ‘ere if you fancied a nosey…

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PHONE FREE MORNINGS

I got into a habit of rolling over each morning, switching off my alarm and swiftly moving on to a lengthy scroll through Instagram. Barely awake and already starting to compare myself before the day had even got going! Over the past few weeks I have left my phone (except for switching the alarm off and popping the radio on) and it has made such a difference. I don’t waste time, and treat the hour as time for myself to gradually wake up and sip mi cuppa tea.

GYM VISITS

Soooo I pay around £35 for my gym membership at Anytime Fitness (SO good and all across the UK FYI) and I slipped out the habit of going on the reg. I felt I need to start using it, otherwise I couldn’t justify the dollar! Victoria (Inthefrow) is an inspo of mine, despite being a super busy gal boss, she finds time to nip down to the gym and get a session in most days. I have been about three times a week over the past month and it feels damn GOOD. Fingers crossed I keep it up ey?

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HANGIN’ OUT IN THE KITCHEN

It can be SO easy to get into a bit of a dinner time rut. As it is autumn and I wanna have aaaall the warm cosy feelz, I have attempted to switch things up and push the boat out a little. Lots of warming soups, one pot wonders etcetc, I try to pop a lil step by step over on Insta-stories so if ya need a little inspiration…

SAVING (PRET) PENNIES

Not gonna lie, money is tight at the mo. It has been a bit of a pricey month (i.e dentist woes), so I gotta try and conserve a bit of dollar. To prevent end of the month panic, I am doing my best to prepare lunch / snacks / bevs and not spend aaaall my money on Pret / Itsu. I’m might put together a lil post with my packed lunch picks if you fancy it?

BOOKS INSTEAD OF NEWS

There seems to have been a constant stream of heartbreaking news recently. Over the past year I have found myself dwelling on the darkness in our world and I find it hard to avoid the negativity. I made the decision to stop picking up the Metro and start reading my book instead, not linger on news stories and concentrate on spreading positivity as much as poss.

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Have you been trying out any new habits recently?

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  • I love the books over news habit – I think I might adopt that one too :) Thanks for sharing Immy xxx
    Sophie Cliff

    • Ah yes you should my love, I have found myself feeling so much more positive / calm. News papers like the Metro I feel are geared to highlight the worst bits – there needs to be more of a focus on all the amazing things happening every day. I hope you are well Sophiiie :) Immy x

  • NatalieLeanne

    I loved reading about this little set of changes, I always think doing a few new things makes me feel so much more energised than the usual everyday routine I normally have xxx

    http://www.natalieleanne.com

    • Yes it is such a healthy little habit to get into, I am going to do my best to try something different each month. Always good to change things up a bit! Glad you enjoyed my love :) Immy x

  • Laura Emilia

    I love this post and agree that little changes like this can make *such* a difference! I’ve been trying to incorporate a bit more exercise to my life too (trying to go for small runs outside 3 times a week to get both the movement AND fresh air) and I’m already noticing how much more energised it makes me feel. I love the idea of reading more books rather than news too – we definitely need a bit more positivity in our lives..! xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Yes running outside is something I really need to start doing more of. There is something very odd about running at the gym and getting no where lol, it is so nice to have a little run out and about and feel refreshed afterwards. I am going to try and attempt that! Yessss we really do, I always LOVE picking up Balance magazine, it is right up my street! Immy x

  • RosieBaillie

    I’m trying to ignore my phone first thing in the morning too – I think I’m going to set it to do not disturb so I can’t be tempted. I’m with you all the way on the news. I used to watch it all the time but we very rarely do now because it’s so heartbreaking. It’s not to say I’m ignorant to the news though.

    • Ooh yes that is a good idea! It is so crazy how hard I find it just to ignore and not check my phone. It is a bit of an eye opener! Yes, you are right. I do watch BBC News fairly often – but yes good to be informed for sure. Immy x

  • The no phone mornings is a super good habit to put in place and start your day off right. I’m actually trying really hard not to use my phone or other technology 30 minutes before I go to bed. It’s a small step, but I’m beginning to fall asleep easier already!

    Madison http://breakfastatmadisons.com/

    • Ooh that is a really good idea! Both me and Matt are SO bad at scrolling right before bed, it ain’t the time or place really! I might try and pop that rule in place, would be so much nicer! Immy x

  • I am so with you on all of these, especially what you said about not lingering on the news stories, I feel especially with social media and being on twitter etc, it is so easy to get swept up in things and spend too much time dwelling on the negative, it can be quite overwhelming! I’ve also just started having phone free mornings – we are on the same wave length ha! xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Fashion Beauty Travel

    • We really are haha! I find it all so overwhelming, it so easy to let negativity take over. I am definitely going to try and keep up the phone free mornings, I might also try phone free evenings haha! Or just go completely phone free all the time >:) Someone actually said I should swap my phone for an old school Nokia for a week, actually tempted to give it a whirl! Immy x

  • Lisa Autumn

    I also need to amp up my gym visits! Gorgeous shots hun!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    • Yessss, I actually felt so much better for it. I slipped this week because I have been poorly and have noticed a difference in how I feel. Need to get back to it! Thank you so much lovely :) Immy x

  • Courtney Hardy

    These are really good habits to practice. Visiting the gym is a good one for sure! Keep going girl.
    https://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

    • Thank you so much lovely Courtney :) Yesssss, gotta keep going – it ALWAYS makes me feel heaps better so I have to remind myself of that next time I can’t be bothered haha! Immy x

  • Love these ideas. I have been avoiding the news too, and reading more. It makes me feel so much more zen! I’m with you on the gym work outs too – I’ve just joined a new place and I’m feeling so much better for it, even though the early starts are sometimes a bit painful!

    http://pollyrowan.com/

    • Yesss it really makes a difference doesn’t it? I have loved getting back into reading, commuting is such a good excuse to indulge in a good book! Ooh have ya! I am doing my best to squeeze one in before work but it is so hard with the dark mornings! Immy x

  • Small habits always add up! Books instead of news, no question.

    • Yes you are right, they really do! I am going to keep trying to introduce new ones :) For sure, so much better for you! Immy x

  • Love this as I’m such a fan of changing the little things! I’m trying to read on my commute too. I’ve also started the rule that I have to wash up everything (no matter how small) as soon as I use it so the dishes don’t build up and depress me!! x

    • Oooh that is a VERY good idea haha! A clean and tidy kitchen makes me so bloomin’ happy! Nothing worse than coming home to dishes from the night before >:( Immy x

  • Great post as always Immy!! I am so happy that you are picking up such wonderful habits as small things can make an enormous difference. Turning my phone off in the morning definitely helps my productivity because time goes by so much faster when you’re scrolling through social media lol. And I am also trying to meal prep all day every day because I think pret and itsu are the two things that kill my bank account!! Hope you enjoy the rest of your week xox

    Maria | whatismaria.com

    • Ah thank you so much Maria :) Yesss, good idea to actually turn it off! Trust me, I can’t believe how much time I can waste by scrolling! Oooh that is a very good idea, I am doing my best to make sure I take my lunch with me, even if it is the most random lunch ever haha! Trust me, Pret and Itsu probably take half my salary haha! You too my love :) Immy x

  • love this post. have you read the whole thing on the cyclists? where rather than changing yourself 100%, you should change 100 things 1%. I feel it kind of relates here, little changes matter :)

    Chloe | Mojichlo

    • Ooh I haven’t!? What is it called? I would love to read that, sounds right up my street! I love that concept! Immy x

  • Gym visits….well done you. I’ve forgotten what a gym looks like! Hahaha. I’m desperately trying to get into a habit of planning dinners more; I always find it hard when it’s just me to cook for. I’ve also given up drinking for October and that’s something that’s helped save pennies and make me feel more alert etc.

    K.

    http://www.wonderingthrough.co.uk

    • Eeeep, I have been pretty rubbish this week – gym is a no go with a cold lol, back at it next week! Yes I definitely know what you mean, I always just end up either not having much at all, or something totally random! I guess you could keep the other portions for lunches / freeze them maybe? Ooh amazing, that is SUCH a good saver – and makes you feel better! Immy x

  • Sometimes I tell myself that the light from my phone screen will wake me up LOL but that never happens and I roll right back to sleep.

    It’s actually quite amazing how much you can save making your own meals?? I don’t get it, I can spend that $20 – $30 on a meal outside orrrr I can spend that at a grocery store for the next half week to a week.

    A habit I’ve had recently is waking up early – I’m currently unemployed, though trying to make something out of blogging/social media and working on my portfolio for design. It’s so easy to think that I can wake up at any time and get started on what I need to do, but it’s just so much more productive when I wake up at 7 or 8!

    becky @ star violet

    • Looooool yes I do the same hehe. I know right, madness. I can’t believe I do it so often, I calculated all the money I spent out and about on snacks / lunches / coffee and over a month it was about £200 – shoooocking! Ooh that is a great idea! I love an early wake up, to give yourself time to have coffee and a proper breaky, I always feel productive in the morning too! Immy x

  • This is great – I’m also trying to introduce some new things into my routine at the moment so I loved reading about yours! (Was also planning on doing a post on them but that wont be for a little while, lets just say they haven’t quite turned into habits yet haha, they’re more changes at the moment). Money is pretty tight in our household too this month as its turning out to be such a busy one – and I made it even better by getting a parking ticket on Monday, ha – so I’m also trying to make lunches and a packed lunches post would be fab! Absolutely LOVE the phone free mornings idea, might have to try that one xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

    • Yes I know what you mean, I am finding it hard to stick to some of them (esp the phone one)> Yesss, I hate knowing you have a busy month coming up but not enough funds, such a stress :( and so much FOMO. Oh rubbish, that is the worst! Hope you have a lovely, relaxing weekend planned? Oh PS, I would love to know what your vegan working lunches are, in need of some inspo! Immy x

  • Oh you are a wonderful human being! I’ve limited myself to half an hour of social media in the morning and half an hour in the evening. If I find I mindlessly scroll I close the app the moment I catch myself. I usually manage to stick to it and it’s working wonders for that thief of joy we call comparrison!! Peta x
    http://www.pe-ta.com

    • And you my love :) That is SUCH a good idea Peta, I really need to do the same, it is crazy how we just go on through auto pilot isn’t it? Yes I bet it is making such a healthy difference, I’m gonna give it a whirl. Immy x

  • ninegrandstudent

    Yes to avoiding the paper and reading a good book instead! I find it instantly improves my mood for the day!

    (Though my book was so good this morning I (1) missed my stop and (2) finished it so was bored on the way home!)

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

    • Yes it really does, I get so sucked in to all the horrible stories – some of which are SO random in the Metro, I don’t know why we all need to know? :/ Ah that is the danger haha! I always look up juuuuuust as we are rolling into the stop haha! Need to line up a few more books to devour! Immy x

  • This post is so inspiring! I’m not a fan of big changes but switching up little thing in everyday life is always good :) and I’m a big fan of lunch box made at home :)

    Caterina | caterinasosso.com

    • Ah thank you so much Caterina! :) Yes me too, I feel like little and often with changes is the best – I have always been rubbish with big ones! Yes, I have really liked doing it this week and spending 0 pennies! Hope you are good my love :) Immy x

  • I love the idea of “books not news”; i keep resolving to stop watching the news, but the trouble is i didn’t come up with an ALTERNATIVE. So it was never going to happen, realistically! I’ve also been wanting to read more, so this is the perfect solution and i’m now wondering why i didn’t think about it before :P

    Phone-free mornings is DEFINITELY another one to try. I admit that i’ll find it hard, but i’m willing to give it a go :) i think setting my alarm on my clock, as opposed to my phone, is a way to start xxx

    Bumble & Be

    • Yesss, thats the thing… I needed something to entertain me – especially when commuting! It is so easy just to pick up the paper! Let me know what you decide to read – I need a few more books to get stuck into! I find phone free mornings SO hard! I really need to get myself a proper alarm clock, so much better than irritating phone alarms haha! Have a wonderful weekend lovely lady! Immy x

  • Amy Eade

    Definitely with you on trying out some new habits – for me it’s phone free evenings, reading more and trying to get my 5 a day!
    Amy xx
    http://www.callmeamy.co.uk

    • Oooh yes phone free evenings sound like a good one too, I’m gonna do it this eve whilst we are out and about with chums – the phone is going in the bag! Yes, I need to start getting my five day – I am terrible with that, eep! Have a wonderful weekend chick :) Immy x

  • yesssss to phone free mornings! i’ve been trying to do the same thing recently as well and it’s lovely waking up and actually having time to do my hair properly / sip a cuppa before work! really gonna try and keep my phone at bay. i’ve also been leaving it in do not disturb mode as well so i don’t look at it much. slowly but surely weeeeening myself off the thing.

    looking gorg as per, these trousers are hot af.

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

    • Ah yes it is so nice to have a little more time in the mornings, I even made porridge this morning – almost unheard of haha! Yes that is such a good idea, I need to try ween myself off of it as much as poss! Aaaaaaaaaaay thanx queen, accidental double leathering >:) Immy x

  • Yara Mel Rozaay

    Hope you keep up with the gym girl, you can do it!
    And oh, books instead of news is the wisest choice! The only time I know the news is whilst scrolling Twitter and that is enough for me.

    Loved this post!

    http://www.desiringsme.com/tres-parisienne/

    • Yaaaaas gal, I am going today after work! Gotta keep going with it, makes me feel so much better! Yes, you are so right – such a good way to keep updated with stuff without letting it take over! Thank you my love :) Immy x

  • Hayley Rubery

    Bloody love these chatty posts you do lady! I have to say that reading is a big thing for me too; at nights I try to switch off my phone and just loose myself in a book, the perfect way to unwind and de-stress before bed! Ahhhhh love I’ve massively fallen off of the gym bandwagon too, I haven’t been for about 3 months, even though I’m running 3 times a week I really miss classes and am going to book some in right now – thank you for the inspo babes! <3

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com