Wrapping Up Blogmas 2017

Blogmas: Day 25

Merry Christmas everyone!!

This blogmas (my first ever) has been super fun. It’s beautiful how the entire blogging community comes together and give their support.

When I first started with the blogmas, I was not entirely sure about how things are going to be, but when I got a lot of messages on Instagram and comments on the posts saying that my posts have been helpful, I couldn’t be more happier.

Also, I want to thank everyone who has been a part of my wonderful journey. Those who were already a part of the family and those who just became a part of the family. You guys made the holiday season very special for me. Thank you for appreciating my different approach for this blogmas, for giving me wonderful feedbacks and above all, thank you for being so kind to me.

Self-care is often ignored and never really talked about, so I am thankful for the platform that I have, the platform which allowed me to touch lives and share my thoughts about the important things in life.

I am positive that blogmas is going to be a tradition on my blog.

So, happy holidays everybody!

Love,

-A

Binge read the blogmas here

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Twenty Four Journal Ideas

Blogmas: Day 24

Hey guys, from the moment I posted about how important journaling is, I have been getting a lot of questions regarding what to write in a journal and how to proceed with it. So, to make the process easier for you, I have made this list of 24 journaling ideas for the occasion when you don’t know what to write.

  1. Things that make me happy
  2. Things I am grateful for
  3. Places I have traveled
  4. People who have made an impact in my life
  5. Inspirational quotes
  6. Things I worry the most about
  7. One line a day
  8. Morning entries of thoughts
  9. Monthly journal
  10. Things I love about myself
  11. Things I want to change about myself
  12. My emergency self care routine
  13. My achievements
  14. Asking self awareness questions and answering them
  15. Summary of a book that changed my life
  16. Freehand drawing
  17. Bucket list
  18. Paste pictures of happy memories
  19. Daily diary entry
  20. Favourite poetry
  21. Things that make me angry
  22. How I cope up with tough situations
  23. Letter to my future self
  24. What I want to do with my life

Have fun journaling.

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Twenty Three Self Help Books

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Blogmas: Day 23

Self-care is incomplete without reading a few self-help books and today I am going to list 23 such books to make it easier for you to decide about your next book.

  1. The Secret
  2. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
  3. Big Magic: Creative living beyond fear
  4. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

  5. A Guide to the Present Moment

  6. The Art of Happiness
  7. The Alchemist
  8. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
  9. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
  10. Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
  11. Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
  12. Talk To Strangers
  13. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

  14. The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

  15. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

  16. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

  17. Self Esteem Secrets: 12 Steps to Success
  18. Louder Than a Whisper: Clearer Than a Bell
  19. The Ultimate Power of Positive Thinking
  20. Dream It, Do It, Live It: 9 Easy Steps To Making Things Happen For You
  21. Not Marked: Finding Hope and Healing after Sexual Abuse
  22. Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes
  23. Reimagined: How amazing people design lives they love

I have added the Goodreads link for all the books because otherwise, the post would have been really long.

*This is not a sponsored post.

Twenty Two Ways To Be Kind

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Blogmas: Day 22

This holiday season, let’s all walk a mile extra to be kind. I am sharing 22 ways to practise kindness and these will be enough to initiate your journey towards a kinder world.

  1. Accept who you are, be kind to yourself first
  2. Smile and wave hello to someone who is having a rough day
  3. Call someone who is going through a bad phase
  4. Buy someone coffee
  5. Leave kind comments on social media
  6. Don’t shy away from giving compliments
  7. Take care of a sick friend
  8. Plant trees
  9. Volunteer at soup kitchen
  10. Teach some kids, education is very important
  11. Talk to a someone who just transferred to your school or joined your office who is having trouble adjusting to the new surroundings.
  12. Send a self-help book to a person who needs it
  13. Lend an ear
  14. Be empathetic
  15. Apologize when you make mistakes
  16. Be polite
  17. Practise gratitude
  18. Let someone go ahead in a queue if you are not in a hurry and they could really use some help
  19. Offer to carry the bags or boxes for someone
  20. In public transport, offer your seat
  21. Donate whatever you can
  22. Feed stray animals

In this world, kindness is what we need.

“Throw Kindness Around Like Confetti”

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Twenty One Days Self Care Routine

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Blogmas: Day 21

From the past 20 days, I have been talking about various aspects of self-care but won’t it be easy if there was a routine which could cater to all our self-care needs without being stressful? Well, today I am sharing my own 21 days self-care routine to help you guys.

  • Day 01: Meditate for 10 minutes. Play soothing music and focus on breathing
  • Day 02: Morning affirmation
  • Day 03: Go to bed 20 minutes before your usual time
  • Day 04: Drink more water
  • Day 05: Have at least four meals a day
  • Day 06: Sun salutation or 10 minutes of cardio workout
  • Day 07: Write journal
  • Day 08: Declutter
  • Day 09: Catch up with the pending work which you have been ignoring for a long time
  • Day 10: Go for a walk
  • Day 11: Social media detox, try limiting your usage to 4 hours
  • Day 12: Spend time with friends
  • Day 13: Read a self help book
  • Day 14: Call a loved one
  • Day 15: Work on your hobby
  • Day 16: Buy flowers or a plant for your home
  • Day 17: Cook for yourself
  • Day 18: Watch at least one episode of friends, let’s be honest, it’s difficult to stop after just one episode. So 4-5 episodes will be fine.
  • Day 19: A pampering session
  • Day 20: A solo day out
  • Day 21: Change your home decor. Like, hang up some fairy lights or a positive quote or light a scented candle or just anything you want to do.

This routine will set the pace of your journey towards self-care and you can make some changes in the routine if there is something that you do not like. Also, there are multiple routines all over the internet, find one which suits you or simply follow this one.

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Twenty Things To Do This Holiday Season

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Blogmas: Day 20

Hello, I am back with another fun list. Sharing with you the things you can do this holiday season.

  1. Donate, whatever you can
  2. Visit a retirement home, because your time and attention is all that they need
  3. Adopt a pet, but please think it through
  4.  Do not bring your work home
  5. Start new holiday traditions
  6. Go through old pictures for a beautiful trip down the memory lane
  7. Binge watch your favourite shows on Netflix
  8. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  9. Go on a solo trip, if holidays are not your favourite time of the year
  10. Send handwritten letters
  11. Eat food without calorie counting, you can always burn the calories off
  12. Light scented candles, these are very calming
  13. Have a festive brunch with friends
  14. Explore the city
  15. Visit a fair or carnival
  16. Treat yourself to a pampering session
  17. Host a party
  18. Hang string lights around the house
  19. Bake cookies
  20. Spend time with the family, without social media

Have fun
xx

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Nineteen Ways To Be A Better You

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Blogmas: Day 19

Self-care also includes working towards being a better version of you and today I am sharing 19 ways to be better than what you already are.

  1. Forgive yourself
  2. Do not hold grudges
  3. Be honest with yourself and others
  4. Practise gratitude
  5. Start your day with a morning affirmation
  6. Don’t be very hard on yourself, you are only human and it’s okay to fail sometimes
  7. Give something back to the community
  8. Respect the existence of others
  9. Give yourself a pep talk every day
  10. Set some goals from time to time and do your best to achieve them
  11. Be present in the moment
  12. Be kind
  13. Make an effort towards making your relationships stronger
  14. Adopt a hobby
  15. Move outside your comfort zone
  16. Eat healthy
  17. Have a proper sleep routine
  18. Spend at least 5 minutes every day, learning something new. ( I read it somewhere and it became a part of my routine)
  19. Appreciate the life you have been blessed with

Okay, let’s kickstart mission get better than awesome because you are awesome already!

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Eighteen Things You Should Never Say To Your Body

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Blogmas: Day 18

Hello, let’s talk about our bodies for a while. Our body is the most talked or attacked thing in the world. In a world with so many social media platforms, it is very common to be stuck in the loop where you keep comparing yourself with the perfect pictures of perfect people on social media. I am not asking you to stop appreciating the people you admire, all I am saying is that in process please don’t lose your respect for your body.

Here are 18 things you should NEVER say to your body.

  1. ‌Wish I was more like her
  2. ‌Wish my hair had a different texture
  3. ‌Only if I could lose a few kgs
  4. ‌I don’t like my skin
  5. ‌Ugh I have weird freckles
  6. ‌Wish my butt was bigger/smaller
  7. ‌My nose is so crooked
  8. ‌Why do I have uneven teeth
  9. ‌My stretch marks stress me
  10. ‌My skin tone is so pathetic
  11. ‌Only if I had flat stomach * nobody has a perfectly flat stomach, unlike people on social media. They capture their best angles in perfect light*
  12. ‌I have flappy arms
  13. ‌I hate how ginormous my thighs are * it’s in your head*
  14. ‌It’s shameful that I have no jawline
  15. ‌Only if I was a few inches taller
  16. ‌I don’t have good eyebrows * eyebrow style keeps changing every few years. I remember there was a time when super thin, barely there was a thing *
  17. What if I don’t eat for some days? * Please, never ever torture yourself like that! It’s the most unhealthy thing in the world *
  18. Ughh!I hate my body.


‌Disclaimer: I am not asking you to stop exercising or being healthy. I am asking you to stop torturing yourself. All I am asking you is to eat healthily and exercise well to make yourself better.

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Seventeen Ways You Are Compromising Your Happiness

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Blogmas: Day 17

Happiness is a very important aspect of self care. It is your responsibility to ensure your happiness and today I am going to share a few occasions where we unknowingly compromise with our happiness.

  1. Staying with toxic people
  2. Buying a dress two size too small
  3. Feeling guilty after eating your favourite food
  4. Comparing your life to people on social media
  5. Staying in a bad relationship
  6. Spending too much time on social media
  7. Not getting enough sleep
  8. Saying yes to everyone
  9. Trying to make everyone happy
  10. Not taking time out for yourself
  11. Procrastinating
  12. Working below your potential
  13. Not talking about your feelings
  14. Hating your body
  15. Ignoring your mental health
  16. Not saving money
  17. Not exploring your hobbies

If you nodded yes to even one of the points mentioned above, it’s time to re-evaluate what is working for you and what is not.

You deserve to be happy.

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Sixteen Ways To Say Thank You

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Blogmas: Day 16

One of the most important steps of self-care is expressing gratitude. A lot of us are not very vocal about our feelings and it could sometimes act as a hurdle in our relationships and life, in general. So today, I am going to talk about 16 ways to say thank you to someone like you mean it.

  1. Write a thank you note, sounds silly but works wonder
  2. Take them out for lunch
  3. A thank-you hug or handshake
  4. Help them with errands
  5. A good book
  6. Flowers
  7. Book a spa appointment for them
  8. Instagram post or any other social media platform
  9. Go for drinks
  10. Bake or cook something for them
  11. Get them coffee with a thank you note on it
  12. Show love to their social media accounts, don’t just like the picture but compliment them in the comments section
  13. Get them something for their pets
  14. Send them cookies or donuts or chocolates or all three
  15. Write them a letter
  16. Say Thank You, I know you want to roll your eyes at me but try to be vocal about how grateful you are. Because when you say something from your heart, your eyes compensate the words that your vocal cords are having trouble with.

So, if next time a situation arises where you don’t know what to do, feel free to pick one or more than one of the methods mentioned above.

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