10 Ways To Feeling More Zen


10 top tips on introducing some zen into your life! Words & pictures by Hayley...


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10 TIPS TO FEELING MORE ZEN...

Zen. noun. 1. "A Japanese school, of 12th - century Chinese origin, teaching that contemplation of one's essential nature to the exclusion of all else is the only way of achieving pure enlightenment."

Truth be told girls, I've got my mojo back!

And it was completely unexpected!

I've just returned home from a 3-day break to the W Hotel in Verbier with my BFF and I feel so good. Sometimes I don't think you realise how much you need a break until you actually have one. Countless people are always saying to me 'but you're always on holiday' or 'your so lucky to travel so much'; and oh my god I am so lucky! There isn't a day that goes by that I don't thank my lucky stars that this is my job. However, press trips aren't holidays, as bloggers we're constantly posting on social media, checking emails, and coming home with 4,000 pictures to edit and write up; it's not quite the same as just laying on a beach for a week!

Anyway, I digress. My point being is that I've just returned from the best break with my best friend, we always have the best time when we're together; we genuinely didn't stop laughing the whole time we were there. We drunk champagne at breakfast because; why the hell not?, we laid by the pool all day reading our books and napping, we ate out at the local pub and enjoyed burgers and beer, then tried to drunkenly navigate our way home on the ice (queue bambi on ice and so many LOLZ).

It's funny that, the reason we were actually in Verbier was for work; I had a few things I wanted to shoot, but with Amy it never feels like work, it was just so much fun and it was super relaxed, we worked on our own terms and we relaxed on our own terms. After three days of pure R&R the trip has left me feeling so inspired, refreshed and rearing to kick off some amazing Christmas content here on FMIF from me and my ladies!

So, without further ado (aka waffle), here are my top 8 tips to leave you feeling more zen...

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1.) ESCAPE

Like I said, sometimes we don't know we need a break until we actually take a break! Whether you set off on a few days of solo adventure, or with a best friend, it could even be loosing yourself in a good book for a few hours or locking yourself in the bathroom with a hot bubble bath and some vino. However we decide to escape, sometimes it does us the world of good to just 'get away' from reality for a while and escape to another land whether it's IRL or fantasy (nothing beats getting stuck into a juicy fiction book like Twilight / Hunger Games to take your mind off that looming tax return!). If you're looking for a winter escape then I genuinely can't recommend the W Verbier anymore (but more on that soon!).

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Stripe PJ top: Boden | Stripe PJ bottoms: Boden | Red Slippers: Boden | Hot water bottle: Boden

2.) GET SNUG

Now, I've made it no secret that I'm all about that Hygge life! Cosy pyjamas, feeling snug by the fire, hot chocolate and loved ones… that's a yes from me! It's that feeling when you get new PJ's or have freshly washed sheets, you can't help but feel content and snug, I find that feeling snug always helps my mind to feel more at ease as I'm happy and cosy!

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3.) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH LOVED ONES

Nothing makes me happier than spending my time with my family, bestie and my love! If ever I'm feeling stressed or that life is just getting 'too much' - the first thing I do to feel more me is to surround myself with people I love. It's so nice to take your mind off of things, share stories and memories and to laugh with the people who mean the most for you, if even for ten minutes a day or on a Sunday, quality time with loved ones is something that I truly cherish!

4.) 'ME' TIME

As much as I'm a massive advocate for family time and being with loved ones, I'm also really independent and genuinely love spending time in my own company. I wouldn't think twice about going shopping alone, or out to dinner, or travelling abroad - I think it's really important to have some time to ourselves, in whatever capacity that maybe. During our trip we spent our days laying by the pool, I finished one book and started another, dosed in and out of naps and visited the sauna and steam room. It felt so, so good to just clear my head and to think of; well nothing. I can't remember the last time I wasn't stressing over scheduling content or replying to emails, planning trips and pitching ideas, it was so lovely to just switch off for a couple of days so I could refresh myself!

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5.) FEEL INSPIRED

I always find that when I'm having some down time and relaxing is the one time when I instantly feel more inspired. When you truly focus on doing nothing, your mind is filled with creativity, since coming back from my trip (which was only yesterday!), I've felt so refreshed and full of ideas. For the first time in a long time I feel ready to get stuck into my work and I can't wait to get creating content that I love again!

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6.) FUEL YOUR BODY WITH GOODNESS

I truly believe that a healthy body = a healthy mind! Whilst we were away admittedly we drank all of the prosecco and filled up on Toblerone (had to make the most of it before it changes here in the UK… our excuse anyway), but every morning we made the most of the fresh fruit juices available at the W Verbier! Our favourite was the carrot, apple and ginger juice, it left us feeling refreshed and awake; make sure you're fuelling your body with goodness!

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7.) CHILL TIME

For our trip, I bought myself and Amy matching pyjamas (still can't work out if we're cute AF or sad AF?!), each evening we walked to the local pub for homemade burgers and Brooklyn beer, we reminisced about our childhood (we've been BFF's since we were 11!), then once back in our room we'd catch up on Planet Earth, sip on Prosseco and laugh until we cried. I absolutely adore spending time with my girls, and as much as I love a good night out, I also really, really love to just order a takeaway and talk about boys over some alcoholic beverages. I truly believe that one of the main keys to feeling zen is really indulging in some chill time, where you can really take your mind off of everyday life!

Matching PJ's: Primark | Red slippers: Boden | Grey slippers: Emu

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8.) STEP OUTSIDE

Whether you're off for a full one hike, a brisk walk or to even sit in the garden and get some fresh air, I find that nothing quite clears the cobwebs like stepping outside and soaking up the views and what's going on around me. Having a job online means that 80% of my time is spent glued to my laptop or phone, so I think more than ever, I truly appreciate spending time outside, just soaking up those 'offline vibes'!

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9.) DO SOMETHING 'JUST BECAUSE'

Do something spontaneous, or 'just because' you want to, and you'll feel so much better for it! Sometimes we don't always need to justify our actions, if we want to do something then that should be enough to spur us on and do it. During our trip myself and Amy had prosecco for breakfast each morning 'just because' (although pretty sure every morning is meant to start with bubbles if you ask me!), at first we were like 'ooh probably shouldn't' but then soon came round to the 'why the hell not' thinking! Whether you want to treat yourself to those boots you've been eyeing up, or eating cake for breakfast when it ain't nobodies birthday - something it's good to do things for the sake of it!

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Jumper: Dash | Bobble hat: Dash

10.) SMILE!

Probably the key puzzle piece to feeling more zen and 'at one' with yourself is to smile! I love to laugh, I'm a pretty optimistic person and look for the best in people and situations! On our trip in Verbier I genuinely laughed non-stop and it really was the best kind of medicine, and don't forget that smiling is infectious! So, chances are that by smiling or radiating positive vibes, you're actually making someone else's day too!

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*All images taken at the W Verbier

What are your top tips to feeling more zen? I'd love to know your tips so I can practice your ways! Taking note of anything mentioned in this post?

31 Comments

    • Hayley 17th November 2016 / 4:38 pm

      Isn’t it just beautiful?! I completely agree lovely, sometimes a change of scenery can do you the world of good! x

  1. Jayd Alice 17th November 2016 / 10:39 am

    I love this photos and it looks like you had such a lovely time! I completely agree that sometimes a little break even just for a night away can do the world of good and I’m all for going for a little walk on my own to clear my head and make me feel better when I need to x

    Always, Alice

    • Hayley 17th November 2016 / 4:44 pm

      Ah thank you lovely! Same love, downtime is so, so important to come back feeling refreshed and rearing to go again! x

  2. Sophie 17th November 2016 / 11:13 am

    Hayley I LOVE this post!!! It looked like you had the best time with your bestie and I am so happy that you are feeling all inspired again – your positivity is infectious 🙂 x
    Sophie Cliff

    • Hayley 17th November 2016 / 4:45 pm

      Thank you gorge! <3 It really was the best time, just what I needed lovely! Glad to hear that doll 🙂 x

  3. Bethan 17th November 2016 / 2:05 pm

    I love this post and I definitely need to take some tips from it! I always struggle to relax properly, but I’ve been dedicating more time to myself lately and it’s really helping my mental health! xx

    http://www.bethanlikes.com

    • Hayley 18th November 2016 / 12:01 pm

      Thanks gorge! Make sure you do love, it’s so, so important to have some quality downtime 🙂 x

  4. Anastasia 17th November 2016 / 3:51 pm

    These slippers, are certainly getting on the top of my Xmas list!!!! And if Santa is not buying them to me then I am treating myself!

    Hot chocolate, cookies and a good book all work for me 🙂

    xo
    Anastasia
    http://www.natbees.com

    • Hayley 17th November 2016 / 4:45 pm

      Haha do it love, they are SO comfy! Same, that situ sounds like BLISS! x

  5. Carrie 17th November 2016 / 4:45 pm

    I’m heading on vacation next week and I can’t even wait! Getting away even for just a weekend truly does help with inspiration!

    Carrie | http://carrieelise.com/

    • Hayley 17th November 2016 / 4:46 pm

      Hope you have the best time lovely! Completely agree, some time to relax and unwind is just what the doctor ordered sometimes! x

  6. Amy 17th November 2016 / 9:14 pm

    Glad you’ve got your mojo back! It’s so important to take a break – I always think full time bloggers need to take breaks more often as it just seems you’re constantly working! I love getting outside, just going for a walk makes me feel calmer!
    Amy xx
    http://www.callmeamy.co.uk

    • Hayley 18th November 2016 / 12:00 pm

      Thank you sweets! Definitely, the other day my dad was like ‘Hayley you’re constantly working’ I think we don’t switch off as easier as other jobs as we’re always online! Getting some fresh air is a great way to clear the mind 🙂 x

  7. Lorna 17th November 2016 / 9:24 pm

    I agree with all of those, for me my number one thing is to listen to music and breathe properly and think happy thoughts, it really helps. I love the layout of this post by the way, your photos are lovely and so visually creative!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • Hayley 18th November 2016 / 12:00 pm

      Listening to music is a massive one for me too, it takes me to that happy place and makes me feel so much calmer 🙂 Thank you lovely! 🙂 x

  8. Gabrielle 19th November 2016 / 1:18 pm

    This entire post is SO relaxing to read through – and the photos scream of winter! I’m all for snuggling up in cosy loungewear and filling up on good mood. I can’t stop staring at those beautiful snow scenes…

    aglassofice.com
    x

    • Hayley 20th November 2016 / 2:25 pm

      Ah thank you lovely one! It really was just so serene and relaxing! x

  9. Anaivilo 19th November 2016 / 2:08 pm

    This is such an inspiring post! I totally agree with everything you said, sometimes, forgetting about social media and just escaping into a unexpected vacation is the best thing that can happen!

    http://thewonderfashion.blogspot.com

    • Hayley 20th November 2016 / 2:41 pm

      Thank you love, completely agree – quality ‘offline’ time is just as important as online time! x

  10. Lucy 19th November 2016 / 4:10 pm

    I love this! I think a bubble bath and some wine is on the cards for me tonight 🙂 this post has made me feel all cosy, I love your PJs! And your trip looks like an absolute dream xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

    • Hayley 20th November 2016 / 2:45 pm

      God same, I love a good relaxation/pamper session on a Sunday, nothing quite beats it! Thank you love, it really was! :)x

  11. The Sunday Mode 21st November 2016 / 5:11 am

    Firstly, loved your photos! ! Secondly, I really agree with your statement about not knowing that you need a break until you actually take one. We can run on adrenalin like little energizer bunnies only for so long!
    I actually feel more relaxed and invigorated just reading your post 🙂

    http://www.thesundaymode.com

    • Hayley 21st November 2016 / 11:46 am

      Thank you for your lovely comment girl! So true isn’t it, as soon as I’d relaxed I knew my body really needed it! So nice to feel energised and on top form again! x

    • Hayley 28th November 2016 / 11:39 am

      Ah thanks girl – so glad to hear you liked it! x

  12. Jodie Young 21st November 2016 / 7:00 pm

    I love this post, so many great tips and some I definitely need in my life right now. Thanks!

    • Hayley 28th November 2016 / 11:39 am

      Thank you beauty! 🙂 x

  13. Corinne 24th November 2016 / 6:33 am

    Hayley – I absolutely love this and all your points resonated with me so well. I just came back from a 2 week stay in a remote villa in Ubud Bali- which was the ultimate refresh!
    Thanks so much for sharing xxx

    Corinne | http://breathedreamlove.com

    • Hayley 28th November 2016 / 11:41 am

      Thank you for the lovely comment lady, so glad you liked the post! 🙂 ALL about that refresh life! x

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