HOW TO ADD LITTLE MOMENTS OF BLISS INTO YOUR DAILY LIFE
Whenever anybody asks me how I’ve been, my instant answer is always “busy”. And I feel like this kind of defines our generation nowadays. We’re constantly rushing around, travelling, working, our heads glued to our phones, and being around our friends, family and loved ones but not actually spending quality time with them. Don’t get me wrong, I adore my job, I adore being busy, but when it’s constant and you never have a day off and you barely get any quality time with the people that matter most and then oh hello life on top of all of this, sometimes it gets a little too much.
I recently ran myself the bath that dreams were made of – yes it included lush bombs and pamper products and Grey’s Anatomy playing in the background #sorrynotsorry – and I thought to myself “this is complete bliss, if only I could have this all day long”. And then I realised that actually I can. I can make time to do the little blissful things with loved ones that completely make a difference to my day. I can take a 10 minute break because actually, when I go back to work after I’ll be 10x more productive than if I just carried on powering through with a tired mind. I can leave one thing behind on my to do list and create memories and moments of bliss with my favourite people.
So I thought I’d put together a list of some of my favourite things to do create little moments of bliss in your daily life. Each ridiculously easy, each ridiculously simple, each intimate and quick and not at all showy or glamorous, but each will 100% put a smile on your face and make a huge difference to your mindset.
Catch that Sunrise/Sunset
For as long as I can remember, I have always been completely obsessed with sunrises/sunsets (to the point of, every time somebody sees an amazing one I immediately get shouted down to come and have a look at). There is just something so magical and calming about that time of day, everything feels still, everything feels serene, it’s kind of – are you ready to get real cheesy? – feels a little bit like fresh starts are possible. (Yep, told ya I was in that hippie kinda mood). So popping out even just for 10 minutes with your boyfriend, best friend, Mum, Dad – or of course, on your own – to catch the sunrise or sunset will honestly just give you all of those warm, fuzzy, grateful vibes and I for one am A-OK with that.
Walking and taking in the fresh air
Exercise is something that I just don’t do. It’s not big or clever to say that but I’m just being brutally honest with you here. It’s a time thing you see – I know, I know you’re going to tell me I can squeeze in 20 minutes but gal pal is busy – and all of my time is focused on my work. It’s a balance that I am forever trying to get right but getting out in the fresh air and going for beautiful scenic walks is something that has been put to the top of my priority list. It might be those infamous endorphins – which I pretty much never encounter – or it might just be taking in the fresh air but hanging with my brother (who as you can see, clearly makes me pull out my deepest, ugliest laughs) or going for a walk with family or friends is one of my favourite ways to grab a little moment of bliss!
A Coffee and Lindt Lindor break
So, sometimes you don’t always have time to head out of the office/home/workplace to catch sunsets and grab some fresh air and when that’s the case, a simple (but mega babe’in and delicious) coffee and Lindt chocolate break is the way forward. I almost feel like I don’t need to explain to you what these chocolates are or how incredible they taste because they’re so infamous (and everybody knows they’re the best, amiright?) but just in case you’ve been under a very sad and chocolate-less rock, Lindt are a Swiss chocolatier and confectionary company that dates back to 1845. The Lindt lindor chocolate truffles actually came about from a (very) happy accident after one of the machines were unintentionally left on all weekend with the chocolate inside and the result of this was the world’s first experience of soft, melt in your mouth chocolate. Lindt then went on to improve this experience with a whole babein Lindor range of chocolate. Basically, the truffle balls are just the most amazingly delicious things ever and having a couple (ok, ok, 10) with a coffee and nothing but your own thoughts, for me, is a little slice of bliss!
I know what you’re thinking, can we please find an award for the most boring/lame gal pal ever, but hear me out on this. I recently went to my friend Lauren’s house for an early Christmas dinner, we ate all the food, drank all the mulled drinks and ended up playing Cards against humanity and I cannot remember the last time I laughed as much as that night. So grab your bestie, boyf, girlf, whoever… grab a board game and just chill. Chill, with a nice drink, a box of Lindt lindor truffles – Ok, Ok, 2 boxes of them – and I promise you will feel all of the blissful vibes.
You only have to follow my snapchat/Instagram to know that I am the (self confessed) queen of the boxsets because I have no life and never go out but I can’t help but just adore them. I genuinely look forward to getting into bed – complete with an electric blanket, obvs – and just chilling out with an amazing episode of Lost or a Harry Potter film. For me, it’s a way of unwinding and taking my mind off of work and daily life and for me, that is total, total bliss.
I don’t want to brag here ladies and gents but I do pamper sessions pretty darn well. From quiet nights in with said boxset binges or the dreamiest baths known to mankind… taking a little moment out to look after yourself – and others, girly pampers are my fave – will give you the biggest boost, make you feel so much better in yourself and ultimately, make you feel blissfully relaxed and renewed and ready for the rest of the day/week. Light your candles, boil the kettle, get the hot chocolate and lindt at the ready and have the chilled out evening of dreams!
And that brings me to the end of this post. Even just talking about blissful things made me feel a little calmer and more relaxed so I really hope you enjoyed it. I would love to know what your favourite things to do are to achieve total bliss? Also, how much do you love Lindt chocolate because I know I’m not alone in thinking it’s the most babe’in ever? 😉
As always, thanks so much for reading!
This post is sponsored by Lindt but all thoughts, photos and extreme love of the most delicious chocolate ever, my own. Visit their website to find out more about their delicious chocolate.
Oh I do love catching up a sunset/sunrise! I'm not usually a massive fan of sunrises as I'm not a morning person, but just the other day I had to wake up before the sun came out and wow, the sunrise I saw was absolutely spectacular. As cheesy as it sounds, yes it does feel as if you could start over and just live. I do love me some hot chocolate! Especially in the cold weather. xx
I love this post! Lindt chocolate is one of my favourites, a total treat for a moment of bliss! Sunsets are one of my favourite ways to pull back and bring some raw joy into my life, if only for a moment. Gorgeous photos! xo
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You know, we could basically be the same person. I'm saying yes to EVERYTHING on this list – and how cute is that photo of you having a piggy back?! xxx
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Great post! From one gal pal to another… "Infamous" means having a bad reputation, not that something is super famous. NOT meant as a troll in any way shape or form, just noticed you used it a couple of times, love the blog xxx
I've never been a huge fan of chocolate but Lindt always looks appealing! Regarding the pamper sessions, I think it's safe to say you're officially the QUEEN of baths lol!
Just reading this post made me feel calm and relaxed haha and also now I'm craving LIndt chocolate! I love catching sunrises more than sunsets as I think they're usually more stunning (but they're also harder to catch!) x
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A Lindor coffee break is what I need right now! Sophie x
I bloody LOVE a board games night 🙌🏻 I inherited my grandad's old Scrabble and Monopoly sets and there's literally nothing I love more than sitting around the table playing games, drinking wine and eating cheese. Fairylights and candles on. DONE. <3
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Els you ALWAYS looks beautiful in your pictures, and this post is no exception! I so agree with this and think it's so important for everyone to take a break, whether it's a coffee break or a holiday – it's always good to have down time. Oh, and I bloody love Lindt chocolate – reminds me of Christmas.. LUSH!
The first thing I thought when I saw this post was 'damn girl please can I have pins like yours?' You can never go wrong with Lindt…hooo boy they are my weakness. There's actually a Lindt store a few towns from me and seriously…I have to visit there every single time I'm in the area. I may even have a Lindt advent calendar…obsessed? Me? Absolutely.
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This is such a lovely post, felt inspired by making more time for myself just reading it. I have actually never properly caught sunset/sunrise and it's definitely something I need to do because it sounds so peaceful. Oh and Lindt is my favourite chocolate every, so delicious x
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We're fans of Lindt as Paul is Swiss and I love chocolate! What's the board game, looks original?
Ahh I want to do ALL of these things right now! Unfortunately I'm at work, but I might sneak out to see the sunset.. just for a few minutes! It's been such a gorgeous, clear, day today that I think the sunset might be pretty glorious too! x
Laura // Middle of Adventure
Nice post, I love Lindor chocolates! 🙂
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If there's one chocolate I miss in life it's Lindor – omg that melt *cries* and I also started laughing remembering the round of CAH – love you!
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Lindt is seriously bae! Can I eat Lindor chocolates every day please? 🙂
Elle, I absolutely love this post and the photos you have taken, they truly are ultimate bliss! I love the things you have included on the list definitely great things to do, to get some chill time. Plus: Don't worry you're not alone, I'm a board game geek too! 🙂
It's soo important to make time for yourself. While it is very satisfying to be busy and accomplished, relaxing is important too 😀 All of these activities sound fab! Some chocolate and a netflix binge is the perfect way to spend a relaxing night or weekend 😉
Mili | Sharmtoaster
Your baths literally look the best! I agree that there's nothing better than getting outside and I love a good coffee break – I basically want to leave work now and do all of these things instead haha!
great post! totally agree with you on the walks.. I love taking my dog out!
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I've been obsessed with sunrise&sunset as well, there's something calming about them. Luckily in autumn&winter, it is easier to catch the sunrise, it is so beautiful! Lindt… it is one of my favourite chocolate and whenever I enter the store, I never leave empty handed, it is so damn delicious! Also you and your brother look so adorable 🙂 x
Love everything about this post! So cute!
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Love this post! Your photos are stunning!
These are all such wonderful ideas! Oh, and I am sooo obsessed with those Lindt truffles..aren't they so addicting?
It's quite literally impossible to celebrate Christmas (or Easter) without some Lindt chocolate!
I can totally relate to this post! It's all about the small things in life – especially when coffee and lindor is involved! Your fur coat is stunning- as is your couple photos *heart eye emoji*
You always have such beautiful photos! These are all lovely ideas! I love Lindor chocolate, it's one of my favourites! And I love that photo of you and your brother! So cute! 🙂 xx
Mmmm Lindor chocolates are the best- they are like chocolate butter 🙌 Im loving all of these ideas and the photo of you and your brother is too cute
I'm so into sunsets and sunrises, they do actually really cheer me up, I think I'm actually the only person ever who doesn't like Lindt chocolate though!
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OMG Lindt balls, GIMME! You clearly know how to do pamper night right, and I love the photo of you with your brother. x
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Love that cozy post!
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I'm, oddly enough since I'm from Belgium, not the biggest fan of chocolate haha, but I do remember trying these before and I loved 'em!
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The sunrise photo is just gorgeous x
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i definitely agree that we need to take the time to do these things every now and then! those sunset photos are absolutely gorgeous and i can relate to the netflix thing – i've gone through more tv shows than i'd care to admit!
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