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Taking Care Of Your Mental Health Post Lockdown

 I wrote a post during May about Taking Care Of Your Mental Health During Lockdown, and the response to it was INCREDIBLE.

I don't think I've ever had so much interaction on one singular blog post before. 


But as lockdowns have eased, and people are getting back to their daily lives, I thought I'd do a little update post about taking care of your mental health, post lockdown. 

The world we live in right now is a weird one, with new norms of wearing face masks everywhere, carrying huge amounts of hand sanitiser everywhere, and generally being more cautious of everyday life, still while battling the daily struggles of the dreaded 'rona.




Like my last post, routines are a big thing. Getting back into general routines of life, with the added extra cautionary measures were all having to take. So here's some tips about taking care of your mental health post lockdown. 

(Please note, I am not claiming to be an expert in Mental Health, I am just someone who has struggled with mental health issues both in the past and currently)


Keeping up Routines

In my previous post, I raved about the importance of having routines.

Personally when I have day to day routines I feel a lot more balanced in my moods, I also feel like having a morning routine sets me up for a good day, and having a night routine gives me a better nights sleep.


Morning Routine 

My favourite thing recently has been waking up and immediately brewing a good cup of coffee (who's shocked) - throughout lockdown, I really lost my love for coffee, which was devastating. However, I've been making more of an effort to get up 10 minutes earlier to properly brew a good cup of coffee, and sit down and properly enjoy it. Getting my tastes for coffee back slowly. 

Try and find something that makes you want to jump out of bed each morning, it could be having a dance party (boy, sometimes it's needed), it could be something as simple as a skincare routine that you know will wake you up immediately. 


Evening Routine

Settling down with a good book and a cup of tea (usually earl grey!) is one of the best ways for me to calm down after a long day. I've really re-found my love for reading this year, and have read some incredible books (I even wrote a blog post about it - read that here). I try to stay off my phone as much as possible, otherwise I will be stuck in a Tik-Tok loop for hours on end (throwback to me spending 6 hours on it the first day I downloaded it, shameful)

Find something that calms you down at the end of the day, create a routine that makes you excited to do, knowing you'll get an amazing sleep after. 


Self Care

I'm a big advocate for self care.

Self care is an incredible thing that is 100% needed, and 100% underrated. 

Whether it's taking a walk, phoning a friend, having a little self pamper or even going out and treating yourself - self care looks different to everyone. No two people see self care in the same light, everyone is unique in what they feel self care looks like to them.

Spend some time getting to know yourself, getting to know what self care looks like to you. 



Cooking

Throughout lockdown I found my love for cooking again, cooking up some absolute bangers.

Banana Loaf and Bread making was all the rage throughout lockdown, but for some just making a healthy home cooked meal can be incredible calming and soothing - with takeaways not being as accessible as they were beforehand, and drive-throughs closed (or immensely busy now they've reopened) cooking was something that pretty much every household had to do.

Post lockdown, now that things have started reopening, I've still been making the effort to cook after a long day at work, rather than just opening the JustEat app and ordering a takeaway. 


Still taking advantage of the outside

Back in Lockdown we were allowed 1 walk a day, and as someone who loves the outdoors, I took advantage of that when I could. 

Now that lockdowns have eased, I'm still outside whenever I can be - taking walks, having coffee outside, reading outside. It's that little boost of serotonin that we all need. 


 Realising that doing nothing is OK

Now that we're starting to get used to the new norm of life, it's hard to even go onto social media without being bombarded with amazing things that people are doing. You end up comparing yourself to others, and how little you seem to be doing in comparison to them

But it's ok to not do anything. It's ok to catch up on sleep on your days off (I mean who wakes up at 5am on the days they're not working?!) It's ok if the only thing you achieved in the day is getting out of bed and making a cup of tea (or coffee in my case) 

It's unrealistic to expect to have motivation every minute of everyday to get up and do stuff - just don't be so hard on yourself.


 

Don't check the news every minute of everyday

I was that person looking at the updates of Coronavirus and all the other awful things going on in the world every minute of the day - and one day it clicked, it isn't necessary to do that. 

Keeping updated with the latest information is important, yes. But I know only check once maybe twice a day. Because in short, it's anxiety inducing - I found myself not wanting to do anything, not wanting to go outside, not wanting to talk to people because I was horrified of how awful the world is in 2020. However since I've reduced the amount that I look at the news, I find myself not obsessing over things that are very much out of my control.



Down Time Watching/Reading/Listening

I'm a sucker for some good down time, and with the amount of options that are now out in the world to watch/read/listen, it would be rude not to take advantage of these. 

I thought I'd run down a few of my favourites

Netflix 
- Crazy Ex Girlfriend
- Come Dine with me (absolute classic) 
- Modern Family
- Friends (another classic)

Prime
- Greys Anatomy
- The Office US
- Some Girls (an absolute throwback)
- Wild at Heart (another absolute throwback)
- Supernatural 

BorrowBox (Books!)
- Noughts and Crosses series by Malorie Blackman
- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
- Normal People by Sally Rooney
- Help Me! by Marianne Power 
- How to Come Alive Again by Beth McColl

Spotify Podcasts
- Counter Clock (True Crime)
- Shagged, Married, Annoyed (Absolutely hilarious)
- Office Ladies (Reliving the US Office)
- Straight and Curly (Self Help & Advice)
- Crime Junkie (True Crime)
- Crime After Crime (True Crime)
- Natural Disasters (Educational)
- Sleepy (Sleep Help)
- Scare You To Sleep (alternative sleep help if you like scary stories)


Keeping in Touch

I will be the first to admit that I am the worst at keeping in touch with people if I'm having a bad day - but we all know that reaching out to loved ones and friends will always make you feel better, even if it's just a quick text or phone call

Make sure you're keeping in touch with people, check in on your friends and family. They need you as much as you need them. 



Check in with yourself

Another amazing thing you can do to help your mental health is taking the time to check in with yourself, how you are feeling, what worries or concerns you have and what you can do to combat that - where is your anxiety, where do you feel it in your body and what can you do to make yourself feel better?

We all know to check in on friends and family, but how many of us check in with ourselves?


Take care, stay safe.


If you are still in lockdown, or just want to read my last post that I did about Taking Care of your Mental Health in Lockdown you can read that here


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The Coffee Life Co Gets A Revamp!

 If you've been following The Coffee Life for a while - you'll know that about a year ago I set up The Coffee Life co! 


It's taken a huge backseat on my priority list this year, through lock down and working a lot, and general struggles. However, now that we're actually starting to get some motivation for The Coffee Life and Co, I thought it was time for a re-vamp. 



NEW PACKAGING




Exfoliating Coffee Soaps have got a brand new look! 

They now come in boxes, with the care card inside (instead of floating around in your package!) as well as coming in a drawstring bag, making it easier to store.



You now also have the option to choose an individual soap instead of the pack of 2! (pack of 2's are still available!) 


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UPDATED PHOTOGRAPHY 



I recently invested in a brand new light box, after smashing my other big box light (oops) which means everything is photographed so much better than they were before! 


Shop for TCL x Pallet Dad "Coffee Love" tealight holder


NEW PRODUCTS




Soap Saver Bags - AVAILABLE NOW! 

I have introduced a more sustainable way to store your soap - introducing the soap saver bag.

Made from 100% Sisal material meaning it's perfect to pop all your small soap parts in to make sure nothing is wasted! 


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Coffee Oil - COMING SOON!

Very soon on The Coffee Life Co will be Coffee Oil - you may remember me doing a blog post all about Coffee Oil way back when! Having researched more, and with LOTS of experimenting (thanks to the people who have helped me test COPIOUS amounts of Oil)

Coffee Oil has some INCREDIBLE benefits, for both your face & body, and hair (yes that's right, your hair!!) I will be adding a section into my Shop Info page all about it soon!


MORE COFFEE CANDLES

In the run up to Christmas (YES I KNOW, I SAID THE C WORD) I'll be dropping new candles weekly! 

These coffee cup candles are super popular on my site, and make an absolutely gorgeous gift for a loved one. They sell out super quickly, so if you see one you like, grab it! 

The option for gift wrapping is also available! 



Don't worry, there are over 100 candles that will be available between now and Christmas, all with different designs, some with multiples and some absolutely gorgeously unique designs. 

Check which ones are available RIGHT NOW by clicking here









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Well, What a Shit Show

 Eeesh, it's certainly been a while.


2020 has been a shit-show, I'm not even going to bother trying to sugar coat it. 

I've struggled - I've not been okay - I have wanted to quit. 


So I took a break, a way longer break than I could've ever intended.

However, slowly and surely, I'm making my presence known on social media again, I'm starting to find my passion for coffee again, and I'm finally starting to want to blog again. 




Negativity is something I try to never bring to The Coffee Life - focusing on positives, focusing on good mental health, and I just haven't been able to do that recently. Hence my absence, and I apologise to people who look forward to reading my rambles about coffee. But I am also incredibly thankful to those who reached out on Instagram/Twitter and elsewhere to check up on me. I am so blessed with such an amazing community through The Coffee Life.


However, big and exciting things are coming for The Coffee Life - The Coffee Life Co products are getting a revamp - I'm going to start slowly blogging more and more. 




Although this isn't actually a blog post about coffee - it's been nice to figure out my chatty writing style again, it's been nice to sit and just type whatever my brain comes up with. Even if most of it doesn't make sense (story of my life huh) 


I'll see you soon with some coffee related blog posts.




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Moments of Calm - BEDIM Day 20

The thing with caffeine, it's a very stimulating drug. 
It acts as a central nervous system stimulant, which for most people, doesn't affect them overly. 

However for people with anxiety, caffeine can exacerbate feelings of anxiousness, send your heart rate sky high, and can lead to unwanted panic attacks (trust me, been there got the t-shirt)





It's Mental Health Awareness week (if you hadn't seen already!) and mental health is something very close to my heart. I suffer with a lot of mental health issues, and so have my closest friends. 

So I decided this year I wanted to create something over on The Coffee Life Co


Introducing The Coffee Life Moments of Calm Lavender Candles. 



These are lavender scented candles and tealights, which are made to bring you a moment of calm when it's needed the most. 
If these are popular I will probably start doing tins of these as at the moment they are only available in tealight form and a few espresso cups. 






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Great Podcasts For Positivity - BEDIM Day 19

Since it's Mental Health Awareness week, I thought we'd focus in on some more helpful Mental Health themed blog posts. 

I'm also a sucker for a good podcast. So I thought I'd curate a list of podcasts all about mental health, self help and self improvement and general positivity. 






I typically listen to podcasts on Spotify, so I apologise if any of these aren't on any other podcast streaming service. 



Straight and Curly

This podcast is one I have listened to for years. It was one of the first "self improvement" podcasts I happened to find on Spotify. Carly and Kelly really captivate real life issues, around everything. Self improvement is what they focus on during the podcasts, and they have incredible topics that they chat about every week. 
They have nearly 150 episodes for you to binge at your pleasure. 



Everyday Positivity

This one sounds pretty explanatory. With short podcasts that only last up to 5 minutes each, Kate captivates you with some morning positivity (or evening!) every day of the year. 


Self Improvement Daily 

Another short everyday podcast, with episodes no longer than 5 minutes - they focus on more hard hitting self doubt and improvements (even in the little snippet episodes)


The Lavendaire Podcast

Aileen is someone who I've followed on YouTube for a few years now, her visions for life and self help & improvement have been a huge help - she talks about everything from handling overwhelm, to embracing failures and even has special guests from time to time. 
This is one of my favourite podcasts, and her voice is just super calming. 


Give Me Strength 

Alice Liveing is an author and personal trainer by day, but her podcast focuses on building mental and physical resilience, and how this can empower you. She regularly has guest on her podcast such as double olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly.




The Ground Up Show 

Matt D'Avella is another person I've followed on YouTube for a long while. Best known for Netflix documentary Minimalism, he interviews people on their process to becoming the best they can be, reaching into some pretty heavy subjects within Mental Health. 


Parcast - Daily Quote 

I'm a sucker for a good quote, so when Parcast released their new daily podcast with quotes, I was following straight away.
They dissect quotes very cleverly, going into deeper meaning, and learning more to uplift your mood in a quick 5 minute podcast. 







What podcasts bring you positivity?







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Moon Roast - Uganda - BEDIM Day 18

Moon Roast gets talked about A LOT on The Coffee Life, but for very good reason. 

Their consistency to bring out incredible coffees is something you don't see with many coffee companies, so when you find one, you don't let them go (and you blog about them a lot in my experience) 




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Today we're talking about their newest release Uganda - Rwenzori Natural 


More information on the coffee - "To kickstart the 2020 year, we have worked closely with James of Omwani Coffee Co to help search for our next natural processed coffee. He sources some of the best Ugandan coffees to the UK and aims to build long term relationships with farmers. Aiding the farmers with market information, improved prices for better quality and advice on how farmers can improve their primary processing techniques to improve the coffees cup score.
The coffee from lead farmer Kenanga Neckson wowed all of us when it was first sampled and we knew it was the taste we wanted to highlight. The Rwenzoris are famously known as the "Mountains of the Moon" and they stretch for 230km along the Western Uganda border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Farmers harvest their coffees by hand, carefully selecting the ripe cherries. These are then pre-sorted before being placed in a tank of water; those that float are removed, leaving only the best cherries to continue in the process. The cherries are then sun-dried on raised tables inside purpose built poly-tunnels. 
Farmers carefully turn the cherries throughout the day, ensuring uniform drying. Once dried to the required moisture content, the coffee is sorted and processed via the wet mill in Kisinga Town. 
After Processing, the coffee beans then undergo a final check to remove any black beans or defects. The coffee is then bagged and transported to a dry mill in Numanve on the outskirts of Kampala, here it is prepared for export through Mombasa. 
Many farmers choose to sell the fresh cherries after they have been sorted and floated, often with the assistance of the field team based out of Kisinga. This enables farmers to access quick payment for coffee and takes away the risk of processing coffee at their farm, many of whom are not well equipped to dry coffee. The cherries are delivered to the wet mill in Kisinga Town where a team of trained workers are able to carry out the whole process to a high standard.

I've said it once, and I'll say it again. The transparency that Moon Roast provide with every coffee is just incredible. 










The Beans

Region: Rwenzori, Western Uganda
Lead Farmer: Kanaga Neckson
Processing Mill: Kisinga Coffee Station
Harvest Period: November/December 2019
Altitude: 1300-1600MASL 
Process: Natural, Sundried inside Poly-Tunnels
Varietals: SL14, SL28
Cup Score: 86
Taste Notes: Mango, Lychee, Pineapple










The Brew

17g of Coffee
250g of Water
3 Minute 15 Second Total Brew Time
30 Second Bloom with Agitation








Taste - This coffee is one that I would describe as a perfect afternoon/early evening coffee - the fruity notes with the great tangy acidity from slight pineapple notes comes through great. A medium bodied cup with some really creamy undertones, it makes for a delicious fruity cup all the way through. Even as it cools it just gets more fruity and delicious.

I also made a batch of cold brew with this one, and let me tell you it's up there with one of the fruitiest cold brews I've ever made. 





Don't forget to check out Moon Roast for some amazing beans.

Buy the delicious Ugandan beans - here

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