How to: Beat the January blues!

How to: Beat the January blues!

January can be a bit of a dreary month; Christmas is over, your back to work and the weather is cold and dark. But January is also a chance for a fresh start and to make a few positive changes to your life. So try a few of our mood boosting tips to brighten up your January!

New home – are you looking for a new home this new year? We can help! We have lots of properties available to rent from stylish city centres apartment to suburban family homes, unique converted buildings to brand new builds. Find your dream home on our website!

Redecorate – want to revamp your home this year but haven’t got much money left after Christmas? Not to worry, we have some great ways you can redecorate your home on a budget! 

Declutter your home – use the new year as a chance to freshen up your home and have a serious declutter; our blog post has some great tips to simplify your home and life.Decor1

Get growing – being around nature is a proven mood booster, and whether you have little or no outdoor space, you can still create your own garden!

Max your space – your home can feel over crowded at times,  especially after Christmas, so try this tricks to make your space feel bigger.

Plan a trip – Give yourself something to look forward to by planning a trip. Keep costs low after the Christmas period by booking a holiday in one of Yorkshire’s stunning locations; find some ideas on our blog!

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Discover something new – Yorkshire is full of hidden treasures from incredible art galleries to grand castles; discover the art and heritage it has to offer on our blog.

Have a relaxation day – sometimes the best thing to do on a miserable winter day is to treat yourself to some relaxation time, it’ll definitely get rid of your January blues!

More relaxation – after you’ve got into a relaxing mood, why not make your home more relaxing too; there are loads of ways you can de-stress your home and create a calmer space.energy8

Self care – looking after yourself can have a massive impact on your mood! Creating good morning and night time routines can work wonders for your mood and energy levels.

Be healthier – you start your healthy eating regime with good intentions, but a week into the new year and your back to your old ways. These quick and affordable meal ideas will make being healthy much easier!

Venture outside – have a go at one of these lovely Yorkshire pub walks; being in the great outdoors and getting some fresh air can seriously improve your mood, and stopping at the pub along the way can’t hurt!

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Try some DIY – January is a great time to start a new project, and it’ll give you something to focus on. Try your hand at upcycling to not only give you something to focus on, but to create something nice for your home too.

Organise your finances – have a fresh start with your finances and get budgeting and saving! Whatever you’re trying to save for, our tips are a must read!

Be happy – the dark winter days and cold weather can make us feel down, so use these tips to stay positive and happy!

 

 

 

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Relaxation/Lazy Day Tips

Relaxation/Lazy Day Tips

You may not be aware, but on Wednesday it was National Lazy Day, and this Monday it’s National Relaxation Day! So that’s the perfect excuse to book some relaxation time in for yourself and have a proper lazy day. Here are our some ideas on how to achieve total relaxation; you deserve it!

  1. Meditation and yoga – you’re probably sick of hearing this, but these two activities are proven to promote relaxation. Throw some stretching in there to for full body relaxationRelax1
  2. Exercise – some people find serious exercise really relaxing, but if you’re not one of those people (yeah, us neither) then just a steady walk will do the trick
  3. Have a nap – naps aren’t just for children, having a 20 minute nap (or as long as you want really!) is a definite way to make you feel more relaxed
  4. Breathing exercises – doing some deep, slow breathing will help to relax you in a stressful situation. Practice the technique every day so you have to hand in those difficult moments
  5. Progressive relaxation – to get all parts of your body engaged, try the progressive relaxation technique; tensing then relaxing each part of your body in turn. Trust us, it works!Sleeping_Space_5
  6. Grounding – learn to be in the moment by taking in your surroundings; what you can see, smell, hear, taste and feel. This is a great way to practice being mindful
  7. Create a zen zone in your home – somewhere you can go to specifically relax. Try a hippie themed space with help from our previous blog to channel those chilled vibes
  8. Destress your home – as well as creating a specific relaxing space, make your whole home a more relaxing, stress-free place with help from our tips
  9. Spend some alone  – sometimes its just nice to be by yourself, doing what makes you happy without worrying about anything or anyone else!
  10. Be in nature – going outside is an amazing and simple way to feel relaxed and free. Getting some sun will also boost your mood! Create your own green space with our handy guide
  11. Leave work at work – don’t bring work problems home, its a sure way to make you feel stressed and agitated. Just be calm and forget about it while you’re at homeRelax3!
  12. Get organised – unless you’re a serious lover of organisation, the actually process won’t be that relaxing, but the outcome of having everything sorted definitely will be. Read our blog for ways to simplify your life 
  13. Visualise – if you’re not in a relaxing place physically, create one in your mind, you’ve heard of a “happy place” before!
  14. Night time routine – having a ritual for bed time will help you to be more relaxed and sleep better, read here for more!
  15. Go on a break – even a short trip will help you to just get away from the stresses of life and leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated!

Here are a few other activities you can do when you’re having a relaxation/lazy day:

  • Snuggle up with a good book
  • Watch something funny
  • Have a lazy day with blankets, snacks and films
  • Cuddle with your petsRelax2
  • Listen to your favourite music
  • Try an adult colouring book
  • Write down your thoughts
  • Unplug from technology
  • Have a good cuppa
  • Use scents and essential oils to relax
  • Enjoy a relaxing bath with bubbles, candles and calming music
  • Have a pamper day

De-stress your home

De-stress your home

There are many things in life that can cause you stress, but your home shouldn’t be one of them! So for National Stress Awareness Month, we give you our top tips on how to make your home stress free.

Organisation

A cluttered home is bound to make you feel stressed; just a bit of organisation in your life will clear both your home and mind.drawers-divided-underwear-ictcrop_gal

  • Use baskets for everything! Just chuck your stuff in; they’re the easiest way to organise your belongings and keep them out of the way
  • Another way to use baskets is to have two placed on your counter- one for items that require immediate attention, and the other for lower priority tasks
  • Draw dividers are a life saver; you can either buy them or make your own from shoe boxes
  • No need to go out and buy fancy containers, used cleaned out jam jars as cute bathroom organisersorganize-your-cords_thumb5-380x214
  • Place catch all dishes around your home for small things like earrings, hair grips and keys so they don’t end up cluttering every surface (and getting lost)
  • Keep your bed sheet sets together by folding everything into just one of the pillowcases
  • Does having wires and cords everywhere do your head in? Decorate loo rolls for a cheap way to keep them all together
  • Every girl knows that bobby pins disappear like magic, use a magnetic strip and never lose them again!beauty organising
  • Need a way to store your scarves or ties? Attach plastic shower hooks to a clothes hanger and you’ve got a makeshift tie/scarf rack!
  • Use plastic bathroom/makeup and desk organisers, shower caddies, over-the-door shoe racks. You can make these items multitask too: use a shoe rack for cleaning or beauty products (don’t mix these up!), put a plastic desk organiser in your fridge to keep your food organised, the list is endless

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Having a small home can be stressful as it feels like you don’t have room for everything; these small but super clever space saving tricks will help utilise your space better, and reduce clutter and stress.

  • Opt for multi-purpose furniture with hidden storage such as beds with drawers underneath and hollow ottomans
  • Fold up furniture is also great- you can buy fold up clothes drying racks and even fold up tables that attach to your wallPull out cabinet
  • Don’t have enough room for a coffee table? Buy or make a skinny coffee table to go behind your sofa or a wooden couch arm wrap
  • Some smaller apartments don’t come with a proper dining area, create your own with a slim console dining table pushed against the back of your sofa
  • Have any narrow spaces in your kitchen? A thin pull-out cabinet creates extra storage and utilise any awkward spaces
  • Utilise unused spaces with corner and ceiling shelves which provide extra storage but don’t take up any roomCharging station
  • Does your bathroom not have a cabinet or shelves? By an over-the-tap shelf for all your bathroom essentials
  • Transform a letter shelf into a charging station to keep all your chargers out of the way
  • Buying a shower curtain with pockets means you won’t have loads of bottles around your bath!

Décor

The way you decorate your home can have a big impact on your mood; use calming items and colours to create a relaxing atmosphere.

  • Indoor plants bring nature into your home, purify the air and generally look nice
  • Mood lighting such as dimmer switches and fairy lights creates a relaxed vibetrinkets
  • Make your home super cosy with cushions, rugs and blankets
  • Decorate your home with nature-inspired pieces such as wood and natural textures
  • Put up art work, photos and meaningful trinkets to add personality and make you feel happy
  • Crystals and geodes are said to have a calming effect, even if they don’t, they make your home look pretty
  • Ensure your home is clutter free! Decorations are great but don’t go over boardfairy lights
  • Let in plenty of natural light wherever possible
  • Create a heavenly, relaxing scent in your home with essential oil diffusers
  • The colour of your walls has a huge impact on the way you feel, the best colours for each room are: blue for bedrooms is calming, an earthy coloured bathroom promotes nature, green for your lounge is refreshing, paint a study purple to inspire creativity, then yellow for your kitchen/diner to create a happy and sunny atmosphere