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.