How To Implement Exercise Consistently Into Your Life

Hello everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to my blog! Recently, exercise has become something very consistent for me, I’ve set myself a routine and I’ve loved seeing the benefits. So today, I’ll be showing you how to consistently implement exercise into your life! Let’s jump into it!

First Of All, What Are The Benefits Of An Exercise Routine?

Benefits

  • Practising Discipline
  • Maintaining A Healthy Balance
  • Relieves Stress
  • Boosts Mood

& More! Honestly, I could do a whole post about the benefits of exercise, so if that’s something you’d like to see, let me know below. For now, here’s how you can implement a consistent exercise routine!

1 – Set Your Rest Days From The Beginning

Just like all habits, it’s key to set priorities from the get go. Therefore, with exercise it’s very important that you know which days will be the ones where you take a step back and take a break. This way, you can look forward to time to relax and recharge before jumping back into your physical fitness after the break.

2 – Don’t Be Afraid To Take Extra Days Off

I know this quite contradictory to the first point, but it actually makes sense! Our bodies are not machines, even with set rest days there’s no way we can be 100% every single time we exercise. Sometimes there can be illnesses or external factors such as lack of motivation that results in not wanting to workout. And the key thing to note is that it’s okay to have that happen and it’s okay to take extra days off.

If you think about it, if you force yourself to exercise when you don’t feel up to it, you might end up just resenting the exercise and you could lose consistency all together. So, remember to put yourself first, while also remaining disciplined. So don’t take days off for no reason, but if you’re feeling unwell – then you should!

3 – Use Other Activities As Forms Of Exercise

Exercise doesn’t have to be just going to the gym or following a home workout video. It can be anything you want it to be. For most people, exercise just constitutes to physical activity. It’s up to you to decide to intensity, length etc! Therefore, it’s perfectly fine to be in a PE lesson at school or you had a pretty physically tiring day, and count that as your exercise for that day.


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The Importance of Your Personal Values

Hello everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to my blog! Today’s post was requested by a reader but coincidentally I also had a talk about this topic last week. Personal values have different levels of importance for so many people – but I think they’re super important. So today, I’ll be sharing why personal values are vital to everyone. Let’s jump into it!

What Are Values?

Principles or standards of behaviour; one’s judgement of what is important in life.

Oxford Languages

Simply speaking, values are sort of like your moral code. Everyone has different values based on their own life experiences and individuals can tailor them each to their specific views and opinions and will strive to abide by them. People will always have their own values, regardless of whether they’ve outwardly said them or not, how they react in different situations throughout their life will help to mould their personal values.

Why Do People Have Personal Values?

People’s personal values can be so vital to them. With the main reason being so that they know what they can stand for in any difficult life situations. Your values can sort of help to navigate how you’ll feel in different situations and help to choose what you think is right or wrong.
A person’s values will always be so specific because they can help them remain true to themselves. If you think about it, a person has chosen values based on years worth of life experiences and values can benefit them as they can always remember where they’ve come from and to remember previous life lessons and other external factors to take into the future.

External Factors Affecting Your Values
Previous Life Experiences
People Around You
Religious Beliefs
Upbringing

Sticking To Your Everchanging Values

Sticking to your values can sometimes be the hardest thing but usually it’s one of the most rewarding things about making decisions.

Doing this will allow other people to know your personal boundaries and what you’re most comfortable with. It also allows you to be able to surround yourself with like-minded people who know your limits and have similar opinions on certain situations. They can also help you against any sort of peer pressure because you know what you will or won’t do in life. That’s why knowing your values in super important as you will be able to express them to others much more easily and will know when they change.

Throughout the course of your life, it’s obvious your values will change because you as a person has changed. It’s highly unlikely that all your values now are the exact same as all your values 5 years ago. But as you go through different chapters in your life – make sure you take time to reevaluate your values and see what’s changed, because this can affect how people interact with you too. It’s also likely that your friends/family’s values have changed. So just keep that in mind while interacting with them and try not to overstep any new boundaries they have. But also be sure to check up on them too if they don’t seem normal (remember values can also be influenced by peer pressure.)


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Looking Ahead To The New School Year

Hello everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to my blog! A lot of people are already going back to school and have already made their targets, I don’t go back for another couple of weeks but I atill think it’s really important to share your intentions so others can help you, and you can help others. So today I’ll be sharing my targets for school, advice, my thoughts and more!

My Targets

Not Letting My Academics Define Me
This is something I struggle with a lot which is why it’s the first target. To be completely honest, I’m someone who can get very upset with myself if I don’t do well in school. And considering I’m going into a major school year with very frequent exams, at some point I probably will struggle with this but I’m going to keep trying to remember that there’s so much more to me than my grades on a piece of paper (Which will still be important next year!)
But remember there’s also personality, talents, good traits & much more! So if I struggle with this in the next year I will definitely try and look back at this.

Taking A Moment Of Relaxation When I’m Overly Stressed

Again, with an exam-heavy year with lots of content, it’s natural to get a little stressed but there can be times where it gets too much. You can either crumble and just stop trying, or you’ll overwork yourself and get burnt out. I’m planning to do neither. I want to be able to take a few minutes away from the stress and distract my mind completely and then come back and be ready to tackle it.

Keeping My Physical Fitness Up

Physical fitness is filled with benefits, which can even help you with school. This year may not give me enough time to do a lot of sports, but even doing a quick 10 min workout or going on a walk into town with friends/family still counts as physical fitness and while benefiting you emotionally and academically – so I’m definitely going to try and keep it up!

Saying No If I Need To

Every school year, I keep telling myself that no is a full sentence -because it is! I’m definitely a people pleaser and sometimes that causes me to put too much on my plate and overwork myself – I got to that point once last year and I don’t want to do that again. So I’m going to try and remember that only I know my limit and do what’s best for me!

Thoughts / Advice On The New Year

Overall, I’m looking forward to a fresh start this September. I know the next couple of months are going to be difficult for me but the one thing I’ll try and keep as consistent as possible is blogging because this is how I can distract myself from exams and I really enjoy it.
This year, the advice I’d give to anyone in any year is just be prepared/organised. Have systems in place for assignments & revision, have a nice work space – anything that will allow you to have a peace of mind will let you do your best!


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Can I Keep Consistency in My New Habits? Here’s What I’m Trying…

Hello everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to the blog! I hope everyone is having a lovely summer break – I know some people are actually coming to the end of it, but I hope you’re making the most out of it. Back in January, I wrote a post about creating new habits for 2022.

Today’s post is kind of going to be an update post, in which I’ll be sharing how I want to maintain consistencies with these habits (because midway through the year, a few of them are starting to be a bit inconsistent – I hope that’s not just me). Let’s jump into it!

Reflect On How You Were In The Past

If you think you have a few habits that are starting to slip, now might be the best time for reflection. This is sort of like how you would use ‘Before’ and ‘After’ pictures. I want you to look back at yourself before you began this habit and look at yourself now. Even though this habit hasn’t been as consistent recently, I’m sure you can still notice some changes.

Now, look at the benefits that these changes have brought to your life. For example, if you’ve started reading books more and you’ve noticed you’ve adopted a new range of vocabulary, this benefits your writing and your eloquence while speaking!

The key is to just look at the changes this habit has brought to your life, to remind you of what it can do for you, and hopefully this will motivate you to ease yourself back into your habit. This has been the biggest help for me.

Reevaluate Your Original Desired Outcome

When you began this habit, you were most likely to have been motivated by a certain result. For example, you decided to start exercising in order to lose weight. Now that you’ve been practiscing this habit for a long time, you’ve probably either achieved this result or you’re realising it’s not working in some way, leading to you not regularly performing the habit.

In this case, I would try and think of a new desired outcome of this habit. Something that you know is achievable and that you really want so you’ll be motivated to restart the habit. For example, you now might exercise in order to to build upper body strength for sports. A little tweak like that will give you something new to work towards and fuel you with more motivation.

You also may be prompted to try doing this habit in new ways after this change. For example, you may switch from squats to push-ups in your workout routine. This is great as you’re now reengaged in the habit and are able to keep going!

Be Real With Yourself & Others

This final tip is so vital – it’s keeping real with yourself. You’re not going to be truly able to try new practices and habits if you aren’t telling yourself the truth – that will just demotivate you! So, in order to maintain consistency, make sure you know yourself, more specifically your limits.

An example is, if I say I’ll do a HIIT workout 5X a week but I know my body can’t handle that, this simply won’t work. Because eventually, I’ll be burnt out and the habit will become an inconsistency!

Therefore, it is key to know when you have to be real. So feel free to alter your habit’s goal to make it more realistic. And be sure to let other people know how you’re truly getting on with this habit. You don’t want to falsely say you’re getting through everything if you’re not, because you’ll eventually feel bad about yourself.

Honesty will allow you to continue to keep going.


Thank you all so much for reading, I’m going through the problem of inconsistent habits right now, so this post was really helpful for me to reevaluate too!

And if you’d like to read my first post about new habits at the start of the year, I’ve linked it below.

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A Guide To A Productive Summer Break

Hello everyone, it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to my blog! It’s the beginning of the summer holidays now – and I could not be more excited. One thing I’m looking forward to is getting time to relax, however I think it is important to give yourself a small amount of time in the Summer to do something productive (and this can be done in a variety of out-of-the-box ways) So today, I’ll be sharing my guide to being productive this summer break!

Firstly, What Does It Mean To Be Productive?

Resulting in or providing a large amount or supply of something

Cambridge Dictionary

Above is the simplest definition of the word ‘productive.’ In this context, it’s doing a lot of something that can stimulate your brain or give it some type of new information (which usually provides pleasant results). For example, studying would be considered productive as it’s reinforcing new information!

Productivity means something different to everyone. To one person, it might be writing a fun blog post, or to another person it might be a 3 hour study session. Whatever it means to you, you can find ways to implement it, in the simplest ways, even in your summer break.

1 – Interleave Revision Sessions

Since this is summer break, I still want to include studying as a small part of my productivity. During your summer break, it is not necessary to work everyday for 6 hours a day (because the whole point of the break is to have time off of school). But, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to just interleave a few revision sessions over the course of the weeks during the break just to go over your notes before the new school year!

6 Week Break Example

  • Week 1 & 2 – Relax/Enjoy your summer break to the fullest
  • Week 3 – Exactly the same just include a few revision sessions over the course of that week
  • Week 4 & 5 – Relax/Enjoy your summer break to the fullest
  • Week 6 – Exactly the same just include a few revision sessions over the course of that week to prepare for back to school.

Even during the weeks where you include a few sessions, you don’t have to do that much! Maybe go over your notes from the previous year, or check up on anything you were unsure about. I’d say maximum do an hour a day as you’re only consolidating your notes – and pick one day to do a specific subject! Also, feel free to alter this if you make plans or are going on holiday (remember it’s your break so you don’t have to stick to this like an exam timetable!)

2 – Visit A New Place

It might sound surprising, but even by visiting a new area or attraction, it can still be counted as productive. Because you can provide your brain with new information, whether it’s being exposed to a new culture in a landmark, learning a new skill at an event or vising a museum with interesting facts!

A new place could really help you to expand your skillset and try new things – which is still productive. (Remember productivity is not just academic success!)

Some places I’d like to go are: Museums, Farms, Observatories etc! Many of these may also be free so check your local areas to see if there’s any new places you can visit this summer.

3 – Start A Passion Project

Everytime someone asks me to recommend them to do something new, I always think of a passion project – because they are amazing in so many ways!

Passion projects could include: A Youtube Channel, A Blog, A Podcast, Creating a Small Business etc.

These projects are the best because you can make them all about whatever you’re interested in, and they are known to benefit so many people in the future because of the new skills they gain and the experiences they go through.

Plus, your passion project will be completely different to someone else’s project so it helps it’s uniqueness. And it won’t feel like work if you’ve decided create one about something you truly love, and most people who start these always say it’s one of their best decisions!


I hope this post was useful to anyone who wants to have a fun summer while still being productive – remember productivity can be achieved in so many ways. Thanks for reading, please comment your summer plans and what you’re going to do!

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What You Can Learn From Periods Of Stress & Challenge

Hey everyone, it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to my blog! I’m so happy to be back from my week long break (honestly, it wasn’t that much of a break as I was still scheduling posts like this one) but regardless I’m happy to be posting again. My end of year exams are over, not to mention it’s my last month of school now so I’m very happy about that. Thank you all for the exam support over the last week – it meant so much to have your support!

But today’s post is going to be getting into my last 2 weeks. Exams can obviously bring out stress, I’ve definitely learned that. Yet, I’ve realised that times of stress and challenge can be great learning points – so that’s what I’ll be sharing with you all today!

If You Can Get Through It Once, You Can Get Through It Again

I think this is such a good example in terms of exams or school stress, but honestly you can use this in many aspects of life. If you’re going through something yet again, whether it’s emotionally, academically etc, you know that you’ve gotten through it once, therefore you know you can get past this again.

It’s just about taking that energy from the stress, and putting it into getting past the challenging period in your life.
If you’re in school and you have annual exams this is a great example, you’ve done the exams once last year, so you can do them again!

Your True Methods Of Relaxations and Peace

Many people already have set ways of destressing and switching off from the world around them. And a lot of the time, they stick to them no matter what, even if they think they’re working.

In actual fact, this period of exams has made me reevaluate my coping and relaxation strategies and I’ve actually realised I had new ways of finding peace in all the stress. So, if you think you have a way of keeping calm, make sure it’s actually benefiting you, if it isn’t, try some different things until you find what does work for you.

For the longest time, I always thought reading was my way of destressing, and although I enjoy it and I know it works for a lot of people, it simply doesn’t work for me as I get too worried about learning the definitions of any new words I’ve learned – which is not helpful when I’m already stressed.
It was only when I agreed to a bike ride that I realised that cycling has become such a great method of relaxation for me, and I’ll continue using it for as long as I can!

Your Optimum Stress Level

This may be a slightly weird thing to think about, but in actual fact, a lot of people perform better while they’re under stress. It’s only too much stress when you might break down or not do the best. That’s why, these times of stress can actually be a great period to figure out how much stress allows you to rise to the challenge and perform at your best!

This is actually scientifically proven through the Yerkes Dodson Law, which has proved some stress is needed for optimum results. I have a whole post dedicated to this law which you can read here.


Thank you so much for reading this blog post, I hope it was useful and could provide some more comfort if you’re in a stressful situation!

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Figuring Out A Healthy Balance – Having Too Much on My Plate

Hello everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to the blog! Lately I’ve had a lot on my plate and it’s a combination of many different things – but I know how important a healthy life balance is. I recently wanted to commit to something but after evaluating everything in my life I realised it was not practical as taking it on would worsen my already pretty big schedule! I’ve started evaluating my life to find a balance, so today I want to talk about my goal to keep a healthy balance and not having too much on my plate – this will be how I intend to figure it out!

Breaking Down The Things in My Life

The first thing I’m doing is breaking down everything I’m doing into my life – I simply just list them everything I want to do out. This way I can see the extent of how much pressure I’m putting on myself and I can see that I have too much on my plate and realised I couldn’t add anything too.
Not being able to add a commitment is pretty disappointing, but the way I’m thinking about it is taking on a new role with too much on my plate means I wouldn’t be able to perform the best anyway!

Example List Of Breaking Down What’s In My Life

  • School (5X A Week)
  • Tuition (2X A Week)
  • Volunteering ( 1X A Week Minimum)
  • Blogging (No Set Time Limit)
  • Sports (2X A Week)
  • Hanging Out With Friends (No Set Time Limit)
  • Exam Revision

Figuring Out Priorities

Once you have your list – you need to figure out your priorities. When doing this, you’ve got to be quite strict with yourself. When I say ‘Priorities’ I mean things that are an absolute necessity – and this is different for everyone. For example, I’ve marked School, Tuition, Revision and Blogging (of course!) all as my priorities – meaning I wouldn’t compromise on them.

Minimising What I Can

Once you know your priorities, you have to minimise what’s left on the list – which can definitely be a challenge. But the good thing is, you’re not cutting it out all together, you’re just mitigating it.

For example, my Sport is karate and my instructor asked me to train twice a week – I did not have the time for that so now I only go once a week and only for an hour instead of 90 minutes. It’s not a lot, but I’d much rather do that then cut out karate completely which I was actually considering.

My volunteering is for a youth board and we have main meetings every 2 weeks but sometimes we have extras in between so that becomes every week. If you cannot attend the extra meetings as you’re focusing on one of your priorities, ask them if they can send you an outline of what’s covered in the meeting so you’re still up to date but it doesn’t take up as much of your time.

I’ve found that these minimisation helped me a lot with focusing on priorities such as exam revision but also so I could get at least some time to relax and unwind!


This post was a great therapy for me, and I really hope it could be some help to any of you who feel like you have too much going on – trust me, you can get through it!

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Having Confidence In Your Decisions

Hey everyone, it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to my blog! Decisions can be huge parts of life, everyone has to make them, and it’s tough. Especially for young people or indecisive people – both of which are me in many scenarios. So today, I’ll be sharing how you can have some more confidence in decision making!

Go With Your Gut Instinct

We all know our gut instinct is key for decision making. Everyone has one, and it’s kind of what you think feels right and it signals to you what you would be most comfortable doing. For me, I’ve had numerous occasions where I haven’t listened to my gut instinct and I regretted it later on. You may have had it on the flip side though where you regret listening to your gut.
I would say, just do what you think is right (which normally is your gut feeling) and if you’re very indecisive do what your gut feeling tells you!

Ask For An Outsider’s Opinion

Sometimes, your judgement may be clouded and you don’t know if you can make the best possible decision. In this case, I’d say ask for someone else’s opinion. Specifically, someone who can understand you and also give you advice at the same time. For example, if it’s an academic decision ask your subject teacher.
In short, someone who can give you an unbiased and somewhat specialist opinion to help make your decision.

Look At The Outcome In A Bigger Picture

Sometimes, all it takes to make a decision, is picture the future scenario. If you’re given two options, try to look at each one individually and see which one you think would be best for you someday. It’s key to look at these from perspectives giving importance to your physical and mental health. This way, you know you can make the decision that’s right for you!


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Dealing With Setbacks As A Young Person

Hey everyone, it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to my blog! Today I’m going to talk about something that everyone goes through: Setbacks. Setbacks can be so irritating sometimes and especially as a young person, they can be hard to deal with as sometimes we’re treated as too young to take things seriously but too young to be able to take action. Unfortunately, they can come in every aspect of life, whether it’s blogging, school, personally etc! But today, I’ll share how I deal with and how you can generally deal with them too!

Quickly Come Up With The Next Steps

When I experience a setback, the first thing I tend to do is come up with a plan of what I’ll do next ASAP. I feel like this just gives me reassurance that I can actively make the situation better but it also allows me to plan for the future of what I can do to get past it.
Some examples are if you didn’t do well in an exam, some next steps could be speaking to your teacher to ask them to help you on where you went wrong or if you don’t get an opportunity at work you can plan to work hard to get it next time. They don’t need to be big next steps, just little things you can do to try and improve your situation and overcome the setback!

Talk To Someone Who Experienced Similar Setbacks

I have yet to do this, but something I’d really like to do is speak to someone who has gone through what I’ve gone through. For example, if you’re in the workplace and you didn’t get a promotion, you could speak to someone else who is doing well but also originally didn’t get a promotion – this can be really comforting in knowing you’re not alone! You can also ask them for the next steps to take, similarly to the first point!

Keep Persevering It

This is probably the thing I do the most, even though I come up with a different plan, I still find that I’m at a peace of mind if I fully persevere the setback. What I mean is, doing anything I can to make that specific setback better. For example, if I didn’t do great on a test then I would ask if I could redo it, or if someone didn’t want to do a written interview, I’d try a different format. Even just small changes can really overcome the setback!


So guys, this post was written based on some of my experiences, feel free to share in the comments your methods of overcoming setbacks and any of your stories!

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3 Tips For An Organised Clean Space

Hey everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to my blog! It’s almost June meaning Summer is coming and Spring is over. A lot of people did Spring cleaning, but I actually prefer to do my organising in the Summer, and today I’ll be sharing 3 tips for keeping your personal space clean and organized!

Get Rid Of Anything That Won’t Be Used In The Next Few Months

We all have draws, desks or parts of our room with clutter that we claim we’ll use. But, we will eventually need to clean everything out. I’d recommend starting with one area at a time and when you get to the clutter, ask yourself if ‘You’ll use it within the next few months?’ If the answer is no, it might be best to either donate it or dispose of it to keep your area clean.

Invest In Organisation Equipment

After you go through your things, if you can, I’d definitely recommend you invest in some organisation equipment. Whether it’s a small box under your desk or draws for your desk doesn’t matter. You just want to be able to put anything in so your room can look neat!

Make Sure Everything Has A Place

My final tip is to just make sure everything has a home. This could be as simple as keeping pens in a small box instead of scattered in a pen holder. Just make sure everything is organised and in a specific spot to keep your area tidy.


Thank you so much for reading this little blog post, let me know whether you’ve done Spring Cleaning or you’re waiting for the summer like me!

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