Top 5 Tips for Wellbeing at School, Work or University

With the back-to-school organising and back-to-work well and truly in full swing, we thought it would be a great time to pause for a moment and remind everyone of the importance of wellbeing and looking after ourselves each day, as well as being organised and having all the right stationery to help you do so. Here are five of our top tips for looking after your wellbeing at school, work and university, and we’ve also thrown in a delicious recipe to inspire you as well!

1| Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

It’s something we speak about a lot here in the kikki.K office, and it’s something you will hear us talk about a lot anytime the topic of wellbeing or health comes up – and that’s water. Yes, delicious and simple H20 really is the elixir of life, but in order to maintain your regular 8 glasses (or 2 litres) at least of water a day, you need to have a drinking vessel that makes you want to drink more. And lucky for you, we’ve got plenty of beautiful drink bottles to choose from. Take your pick and hydrate as you go about your days. You’ll thank us for it!

2| Make time for mindful moments

Our school and work-days can be very full, especially at the start of a New Year or new term, and even more so when the time comes for assignments and exams or deadlines. Often when our schedules become fuller, we can forget about taking a little time out to check in with ourselves and be mindful. Try to keep this in mind as you start a fresh year, and remember to take a breath, look around you and take in everything you can see, hear and feel for a few moments. Journal about them if you wish. Close your mind to your deadlines and other noise for just a moment each day to really be present, and you’ll find you can return your focus to your tasks at hand much clearer when you do. Be aware of your energy and stress levels. Take time out when you need it and try to be present when studying or working. Set yourself rewards for difficult tasks and take a moment to celebrate every small accomplishment.

3| Stay positive, be grateful

As the saying goes, a positive mind leads to a positive life – and we couldn’t agree more. By choosing to see the positive in any situation (rather than the negative), you’re so much more inclined to feel more positive about that situation as well. Keep this in mind as you start a new school or work year and try to seek out the silver linings in every day. One of the best ways to do this is to write down three things you’re grateful for at the end of every day. It could be a simple as the below, for example:

  1. I’m grateful for learning a new subject
  2. I’m so grateful for my kind and helpful teachers
  3. I have so much fun with my friends

No matter how big or small, unique or challenging, making a point of treasuring moments in your day will help change your outlook on life for the positive. Here are just a few of the most common benefits to keep in mind…

– Gratitude enhances happiness, which in turn, can have a positive effect on all areas of your life.

– When you focus on the positive, you are training your mind to think positively, and

– Gratitude helps us live in the present and see the beauty around us.

4| Prioritise your time

Setting time each day for study and specific tasks, and making sure you do this efficiently equals more time to enjoy doing more of the things you love – therefore it’s important that you have the right tools to help you do so! We recommend using a Study Planner or Study Diary if you’re at school, or a regular Diary or Planner if you’re at work, and plotting in all of your assignments, deadlines, priorities, study time and other commitments each week, then sticking to these so you can ensure you’re giving yourself enough space for ‘you’ time in your full weeks as well.

5| Nourish your body as well as your mind

It’s no secret that a huge factor in our wellbeing is the food choices we make. And sometimes, especially when it comes to school, work and busy periods of our life, it’s easy to let this slide, which can then have a domino effect on all other areas of our lives. So, keep this in mind and plan to eat healthy, home-cooked and fresh foods at school and work this year. Pack your lunches every day and avoid the tempting yet convenient junk food options as much as possible!

And as a special treat, why not try out our delicious raw date-chip cookie dough balls as a healthy snack this week? Recipe below:

Raw DATE-CHIP Cookie Dough Balls Recipe

Dry Ingredients

  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 3 Tbsp almond meal

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 tsp rice bran syrup
  • 3 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup diced dates (soak for 10 mins, then drain and dice)

Method

  • Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix well until combined, ensuring the dates are spread evenly throughout.
  • Roll dough into 3cm balls and refrigerate in an air-sealed container for 2-4 hours.
  • Take to school, work or university and enjoy!

 

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Mini Books, Maximum Inspiration. Kristina’s Bite-Sized ‘Your Dream Life Starts Here’ Series – Collect All Five and Make this Your Dream Decade!

We’re so very excited to introduce the full series of five, pocket-sized inspirational mini-books designed to help you live the life of your dreams, with each one containing inspiring content and essential and simple exercises from Kristina Karlsson’s first book, Your Dream Life Starts Here. 

With five books to collect, all full of simple and practical magic – and incredible stories and wisdom from people who’ve dared to dream big – you’ll be inspired to harness the power of dreaming to transform your life in small, simple steps. What are you waiting for? Your dream life awaits!

Continue reading “Mini Books, Maximum Inspiration. Kristina’s Bite-Sized ‘Your Dream Life Starts Here’ Series – Collect All Five and Make this Your Dream Decade!”

Giving Kindness and Good The World Over This Christmas

In addition to spoiling your loved ones at Christmas time, it’s also a beautiful time of year to reflect and show gratitude for all the wonderful people in your life, and also give a little good to those who may be less fortunate or having a difficult time, for any reason. A simple act of kindness, no matter how small, can truly make a difference in someone’s life – even if just for a day or even an hour.

As you go about your Christmas and holiday season, try to remember that any act of kindness can spark a ripple effect of happiness and positivity that can be felt far and wide. Here are some of our favourite ways to give good at this time of year – what are yours?

VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME TO THOSE IN NEED

Unfortunately, we live in a world where not everyone has a warm and happy home to celebrate Christmas with their loved ones. There are many people sleeping rough, going hungry or simply having a hard time, and the festive season can be a particularly difficult time for many. From volunteering at a charity to providing food for those in need, there are many ways we can help others at this time of year. Why not research different ways you can help in your local community, not only during the festive season but all year round?

ONE CHILD’S OLD TOYS MAY BE ANOTHER’S TREASURE

For those with children, if your little ones receive a heap of shiny new toys from Santa this year (have they been naughty or nice?!), why not encourage them to donate some old – yet still perfectly functional – toys to charity so a child less fortunate can also have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year? This could be something you do every year.

CONSIDER THOSE WITHOUT LOVED ONES

For many of us, Christmas is a time for celebrating and being with family, friends and loved ones, but for those who may be alone at this time of year, the festive season can be very difficult. If you have an elderly neighbour or someone you know who lives alone or has no family around them at this time of year, why not pay them a visit, give them a handwritten Christmas card, invite them over for a simple cup of tea, or better yet, invite them to enjoy Christmas with your loved ones? Kindness is a magical thing and even the smallest gesture can make a difference in someone’s day – especially during the holiday period.

EXPRESS YOUR GRATITUDE

The festive season brings with it the desire to tick off lists – not just for gifts, but people and places to visit, things to see and do. We can get so caught up trying to get to the other side of the season that we lose sight of making these things truly meaningful.

Christmas is the perfect time to stop and reflect on the people that make your life special, and why: to think about the memories you’ve experienced and moments you still have to look forward to. Think about all the people who’ve helped, supported or simply experienced things with you this year, and consider ways you can express your gratitude for them.

Gratitude shouldn’t only be reserved for loved ones either. You could give thanks to your local postman who delivers your mail each week, the barista you buy your daily coffee from, a neighbour, teacher, doctor or anyone who has made your life easier in 2019. Write them a note, give them a small handmade or hand-baked gift, write them a handwritten card or simply say ‘thank you’. Any little gesture will make them feel loved and appreciated at this special time of year.

IT’S THE ACT OF KINDNESS THAT COUNTS, NOT THE SIZE OF THE ACT

It’s easy to get caught up in all that’s going on at this time of year and feel as though we simply don’t have time to volunteer, donate or do something big to help others. Most of the time though, this is because we put too much pressure on the size of the good deed we feel we should be doing. You don’t have to donate all your time or money, or even go out of your way too much to help make Christmas a happy time for others.

Being kind is simply about considering others, and it’s the same as we go about the festive season. A simple handwritten card to someone less fortunate, a smile in the line at the grocery store to a stranger who may be struggling with the busyness of the season or even lending an ear or a shoulder to cry on to family members who may be having a rough year. Kindness is one of the simplest yet most powerful things we can give as humans – and it costs nothing.

From all of us at kikki.K, no matter what you and your loved ones are planning for Christmas, we hope this time is filled with happiness, kindness, love and joy, and that those feelings stay with you through 2020.

Today, and every day, our purpose is to inspire you to dream, do, enjoy and share. We hope your Christmas is filled with everything that makes Christmas magical for you – whether that’s being surrounded by great company or face-timing loved ones the world over, eating mindfully (or perhaps a little too much!), giving back to your community or doing your most favourite thing to celebrate you and yours. No matter how you celebrate this season, we hope it’s filled with little moments that’ll make heart-warming memories for years to come.

God Jul (Swedish for Merry Christmas) and Happy New Year from all of us a kikki.K!

Note: If you’re looking for some other ways you can be a #giverofgood at this time of year – and any time of year! – head over to our article from World Kindness Day for plenty of simple ways to spread the love.

 

 

What Kristina is Reading Right Now

There are few things more relaxing than curling up with a good book, and one of my favourite things to do, especially towards the end of a full year, is to revisit some of my much-loved books for a little inspiration.

As we become more attached to our phones and devices, reading is a great way to switch off from the outside world, but it’s also a great source of inspiration and motivation as we prepare to start a new year. Here are some of my favourites that I’m revisiting at the moment. I hope you’ll find them as inspiring as I do!

1| The top 5 regrets of the dyinG – bronnie ware

On the top of my list this year (and every year to be honest) is re-reading Bronnie Ware’s incredibly powerful book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.

Bronnie worked in palliative care for many years and she has captured what she learnt and her experiences with her patients in this wonderful book. It is the perfect reminder that life is short and that we should live every moment without regret. This is something we can sometimes forget in our full lives, so I encourage you to read this book if you haven’t already, and keep the messages within it in mind as you go about your days.

 

2| Help Me – Marianne Power

I was lucky enough to have Marianne on my Your Dream Life podcast earlier this year, and ever since then I’ve loved re-reading her book. She is so lovely and funny and this book is the amazing story of how she committed to testing one self-help book a month, for a whole year!

Her year-long plan turned into a total roller-coaster ride. What began as a clever experiment became an incredible story of laughter and adventure and how she eventually learned that she didn’t need to change herself, but rather needed to learn to accept and enjoy herself. Something we should all try to do.

 

3| The little book of HOUSE PLANTS and other greenery – Emma sibley

One of my true loves in life is reading, but another is nature. This little book has so much great advice on growing and caring for your house plants.

I’m about to move house and I’m so excited about setting up our own indoor oasis – this book has been helpful in guiding me on the plants we’ll choose to grow in our new home. Plus, it has gorgeous photography so it’s the perfect coffee table book.

4| The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin

This is one of my favourite books that I read all the time. I just love re-reading it over and over. Gretchen writes about her attempts to live a happier life, using a range of techniques drawn from everything including ancient wisdom and pop culture. It’s a real reminder to me to celebrate the little things and be happier every day!

The cover image pictured here is of my favourite limited edition kikki.K covers we designed for Gretchen’s book back in 2015 – unfortunately, it’s no longer available with this cover, but it’s still one of my all-time favourites!

 

5| Principles – Ray dalio

I just love setting goals and chasing dreams, and this time of year is perfect for setting our intentions and goals for the year ahead. The incredibly inspiring Ray Dalio is one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, and in this book, he shares the unique principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create results in both life and business.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a business person, or simply want to work on achieving your goals, this book is full of advice and lessons we can all use to help us on our way.

6| Mandela’s Way – Richard Stengel

There are few people more inspiring than the great Nelson Mandela, so it’s understandable that I’m finding it hard to find the words to describe how inspiring and beautiful this book is.

Richard Stengel collaborated on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, and has now used this experience to celebrate 15 life lessons from the South African leader. From ways to be more courageous to the importance of taking time for yourself, this book really helps me see things from a different perspective, as well as put my own challenges in perspective!

 

These are just some of the inspiring books that I’m re-reading at the moment, and I hope you’ll find them as inspiring as I do.

P.S: If you’re looking for more inspiration for your bookshelves, discover our gorgeous selection of books at kikki.K here.