A Clean Space Is A Clear Mind

I always say that my home is a microcosm of my mind feels and looks like. Whenever I feel mentally stuffed, unmotivated, irritable or distracted, it usually comes down to my flat being disorderly. I like order in my flat. Everything has its own home so when there are a lot of things not living the right spaces and places whether that is at home or my current work-from-home station, it affects my mood and my mental health. Having a clean space has nothing to do with being a cleanliness fanatic but it has a lot to do with my general health and wellbeing. It brings safety, improves my quality of sleep, inspires me to make good food choices and makes me feel better about my environment and surroundings. A clean space is a clean mind. I interpret a space to be anything, whether it is a physical space such as your home, your environment or a mental space such as your thoughts, biases and actions. A clear mind is a space where we can declutter our mindsets by unlearning things, relearning things, get rid of toxic thoughts and judgments, removing toxic people from our physical life in a way that doesn’t harm us. A clean space is a clear mind that can improve our mindset, boost our productivity and help us to live a healthier life both mentally and physically. It took me last week to make that connection. I learnt that as long as I continue to sculpt my home into an oasis of cleanliness, my mind will always be in a state of peace and I can live a better life. Here is what happened next.

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Tips & Tricks To Improve Your Sleep

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Sleep. We all do it. We have been doing it. Can we improve it and make it better? Absolutely and this is an answer most of us would give. Sleep is one of the most important and underrated tools when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. When we sleep, our brain and bodies are able to rest, repair and recover. When we wake up in the mornings, we feel energised and recharged. There is no doubt that the better we sleep, the better our bodies and minds can function. So why is hard for us to get that deep and restorative sleep that we need? When I don’t sleep well for one night, especially on Sunday and Monday nights, I’m going to feel it in my body for the next few days. I train four days a week, I know that my sessions are going to be brutal. Training intensely without getting the adequate quality sleep for an athlete can decrease athletic performance. While most of us crave getting that quality sleep every night, it’s not always easy for us to do so. Having busy schedules, mindless scrolling on social media apps, binge watching our favourite TV shows can make time flash like that in an instant. As I got older, I noticed that my ability to fall asleep easily changed and it has been frustrating at times. I had to make some changes to my evening routine as well as how I prepared my bedroom in order for me to improve my sleep. Luckily, these techniques have helped me create habits to improve my athletic performance as an athlete as well as mentally prepare me to start and get through my day. Here are six tips to help you get better sleep and discover solutions for any sleeping problems you may have.

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Everything That I Wore In Ibiza

Here is a quick look at everything that I wore during my long weekend trip to Ibiza, Spain. If you would like more details on where to stay and eat in Ibiza as well as what to see and do, make sure to check out my A Girl’s Guide to Ibiza 2021 post here! It was definitely a girls trip but I was able to get some really good content. Four to five days is more than enough time to visit the sights, do what you need to do and have a good time. Now that I have been there twice, I definitely will be doing more long weekend trips to other destination spots in Europe for a quick getaway to relax, be a tourist and to slay too! Hopefully next time I travel, I’ll be able to vlog all of it and start my YouTube channel (finally!) Read on to see everything that I wore whilst on my trip in Ibiza and bookmark this post for any holiday outfit inspirations for your next trip! I will be wearing my outfits from Black Owned Brands when I travel in the future.

Check out more photos and my Ibiza highlight on my Instagram: @FolakemiOlamide

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The Girl’s Guide to Ibiza 2021

Summer is just beginning and I know that a majority of us are itching to leave the country and experience an adventure outside of our homes. I’m fully vaccinated now and I was ready to enjoy some freedom, so lucky an opportunity became a reality as Covid measures were being relaxed in some parts of Europe. A week and a half ago, I hopped onto a plane to Ibiza for a long bachelorette weekend. I flew in the night before to meet the rest of the bride tribe, coming from the United States and Canada, at the airport the following morning. After checking out all the Covid measures and precautions, I booked a night stay at the Amare Beach Hotel Ibiza in Sant Josep de sa Talaia. I have been to Ibiza (2018) before for a wedding but I got to do and explore more on this trip. Here is everything you need to know about the trip and stay tuned as I’ll have a bonus post coming out on Friday with details on everything that I wore in Ibiza (and yes most of them are from Black Owned Brands).

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Answering my Most Asked Fitness Questions

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I do quite a few of the drop a question into the box on my Instagram Stories and a lot of the questions I receive are heavily related to health and nutrition. Some days I get a lot of questions and it can take me a whole day to go through them all. I want to make sure that I answer them in depth to help and serve everyone. I do collect all the questions that I receive either on my Instagram Stories or through my comments so I can create more content around them. So I thought it would be a good idea to answer the most asked fitness questions in today’s post! I also thought that it would be a great way for you to add this post as a reference so you can easily come back to search for what you are looking for. However, if you do have any other questions about my personal life, skincare/haircare, blogging, travel etc. please drop any additional questions that you have about me in the comments and I’ll be sure to answer them.

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Starting Something New

Ever since the beginning of this year, I have felt the drive to pivot in multiple areas of my life. I think having been forced to slow down last year made me realise that I wasn’t living my life according to my true integrity and values. I’ve just come back from a trip to Ibiza (I will be spilling all the fun I got up to in the upcoming weeks) and it reiterated the standard of what I want my life to be. It’s July 2021 and the way I live now is not the same as how I lived at the beginning of the year or even last year. I’m ready to continue making big and small power moves both professionally and personally. Starting something new is always scary especially as we are afraid that we might get it wrong but without getting it wrong at first, we can’t grow. Without growth, we cannot experience a transformation. Transformation come from continuous progress, change and adaptations. You may be feeling like you are stuck in one place and not sure how you want to pivot out of that place. This summer, let’s make it our goal to get out of the places that are holding us back by letting go of the fear and starting something new that will make our future selves proud of us.

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5 Tips To Eat Mindfully When Doing Everything At Home

Early in this lockdown my trips to the fridge and the pantry was insane. Sometimes I wouldn’t even grab anything but stare at the food that I have in the flat and quickly run back to my home workstation before I grabbed anything. There is no doubt that working from home has caused many of us to mindlessly make frequent trips to the kitchen, grabbing a snack, a handful of snacks and just eating because it was easily accessible. I am very guilty at that and it is a habit that I’m still learning to curb to this day. As much as I love training, I love food a lot. I’m a foodie at heart and I’m proud to say that. In fitness, we always say that food is fuel and energy but it is more than that. Food is part of culture. Food is part of family, religion, celebrations, traditions etc. It is part of so many aspects of our lives so simply reducing it to only fuel and energy is not correct. When everything is centered at home, it can be difficult to consciously be aware of what we are eating especially as we graze to the kitchen from time to time. Eating mindfully at home means to have a relationship with the food that you are consuming. You don’t need to eliminate the relationship and just look at food as ‘food’ in order to be mindful. Recognising your emotions and not allowing your emotions to control your eating habits is the way the forward. Here are my five tips to eat mindfully when working from home.

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How To Save Money Whilst Planning A Trip

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I’m currently getting ready for my first trip outside of Switzerland since the pandemic began. Keeping on track with all the new measures for each country as well as sudden changes has been slightly exhausting. I learnt that you are not fully immunised with the vaccine until 14 days after your second dose which means that a PCR test may be needed depending on where you are travelling to. I know that the cost of these tests are expensive and have influenced some people to stay at home. I think these next few months are going to be a strange time to budget for travel as there are additional costs. It’s going to be very weird being on a plane (with a mask), seeing friends from different countries gathering together and doing group activities again. I know that outside is progressively opening up for everyone but that doesn’t mean that you have to be ready to open yourself to the world at their speed. Take this time to plan your future trips, save money and budgeting costs for when you feel comfortable to travel again. Here are some of the ways that I have been saving money whilst planning for travel in 2021.

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5 Things You Should Focus On To Build Muscle

It’s been over eight years since I started my fitness journey and I have learnt so many lessons along the way. I have been conscious throughout the years to reflect on my choices and also accept that I have made mistakes, which either led me down the wrong path to make some more poor decisions, or led me down an avenue that I never had anticipated. Despite all this and wishing that I made good choices throughout my journey, I wouldn’t be where I was if I hadn’t made those decisions. A fitness journey is not supposed to be complicated. There are so many myths and false information out there I can only imagine how overwhelming it can be for those who are just starting out or those who are stuck in a plateau trying to figure out their next steps. So check out my post for reasons why you should work out if you need some extra encouragement. Today’s post is about is about the five things you should focus on to build muscle. These five things have helped me make significant progress to this day. Please feel free to leave other approaches that have helped you in your journey so we can all learn from each other.

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5 Tips for Manifest The Life You Want

I feel like this year was the first year of many where I wanted to be intentional about the goals that I wanted to set for the year. With the end of the June creeping up slowly, it’s a good time to start thinking about how the first half of 2021 has been going. I’ve spent most of last year in a void trying to survive through this season and not really living my life. Many of us have been practicing social distancing for nearly a year and a half now and are slowly reintegrating ourselves into this new normal, waiting for Ms. Rona to finish whatever she is doing. At the same time, a lot of us have spent time reflecting on how we are living our lives, and what exactly we want to get out of life. That could be wanting to start something new that intimidates us slightly or scares us. I thought this would be a good time to share my tips into manifesting the life that you want.

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