5 Things to make more time for:

Life has been hectic lately and there are things that have been taking a backseat in my life that actually make a significant difference to my mental health and wellbeing – so it’s time to start making more time for these things:




I always say that I need to make more time to take outfit photos and I never actually see it through; I went through a phase for about 2 weeks where I religiously took outfit photos for Instagram and it worked wonders for my confidence and my content too. So it’s something that I really want to make more time for. Additionally, I want to take more outfit photos so that I can step out of my comfort zone. I believe that I can start wearing clothes that are a bit ‘out there’ in photos, firstly, and then in time I’ll gain the confidence to start wearing them out and about. I desperately want to step out of my comfort zone when it comes to fashion, I hold myself back so much, when I see clothes I want to wear but I don’t think I’ll suit them or I worry people will judge me… it’s sad. That’s a whole other blog post in itself (watch this space) but hopefully taking outfit photos more frequently will be a big step in the right direction.




Applying a face mask whilst you chill in your bedroom, or relax in a bath, can really help you wind down. Self care plays a pivotal part in your mindset and wellbeing; I often forget this. I’ve found that taking 15 minutes to just relax with a face mask on, and listen to some soft music, can really uplift your mood and help you destress. Sometimes, I put off doing face masks because I can’t be bothered with the hassle of scrubbing the residue of a mud mask off or getting it all in my hair etc. However(!) not all masks need to be messy! I recently tried out MadBeauty’s Minnie Mouse mask* and it was so clean and easy – not to mention fun (my cat was a bit unsure of it though). You simply open the packet, adjust it on to your face, and chill out for the whole of 15 minutes… (and take selfies). This one consisted of rose water and ingredients to make your skin glow afterwards, with no scrubbing or mess required! It doesn’t always need to be a mammoth task when you want to take some time out to pamper yourself.




Another kind of mask I need to start using more frequently is hair repair masks! Since I’ve went blonde my hair has been a bit dry and let’s just say: not as healthy as it used to be. Hair repair masks aren’t the loveliest thing in the world. You can leave them in overnight but I tend not to do this, I hate the greasy feeling of it in your hair, I want it to be a quick & easy process if I’m going to do one. What I tend to do, is lather my hair in it whilst I’m in a bath, shove it up out the way and just let it do it’s thing. Meanwhile, I’ll watch a Coronation Street episode (or two) whilst I let it soak in and work its magic and I’m so absorbed in my corrie that I barely notice the greasiness. Then you just wash it out in the shower and honestly your hair feels so pampered and revitalized afterwards. I am going to try and do this at least once a week, or once every 2 weeks. It makes such a difference. I bought this one from TK maxx for £4.99 and it’ll last me a good while so I think it was a decent price!




The gym and I have a love/hate relationship at the moment. I’ve just recently came back from a 2 week holiday in Spain, where I ate junk every single day and didn’t work out once, and now that I’m home and I’ve just started University – I’m finding it really difficult to get back in to a fitness routine. It happens. However, the other day, at roughly 8pm I forced myself to go: I was there for the whole of 30 minutes and all I did was cardio but honestly? I felt amazing afterwards. Amazing. I know it’s something that makes a massive impact on my mental health and mindset so I really, really, really need to make more time for it.



Since returning from my holiday, I’ve barely seen any friends or family. I’ve not been to see my Gran yet and I’m desperate to go and see her but I’ve just been snowed under. Things have been hectic. I’ve not seen many of my friends, and if I have, it’s just been very brief. So it’s definitely something I need to make more time for. Sometimes life gets in the way. It happens. But there’s no excuse. I need to make more time for my people.

There are other things that I need to make time for, but right now I don’t have the time to write about them, how ironic! What do you need to make more time for? Could you relate to any of my priorities? Let me know in the comments below! 

Until next time,

Charlene McElhinney

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  1. September 18, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    Totally agree with most of the things on your list! I find my time in my week is so ‘chunked’ but if I don’t literally write ‘face mask’ in my diary then I’ll just forget about it and fill my time with other things! Like you I’ve tried to make a point of scheduling time to exercise because it makes a huge difference to my state of mind as well as, of course, my physical health. Going to the gym for half an hour isn’t ‘only’ thirty minutes- it’s still more than you would have done if you’d stayed at home 😉
    Lisa x

  2. September 18, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    Hair masks is definitely something I want to get back into the habit of doing. My hair was getting a lot healthier after I shaved it, but now I’ve stopped giving it as much attention and I’m definitely noticing a difference. I’m hoping to go back to silver hair soon, too, so I definitely need to dedicate more time to hair care!

  3. September 18, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    It is definitely important to make time for the things that you love, it’s so easy to get snowed under (especially when starting a new uni course) but once things settle down, you’ll definitely find it so much easier! I love taking outfit shots too and they also work wonders for my confidence – the gym is something that I need to get into more as well, with working full time at the minute I just wanna collapse when I walk through the door though haha! Fab post!


  4. September 18, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    Aww life really does get hectic sometimes! It’s so important to take time for you! I love pamper nights with face and hair masks! Love the sound of that mad beauty one
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  5. September 18, 2017 / 4:09 pm

    I loved your outfit pics so I hope you do make time for them!! You’re a natural model and I need to learn some new poses from the pics you post!

    On a serious note — do make time to see your grandma. I lost mine earlier in this year and let me tell you, you’ll never regret putting other things off to spend time with her ❤️❤️.


  6. September 18, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    This list is so truthful! I try to do a face mask at least once a week, my favourite at the moment is by Garnier. Love Casey

  7. September 18, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    I’m the same with ‘messy’ face masks. Although they do wonders for my skin and self-esteem (a little ‘me time’ is never a luxury) I just can’t be bothered with all the hassle around it. So perhaps the -admittedly somewhat creepy looking- clean mask is something I should check out. 😉

    Also the last one, family and friends, I think that should be on everyone’s ‘make more time for’ list! For me I’d also add writing. I enjoy writing so I can get things out of my system so to speak, but time, man, time always runs up (and there are so many other things to do….).



  8. September 18, 2017 / 4:21 pm

    Hi, I to also need to make more time for the gym, as I’ve let this slip lately. Oh and photos and the, saving them straight to files ready for a post. I love the Mickey face mask.

  9. September 18, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    You definitely mentioned all the things I need to make more time for as well. x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  10. September 18, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Ah I think these things are common for a lot of us! I relate to every single one of these. I think the family and friend on is most important, you really can’t get time back so it’s so important to make the most of spending time with the people you love when you can!
    Really enjoyed this!


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