Is it time for a life refresh?

Do you need a spring clean of your mind, body and soul – well here are a few ways to get you started on your path to serenity and to practice self-care.

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1. Have an insanely long bath or a shower!

When you’re meant to be relaxing, are you thinking about what you need to do next or when you’re getting jobs done, are you dreaming about what you’ll be doing when you’re relaxing? – it’s a vicious cycle, I tell you! But there’s nothing nicer than soaking in the tub for an hour or so. Give me a lovely bubble bath and a good book to read – I’ll be sorted! You’ll feel like a new person…once you finally emerge from the bathroom.

2. Ditch the digital!

As much as FOMO is definitely a thing nowadays, I find that stepping back from the illuminated screen of your phone is just what you need certainly right before bed time to clear your head. Try swapping your phone for a book, or spend some time relaxing before bed to clear your mind before sleeping. I find that having a clearer mind gives me a better sleep!

3. Isn’t it the little things in life?

It is okay to splash the cash and treat yourself every once in a while! Your body is your home and you use it everyday so why not treat it to a bit of rejuvenation now and again! I would say go and get your nails done, but not being a girly girl myself, I don’t really get the hype around why you would spend £20 to get your nails done!, but it sure does work for some – each to their own! Treat yourself the way you would treat others! Go on book that hair appointment, I know you want too! You deserve it!

K x

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‘Gluten free is just a phase?!’ – what to avoid and what to eat

Having a gluten intolerance is hard work. Who knew so many foods have gluten in? Bread = gluten! Cakes = gluten! CHEESE AND CRACKERS. AH MY WEAKNESS. I love a good plate of cheese and crackers on a night. Wow, I sound like I am 90.

I haven’t actually been diagnosed with a gluten intolerance but it all started out when I was diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) a couple of years ago.

It is a common, long term condition that affects the digestive system and it can cause bouts of stomach cramps, bloating, changes in your bowel habits and cramping. Fun, eh?

The symptoms of IBS are usually worse after eating and tend to come and go in episodes.

However I realised that certain foods were upsetting me more than others, which is why I decided to follow my GP’s advice and go on a gluten free diet, and boy has it helped me.

I realised that one of my food weaknesses was bread, but there are some great gluten free bread options on the market.

I really love the Genius sliced white bread which is available from most supermarkets. Oh, and Tesco’s ‘Free From’ gluten and wheat fish fingers are really tasty too. Red or brown sauce though…the choice is yours!

I didn’t realise how much supermarkets dedicate specific sections to intolerances. Most supermarkets have their own Free From section, which includes products that are free from gluten, wheat, milk and egg, so that people who have ‘special diets’ are not missing out on the foods they love.

Even though gluten free foods are more expensive. Take your normal Warburtons loaf of bread which retails for around £1.00. The genius loaves of bread are £2.70…but it’s worth it I suppose, especially if it relieves IBS symptoms.

Having a gluten intolerance also made me realise how fun cooking can be! The recipe to my extraordinary gluten free fairy cakes will be up soon…don’t you worry!

Until next time,

K x

5 secrets radio presenters will never tell you.

When I started my journalism degree at the University of Sunderland I never thought I would appear on radio or even think about becoming a radio presenter!

I had my heart set on writing when I started this degree. My love of writing stemmed from always writing short stories when I was younger, and the passion has stuck with me ever since.

It had never crossed my mind that I would enter the world of radio – but it’s funny where life takes you isn’t it!

So here are five secrets radio presenters will never tell you…

1. You really are just sitting in a room talking to yourself. It does take a special kind of person to sit in a room, talking to themselves and listening to their own voice for a few hours a day. A fellow radio presenter at Spark once said, ‘you have to be psychotic to work in radio’. It could drive a lot of people insane, but not us…we’re already insane.

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2. There’s always a constant fear that a guest, or even the presenter will swear on air. Dropping the ‘f-bomb’ on radio is a big no no. No presenter needs or even wants to deal with that problem. However many radio stations will have a “dump” button that will remove the last few seconds of audio.

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3. Radio is a ultra competitive place to work in. Once you become an adult and get into the world of hunting for jobs, I guess anyone would say that any job is competitive. But in radio, everyone is chasing the best idea for a perfect link or a feature.

A link is what you say on air between the songs that are playing. Sounds easy, right?

As they say teamwork is dreamwork, but no matter how much of a ‘good friend’ you appear to be to your work colleagues, a part of you will still see the other presenters/producers as a radio rival.

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4. Quite a lot of preparation goes into making a one or two hour show work.

I bet many members of the public think that turning up to sit in a studio and talk on a radio show is an easy job. Well a lot of preparation goes into making a show work. You need to know how you are going to introduce a link, what you are actually going to talk about, your social media presence while on air, sell a song and keep the listener hooked by asking questions to the audience to name a few.

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5. But most of the time, it is one of the best jobs ever.

Despite all the preparation and stress behind making a radio show work, it truly is the best job. I mean you get to play music and talk for a living, with your best friend as your producer! Even on the bad days it still is a lot of fun, once you get into the studio the world is your oyster and that is one of the many reasons I love working in radio.

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Until next time,

K x