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Twenty Ways To Reconnect With Yourself by Tamika Arnold


Due to the unexpected events of coronavirus, a lot of us have lost a connection with ourselves while working from home, being unable to do usual activities or see friends and family, or with worsening mental health. On top of that, this pandemic has caused a permanent change in society, causing some of us to feel anxious about the unknown changes we will be stepping into in the upcoming years. If this year has taught me anything so far, it’s how to slow down and take care of myself. When everything around us changes, we rely on ourselves the most. 

It’s important we firstly understand what being disconnected with ourself looks like, as it can be a range of different things. Perhaps you’ve been finding it difficult to wake up and end up waking late, which leads to a lack of motivation and feeling uninspired or not present. Or maybe you’ve found yourself falling into bad habits that you can’t break no matter how hard you try to.

These are all signs that you should try to connect with yourself more. Reconnecting with yourself is the act of striping down to the basics so that we’re able to feel present, act with intent and make better decisions. Here are twenty ways that you can reconnect with yourself: 

1. Create a morning routine

Creating a morning routine is essential to start your day off right. Create a routine based around your needs and the things that fuel you the most. A morning routine can look like waking up early, journaling, meditating, drinking a cup of water, stretching, exercising for thirty minutes and eating breakfast with your favourite hot drink.

2. Journal in the morning, evening or both, using guided journal prompts 

Journaling helps to activate your mind by setting intentions, releasing anything that has been building up in your mind and determine how you want your day to be. Journaling is something I always suggest because you will be surprised at how many thoughts you’ve kept stored away, stopping you from being present. If you’re new to journaling, keep a journal on your bedside so you don’t forget and think about what time you will most likely pick up your journal (e.g. morning or bedtime). If you have no clue how to get started you can use guided journal prompts! I have an e-book full of different journaling prompts which are designed to help you create change in your life and take action, and they’re great. 

3. Keep your sleep schedule 

Sleeping schedules are essential! Before I went into this year, maintaining a sleeping schedule was number one on my list because it determines how your day will be. You will be surprised how much it influences your health. Ask yourself how many hours of sleep you need to feel your best and work with that! Be strict with your time and wind down in the evening before bed.

4. Time block 

Time blocking is something I’ve recently started doing and let me tell you, it’s a game changer! When you plan your week, create a time frame in which you will get your tasks done and stick to it. I advise time blocking every task, even the tasks as small as showering, eating breakfast, etc, so you can stay on track as much as possible!

5. Take a self-care day 

Nothing beats a self-care day! Self-care can look like anything that makes you feel good – a Netflix day, face-mask, cosy bath, changing into your favourite pyjamas, treating yourself, ordering takeaway or making your favourite food. I recommend having a self-care day at least once or twice a week!

6. Practice daily affirmations 

Practising affirmations are so important to reframe your thoughts, remove mental blocks, and create change in your life. Practise daily affirmations by repeating them to yourself every morning or night. If you don’t know where to start with daily affirmations, there are plenty of free ‘change through daily affirmations’ e-books or guides that you can download.

7. Create a joy jar and fill it with things you would like to do

Creating a joy jar is something that is so easy to do, and so effective for being kind to yourself. Find a nice jar, grab a pen and some paper, write down all the things that you would like to do and put them inside. Pick one thing from it every month or when you need to do something to treat yourself.

8. Write a gratitude list

A gratitude list will change your life. It’s so important to write down what you are grateful for, and noting the small and the big wins every day will help you appreciate where you are in the present moment. 

9. Exercise

Trying to exercise every day (or three times a week) for around 30 minutes will help to improve your mindset, your concentration levels, and how you feel, as endorphins are released into your blood stream throughout the activity. If you don’t want to or can’t do intensive cardio or run a mile, don’t worry! Exercising can be something as small as doing some stretches or going for a walk outside in your garden. 

10. Drink 1-2 litres of water

Our body is made up of approximately 60% water so it’s important that we are always hydrated during the day. If you have a hard time remembering to drink water then try buying a water bottle that encourages you to drink and helps track your water intake!

11. Track your habits

Since the beginning of this year I have consistently tracked my habits and it’s helped me to understand what areas I need to improve on and what areas I don’t need to concentrate on. Tracking your habits will help you to identify the trends in your life and you will be able to make useful changes moving forward!

12. Read a book 

Reading a book is one of the best forms of self-care. Simply find a quiet spot and indulge in an hour of reading your favourite book – you won’t regret it!

13. Watch a motivational video

Watching motivational videos in the morning is one of my best ways to start off the day. I also suggest including a motivational video in your bedtime routine so you are feeling motivated and energised for the next day. Tip: If you feel inspired after watching a motivational video make sure to take action!

14. Cook your favourite food or bake

Baking has become my new fave during the lockdown period. It’s so therapeutic to go to the extra effort of cooking yourself something you really love to nourish yourself; I couldn’t recommend it enough – plus, you’ll be honing a life skill. 

15. Meditate 

Meditating consistently using apps such as Spotify, Headspace or Calm helps you to remain grounded, feel present and let go of any anxiety or unwanted feelings that are holding you down.

16. Listen to a podcast 

Podcasts have become another love of mine during lockdown. You can find podcasts many places, but I use Anchor, Spotify or the Apple Podcast app to find and subscribe to podcasts that interest me the most.

17. Plan out your week

Planning your week out helps to reduce anxiety levels, help you stay on top of your tasks, and leave you feeling clear headed. Try using apps such as Google Docs, Asana or Trello to plan your week and tasks.

18. Make your space cosy 

During lockdown I invested a lot of time making my space as cosy as possible and it has helped to reduce anxiety levels. If you have no idea where to start then I recommend using Pinterest for inspiration or investing in items such as a salt lamp, a humidifier with essential oils or fairy lights.

19. Create a vision board 

I cannot endorse this enough! Last year I made a vision board and I manifested everything that was on it and I am so grateful to be where I am right now. You can create a vision board using Pinterest and similar for inspiration, on Canva or simply by buying a frame and partaking in some DIY. Tip: Be honest with yourself about what you want to achieve, visualise it, and take action!

20. Treat yourself!

I have saved the best tip till last – treat yourself! This could be buying yourself something every so often, ordering your favourite takeaway, watching a film or having a self-care day … whatever it is, treat yourself without feeling guilty – after all, you know you deserve it!


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