Morning Routine for Shift Workers

I love a good morning routine blog post or Youtube video. Curiosity truly gets the better of me and all I want to see is what other people do when they get up in a morning. Is that weird, maybe, but I like it.

However, my day job means that a morning routine isn’t really that realistic and sometimes I feel like a failure for not managing a yoga routine, planning my day, writing six pages in my journal and having a smoothie before I head out of the door. Most morning routines I watch or read are from freelancers who have a bit more flexibility to their day and I must admit that I often feel jealous of people who can wake up past 7.30am.

Being a nurse means that most days a week I need to be ready for 7am and prepared for a 14 hour shift ahead of me, not such an easy feat when I’m often still scrolling on my phone until midnight. I know, I know. Old habits die hard, but I’m trying, okay?

So here’s my more realistic routine for those of you who are forced to wake up at the crack of dawn.

6.00 – The alarm goes off and I’m trying, really trying my best to not snooze it, though the temptation gets the better of me most days.

6.01 – I drink a whole 600ml of water. Yes I’m trying to up my water intake, which is really really hard for someone with the weakest bladder known to man. But drinking more water regularly appears to be having some sort of effect on my waterworks meaning that I’m actually able to not go to the toilet every 15 minutes when I’m drinking 2 litres of water a day.

6.05 – a quick 6 minute yoga routine. My personal favourite of the moment is this one from Yoga by Adriene. Yes, some morning it feels a bit repetitive but my body does thank me later in the day for a bit of early morning movement.

6.11 – It’s time to do the boring stuff. Dress, teeth, very minimal makeup.

6.20 – I always try to prep my breakfast, lunch and tea the night before so now it’s just a case of getting it out of the fridge, picking up my water bottle from the draining board and remembering my keys and ID for work.

6.22 – The coffee machine is heating up and I’m ready to craft my flat white to make everyone envious during handover.

6.26 – I always try to leave at least 5 minutes to scroll social media, think about the day ahead and have a few minutes of quiet time.

6.35 – Time to leave the house and head to work.

Not a bad thirty five minutes to prepare for the day ahead. What does your morning routine look like? Let me know in the comments!

Rachel x-x-x

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One Year as a Newly Qualified Nurse

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I recently hit a pretty big milestone; I managed to make it through a whole year as a qualified nurse (without losing my registration). That’s a joke but I can honestly say there’s not a day passes at work where I don’t panic about it. The past year has been a rollercoaster ride. Being a mental health nurse is filled with so many highs and lows and my brain usually feels like mush by the day of the end. It’s such a cliché but there’s truly nothing I’d rather be doing (except living in a campervan with two dogs). But there’s nothing I’d realistically rather be doing.

To mark the occasion I wanted to share just some of the things I’ve learnt in the last year.

  1. You realise quickly how little university prepared you for being a nurse.
  2. But on the other hand, you realise that uni put the fear of God into you about how ‘terrifying’ nursing is, when in reality, good organisation, a calm mentality and listening skills make up most of the job.
  3. You’re allowed to make mistakes – just own up to them immediately.
  4. Teamwork really does make the dream work.
  5. If you’re ever considering whether a patient needs their physical observations taking, then yes they do.
  6. Force yourself to do the things you are scared of. There will be shifts where you’re the only person qualified to do them.
  7. Listen to your healthcare assistants – they are the backbone of your ward/hospital/community service.
  8. Familiarise yourself with death, you will see it even if you think you don’t work in that environment.
  9. Learn your team’s strengths and weaknesses. “Oh you don’t deal with vomit? That’s great because I’m not good with spit.”
  10. Ask for help. There are no stupid questions. Nursing is about life long learning.
  11. Listen to patients, to relatives, to staff. Listen to everyone and listen actively.
  12. Find a pair of shoes that you can walk around in for 14 hours a day.
  13. Take your breaks. Nobody thinks you’re a superior nurse because you went a whole day without eating anything.
  14. Take every opportunity to learn something new.
  15. You’re going to feel like you’re not good enough approximately 5 million times a day. Even experienced nurses feel like this. It’s a good thing that means we want the best for our patients.

What are the most important lessons you’ve learnt from your job?

Rachel x-x-x

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Hello Again,

It feels strange to be back in this oh so familiar position of a blank screen staring at me while I scroll longingly through every social media platform waiting for inspiration to strike. But what better way to return than some form of re-introduction.

I’m Rachel. I live in the South West of England. I like coffee, pizza and books and I long to be a proud owner of a dog called Alan, but we’re not quite there yet. I started No Space For Milk in 2016 when I was floundering in between degrees, wondering if I should be spending my time more wisely than binge watching Gilmore Girls. Then I stopped pretty abruptly earlier this year, partly because I was lacking time, partly down to personal circumstances and wanting to step away from social media for a while. But hi, hello, I’m back.

So what’s changed around here?

The biggest change is that I’ve lost my .com. Unfortunately I let my domain name lapse around May time, meaning that at some time during the last few months, some domain snatcher nabbed nospaceformilk.com. So now we’re .co.uk which is okay but a little snag on my goal for world dominance.

Another thing that’s going to look a little different is my content. Due to the nature of my job, I’m not happy to have my life sprawled across the internet quite so much as it was previously. So things will be a little more private, if I can keep my mouth sufficiently closed.

I also need to relearn how to use this website. So much has changed in the last six months that I feel like I’ve been flung into a new world of settings and plugins that I just don’t understand, so bear with me while I catch up on the blogging world because I’m so out of the loop!

So here’s to a new start of coffee chat, rambling posts of nothingness and photos that are never relevant to the content. I’m so glad to be back.

Rachel x-x-x

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Putting Alternative Milks To The Test. And The Winner Is…

I’m a simple girl with simple pleasures. As you all know, I love a good cup of coffee. I’m happy with an Instant (no snobbery here), I’m happy in a coffee shop, but I’m happiest when I’m in the comfort of my own home, cradling a nice hot cup of my own creation.

Milk has always been a foe of mine. I hated it as a child and I still hate it now, except I can make some allowances (like when it’s being made into a mac n’ cheese sauce. So in a vow to be more animal friendly and to find a solution to my life-long hatred of dairy milk, I pulled out all the stops. I tried a different, easy to buy find dairy alternative once a week for five years.

Here are the results:

Almond Milk

First up was almond milk. I’ve bought this on and off for the last few years, but ehh I just can’t get on board with it. It’s a great gateway non-dairy milk if you’re a milk diehard and apparently it is #GoodForYou but it’s just not the milk for me. The taste is okay if you want a sub-par coffee but if you want a tasty drink then move on. I’m not the best with steaming any kind of milk for coffee but almond milk loves to curdle, making it a pretty impossible task.

Coconut Milk

If you want every drink you make to taste like coconut then coconut milk is your pal. I love coconut milk but sometimes you want your coffee to taste like err, coffee and the overpowering coconut flavour is just a little bit too much. Coconut milk is your boy if you’re looking for foam that literally plonks itself on top of your coffee, which I’m going to guess, that’s not what you’re looking for.

Hazelnut Milk

Hazelnut milk has a lovely nutty taste but the sad fact is, it’s a curdler. If you don’t mind your coffee looking a little bit weird then by all means, try out Hazelnut milk. It’s not my favourite but coupled with a shot of a vanilla syrup it makes a gorgeous Sunday morning treat drink.

Oat Milk

I love oat milk more than anything else in life. That might sound over the top but right now we have one opened oat milk in the fridge and three in the cupboard just in case there’s some kind of oat milk apocalypse. I am obsessed. It’s been said that oat milk is the closest to dairy milk in taste and in that it’s actually possible to get some kind of latte art out of it.

Soy Milk

It’s the cool kid of alternative milks. If you’re in an independent coffee shop and they only have one kind of alternative milk, you can bet that it’s soy. Soy milk is frothy as hell but I’ve found it super hard to make a nice looking coffee out of it. It has a nice sweet taste but it’s just not the most exciting to make coffee with.

Overall, it’s pretty clear that oat milk is the king of non-dairy milks but there are so many alternatives out there that you’re sure to find one that you like.

Have you switched to non-dairy milk? Let me know in the comments!

Rachel x-x-x

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4 Ways To Quit Social Media Falseness

Social media is a tricky trickster isn’t it? You don’t even log in to anything anymore, you just type the first couple of letters into your URL bar and up it comes. That’s when you’re faced with utter information overload. Opinions stated as though they are fact, edited photos on edited backgrounds, it’s impossible to tell whether you’re looking at something real or entirely curated?

At the end of 2018, I realised I was becoming more and more irritated with a certain aspect of blogging: the falseness of it all. I probably shouldn’t let it affect me so much but when I see bloggers admitting that they’ve only bought something for a post or I see heavily photoshopped pictures, it really grates on me. I gave it some thought over the last few weeks and that’s when it hit me. I don’t have to engage with it. What a simple concept that just hadn’t occurred to me because I spend so much time online.

In the past year, if not longer, I’ve found myself totally perplexed by the constant stream of successful bloggers preaching that the way to ‘get ahead’ is to ‘be yourself,’ yet when you take a step back and look at what these bloggers are writing about and how they look, it’s hard to tell one from the other.

I’ve seen a lot of posts and videos already this year about curating what you see online and I’m so here for it but as well as cutting down on the accounts that I follow on social media, I also want to set myself some social media rules.

  1. If you like something, tell someone

    I’m so bad for thinking a post or a photograph is so wonderful and being too shy/awkward to say anything to the poster. There are so many bloggers out there who I really admire but have never told for fear of them thinking I’m weird, when in reality, I know that if someone said that to me I’d love it.

  2. No fake commenting

    I’m pretty good with this anyway, but I have to admit that I’ve typed ‘gorgeous photo,’ one too many times into Instagram when I don’t actually mean it. This year I’m only commenting when I mean it and saving my praise for the people who deserve it most.

  3. Unfollow everything that makes you feel bad

    Over-edited photographs, fitness accounts and beauty bloggers are things that I just don’t like. I would say that I’m reasonably confident in myself but some of these accounts still make me feel like I need to change things about myself. Last night I cut down both my Twitter and Instagram accounts that I’m following by half and I know this will make a huge difference this year.

  4. Go against the grain

    When I first started blogging I knew what I was writing about and I didn’t care if it wasn’t always a popular topic. Now I find myself with draft posts that I’m too scared to hit publish on. 2019 is a year for risk-taking and I’m ready to find my place in the blogging world again.

These are some small ways that I’m getting over the falseness of the blogging community and I hope that they pay off this year. Have you set yourself any social media resolutions for the new year? Let me know in the comments!

Rachel x-x-x

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