Switching off and de-stressing is a constant battle in my life. I think we can all relate to that “I’ll just finish this” moment and before we know it we’ve totally lost track of time, missed Homeland and barely chewed dinner. I write about finding moments of calm and switching off every day in my job yet I’m the biggest hypercrite because I go home, get my laptop out and blog/answer emails/research new ideas or proof read until bedtime. In my head I think I’m being productive but more often than not I go to bed with a racing mind. And there isn’t enough Touch Éclat in the world to tackle those puffy eyes.
It wasn’t until I went to see a naturopath and had my bloodtest results back that I realised the state my body was in. I was fatigued, my adrenal glands were working over-time and I was at risk of a burn-out. Since then I’ve really tried to make an effort to de-stress and take some time for me at the end of the working day. I must admit, this is harder said than done for me and I do revert back to my stressy ways but…baby steps!
I love reading, it’s one of my favourite things to do, I mean, I am a writer after all! But, after reading proofs all day or writing a feature during the day, the last thing I feel like doing is staring at words! But, I was given The Million Dollar Blog book for Christmas and I’m really enjoying it. I have no idea where this blog is going to go, maybe nowhere (!) but, it’s so interesting to read how far the industry has come already. It’s really exciting to learn how everyday people have become so successful through blogging. I love reading the interviews with bloggers that have made it in this book, it’s so inspiring.
One of the most heart-breaking things about moving into my new house is that there wasn’t a bath! This has to change when we get a new bathroom because I’m such an achey person after work, there’s nothing that helps me de-stress more than a steaming hot bubble bath. I think I go a bit OTT with my bath products because I’m so excited to use them so I pile in bath oil, bubble bath and bath salts altogether!
I have the most annoying relationship with sleep. I really enjoy the ritual of getting ready for bed – cleansing, toning, moisturising, eye cream, lip balm, tea in bed etc. But when it comes to drifting off – nothing. So I’ve bought myself an Urban Spa Lavender Eye Mask silk to de-stress, which seems to be doing the trick as it has raised cushions over your peepers for gentle accupressure.
This sounds weird but if we laughing reduces cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and can distantly diminish a bad day. What I’m starting to realise is that it’s so important to take time out for yourself. Work is important but what’s the point if you can’t enjoy your life? Calling your bestie or boyfriend on your lunch break could be the difference between a crap day and a great one.