Oh my god: what a stressful month!
My job was at risk of redundancy which put our three week, once in a lifetime honeymoon was in the firing line also. Of course, this was not the biggest problem at hand. I put myself out there just in case and applied for tonnes of jobs. The problem was none of them appealed to me: I’d fallen into finance by accident and then it remained habit… But the feeling of submitting my CV and hearing back from recruiters at least made me feel as if I had control over this aspect of my situation.
Long story short: my job is safe and I am very, very, very much relieved. My upcoming holidays are safe and I no longer have the embarrassment of asking a new employer for three weeks off almost immediately after starting a new job – what if they said no?!
So how did I make myself feel better during those worrying weeks?
Firstly, I ate well and stayed hydrated. By looking after my body this took some of the strain off my mind. It’s also important to get as much sleep as possible. I have always been a bad sleeper, especially in times of worry, but routine is of the utmost importance. I aim to get up the same time every day – yes, even at weekends – and the body clock follows.
Exercise is also a good stress-reliever as it gives you a chance to expel some energy and frustrations, whilst taking care if your body and also helping you sleep. I have a cross-trainer and weights at home, and also practice yoga from my bedroom, so forking out for expensive gym membership is not essential. My favourite yoga YouTubers are Brett Larkin and Yoga with Adrienne who provide online routines for beginner and experienced yogis alike.
So I’m fed, watered and exercise – now onto relaxation! I love catching up on social media, but stay mindful that everyone projects a refined version of themselves online and only the parts they want you to see. It’s so easy to fall into the trap that everyone else’s lives are perfect when the reality is quite different. So long as you remember this as you scroll through your Instagram feed, social media can be a good way to unwind and connect with fellow bloggers and personal friends.
I also love chilling out with the latest uploads from my favourite YouTubers. There is so something so therapeutic about watching a make-up tutorial or a look book. Perhaps one day I will have enough courage and time to start my own channel! But until then I am more than happy to let my subscription box fill up with vlogs and GRWMs.
So once I’ve been inspired by a YouTube pamper routine it’s time to start my own: firstly, I need to make sure all of my make up is off. You’ve heard of a double cleanse. Well, mine is more like a quadruple!
Make-up wipes and micellar water to get the damn stuff off and then an oil cleanse, followed by a foaming face wash. If I am fortunate to have the time for a bath I would then apply a cold Lush face mask from the fridge whilst running a tub full of Epsom salts, muscle therapy bubble soak and a dash of aromatherapy oil. Bliss.
Once in the bath I’d treat my hair to a mask, shave my legs and relax with a cold beer. There is something so special about the contrast between a hot bath and a cold drink.
Once out, I douse myself in body lotion, put on my dressing gown and read a book/magazine. With my pixie cut I do not need to blow dry my hair so my bath time is over. Bonus.
This simple routine kept me sane during a v. stressful month. Self-care and indulgence in simple pleasures is all there is to it.
How do you unwind and de-stress?