I think all of us feel like we need a bit of a step back and have a bit of time out every now and again. We have increasingly busy lives, we’re stressed, we’re tired and we’re overworked. But ironically we don’t always have the time to do much about it.
But there are some easy, little things that you can do that will really make a difference.
Have a cup of green tea. C’mon, this couldn’t be written by a British girl without a cup of tea being included could it?! Green tea is well known for being high in antioxidants, which reduce the formation of free radicals, protecting cells and molecules in the body from damage.
The particular blend I’m trying at the moment is Geisha Getaway from T2. It smells quite vanillary but has hints of coconut and pineapple in it! Like a holiday in a cup.*
Oh, and don’t have a Spice Girls mug? Sucks to be you!
Deep breathing exercises. Make yourself comfortable and start to count your breaths as they pass. Each in breath counts as one and each out breath counts as two. I count up to 10 and then stop and count again at one. Just doing this for a few minutes and focusing on your breath can help you to feel very calm.
Take a digital detox. Even just a few hours away from your phone and Netflix will make a difference. Twitter will still be there when you get back and guess what, it probably won’t have noticed you’d gone. Go outside. Throw a frisbee. Talk to your partner. Walk the dog. Bake a cake.
Paint your nails. I’ve bitten my nails for as long as I can remember. It has ALWAYS been my New Year’s resolution and I’ve broken it by about mid-January. I’d tried everything, the disgusting flavoured nail varnish (fine if you don’t want to eat anything that day), wearing gloves (toasty but completely impractical) and nothing worked. Then I came across this blog post by Little Miss Katy and by following her advice I haven’t bitten them for just over a month. I won’t lie, there’s been the occasional nibble at a point when I realised I didn’t have a nail file on me but I managed to stop myself. That’s it – I try to keep them painted so I can physically see a bright colour moving towards my mouth and I try to keep a nail file on me at all times (thankfully I received a perfect little nail set when I did a bloggers’ snail mail gift swap) so that if there is a little snag I can file it away rather than using my teeth. It’s still difficult and I still have urges but I love how nice they look. And I’m really enjoying painting them, it’s now a relaxing little weekend ritual.
Read a good book. There’s nothing better than getting really stuck in to a fictional story set far away. I’ve read so many good ones recently – Girl on the Train, My Sister’s Secret and The Husband’s Secret to name a few (ooh there’s a secret theme going on). I love a good thriller and I’ve got a few new ones ready for my holiday too – I intend to read a lot!
A face mask. There’s something about a face mask that feels so rejuvenating, not just to your face. I can’t explain it, it may just be purely that it forces you to sit down and relax for 20 minutes that I love! I’m the same about going to the doctors, I try to get there early because I love just being able to sit there, guilt-free (uh oh, more on guilty feelings again) reading a magazine for a while without anything else to do. I suppose if I’m doing a face mask inevitably it’s an evening and I’ve got a glass of wine in my hand so I’m associating those things together!
Sit in the sunshine. You don’t even need to go outside to do this one, but it helps. If you don’t have a garden and can’t get to the park, just sit by the window or find a warm sunny spot where the sun is pouring in. Close your eyes and relax. Smile.
*Post sponsored by T2 Tea who gave me a box of Geisha Green Tea to sample but all views are my own.