Are you addicted to your smartphone/social media? Because I would probably say that I am (and I think Pete would agree). It’s the last thing I reach for at night and the first thing I reach for in the morning. But in a world where the noise never really seems to stop, how do we make sure we’re switching off? I definitely struggle to juggle things most of the time, especially with working full-time. Yet we’re all working in one way or another, whether it’s parenting, working for ourselves or someone else. I’ve made no secret of the fact that life has been a bit challenging lately but I’m determined to channel positivity and fit in as many small chunks of relaxation as possible.
This post is coming to you live from my back garden. It’s Monday evening and I’ve just got home from work and there’s just enough sunshine left to warm the patio and sit and listen to the birds. I’ve never really had much garden space in London and am certainly not the most green-fingered person in the world. Our garden here though is more than 100ft and I can’t get over the potential to turn it into our dream space. Little by little I’m also getting used to gardening and love nurturing plants but likewise, one of my favourite pastimes is just to kick back and relax, G&T in hand.
Pete and I could not be more different when it comes to our bath attitudes. At certain times of year it’s literally the only thing which can warm me up and I see the bathroom as a complete sanctuary. I’m not sure he has even had a bath in our 11 years together. For me, the bathroom has the potential to be a free spa. A bit like champagne, using special candles and oils should be an every day occurrence, not saved for special occasions. So yes, I do love a bit of pamper time. Accompanied by Netflix on the ipad of course. We’ve got two bathrooms, both with baths, both of which need renovating so I can’t wait to create my dream space.
Whilst my favourite downtime has to be a box set, I’m just working my way into the podcast world and came across the amazing Mark Whittle. His series is called ‘Take FL1GHT’ and recently featured my all-time favourite influencer, Lydia Elise Millen. I started listening to his podcasts on my way from home work and the series is absolutely inspirational and passion-inducing. So for me, taking a break is important but also focusing on the life you want to achieve helps me to relax, too.
A Cup Of Tea
Yep, you got me – I may be one-quarter German but I love a good cuppa like the best British person. That said, my tastes have changed since turning vegan as I just haven’t found a good plant-milk that works in tea. So now I am 100% herbal and absolutely love green tea, turmeric tea, tea-based lattes. You name it, I’m a tea addict. With the exception of peppermint which is just grim. Plus, where comes tea, comes biscuits or cake. Which is DEFINITELY a good way to relax in my opinion. And according to The Independent, tea is good for you. Who wants to put the kettle on?
What are your favourite ways to relax when you need a bit of downtime? I’d love to know.
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I always prefer bubble for a drop of refreshment after a tiring day at work!
Yep that’s pretty much always my plans too!