Coming home from work and unwinding for the evening is what I look forward to the most during the week. My job in design requires staring at a computer screen all day and uses a lot of brain power, so I'm constantly on the look out for ways to zone out and switch off without the need of my laptop by my side. Here are 5 of my favourite ways to relax and unwind at the moment, without the need of technology.
I've accumulated a rather impressive selection of candles over the past few months, especially after receiving a rather generous amount of Diptyque candles at Christmas. I love turning the lights off in my bedroom and having a few flickering candles on the go, surrounding the room with a calming aroma whilst I'm trying to relax. When choosing scents, I tend to gravitate towards the soft, florals and subtle fruity notes [just like my perfumes] - which is why the infamous Diptyque Baies is one of my favourites.
LISTENING TO AN AUDIOBOOK
One of my favourite things to do when I'm in need of some relaxation time; is to put my headphones in and listen to an audiobook. Finding the time to sit down and read a book without the distraction of football on TV in the background is rare in my house and I need complete silence to concentrate, so this allows me to listen whilst doing other things too. I'm currently listening to 'After You' by Jojo Moyes which is the second part of 'Me Before You'. I'd recommend both of these to anyone after an easy-read love story that doesn't require too much thinking [warning: they are very sad]. Setting up and audible account was one of the best things I've done to contribute toward my relaxation time, especially as I can listen in the car to and from work. It's very rare that I'm in the mood for the repetitive cycle of chart hits on the radio in the mornings.
I always feel super productive when I take an hour or so out of my evening to plan an upcoming blog post or two. One of my new year's resolutions was to spend more time on my blog and post more regularly, even if it's just twice a week. I think I used to put too much pressure on myself which resulted in feeling anxious whenever I thought about my blog which is why I had stages of absence, so I've set myself new and more realistic goals. It can sometimes be difficult finding that balance between blogging and working full time, especially in the winter as it's dark when I get home, so the only time I really have to photograph is on the weekend. On a Saturday morning, I'll wake up early to make the most out of the natural light, as well as planning upcoming posts. I recently purchased an amazing planned from Urban Outfitters which I feel has influenced me to be more productive and to plan ahead.
ORGANISING MY BEAUTY COLLECTION
I'm a firm believer of the whole 'tidy home, tidy mind' quote, and organising my beauty stash is one of those jobs that I find extremely relaxing. I take pride in my collection and like to keep on top of things, transitioning my products so nothing gets pushed to the back or forgotten about. Every month or so, I'll have a huge de-clutter session where I'll empty everything out and re-organise, throwing away any items that are out of date or unused.
PYJAMAS & PAMPER
I'm not ashamed to admit that the first thing I'll do when I get in the door, is run upstairs and change into my pyjamas and a fresh pair of fluffy socks/slippers for the evening. There's just something about getting into comfy clothes that gives me that instant feeling of relief and helps to kick-start my relaxation process. Depending on how tired I'm feeling, I'll also put some time aside to give myself a pamper of some sort. This could be anything from a hot bubble bath, treating my skin to some well needed TLC, or painting my nails.
What are your favourite ways to relax & unwind?