Up until very recently I was working a full-time job, day in day out, so I know how tough it can be to feel rested or relaxed throughout the week. Countless times (especially during the winter) I would come home exhausted, unwilling to do anything other than sit on the couch and endlessly watch episodes of Forensic Files. However, I quickly noticed that most of the time doing that made me feel worse and much more lethargic than if I was to take the initiative work out. The last few weeks I’ve taken some measures to mend the stress of a long workweek and I thought I'd share them in this post. These tips are what seem to make me feel a bit better so hopefully that can help anyone else struggling with a hectic lifestyle.
LIGHT SOME CANDLES
There is nothing cozier to me than shutting off all the lights with only the glow of a few candles and fairy lights to read with. Normally we’ll have a few candleholders around the apartment that we refill every so often with small candle pods, however recently my favourites are the Febreze scented candles. I find that they last much longer and they give the room a nice fragrance that isn’t overpowering. The thought of reading by candlelight evokes the feelings of being in an Austen or Bronte novel and that will always cheer me up.
PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY
I’ve made it very clear in a previous post this week that I am trying my best to stay away from my phone more often. While this may be difficult (trust me, I get it), I think it’s important to spend some time with yourself and without the constant stimuli beckoning you to your phone. I’ve taken to putting my phone on do not disturb so even if it is near by I won’t gravitate toward it when I see the screen light up. So far this challenge has helped me realize that without my phone, I don’t really have much to entertain myself with, which has encouraged me to read and write more. I understand that many people’s careers rely on their phones, but even putting it away for an hour every night will be enough to centre you and your understanding of yourself.
WRITE IN A JOURNAL
I’ve mentioned this activity before and I still stand by it as being a great way to unwind and relieve some stress. Many people might associate journal writing with an angsty 7th grader, but it has gotten me through some tough times and has really helped me make decisions once I was able to see things written out. My favourite journal to use has been by Moleskine as I’m a fan of hardcover and parchment-like paper. If you’re new to journal writing and don’t know where to start I would recommend just writing about your day. Slowly you will notice other thoughts come pouring out, some you didn’t even know were there.
DRINK SOMETHING WARM
Whether this is tea, warm milk, coffee, or a stiff drink—I find that I feel better once I have something warming me up inside. Pair this with reading a book or writing in your journal and you’ve got yourself a night. Even as I’m writing this post I’m drinking a hot cup of coffee because I find that it helps get the creative gears turning while keeping me feeling cozy on this drizzly day.
SPEND TIME WITH A FRIEND
This point might be obvious to most people, but I always forget how much better I feel after I hang out with a friend or two following an aggravating day. You will usually find us in the corner booth at a local pub, jovially clinking our pints of beer together. Despite being quite the loner, I’ve forged a few close friendships with people I know I can turn to when the going gets tough and that’s what I need on days when I feel a bit defeated.
How do you deal with a long workweek?