With it being the final semester of my degree, things are definitely getting intense, with the pressure of multiple deadlines and assessments looming like a dark shadow over my head. This means I really like to plan out my day to be as effective and productive as possible, so that I have time at the end of each day to do an activity that I really enjoy as a way to unwind. I’ve found several different rituals that really help me relax, so I thought I’d share them with you today:
1. Make a warm drink.
For me it’s tea. I love my coffee but I try not to drink it after 3pm, otherwise I tend to stay awake longer which disrupts my sleep. I’ve never been the kind of girl who likes flavoured tea, but a large mug of peppermint or chamomile tea is such a soothing drink after a long day.
2. Think about blog ideas.
The reason I started a blog was simply because I was excited to create a space on the internet where I could share what I love (hence the name of my blog). To this day, blogging is still something which excites me just as much as it did when I started, if not more so. I never really find it a chore, and though it can be a little more stressful at times, I like to have a bunch of new ideas on hand for days when I’m stuck.
3. Create a soothing playlist.
Everyone has a bunch of songs that they find relaxing and they never get tired of hearing. I love compiling my favourites into a playlist and having it play (either in my ears or out loud whilst I work). A couple of my favourites are Young & Beautiful by Lana Del Rey and more recently, the soundtrack from La La Land – of course.
4. Turn down the lights.
When the sun is down I like to completely shut my curtains and create lighting which helps me cozy up for the evening. This means lots of candles and fairy lights – it creates a soft, pretty lighting as well as a beautiful fragranced space for me to relax in.
5. Catch up on any reading.
Whether it’s magazines, blogs or books, reading is the perfect low stress activity to help unwind after a long day. I love browsing through all the blog posts I’ve missed throughout the day and leaving comments. The evening is definitely the time of day where I’m most engaged with the blogging side of my life because this whole community is such a positive and lovely one – it definitely helps you feel relaxed after a busy day!
6. Have a beauty routine.
I’ve made it a rule for myself to take off every scrap of makeup and moisturize well before bed but because beauty is something I really enjoy, I like to make a routine out of it. Sometimes I’ll add in a face mask, or a long soak in a bubble bath, or a fresh manicure – there are so many beauty pampering treats out there and I like to make the most of them.
What are your favourite ways to relax after a long day?