No matter how much you love your job I can bet your evenings and weekends (or whenever it is that you aren't working your ass off) are still your favourite time of the week. For me, my evenings are a precious jewel in my day. It's the time when I get to see my flatmate and other half, to binge-watch friends until I fall asleep to the tones of "WE WERE ON A BREAK" and when I can commit some serious hours to this lil ol' blog of mine. Despite often feeling like I've got a never ending to-do list full of life admin to make my way through, there are a few things that I like to do in an evening to get some of that all important zen. No matter what your plans are, finding the time for at least one of these each evening should stop you from combusting with stress at any given moment *not official medical advice.
LISTEN. Although there is much to be said for some peace and quiet, sometimes turning up the tunes is the best way to kick back and unwind. Flicking the switch on the kettle and getting myself set up in my favourite chair is a surefire way to calm me down after a stressful day in the office. Although sometimes nothing will destress me quite like the Spice Girls, it's often some classical piano or opera (how cultured of me) that I like to blast through my Panasonic Speaker System. You only need to set aside 5 minutes (or however long it takes you to sip down your cuppa) to dedicate to listening to some calming tunes and you can bet you'll instantly feel yourself unwinding. Just don't pick a 'crashing waves' album because as calming as that may be, you'll find yourself running for a wee after approximately 30 seconds.
WATCH. I love a good movie or gritty series as much as the next person but when I have to religiously follow every sentence and scene in order to not get left behind then it's not always the most relaxing past time. That being said settling down in front of Netflixfor half an hour at the end of the day is the ideal way to forget about the stressors of the day. I often find that when I'm feeling slightly highly strung that FRIENDS is my saviour, I've seen every episode a thousand times and I can half-watch and half-zone off without having to re-watch the episode later. Pick your go to chill show and press play as you're getting ready for bed.
READ. In case you hadn't figured it out yet, I'm what people might call a bookworm. Nothing quite compares to getting stuck into a good book and once I find one I love I don't tend to put it down until I've finished it. Although I'm a thriller girl through and through (you can check out my book reviews here) lately I've discovered a couple of non-fiction gems that have opened my eyes. Taking 10 minutes to read a couple of chapters on mindfulness has majorly helped me to unwind and focus on what's important. I recently discovered The Secret and if it can change the ways of this self-confessed pessimist then it can probably help you too.
Unwinding in an evening is key if you don't want to self-combust so make sure you set aside time for whatever works for you. I've actually spoken about the importance of making time for yourself over on Sam's blog so go check that out if you fancy more of my insightful wisdom. Self-help book coming soon folks.