I don’t know about you, but winding down is an important part of my day (unless I want to remain a miserable cow). There’s no chance of me getting a good’s night sleep if I have a lot on my mind, and don’t feel relaxed. Or if Amelie is in the mood for a sleepover.Take A Bath. Have A Pamper.
I’m pretty sure this is the only advice that I ever give my friends. “Chlo, I’m not feeling too great”, “take a bath, and have a pamper”. Wise words of wisdom, I say. Or just a friend that’s terrible at giving advice. There’s nothing more relaxing than taking some me time to have a bath and slather on my favourite face mask. My go-to bath time read at the moment is Get Your Shit Together by Sarah Knight. As quite frankly, I need to get my shit together. This is all on the very rare occasion that I actually have time to run a bath.
Get Some Headspace
Trying to keep on top of a mental to-do-list when I have thoughts coming in at a thousand miles per second is just not happening. For me, starting a blog was my idea of ‘headspace’. It’s somewhere to not only document my life, but it’s also somewhere to jot down my thoughts. If you’re ever reading one of my posts like ‘????’ – I’m probably just letting off some steam. I tend to go off on a tangent when I get in to writing, and tail off the original topic. Just like I’m doing right now, in fact. If you don’t fancy starting a blog, there’s nothing better than putting a pen to paper. From keeping a diary to making a list – whatever works for you!
Is meditation lame? Probably. Does it help you to wind down? Definitely! Throughout my exams, I used a meditation app called Headspace. I used to listen to a recording before I went to bed, and it really lifted the weight off my shoulders. This doesn’t mean sitting crossed legged with your middle finger resting on your thumb whilst you hum yourself to relaxation. It’s all about learning how to breathe when you’re feeling a little under the weather. If you’re struggling to relax before you go to sleep, it’s not a lame as it sounds. Or maybe I am just lame.
Phone Down, Head Down
I’m terrible for scrolling through Instagram when I’m supposed to be asleep. It’s completely aimless scrolling too. It sends my brain into overdrive, and so I’ve been trying to put my phone down a little while before I plan to sleep. This way, I don’t have to fall asleep thinking about how much I loved the jacket that Suzie was wearing in her recent post. And then spending more time trying to hunt this jacket down on ASOS.
Should’ve, Would’ve, Could’ve
Another thing I’m terrible for is dwelling. Why can’t we just screw bad things up into a little ball and throw them in the bin? It’s so important to know what is making you stressed so that you can figure out how to sort it. I’m definitely an advocate for ‘tidy space, tidy mind’ so if I’m stressed it’s probably because the house looks like a pigsty. There’s no point in looking back at what you should’ve, would’ve or could’ve done. Take it with a pinch of salt, and learn to wash the dishes after meals so that you aren’t stressed in the morning. It’s great to thank your past self, but it’s even better to look forward.
How do you wind down and stay positive?