Sometimes I come home after a long day of work and I am just completely unhinged. It doesn't even have to be from anything specific, but I know if I get home and don't unwind and de-stress immediately I could snap! Josh shouldn't have to put up with me being a psycho. He does though, on a regular basis. (love you!)
The first thing I do when I walk in the door is take off my clunky Dr Martens, that I guarantee I manage to wear to all of my many jobs. Then straight into the sweats. Hoodies, track pants and slippers are my best friends this Winter. Getting out of your work gear is the so relieving. You're home now, it's all downhill from here.
My house currently smells divine as I've set up the Airwick Freshmatic Auto Spray machine* that I received recently, which puffs out aromas every half hour or so. The current fragrance I've got in there, Winter Moments, smells just like pie and vanilla. I've also got two more different and Summery scents that will be just dreamy in the warmer months.
Having a nice smelling home fragrance that you can come back to is surprisingly calming. We can't all have lovely auto fragrant puffer things. So your next best option scented candles. Watching that candlelight flicker is half the charm!
Put on some music! Put on something loud and crazy and dance around your room screaming the lyrics, or perhaps something a little quieter, some gentle background noise. Whatever your jam is,
turn it on. I'm loving me some Tame Impala right now or even the Wombat's new album Glitterbug. Tame Impala's Currents is perfect for chilled out background noise, whilst the Wombats is definitely more of a groove around kinda tune.
Make yourself a hot beverage. I guess you can make yourself a cool beverage if it's just really hot in your house. But a nice cup of tea or hot chocolate is the perfect way to wind down. Even just listening to the kettle boil can be a relaxing bout of white noise. I'm feeling calmer just thinking about it.
Hold your cup, let your fingers absorb the warmth and let all the the negative feelings and stress just float away. Chamomile tea is perfect for relaxing. But anything that you enjoy will work as well.
Not that you want to clean or tidy up right now, as soon as you get home. But nothing gets me worked up quicker than sitting in a cluttered or untidy space. Try your best to keep your space tidy where possible. Because trying to de-stress while you're looking at all that mess and thinking, I should be tidying that. Well that's not helping anyone.
Sit Outside! I've currently collected quite a few different plants that surround me in my courtyard, and when the sun is shining, sitting in the middle of my garden, well there's no place I'd rather be.
Breathe in that fresh air, soak up those rays.
Do you best to relax and calm down, so that tomorrow you can wake up and do it all over again.
What do you do to de-stress?
*Some of these items may have been given to me for review. All comments and views are my own.