At the moment I'm knee-deep in deadlines (although it feels a little more like neck-deep at times!!) I've had a few of those 'I've definitely bitten off more than I can chew' moments in the last couple of weeks, which tends to happen whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed.
So, in order to unwind and make sure I don't fall in a heap, I have a few go-to things that help me keep a clear head (and hopefully bring the stress-levels down to a more manageable level).
1. make a cup of tea...
I know I've blogged about my love of tea before, but it's part of my daily 'self care' routine. Taking a few quiet moments to brew the tea can make all the difference to how I feel. It forces me to get away from the laptop and I find the scent of tea so relaxing and soothing.
Current favourites: this adorable dinosaur infuser and Harrods Raspberry & Vanilla black tea.
2. have a bath...
There's nothing more soothing than a warm bath, especially if it's scented with something lovely. I often take a book in with my (but not my Kindle, because I'm clumsy as anything and that sounds like a recipe for disaster).
Current favourites: Saje unwind bath salts which have orange, bergamot, lavender, geranium, and cinnamon essential oils.
3. go out for brunch...
Sometimes I need to be physically removed from my laptop in order to chill out. Yeah, I'm one of those people who feels guilty if I'm not working all the time! Weekend brunch is probably my favourite meal to go out for.
Current favourites: in Toronto it's Mildred's Temple Kitchen and back home I was always a fan of Auction Rooms in North Melbourne.
4. read a book...
Reading is definitely an essential activity for me and if I can combine that with a good coffee and a nice setting, even better. Otherwise, if I'm at home, I love to curl up on my bed with a good book.
Current favourites: I'm really loving May The Best Man Win by Mira Lyn Kelly. It's funny, modern and sexy - all the things I look for in a contemporary romance.
How do you like to relax?