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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

#CALMDAY



I often say that I am tired, stressed or my head feels 'cloudy'. I put a hell of a lot of pressure on myself along with a hefty workload that I often don't say that I am struggling and need to say no to things.

I get up early every morning, get through my emails or housework before popping off to work at my first and then second job before I come home at 10pm and attempt to do some blogging/ spend time with my boyfriend. It's exhausting and there really isn't enough hours in the day, I often pray for them and currently having no such luck. I don't expect people to understand what it feels like putting so much on my plate but I'm hoping that'll they read this post and have a little more care. (Don't worry I'm working one of my jobs for much longer, I'm exhausted)

We all need a break sometimes, even if it is just for 30 mins a day just to take some time out. Breaks are good for you and your soul. I understand the importance of taking a break most suffering with migraines and anxiety on a daily basis.

I thought I would share some things you can do for half hour which help keep me calm on those kind of days. Maybe there'll be something that you haven't done in a while and it inspires you, who knows!

I hope you'll be spending some time today switching on that phone and having some time to calm. 
HAVE A BUBBLE BATH
If you haven't enjoyed the pleasure of a Lush bathbomb then treat yourself to one, TODAY.
It's definitely worth for that half hour in a bath surrounded by some candles and your favourite tunes or YouTube video on the side of the bathtub. I definitely appreciate this more now that I have a bigger bathtub to enjoy them in ;)

READ A BOOK WITH A CUP OF TEA 
Stick on your kettle and curl up with your current read or something of your favourite book, you'll find that this activity can go on longer than 30 minutes,,, that's ok! 
I really enjoy reading Harry Potter and couldn't recommend Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig enough, it's such a good read! 

GO FOR A WALK
Stick your coat and shoes on and go for a walk around where you live, you may even have a night walking spot you can go and wonder within. 
I even take my camera with me sometimes, get some of those blog pictures for a future blog post because you can work and relax too right?
I really enjoy going for a walk with a friend too, it gives you time to have a good natter too! 

TIDY YOUR HOUSE/ OFFICE SPACE 
Tidy house, tidy mind right? I feel tons calmer when I've cleaned one space in my house. Stick on those favourite tunes of yours too, because it makes for good company and motivation.
I always like to pop to the shop and treat myself to a bunch of flowers too, it makes a room feel so much calmer and comforting.

HAVE A LITTLE DANCE
Find a space in your house, whack up the levels on your favourite album and do some dancing! It doesn't have to be choreographed, it's proven research that dance helps reduce stress levels. 
This usually ends up in me choreographing my next routine for future work too! 


TEXT A FRIEND
We often grow up and find it near impossible to keep in touch with friends, why not pick up your phone and text somebody you haven't spoken to a while. 

Get their latest news, arrange a meet up or just talk about the latest episode of TV series you've been loving! 

LISTEN TO MUSIC
I love Spotify so spend the majority of my downtime finding a playlist to suit my mood.
It's also really fun creating playlists from these downtimes for future reference!

That was short and simple, I hope you enjoyed this post and it's given you some ideas! How will you be spending your #calmday? 

thanks for reading,
thanks for reading,


22 comments:

  1. Such a great list :)
    I definitely find that blasting out some tunes and dancing around (when I have the energy to!) releases so much stress and instantly brings a smile to my face :)

    Sarah
    http://www.sarahschapter.co.uk

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    1. Aha glad you love the dancing around (it's a favourite in the comments!) I'm often dancing to Justin Bieber or reacting a musical song to my heart's content!

      Emmie x

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  2. What a lovely post. Hopefully your workload starts to lift and makes you feel less exhausted :(
    I definitely find having a bubble bath makes me feel more calm xo

    Emily | emsalice.com

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    1. Yeah once I leave the pub job I will be tons better as I'll have evenings free to do blogging or to have a bit of a 'life'. It's a long time coming :)

      Emmie x

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  3. A great list of tips! I'm exactly the same.

    moremindfulyou.blogspot.com

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    1. Ah glad you enjoyed the list and it gave you things to use for the next time your relaxing :)

      Emmie x

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  4. These are definitely some of my favorite things to relax! I used to love having dance parties with my old roommate when we got stressed haha

    Lee - leethrifts.com

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    1. Ah that's fab, dance parties with your friends are the best mood busters and relaxers too! :D

      Emmie x

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  5. Love this! Got to say about the colouring books tho! I absolutely love them! Xx

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    1. Yes I did think I should have mentioned them afterwards, I have a few books I haven't put to good use yet ;)

      Emmie xx

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  6. Great list Em!

    I'm currently reading the Matt Haig book, and loving it!
    Love Soph | www.sophieannehamilton.co.uk xx

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    1. Thanks Soph! :D The Matt Haig was a life saviour when I first got diagnosed with Anxiety, it helped me understand what I was experienced wasn't just what I was experiencing but what others had! :)

      Emmie x

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  7. Dancing's a great one. Nothing better than going wild dancing (even though I can't dance at all). It's so important to give yourself a break, even from blogging for me. I've let my mental health state get far too low before and I'm not letting it happen again haha.

    eleanor
    elleanorwears.com

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    1. I think it's even more if you don't think you can dance, shows your fearless ;) and as long as you enjoy it it's all that matters. Oh for sure, it's hard sometimes and I'm one for putting huge things onto my plate and then suffering in silence! Not anymore ;)

      Emmie x

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  8. i always dance!but i`m so awful at it haha, music is part of me also, sometimes i read blogs like yours, i have a great article for you to read https://kovla.com/belarusian-brides-dating about brides!i think you will enjoy it!

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    1. It isn't about whether your awful at it, as long as you enjoy how it makes you feel and what you want to do to express that!

      Emmie xx

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  9. Making a conscious effort to chill is so important. It frustrates me sometimes how much pressure I put on myself and then I begin to overthink and analyse everything. One thing that helps me is getting out of the house and just going for a walk, or a schmooze with my cat :)

    Charlotte x

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    1. Yeah definitely, I find it harder to at the moment as I'm balancing two jobs! Bring on next Thursday and i'll only have one job so all my focus can be elsewhere and I can enjoy blogging/relaxing again. Yeah walks are great, especially whilst the weather improves!

      Emmie x

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  10. Really great post and very important too!
    Baths used to be a huge thing for me but the house I'm in now doesn't have one :( boo!! But I have one if I go to my parents haha.

    Cleaning and organizing is probably my top one though.

    xo

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and yes definitely important to acknowledge and talk about :) Oh no! I couldn't imagine my house without a bath, it's perfect for those days when they've been long and crappy!

      Emmie xx

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  11. I really enjoyed this post, made me happy reading it to be honest because I was thinking about how much I should practice these tips for myself, thank you.

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    1. I'm glad it made you happy and hope you've found time to chill out this week :)

      Emmie x

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