It’s nearing the end of our first month of 2014 and I hope yours has been productive and satisfying. It’s ridiculous how all the days seem to blur into one. Over the past couple of weeks, most people will have gone back to work after the festive period, and a large majority will have already started to feel sluggish and drained. This is why I thought I would share with you some of the activites i do to motivate myself when I’m feeling tired or when I’m feeling down. January blues can be very forceful, so I have made sure to do as much of these things as possible to keep my spirits up.
I’m a huge tea drinker. When I’m in the office, I can drink up to 7-8 cups over an 8 hour period. However this isn’t a bad thing. It is said that you need up to 8 glasses of water a day to remain fully hydrated and tea especially, is fantastic at hydrating you when you’re feeling thirsty. I don’t know where I would be without tea, and I can’t start my morning without a cuppa.
Hitting the gym has become my new favourite way to de-stress. I tend to go early in the mornings shortly after I wake up so I can kick start my day into doing something productive. I mix up my routine a bit, varying between the cross training, treadmill and weights. Getting a good sweat on will help you feel calmer and more energetic. I’ve also started to go for a swim every other day too. I later treat myself by sitting in the sauna and sweating out all the toxins. I feel great after I’ve had a hot shower and something refreshing to eat afterwards.
Cook something. Whether it be baking cakes, cooking pasta or cooking a 3- course meal, it is well known that one way to declutter your mind is to get into the kitchen. Not only is it satisfying cooking up a storm, I personally get that overwhelming happy feeling when my parents and boyfriend come home from a long day, and there is hot food on the table for them. They usually tell me my meals are pretty tasty. This always makes my day just that little bit better.
Watch films. Watch films every day. And every night. Just watch them.
Love something. I don’t have kids, but I have four dogs. They’re my babies and they’re bloody hard work sometimes. But I love them with all my heart, because every single one of them has their own personality. If you have a pet, kiss it, stroke it, love it. It is well known that stroking a dog can lower blood pressure and they have a calming effect. I make sure to tell my westies that I love them, even when they piss me off. I wouldn’t be without them. It’s nice snuggling up with them and I even tell them about my day. They’re good listeners.
My ‘go-to’ thing to do when I’m feeling down or tired is to have a hot relaxing bath. A long soak can ease tension, and having plenty of bubbles or a bath bomb can usually make my day. Our bath has a jacuzzi setting, so it’s just like being in a health spa. Simple things like this allow me to reflect on my day in piece and quiet, and I usually leave my phone in my bedroom as this should be the one time of the day where you aren’t disturbed. Having ‘me time’ is very important if you are always busy. Make sure you set some time aside for yourself. If you aren’t a bath person, a hot shower is just as beneficial.
Photos 1,2,4 credited to Pinterest.