Four Ways I Chill Out When I’m Not Blogging: Staying in Vs Going Out

Emma Victoria Stokes Cactus Chill IE

-Collaborative post with Chill.IE-

I’m naturally a stressy person. I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well and to push boundaries. I figure it’s one of the many good traits I got from my mother. It’s also one of many reasons why I enjoy blogging so much, I’m my own boss when it comes to creating content, good quality images and my productivity soars when I can simply sit down and tell my readers what I’ve been doing that week. Although as of late I feel like I’ve been snowed under with deadlines, quitting my job, managing clients websites and social media accounts, and sometimes it can get a bit too much. So when I was recently contacted by Insurance Company Chill.Ie to tell people what I do to take some ‘me time’ at home, I figured it’d be the perfect chance to show you that my life isn’t always about reviewing hotels and eating food!

Emma Victoria Stokes Teapot Chill IE Drink tea and watch films

It’s been a while since I’ve worked on a lifestyle post and I always have to remember it’s the main reason why I started blogging in the first place. My ideal setting to relax is making a fresh pot of tea in this gorgeous little teapot that my best friend’s mother bought me as a house warming present. At work I actually drink green tea but when at home, this little beauty gets used a LOT. It’s even better when I can invite my girls round to watch some films and snuggle up on my sofa whilst drinking numerous pots of the stuff. Last weekend I visited Windsor and spotted a new teashop called T2 Tea. I treated myself to some green tea with a hint of chocolate and I’ve not long been told that there’s one in the Bullring in Birmingham. Happy days!

Emma Victoria Stokes Cactus Chill IEOrganise my surroundings and collect cacti

Don’t let my surroundings fool you, the piles of clothes at the end of my bed and my messy make up cupboard is meant to be that way, honest! When I’m not hard at work or blogging, I like to take some time to organise my home. I’ve started collecting little pots of cacti and I’m determined to build a succulent wall in our back room. Because who doesn’t want a room that is Instagram worthy?! Most importantly, I  like to organise my aromatherapy oils and products because I wouldn’t be me without a nightly bubble bath. I’m currently in the process of trying to decorate my spare room / study as I want to sort out my monochrome office essentials.  People say that owing a house ‘takes years to complete’ but I want it NOW!

Emma Victoria Stokes Tealights Holders Light some candles

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I love candles. I have them scattered around my home in various nooks and hidey holes. Most importantly, I have a selection in my front lounge area and I light them each night whilst snuggling up on my sofa with a blanket. I spend the majority of my working day on my phone and scrolling through social media is actually my day job, so my eyes become tired very quickly. Switching off and lighting some candles is so relaxing and is definitely something I’m going to appreciate the older I get.

Emma Victoria Stokes Cooked DinnerCooking hearty and healthy meals

I know that most people could think of nothing worse than coming home after a long day and cooking a meal. But I find it therapeutic and gives me a chance to switch off my phone for a while, put on some music and slide on the kitchen tiles when I prep the chicken. Thankfully, my boyfriend Josh is a great cook, so we take it in turns each night to cook our meals. At the moment I’m a huge fan of chicken and quinoa, because eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive. I’d love to know what your favourite meal is in the comments below! How do you relax when you’re at home? *Thanks To for collaborating with me on this post. 



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