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Saturday, 10 June 2017

Unwinding 101

Untitled Unwinding - seems simple but in a world full of juggling your job, partner, friends, family and ‘me time’, it can be harder than it sounds. Add that to living our lives on social media and switching off can be almost impossible. So in honour of my first day off everything this year, I’m doing just that, so here are my top tips and tricks to switching on that off button.


Ok, ok, so not everyone’s down with the written word or putting themselves out there, but jotting down ideas, thoughts or simply what’s on your mind can unleash a whole lotta stress. And writing when something’s on your mind is the best kind, it comes from a genuine place and I know I do my best writing when something’s bothering me. One of my favourite blog posts came to me on a train back from London and I wrote it up in ten minutes on my phone.

Head to the country

Maybe I’m biased because I grew up surrounded by hills but heading somewhere green where the only noise is the odd bird can work wonders for your mind and soul. And you’re never too far away from those spots.

Go solo

Sometimes you just gotta cut ties with everyone and go somewhere solo. I prefer flying alone if I’m honest and just recharging your own batteries will clear your mind. That might mean a 10k run somewhere scenic, going for breakfast or heck, travelling abroad. Being around people is great but being okay alone is important too.


If you’re stressed where you are, escape to some place new in a book. But not just any book, browse those shelves for hours finding the one that you won’t wanna put down.

Make those calls

If I’m ever feeling down or stressed, hearing the voice of someone I love turns my day the right way. Even if nothing’s new between you and them, a random and what seems like pointless call can be just what you’re craving.

Treat yourself to a massage

Research where you go beforehand and tailor your massage to your needs. Like most people, I carry tension in my upper body so having an hour of literally releasing those knots sends me to a good place and even to sleep sometimes…

Find your jam

Downtime music is always a good option. Make a playlist and blast it out when you most need it. I’m loving Tom Walker’s voice at the moment and Kodaline always get me.

Lie in

Sleep wins in most situations so if you can, don’t set an alarm, get some blackout blinds and a ‘never wanna leave’ duvet.

Switch it off

Technology is both a blessing and a curse but when it comes to unwinding, switch it off or at least on ‘do not disturb’ until you’re ready to face the world again. Same goes for your TV, avoid having one in your bedroom and use that space for resting and well, other things.

And just breathe

Sounds straightforward but focusing on your breathing can be the cheapest and easiest way to chill out.

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