I have been so overwhelmed with work and our house move lately I've been struggling to find time to switch off and relax. So I've decided to take a moment and sit back and think about the ways I enjoy relaxing and make sure I fit at least one of these into every single day. And I'm sharing 5 of them to inspire you to carve out some 'me time'.
My favourite way to relax is to get lost in a good book. Assuming I'm not up working until the crack of dawn I always read a chapter or two of my latest book last thing at night before I fall asleep. I'm all about fiction which allows me to escape to another world away from the day to day routines of life.
There is something very calming about mixing, shaping, baking and decorating. In particular I love cake decorating and making sugar paste flowers. Creating something delicious and beautiful is quite magical. If you are new to baking try some easy cookies to start you off
I've always love to draw and paint but these days I find it super hard to find any time to set myself up for a session. So a few years back I was bought an adult colouring book which makes it super easy to just sit down and enjoying blending colours for a little while. It is amazingly meditative Then you can simply pop it away to finish off later.
I've only recently discovered walking as I was always a jump in the car and get somewhere quickly kind of girl. But the school run has changed all of that. The hour I spend out of the house in the fresh air twice a day is like pressing the reset button. I just stop and enjoy being out of my work and home environment.
And probably the most fun way to relax is to meet up with my best friends. We are more about tea and cake these days over gin and dancing (well, perhaps still the gin) but if anything can make me smile and forget about work for a while then they can.
I hope my favourite ways to relax have inspired you to think about how you can take a break each day, even just for a few minutes. I'd love to hear your favourite ways to relax!
Artist, Baker and Blogger. Mum to my two beautiful, cheeky girls. Muddling my way through parenthood with equally cheeky Husband.