Here I am, back again, with a second installment in my "Love yourself" mini series as we gear up for the month of February (you can catch the first in the series here). It's actually one of my most "feared" months. It may be the shortest, but it often feels the hardest!
I'll be talking you through a little about how I ensure that my pressures get swilled out with the bath water, by taking "time out advice from my body", because body knows best! Join me in a tub of treats that I bagged myself on a recent browse around the divine l'Occitane (You deserve some too, ok? Check out these gifts for women at the moment. They're gorgeous), and let's get thoughtful.
The pace of life for many these days is "tick tock, tick tock" FAST. Demands from all corners of life, be it in your job, your family life, your creative outlet, or even your fitness and health focus are only seeming to get more and more imposing.
For me, I juggle my content creation with a full time job in software development, so deadlines are a constant from all sides. The thing is, I do very much love it, else I really wouldn't do it!
Some say, "Once Something isn't fun anymore, stop it." This is much easier to say than do. if your job is getting you down and sucks the life out of you on a daily basis, it really isn't always that simple a thing to say, "RIGHT! Blow this! I quit! Let's get out of here!". Bills won't pay themselves, and food doesn't just present itself to the table, however you can help ease your stresses by incorporating at least one of these little tips into your routine when the going gets a little tougher.
1 . The 15 minute cool down method. One of the first things I learned some 6 years ago now when I transitioned into Producer training, was the 15 minute cool down. In management minds (and it definitely applies to people who aren't in management too!), if there's a moment of confrontation with perhaps a friend or colleague in your care, or even a total stranger, and you feel your skin begin to tighten, and your emotions flare, gently remove yourself from the situation in a calm manner, and take yourself to a quiet space. It takes 15 minutes of peace on your own for your adrenaline to steady, and feelings to balance. Just 15 minutes to clear the fog, and then make the best decisions to follow up.
This doesn't only apply to confrontational situations either. It can be anything which has set your fuse on the spark. Just 15 minutes.
2 . Bathe | Shower | Pamper Yourself. A cliche? The obvious? Maybe! But it works! If I'm home after having a stressful day, I'll quite often take that little bit longer taking my makeup off. I'll focus all of my remaining energy into massaging my skin with my favourite potions, smelling in delicious skincare scents, sighing out my hair from it's tidy tightness, that kind of thing. I'll often be engrossed in the most simplest evening skincare routine for around half an hour, and following it all I'll feel simply brand new.
3 . Switch It Up. Be Mindful Of The "Rut". I am, without a doubt, one of these people who can't stand in the same place for any longer than necessary. I do absolutely live by the motto of "A change is as good as a rest" sometimes, when a rest just isn't entirely available, and my mind welcomes change and challenges in order to stay fresh and focused.
I think that's why I love content creation so much! I honestly don't plan out weeks in advance what I'm going to start writing in my usual "three times a week" slots. I love the thrill of spontaneously picking up a topic and running with it. In addition, I dedicate once a week to being the leader of a Brownie Unit too! An hour a week where my phone goes into the deepest part of my bag, and I get to have silly, fun, fantastic times with the girls to blow off the cobwebs of the 9-6.30. Again, something completely different to my day job AND my blogging here! Love it.
4. If You Don’t Have To Do It, Don’t! Now this one was a tough one for me to get used to at first, but it’s probably the most useful piece of self help I’ve ever worked into my mindset.
As a blogger/vlogger/creator you are constantly needing to be visible, right? Social media presence, routine uploads and publishing, regular brand interaction, campaign expectations. It’s how we grow. So if, say, your article for tomorrow isn’t contracted in any way, it’s just something off the cuff and in your planned publishes for the week. As yet though, you haven’t written it. Your head is foggy, you’re tired, you’re preoccupied on perhaps feeling under the weather. You’re just not with it.
I get this at least twice month, maybe three. Even if it was FOUR I still hold myself to one piece of personal advice – Do I really need to do this? So if I’m working on a piece for a brand, then I will always ensure that contracted work is prioritised and fits comfortably into my schedule, however the posts in between where I craft them for fun? If I’m not feeling the fun, I just don’t push it! I don’t even feel guilty now! The release and reset that this “easing of pressure” gives me is way healthier than me trying to bash out mediocre content because I’m feeling cloudy.
Instead, I take the time to realise why I might be feeling not at my best, and address it accordingly…and so what if that includes retail therapy, or just an early night. Let go sometimes. It honestly helps.
When personal or external pressures come down on you, and even people become too much to bear on your emotions and thought processes: evaluate and focus. Focus on you, balancing your mindset, and gaining strength back. Sacrificing something for the greater good does not mean failure, it means courage and organisation. You’re at your best when you’re mind is clear and you’re energy is intact.
IN ADDITION, I FLIPPING LOVE POPCORN. POPCORN SOLVES PROBLEMS
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