OK, in all honesty, I changed “stressful day” from “crap day” just before pressing publish on this post. But sometimes “stressful” is putting it lightly when things have basically gone to pot the second you get out of bed.
You forget your lunch, the train is cancelled, you get to work to a barrage of passive-aggressive emails from Sandra in Accounts. You’re counting down the hours until you can walk out of work – that’s if you don’t hand your notice in before 5.30pm – and every person you speak to seems to have a portion of chips on their shoulder.
I get it. We’ve all been there. In fact, I was there this time last week. So far deep into a cloud of negativity and stress, I needed a flashlight to try and get out.
So today I wanted to create a post to share the different ways I try to destress after a rubbish day, and no, before you ask, it doesn’t include exercise or eating quinoa. Sometimes we can be super healthy, mindful and be ready to reset. Other days we just want to curl up on the sofa, eat 20 chicken nuggets and forget the day ever happened. This post is for one of those days.
Get your comfies on
This isn’t the time to be stylish, this is the time for ultimate comfort. Once you get in from work, tie your hair up, get that bra off – you too guys – and find the most elasticated waistband you have. Comfortable clothes are the catalyst for a stress-free evening if you ask me, and once that bra’s off I’m in maximum chill mode.
Eat the god damn cake
OK, I’m not going to tell you to gorge yourself on fast food here, but if you’re craving something a little sweet or savoury and the courgetti you had planned isn’t looking so appetising after the stressful day you’ve had, then eat the god damn cake. Do not, even for a second, beat yourself up over it. And if it’s banana cake then it’s basically one of your five a day, right?
Who makes you laugh?
Forget whatsapp or trying to figure out how to get the sound on IGTV for a second. Who, out of all your phone contacts makes you laugh the most? I have a friend who I know I can call and within seconds he’ll have made me genuinely LOL. Phone that person and have a real life chat – laughter is one of the greatest forms of medicine there is. And if that person doesn’t pick up? Watch this cat video instead.
Soak in bath salts
Having a long soak is one of my favourite ways to switch off from the world. I leave my phone in another room, I tell the cats to give me some peace and quiet and I grab a magazine to read – one of those glossies I buy but never find the chance to read normally. One addition I like to add to my bath to make it a little fancier are pink Himalayan bath salts, which are known to draw out the toxins in your body. It might just be the placebo effect, but I like to think that the salt draws out any negativity from my day and then I can rinse it down the plug hole (pretending it’s Sandra’s head from Accounts) when I’ve finished.
Out of your head & on to paper
One of the most effective ways to clear your head and make sure you don’t wake up feeling as stressed as the day you left work, is to sit and write everything down before you go to sleep. Make a list of everything you need to do tomorrow, and rate them in order of importance. Make a note of any appointments you have, or you need to make. Even write down three things you’re grateful for and you’ll be swiftly reminded that it’s a bad day, not a bad life.
Binge a box set
I know you’re probably going to find this really hard to believe in this day and age, but I have neither Sky or Netflix. So, when friends are all chatting about Orange is the New Black, or whatever you kids are into nowadays, I sit back with my Friends box set and binge, binge, binge. It’s like a warm hug after a crappy day, so whatever it is your partial to watching, climb into bed and decide there and then for the rest of the evening, it’s you, Chandler and Joey until you drift off into slumber.
Climb into bed & forget it ever happened
And speaking of bed, making sure you have somewhere cosy to retreat to after a hard day is essential. I was recently gifted some gorgeous white waffle bedding from Room to Sleep, which is perfect for this heat wave we’re having at the moment. It’s soft, cooling and doesn’t retain as much heat as darker sheets would in my south-facing bedroom. Room to Sleep, if you’re unfamiliar, is an online destination for all things bedroom related, from bedding to lighting to mattresses and beyond. You can also expect to find eclectic and stylish pieces of bedroom furniture, including bed frames, drawers, wardrobes and vanity units. Definitely worth a click through if you’re considering a bedroom décor update.
How do you get over a stressful day at work? I’d love to know so I can add any pointers on to my “bad-day” routine.
*Thank you to Room to Sleep for gifting me a double duvet set. All thoughts are my own, including my dislike of Sandra from Accounts.