It's that time of the year when things start to get a bit hectic. Children are going off to school, university is starting up again, work gets more stressful as the Christmas temps join, nights are longer and colder, and you start to feel like you spend all of your time indoors.
Despite all of that, it's important to set aside some time just fro you. A time when you can relax and reflect on the week. A time when the dishes can be left, coursework can be delayed and the children are all asleep.
My favourite way of relaxing is to get a nice hot bubble bath. I usually throw in a bath bomb from Lush or Bomb Cosmetics, as well as applying a hair and face mask. If I'm really lucky (or William hasn't eaten it all) I indulge in some ice cream too.
I like having the lights off and candles lit to give it a bit more of a relaxing atmosphere where I forget the world and just have some time to myself. Of course the water goes cold and the candles burn out so I have to eventually get out of the bath looking wrinkly and smelling like flowers, but it's worth it for those 15 minutes of peace.
A cup of tea and a good book in bed is also one of my favourite ways to unwind at the end of the day. I usually drink Earl Grey at night with a book (usually Harry Potter) until Mike wants to go to bed and I have to switch the lights off. It's times like then that I wish I had a Kindle, but I can't bring myself to purchase one as I love having a paper book in my hands, something that I can put a physical book mark in and turn the pages.
I guess this post is a little different to my usual posts, but writing blog posts is a way for me to unwind as I have all of these ideas in my head, I feel so much better when they're written down even if it's in draft form.
Basically what I'm trying to say is relax. Read, bake, bathe, go for a walk. Do something that relaxes you and takes you away from the stress of everyday life. You deserve time to yourself where you don't have to worry if you've set the dishwasher up, or emptied the litter tray - it can wait until later.
What are your favourite ways to relax?