Sunday, 18 September 2016

5 Ways To Take Time Out For Yourself

Recently I took just under 48 hours away from social media and for a blogger, that's time away that doesn't usually happen. I got to practice some Hygge routines, went for walks and spent some quality time away from the screen. On my return, I felt more invigorated and motivated to crack on with work, so it has inspired me to write a post all about taking time out for yourself. 

A Pamper | Aside from my love for Lush bubble bars and luxe bath products like the L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil to help nourish and hydrate my skin, there are a few other bath rituals I use to help take more time out for myself. Listening to a podcast or playlist and lighting a few candles are just a few of my favourite ways to take time out in the bath after a long day. 
Pampering yourself with a face mask, painting your nails or re-dying your hair are all just a few of the things that I like to do when I want to feel like myself. After doing this, I like nothing more than wearing my ASOS Cactus Pj's and snuggling up in bed under a pile of blankets. 

Baking | Baking is hands down one of the most effective de-stressing activities that I partake in, obviously this is down to whether or not I have baked the particular recipe before, but just taking a large section of time out just to concentrate on what is in front of me is so effective. I have been planning some Halloween biscuits and cakes using these Halloween cookie cutters and various cake toppers. If baking sweet treats isn't for you, then cooking your favourite meal or having a takeaway is a great way to put a smile on your face. 

Photographing | As a photographer, I have always found snapping away rather relaxing and therapeutic. Although at times it can be stressful if there is one specific photograph that you want to take, but if like me you like going out on a long walk with your camera then photographing is a great way to go into your own world. During the Autumn, the crisp leaves, red berries and the rain all make for perfect props for your photographs. 

A Creative Hobby | Although I like nothing more than popping on a stand-up comedy show on tele to cheer myself up, taking up a creative hobby can make you feel like you're learning something new, whilst only taking an hour or two out of your week. Cross stitch, working with wool and as I previously said, photographing, are all just a few of the things I like to do in my spare time before bed or to help me to relax myself. This The Make Arcade Flamingo Cross Stitch Kit is a great way to get started! 

A Bed Time Routine | I now have a well established bed time routine and it is one I can add to when I need some extra TLC. Low lighting created with fairy lights or one single light source is a great way to relax and get ready to sleep. Delving into an inspiring read, spending time to write down your thoughts or just doing a long, thorough skincare session all help to take some time away from a normally busy, hectic day. 

What are your favourite ways to take time out for yourself?

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