My 'Me Time' Routine

If like me you spend 8+ hours a day in work you will know how much you need to relax and unwind when you've come home from the daily grind. When I come home all I want to do is chill out and de-stress. 'Me time' is my favourite time of the day.. how selfish does that sound?! haha.  But I do think it is so important to take this time whenever possible. It's essential to switch off and clear your mind if you want to have a good nights sleep and be ready for the following day. 

I think so many people forget to do this, though. A lot of us come home from work and spend the evening on the go. Whether it's going out and socialising, exercising or staying home making dinner and looking after children, it can be one thing after the other until we scrounge into bed. This is pretty understandable as life can be hectic and there often isn't enough hours in the day. 

However, I have found out through experience that constant go-go-go is NOT good for you. It burns you out eventually. After a week of not taking a minute for myself I am virtually dead by Friday and waste the weekend away trying to get myself back to life so to speak... just to do it all over again! 

Now, I make sure to take at least 2 evenings every week to have time to unwind. That means no going to visit my boyfriend, no cleaning or chores, generally just no activities that involve me not being lazy! haha.

My Routine

So what does this 'Me Time' involve you may ask? Well, I'm going to share my own little routine now :)

The first thing I do to start unwinding is hop in the Shower. Not a bath? I hear you ask, I actually don't really like baths, believe it or not, they make me feel weak and I don't have anywhere to rest my head! I love to use my favourite shower products which are all Soap and Glory. I smother my body in the 'Righteous Butter' when I get out and I adore the scent and how luxurious it feels. 

I then get into the comfiest clothes I own; usually fluffy pj's or my onesie. 

Next, is skin care. There's nothing I love more than removing the remnants of make-up and get that face all clean and fresh. I use Garnier Micellar water and Simple skincare. I then like to use my Body Shop honey and oat face mask. I chillax while I let it soak into my favourite TV show (Home & Away) or Youtube playing in the background...

When I'm all cleaned up I make myself some Peppermint tea I'm obsessed with this tea, it's just relaxation in a cup if you ask me! It's actually a fact that it relaxes your body and mind. Just what I need after a long day! 
After I'm finished watching my shows or Youtube this is when I like to Read Blogs. I am a huge fan of so many blogs at the moment. There are loads of inspiring women out there, I need to do a post about them someday. If I'm not reading blogs I'm reading Books. Either one helps me to switch off and escape my own mind for a while, they really help me forget my own worries and foes of the day. I will be sharing the books I'm reading in January later on in the month so watch out for that ;)

All the time, while I am relaxing I am usually cuddling my dogs. It may sound odd to some but being with them is the ultimate destresser. I think it's because I have company (I don't like being alone too long) but I don't have to talk to them. I am such a crazy dog lady if that's a thing!

Finally, when reading my book has made me sleepy enough I get into my bed, on my warm electric blanket, feeling so zen and ready for a perfect nights sleep. 

I would love for you to let me know in the comments what it is you do to relax and unwind at the end of the day? If you're someone who rarely puts time aside for some 'me time' I hope this post inspires you, just a little bit to do so! As L'Oreal says... because you're worth it ;)  

Sinéad x

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