As G will no doubt delight in telling you, I can be a bit of a control freak sometimes… on occasion (ok, ok, all the time).
And at times it’s become a bit much to be honest. Particularly when I moved over to the US; while on the surface I felt fine and was having a ball with the whole thing, deep down my body and my mind were trying to tell me that they were struggling a bit with all of the changes and the pressures that are involved in moving home, country and jobs all at once.
So in order to try and keep my anxiety levels in check, I’ve tried to implement a few super simple changes into my routine to try and ensure that I stay on top of things without getting stressed out or anxious.
One of my favorite activities is what I like to call the weekly reset. It’s basically just a period of time at the end of the week, or on the weekend – be it half an hour, an hour, several hours, whatever I have time for – when I can take some time to de-stress, relax, do a bit of beauty stuff, sort out my to-do lists and all those other potentially-irritating tasks that would no doubt bum me out at any other time.
You can really get on with whatever you like during this time; personally, when it comes to beauty, I opt for a mini facial (a nice cleanse with something like the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Melting Cleanser, a mask with something like the Sanctuary Spa Five Minute Thermal Detox Mask), a hair-smoothing session (for this I turn to the Julien Farel Restore and the L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm), and a good moisturise (always the Jergens Original Moisturiser for this).
Often while my hair and face masks are doing their thing, I’ll pop on some YouTube videos, or Netflix (I’m loving Revenge at the mo) and settle down to wash my make-up brushes. It’s a task I loathe but I find that when I have other things to keep me distracted, the time tends to pass a lot quicker than it would normally. Plus, I’ll light a few candles to keep things nice and relaxed and treat myself with a delightful soak in the tub afterwards. That tends to sweeten the deal.
After that fun is done, I settle down to a bit of admin and sort out my diary and my to-do lists for the week or the weekend, depending on when the weekly reset is taking place. I get all of my dates, events, work schedules etc into my planner, and jot down a few things on my to-do list (it’s usually really boring stuff like laundry, groceries etc).
And there you have it. Sounds so so simple and perhaps a bit boring to some, but I can’t tell you how much it’s helped me to feel more in control and at ease about my whole week, freeing up a lot more time that might have been spent worrying to chill out and have fun.