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21 Ways to De-Stress From a Busy Life

21 ways to de-stress from a busy lifestyle

The majority of us need to de-stress, either from an event like an exam or from a busy lifestyle in general. Sometimes, work, relationships, society and even blogging can get too much and a little TLC is required. I’m a huge advocate for self-care and taking time out, especially for aiding your mental health. Recently, I’ve found several effective ways of de-stressing and here are some of my favourites. Why not use some of these as inspiration for the next time you need unwind.

21 ways to de-stress from a busy life

  1. Meditation – This is one of my favourite ways to relax. I’ve been using the Calm app every night for the past few months and I’ve found it beneficial in aiding how I respond to situations. It costs around £50 per year but as less than £1 per week, it’s worth the investment.
  2. Walking – Walking is so underrated. Granted, it’s difficult to take a walk when it’s freezing cold but now the warmer weather is on its way, its perfect for taking a 10 – 15 minutes walk. I find taking an evening stroll helps to clear my mind and promotes sleep.
  3. Use a lavender spray – If you’re feeling stressed at night, spritz a little lavender spray (I use the Neom Sleep Pillow Mist) onto the back of your pillow and it’ll help you to relax.
  4. Take a relaxing bath
  5. Read a book
  6. Paint – The Wonder Forest has some amazing paint with me videos on YouTube!
  7. Cross stitch – The Make Arcade have some cute kits.
  8. Eat a couple of squares of dark chocolate
  9. Listen to music – You can get 50% off Spotify if you’re a student.
  10. De-clutter
  11. Cook up some treats in the kitchen
  12. Have a massage
  13. Take a break from social media
  14. Watch a funny show or movie
  15. Keep a journal – Writing a thought journal is a great way to clear your mind.
  16. Use a colouring book – These are surprisingly calming.
  17. Do yoga – Yoga with Adriene is an amazing YouTube channel.
  18. Go for a tea or coffee with a friend
  19. Take a power nap
  20. Have a pamper night – masks, nails, hair
  21. Spend time with a loved one

Let me know if you try any of these!

My Daily Routine as a Freelance Writer

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My day job as a freelance writer means I have the luxury of working from home, which is something I’m extremely grateful for. Now I should mention that when I say freelance writer, I don’t mean full-time blogger. I currently write web copy for businesses and articles or blogs for online magazines.

Side note – if you want to know more about getting into freelance writing, have a look at my other blog Diary of a Freelancer. I have a free email course over there on transitioning from blogger to paid writer and if you’re considering this career, it has some really actionable and helpful tips for you to implement,

When people discover that I work from home, a lot want to know about my daily routine and how I get shit done, so today I thought I’d share what really goes on when you’re a freelancer.

Morning

I’ll be the first to admit that I love a lie-in. I’m not a morning person and I’m much more creative in the evening so I generally wont wake up too early, unless I have a short deadline or my schedule is pretty full.

Its easy to assume that if you work at home, you can just sit in your PJ’s all day, but for me, I like to have a little routine so I always get dressed and put on my makeup as if I’m going out to work. I’ll have breakfast once I’m downstairs and then I get straight to work by checking my emails.

To organise my workload, I always have notebook with a list of my current projects and I prioritise them so I know what exactly needs to be done and when.

I love to use asana and google docs for organising/storing my workload online but I like to keep ‘manual’ records for tax return purposes as well as writing down notes when I’m on the go.

Lunchtime

Despite liking routine, I never have a set schedule for lunch or whatever. I’ve tried it and it totally didn’t work for me. Every day is different in terms of what I need to get done so I’ll take a lunch break whenever I feel hungry. Most of the time, I have a working lunch so I can take a break in the afternoon.

Afternoon

I love to take a walk in the afternoon/early evening to get some fresh air. I’m currently searching for a nice coffee shop to work from (if you know any in the Manchester area, lemme know!) as I’m feeling a bit disconnected with the world at the moment and could do with a change of scenery.

If I have any errands, I normally do them in the afternoon or I’ll have a catch up with my sister to see my niece and nephew. As I usually work in the evening, its nice to have a break to feel refreshed.

Evening

I currently work in the evenings as I normally have 4-5 projects on the go at one time. But, as I’m starting to focus on my blogs again, I also spend time planning posts and prepping. I’m currently planning a makeover for Diary of a Freelancer as well as planning articles and free resources.

In January, I start my masters degree which means lie-ins will be a thing of the past and I’ll be slotting in my degree work during the evening.

This is my general day-to-day routine but I’m presently having driving lessons, trying to furnish/style a flat and plan a side hustle (more on this soon) – I am basically Beyonce!

Would you like to read more posts on freelance writing?