1. Write a to-do list
One thing that helps me de-stress from day to day is jotting down any tasks in a bullet pointed (or, um ♥ pointed in my case) to-do list. This is particularly helpful for prioritising tasks that come in out of the blue (basically every day for me, working in communications!), as they are often the cause of most stress-inducing moments.
2. Light a candle
Perhaps a little thing that makes a big difference. I’m the most susceptible person to scent ever. The slight whiff of a bad scent makes me feel queasy… so, suffice to say, a good candle can change my entire mood around! My favourites are the Lily Flame candle in Blush and the Jo Malone candle in Blackberry & Bay.
3. Text a friend
My best friend Emma is always there in any time of need, so she is the lady I call on when things get stressful. Whether to vent or simply joke around (probably via cute animal videos…), contacting a pal is one of the most effective ways I’ve gotten through a stressful period.
4. Plan out my week in advance
Every Friday afternoon, I sit down at work and jot down my tasks for the following week in each daily column in my 5 Days a Week desk pad. Whether recurring tasks or one-off reminders, it really helps me stay calm and know I’ll go into work on the following Monday feeling prepared to tackle my workload. There’s nothing worse than coming in feeling dazed and overwhelmed after a weekend of relaxing at home. Much better to ease yourself in and prepare in advance!
5. Managing my work/life balance
When I’m in work mode, I’m in work mode. And the same goes for my personal life. One thing I have fortunately always stuck to is shutting off when I come home from work. I know a lot of people are guilty of checking work emails outside of working hours, but I just don’t. Yes, I may have to stay in the office late to get the task done, but I won’t be bringing it home with me. And, where possible, I recommend everyone do this too! However, I do know it’s sometimes a luxury to be able to do this.