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  • Hello everybody,today

  • I wanted to do something

  • a little bit different and

  • something that I

  • love hearing about

  • and that is ways that people

  • like to de-stress

  • or just kind of switch off

  • and have a little bit of me time

  • you all know how much i love to encourage people to have downtime

  • me time, and to re-charge their batteries; which is why i wanted to do a video

  • on the ways that i choose to do that

  • so different ways to de-stress or i'm just having

  • a particularly busy month

  • or i just find that life is getting a little bit

  • too much which i'm sure we all

  • do from time to time

  • and i feel like a lot

  • of time, people don't give

  • themselves the quality of recharging that they probably need

  • I think it's particularly important to learn how to manage ways in which

  • to make yourself feel better if you're feeling particularly stress and also just knowing

  • those go to things that you know will instantly chill you out

  • make you see a little bit clearer and as I said recharge

  • everyone needs to do it

  • So I have broken this down into 3 different categories

  • The first one being your environment

  • I don't know if any of you ever heard the saying

  • "tidy room, tidy mind" I never used to believe this until I became a home owner

  • and now if things aren't in a certain place I feel that i clutters up my mind

  • in a different way. If things are a lot more organize in my home and in my environment

  • I feel like it eases everything else and although I'm not saying to spend all your free time tidying and sorting your house

  • because let's be honest for a lot of people this would just add to the stress although I do find cleaning and tidying is quite a good stress buster sometimes

  • you've got to be in the right mood for it thought

  • what I'm saying thought is that if things have a little bit more order around you it makes you feel like your life is in a little bit more order

  • it doesn't always need to be that everything is where it should be, that the house is spotless and everything is clean

  • it can simply be something like new bedding.Whenever I buy new bedding I feel so happy.

  • getting into bed with new sheets is one of the best feeling. And even if that sometimes means treating yourself one week

  • taking all your bedding to a launderer and getting them to wash and iron it just because I mean for me

  • it's one of my least favorite chores and it doesn't actually cost that much to get it done but having fresh clean sheets

  • is such a lovely feeling and having new bedding I like to change my bedding up quite a lotI currently have some automnal bedding

  • but also I like buying cushion just like cute little home finishes and that makes me feel happy and relax and very content with my living situation

  • candles, candles are probable one of my most comforting home essentials if I'm having a particularly stressful day or particularly stressful week

  • there is absolutely no doubt about it that when it starts getting dark there will be candles lit from room to room

  • they just add ambiance calm and cozyness and you can't go wrong with a bit of coziness

  • house plants! this might seems like an obvious one or maybe a not so obvious one and i feel like you don't have to have green

  • fingers is that what they are called ? green fingers when you are a gardener. Green thumbs ?

  • something.You don't have to have green limbs in order to look after a house plant.You may thing there is no way

  • you can keep a plant alive but there are things succulents and cactuses are a lot more easy to look after and I think it's just nice

  • having plants in your house. I know so many people who swear by plants in their living space and it's green

  • and it's pretty and it's alive and I love having plants in my house. Granted not all of them stay alive but they look really pretty

  • whilst they are there. Another one which sits quite comfortably alongside candles for me is fairy lights. I mean

  • it doesn't take a genius to work out that fairy lights are one of the things I can't live without in my environnement.I absolutely love them whether it's the middle of the da

  • whether it's the evening whether it's summer whether it's winter. I love fairy lights.The best thing I can

  • do is light a candle, wack fairy lights on and forget that main lights ever existed they just have a nice glow

  • they're very warming and they are very pretty and I think somewhere underlying all of that is that it reminds me of Christmas and christmas

  • is the best time in the world.I mean that might have something to do with them.

  • The next category is You time and switching off.

  • I feel like this is the category that most people probably find quite difficult it's so much harder this days to switch off

  • when everything is so easy access threw your phone which is constantly in your hand and especially for me because of everything

  • I do and everything surrounding social media and email and everything is very digital switching off can be a little bit more tricky

  • I think with this the best thing to do is find things your passionate about that don't involve being on your phone

  • or on a laptop or any other electrical device that has wifi because of my job and YouTube and everything

  • for a while when ever someone said to me so what do you like to do while your not working or what are your hobbies

  • and obviously this is my hobby so for a while i was like oohh what do i like doing

  • thats not making videos, editing videos, designing products and writing books

  • like i don't really know, what is my non-work hobby

  • so for me if i'm having a particularly stressful day or i'm feeling a little bit anxious and i just need a bit of a me time

  • and I just need to switch off,

  • these are the things, I will most likely do:

  • Going for a walk.

  • I think this is the most important thing

  • it's gentle exercise and exercises are always good

  • if you're feeling stressed or anxious

  • it's just such a lovely thing to do

  • where I live I've got a countryside

  • and I've got the sea, so walking in the beach is one of my favourite things to do

  • whether it's windy, wet, sunny, cold

  • it doesn't bother me at all,

  • I wrap up warm and I go for a little walk,

  • take Nala with me sometimes.

  • I think being by the sea

  • is such a huge destresser.

  • I love the sound of the waves,

  • I love the sound of seagulls,

  • when I'm not living next to the sea, because

  • then the sound of seagulls grates on me and becomes

  • one of the reasons I get stressed.

  • I just honestly think when you're standing on the beach

  • looking at the sea - nothing else matters.

  • Like, you just can't be stressed.

  • you just can't.

  • sometimes when I can't get down to the beach

  • I'll just listen to the sound of the waves on my phone.

  • And if you don't have a beach near you, then

  • find a lovely countryside walk or in fact

  • walk somewhere you've never walked before.

  • I think that's quite nice, like discovering new places.

  • Just generally clearing your head,

  • there's the reason they say: go clear your head, go for a walk

  • I know we're switching off, and we're technically not using or phone, but

  • some apps don't require wi-fi

  • and they're just really great for meditation,

  • calming andgenerally just relaxation.

  • I like to lie down on my bed

  • and listen to the calming apps, or

  • sometimes I'll listen to them at night or

  • if I'm on a train, or

  • even if I just wanna take five minutes

  • out of a very busy day

  • I put my headphones in and just, kind of

  • gather my thoughts a little bit

  • I find this so helpful

  • And the more you do it,

  • I feel like, the more impact it has

  • and I recommend it to everybody I know.

  • A couple of the apps I would recommend are

  • Relax Melodies, which is great to listen to if you

  • have trouble sleeping or

  • if you want to listen to the sound of waves

  • It's essentially a soundboard of different very calming noises.

  • HeadSpace is brilliant.

  • There is everything on HeadSpace,

  • It's a great place for meditation

  • and just clearing your mind

  • especially if you have quite a busy day

  • and you wanna pack in like 5 minutes here and 10 mins there

  • and the other one I have is just called "Relax"

  • and this is a 28 to 30 minute

  • chat, which when I'm feeling particulary uptight

  • nervous, stressed I'll listen to this same half-an-hour

  • I probably know it word for word now,

  • I could probably recite it to you

  • which I won't do, don't worry

  • but I listen to that a lot

  • it's kind of like a positive affirmation

  • slash destressing

  • pep talk, I would say

  • again, this is one that I like to recommend to pretty much everybody.

  • because I just find it very, very calming.

  • Making lists.

  • I know not everybody is organized, and that's fine.

  • I wouldn't go as far as to say I'm a very organized person

  • However, if my mind's feeling quite frazzle or

  • I'm having a stressful week,

  • I find that writing down everything I feel

  • as thought I'm trying to store in my mind

  • makes me feel like someone's taking a load off my shoulders

  • so I like to write lists

  • to feel as though I'm a bit more organized

  • even if I don't follow the lists or

  • or tick anything off

  • writing it down always feels so much better

  • I like to do this before going to bed,

  • I just find lists a really good way of decluttering your mind.

  • So, if it's been a stressful week,

  • granted there will be multiple lists around my house.

  • This might be a really obvious one but

  • reading is a really great way of switching off.

  • You can get lost in books and stories and

  • I have always been a massive bookworm

  • I absolutely love it.

  • I get so excited at the prospect of having a new book to read

  • or when I'm getting to a really good bit, but then I

  • think 'now I'm gonna save it for tomorrow'

  • I just feel as though I can really fully escape

  • when I'm reading

  • and I think that that's such a nice feeling

  • to have if you feel as though you're having a particulary stressful time.

  • the last category is a good nights sleep.

  • now this might seem fairly obvious

  • but if you are stressed

  • you're probably aren't getting the best sleep that you could

  • or alternatively

  • if you're not getting a lot of sleep

  • it could make you feel stressed.

  • the two of those things come hand in hand.

  • sleep is one of the biggest things

  • that you need in order to feel recharged.

  • and these are a couple of the things that I like to do

  • to make sure, I get the best night's sleep.

  • A bath.

  • I mean, it's pretty obvious, but

  • having a bath is so relaxing

  • I mean as long as you don't go overboeard on the hot tap

  • and you end up like sweating and wishing you'd get out

  • a bath can be so relaxing

  • I have quite a few different products that I really like using

  • there are so many amazing products

  • which help you to get the best night's sleep you can.

  • And I feel like I tries quite a few.

  • I also like to light some candles

  • And actually more recently I've found spa music on my phone on youtube

  • and some of these spa music videos are like 6 hours long

  • I'm not recommending you stay in the bath for 6 hours

  • because you will look like a raisin, but

  • they're really great to listen to

  • whilst you are in the bath

  • because then you actually feel like you're relaxing

  • it's like you've managed to recreate your own little at home spa

  • and it's really-really lovely.

  • Brands like Aromatherapy Associates also have some really lovely relaxing oils, too.

  • The next thing is te calming tea, now

  • there are many different types of tea

  • that you can have before bed, which

  • are supposed to help you

  • haveing a best nights sleep

  • I've got camomile teas, peppermint teas,

  • in fact, I think that peppermint tea is the one that I reach for the most, but

  • camomile is obviously supposed to help you sleep

  • and is very relaxing

  • also I think it's just kind of like the regime

  • of making yourself a tea

  • and sitting down and like enjoying the tea

  • because then you are relaxed

  • because you're not rushing around

  • so I think any sort of tea or

  • night time drink

  • in that sense is a really nice way to wind down.

  • I also have sleep sprays

  • I have a few of these

  • and I also have like little roller balls that you can pop on

  • what are these called?

  • Like pressure points?

  • I mean I love these, I don't know if they scientifically work, but

  • mentally I feel as though

  • when I put the sleep spray on my pillow

  • I do sleep better.

  • so sleep sprays I feel like are worth giving a try, too.

  • I've always been told that 20 minutes before wanting to go to sleep

  • you should have to technology, no TV

  • and nothing that is gonna stimulate your mind

  • you want to be winding down in those last 20 minutes before going to sleep

  • so having a little bit of a routine

  • maybe laying our your clothes for the next day

  • putting on your pyjamas

  • maybe drinking your tea

  • or reading a little bit of a book as longs as

  • it's not like super stimulating for the mind

  • are all really great ways to wind down

  • if you've had like the most hectic ever and

  • you whip your clothes off, throughing your pyjamas,

  • brush your teeth in three seconds and try and jump into bed with your phone in your hand

  • going through Twitter, going on Instagram

  • you're never gonna have a good night's sleep

  • having that kind of 20 mins to half an hour when you completely

  • wind down, no technology, turn your phone off, or

  • I mean no one really turns their phone off anymore

  • put your phone on silent, move it away from you