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How I De-stress & Unwind After an Insane Work Week

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Between running my own business (which involves managing the sales funnels, forecasting revenue, managing admin, project managing deadlines, client meetings and then actually DOING the marketing work) and attempting to have some sort of a social life, from Monday to Friday I really struggle to find some “me time”.

There are a few little rituals I try to stick to during the week but for the most part, I catch up on “Kate time” over the weekend.

I try my very best not to work on the weekends. Sometimes it is necessary but it’s really important to me to squeeze in at least some time to decompress and unwind before Monday comes around again. If I don’t take some time out, I will be fairly useless the following week. You have to know yourself and do what works for you.

So I thought I would share a few of my favourite ways to relax and unwind after a stressful week.

Here they are!

 

Buy Some Flowers:

Pretty things make me happy. I know that this might seem like a bit of a luxury but I promise it isn’t as extravagant as it sounds. If you check out your local farmers market you can often pick up a single flower for less than the cost of a takeaway coffee.

I particularly love the look of Australian bush flowers like this Protea Flower. Not only do they look absolutely stunning but they last a very long time and often still look beautiful once they have dried.

Adding fresh flowers as decor in my home helps to bring a little life to my apartment.

It’s also a lovely reminder to appreciate the beauty that exists in the world. Love a pretty reminder to be grateful for being here.


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Make a Special Breakfast:

If you’ve been following me for a while you would know that I use cooking as a mindfulness exercise. For some reason, the act of cooking in the kitchen quietens my mind to focus on the task at hand.

During the week I don’t have very much time to prepare breakfast. I tend to grab something quickly and head out the door (or even worse, just have 3 x soy lattes for breakfast).

So when the weekend comes, I enjoy spending an extra few minutes in the kitchen, preparing myself a delicious (and nutritious) breakfast to enjoy.

One of my favourite delicious and easy go-to breakfast ideas (as pictured) is to spread a little cottage cheese (or cream cheese) on some toasted sourdough, add a few fresh figs and top with a drizzle of honey.

Pamper:

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Another one of my favourite things to do on the weekend is give my skin a little extra TLC. During the week, while I always take my makeup off and cleanse my face, I don’t usually have time to go to the effort to do a deep clean.

I recently purchased the Spin for Perfect Skin skin brush from Vanity Planet and I absolutely love it! It comes with 4 interchangeable brush heads. A body brush (which I use in the shower to exfoliate before adding a little of my favourite gradual tanning lotion), a pumice stone, a face exfoliating brush and a more gentle everyday face brush.

On the weekends I will first use the facial exfoliating brush with my Sukin Cream Cleanser. Once I’ve finished I’ll apply my Deep Down Detox Ultra Cleansing Mud Mask by Formula 10.0.6 which is the only product I have ever used that keeps my breakouts at bay. Even if I feel one coming on I will use this mask as a spot treatment. It will dry that baby right up before it even has a chance to ruin my day. I can’t recommend this mask enough!

Light a Candle:

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I’m a pretty big candle person. I couldn’t tell you the number of times I’ve walked out of the house only to head back in and double check that I haven’t left one burning…

As soon as I walk in the door I light a candle.

A combination of the warm soft light and a fresh scent help me to feel relaxed in my home.

A few of my favourite candles are:

Drink Some Tea:

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Drinking tea is one of my favourite ways to unwind. There is just something about holding a warm mug that feels like a hug from mum.

I try my best to stick to caffeine free tea after 1pm so as to not disturb my sleep in the evening. My favourite caffeine free tea is a Rooibos Caramel tea by Krom Land Farm. It is caffeine free and tastes like dessert!

If I’m wanting a nighttime treat often a mug of this with a teaspoon of rice malt syrup and a dash of soy milk will do the trick.

I have also built up quite the collection of T2 teas. I love to enjoy a pot of their flavoured green tea in the morning (Geisha Getaway is infused with tropical flavours and Gorgeous Geisha is a blend of green tea with strawberries and cream).

Around morning tea time or just after lunch I sometimes enjoy a mug full of their Creme Brule tea as well.

Meditate:

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My fiancé and I have started a little night time ritual where we meditate for 15 minutes each night before bed. It is completely transforming my state of mind. We turn off all the lights and just leave a few candles burning which also helps our eyes adjust to the darkness and get ready for bed.

I have since incorporated meditation into my weekend morning routine as well.

I love using the Calm app. They have a number of programs you can choose from and work through which I really love. From programs to reduce anxiety, to improve focus, sleep or focus on happiness and gratitude.

The app also has a background noise when you turn it on, so if you’re not wanting to do a guided meditation you can simply listen to your choice of relaxation music.

If you only have a few minutes to spare you can also choose the “timed session” option. I love to do this when I on the bus or ferry and have a little time up my sleeve before starting my day.

Meditation can help improve your life in so many ways from reducing stress and anxiety to improving your memory and concentration.

If you haven’t already given it a try, I highly recommend downloading the Calm app and committing to 10 minutes per day. Review in a few weeks and decide for yourself if incorporating this practice into your lifestyle has a positive impact.

Take Rescue Remedy:

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For those of you who haven’t come across this little miracle before, Rescue Remedy is a homeopathic blend of five flower essences. It’s infamous for its ability to calm nerves and anxiety almost instantly once taken.

I use the drops. A few on my tongue and I instantly feel more calm, centred and relaxed.

Essential Oils:

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I really love pretty much everything from The Aromatherapy Co. In addition to collecting their “Pulse Point” essential oils (like this sleep essential oil) I have a number of their other products (including my favourite Lavender & Wild Chamomile Hand & Body Lotion and their Cocoa & Vanilla Naturals Room Spray).

I love this “Sleep” Pulse Point essential oil roller ball. The scent is so relaxing and being a natural product, I love knowing that I’m not exposing my skin to any nasty chemicals.

Here’s what The Aromatherapy Co. have to say about their “Sleep” Pulse Point roller ball:

“Rest peacefully with this Sleep Pulse Point from The Aromatherapy Co. The 100% pure and natural essential oil blend of lavender and chamomile in a base of sweet almond oil can relax the senses. The calming oil of lavender can induce a restful sleep . Chamomile can soothe a busy mind and help to combat insomnia.”

As you can tell, being just a blend of lavender and chamomile essential oils, you don’t have to just keep this roller ball for bed time. I pop some on my wrists, temples, inner elbows and behind my ears before my morning and evening medication to help me relax even further into my practice.


Well those are a few of the things I do on the weekend to relax and unwind after a particularly stressful week. How do you like to relax and unwind? I’d love to hear about your favourite ways to relax in the comments below.

If you want to see more about my day to day lifestyle, add me on Snapchat @kcookka.

 

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25 Comments

  • Reply
    Lori Hil
    May 3, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Rescue Remedy is wonderful! I also adore having fresh flowers on the weekends, then I keep them for my office during the week.

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      Kate
      May 3, 2016 at 8:14 am

      I couldn’t agree more Lori! We have to do something to cheer us up after a hectic week. Thank you for your comment. Also just stopped by your blog and I LOVE it! We lead a similar life it seems :) x

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        Lori Hil
        May 3, 2016 at 10:01 am

        Thanks so much for stopping by my blog Kate! Have a great week!

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    Cristina
    May 3, 2016 at 8:04 am

    I love essential oils for relaxing after a long day working and studying!

    X,
    Cristina
    cristinawashere.com

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      Kate
      May 4, 2016 at 9:28 am

      Me to Cristina! Great minds ;) xx

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    Meg Taylor
    May 3, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    All of these – yes! I am all about drinking some delicious tea and lighting a candle. I love stopping in at Trader Joe’s and just buying myself a couple dollar flower bouquet – bright colors make me happy :)

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

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      Kate
      May 4, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Hehe yay! Sounds like we are very similar Meg! xx

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    Sammy
    May 4, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Hi Kate,
    I have always heard meditation is great for de-stressing and relaxing but I cant seem to turn my pretty little head off and just not think.
    Did you find you were the same to start with ?
    Love Sammy – Unzipped Fashion Source

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      Kate
      May 18, 2016 at 9:43 am

      Hi Sammy! I’m so sorry for the late reply :( My poor blog sometimes gets pushed to the bottom of the list when I have clients screaming at me for help with everything! I definitely struggled with keeping my mind quiet when meditating at first. What I love about the Calm app is that, since it is a guided meditation it continues to remind you that experiencing thoughts is completely normal and to not get frustrated, but acknowledge them and let them go. I struggled with meditation before using this app – but really love it. Highly recommend! x

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    Kristie
    May 4, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Making a special breakfast has always been my favourite thing about the weekend. After a week of grabbing what you can as you run out the door there nothing better than a good breakfast to start a relaxing day! A good cup of tea and a candle never hurt anything either :) ~Kristie

    • Reply
      Kate
      May 18, 2016 at 9:43 am

      I couldn’t agree more Kristie! What breakfast do you usually make for yourself on the weekend? I need to switch up my routine I think :) xx

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        Kristie
        May 19, 2016 at 5:52 am

        On the weekends I love to have an egg with avocado and turkey bacon on a thin bun…super simple but after cold cereal and toast all week for breakfast it definitely hits the spot!

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          Kate
          May 23, 2016 at 11:27 am

          That sounds delicious Kristie!

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    Puja
    May 4, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Can I confess? I have a crush going on your website. I have been binging on your posts. I think I need to try this rescue remedy. It’s always nice to see how others handle stress because 1. you know you are not alone & 2. you get to learn so much from others.

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      Kate
      May 18, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Oh my goodness Puja. What a compliment! You have absolutely made my day (and sincere apologies for the delayed reply I’m just coming out of the last two weeks from hell work wise). I also totally agree with you. In a weird way it’s nice to know that we’re all sharing in the human experience and everyone experiences stress. Thank you so much for your amazing comment xx

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    Soraya
    May 4, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Great post Kate! I will definitely have to try the Rescue Remedy – can you find it in most pharmacies? I

    I think it is so important to make time for me-time because otherwise you will let the stress take over your life. Plus it gives you time to reflect on how things are going and helps you step back from the stress.

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      Kate
      May 18, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Thank you lovely and I’m so sorry for the late reply! I’ve had the most insane last two working weeks of my life. Went through a LOT of Rescue Remedy hehe. I purchase mine from a local health food store as they always seem to stock it, though I’m sure pharmacies would have it too.

      I couldn’t agree more with giving yourself some “me” time. So important to treat ourselves with kindness! x

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    Camille
    May 4, 2016 at 11:47 am

    This is VERY much what Bridechilla Club is about. Taking time out to reconnect with yourself is sooo valuable. For me, a pot of lovely tea hits the spot. ;)

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      Kate
      May 18, 2016 at 9:33 am

      What is it about tea that is just so relaxing? Have you ever watched “Tea with Jules” on YouTube? I love how she has beautiful conversations with incredible women over a pot of tea. So lovely. x

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    Jade Salpietro
    May 4, 2016 at 11:57 am

    I really love your ideas. Being a busy mum on a horse property, I often forget that the little things can make such a big difference to how you’re feeling. I don’t have the budget to buy pretty things like flowers (oh how I miss these!) but recently my daughter and I started picking cuttings from the garden to pop in a vase. It really brings a bit of nature inside, and reminds me to literally, “stop and smell the flowers”.

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      Kate
      May 18, 2016 at 9:32 am

      Thank you Jade! I also love that you look to your garden to bring a little life into your home. I am simply the worst at keeping plants alive (although I would love to have a garden one day)! x

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    Elisha
    May 4, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    I love that these are all such simple and easy methods. I love flowers too and will be growing them in abundance soon so that I can just have them inside in vases all day, every day.

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      Kate
      May 4, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      I love them too! I so wish I could keep flowers alive in my apartment. I kill everything that comes into my home (except my fern which manages to stay alive, but my cat is trying to kill)! Thank you for your comment xx

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    Bonny O'Shea
    May 4, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Kate, that breakfast is the definition of LUSH! How good – this is so true – I have definitely noticed I have zero downtime. I love being busy but if ever I start to feel anxious or overwhelmed I know it’s because I haven’t set any time recently to look after myself. Thanks for the recommendations – they are beautiful, easy, and not too costly.

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      Kate
      May 4, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment Bonny! I couldn’t agree more. When I don’t take the time to look after myself I find that I am a wreck the following week. Thank you for stopping by xx

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