Our lives are a rat-race – 24/7 has never been so short. Most of us are tugging through our ‘day jobs’, living out our dreams in the evening, alongside trying to stay fit, relax and flutter as social-butterflies. Feeling stressed is an understatement.
And while I wish I was a fairy god-mother who could extend the hours of time – and grant me a prince with diamond slippers (he wouldn’t be wearing them) – I can provide ideas that will remind you to pause and stop chugging.
Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world – Gustave Flaubert
Book a break
The obvious and simplest solution. How gorgeous are these villas: elegant-address.com/locations/saint-jean-cap-ferrat/. At sites like this and similar, you can hire a luxury villa in a stunning location for less than assumed.
If I had an array of close-knit friends, we would all be staying in one for at least a week. The cost would be shared between us.
They say travelling is the best education and I couldn’t agree more. I have always gone away and come back with a new state of mind. I’m the kind of person who cannot just lounge on a beach. I need culture – sightseeing and exploration. And now I need vegan food – so that will be fun to find (sarcasm).
Meet a long-lost friend
Do you have that friend who you’re close to, yet somehow never manage to get around to meet?
There is importance here in the term ‘friend’. There’s no point meeting a pretend one who can’t wait to brag about their existence, or equally one who makes you feel any less of a person.
But when you see a good friend and time has swam by– there’s something healing in that reflection. It’s almost like you’re heading back to your original stem. And with all the memories to laugh back on and excitement at seeing each other, it naturally stops you feeling stressed.
Re-evaluate your career
Our work is a secondary home and it’s a home we feel forced to stay in. When I started writing, I realised that I was now living out a vacation.
I fell out of love with makeup. At some stage, the passion I once had – my highs of assisting big artists and credits on work – fell short. When I started typing, this balloon burst of ambition came shooting back.
For those pursuing their dreams in the evening – think about how the steps you’re taking can lead you to full-time. Are you missing credits on your CV? Do you need to undergo training? If so, can that be done at home? What contacts or resources are available?
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any – Alice Walker
This link: inspiringinterns.com/blog/2017/10/8-job-sites-an-overview provides a range of the best industry-related job boards.
It’s worth looking for the job you want and seeing all the requirements. But you have to remember, this is a positive thing. The trick to stop feeling stressed is to take yourself out of a stressed state of mind.
Instead of thinking – oh my gosh, I’ve got all these things to do before applying for this career. Change that too – I’m actually looking at the career I want. What can I do first to reach closer towards it?
I have to say – I’m no expert. But that romantic portrayal of heading to Hollywood with a $10 note or taking each day as it comes – not so smart when there’s bills each month. Chase dreams in a practical manner.
Slot in a pamper hour
Because not every Sunday dedicates an evening of beauty.
Pampering can see a begrudging chore – filing away at the nails, buffing the body to despair. A good hour is enough to unwind without worrying you are being over-indulgent – though that’s not a crime.
I give myself a 30-minute bath and then set everything else at 10 minutes. A mask on my face and a foot pedi to remove rough edges – another 10 filing and painting nails – followed by 10 either lying like the pampered queen I am – or tweezing unwanted eyebrow hair.
I have guide on all the best tips for beauty and pamper, which you can read here: Look Chic 24/7.
Read a thought-provoking book
I’m interviewing Ashta-deb for i the stylist. Her book speaks of her tragedy – abuse by her parents, abandonment by her mother, and the tragic death of her sister when she was nine-years-old.
Being diagnosed with PTSD, she entails her journey documenting the remedies she tried and what helped her recover.
Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity – Hippocrates
A book like this, takes you away from your own struggles and encourages perspective, by peering at life through someone else’s eyes.
What are your tips when feeling stressed? Which of the following from my list do you most prefer?
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