A Routine A Day Keeps The Stress At Bay

A Routine A Day Keeps The Stress At Bay

Once again, we're honoured with former Editor of Samantha Wills Foundation and wordsmith extraordinaire Katie Northwood gracing the pages of our Journal! 

PSA: We are in 2020……. 

Seriously, 20 years ago, it was the year 2000… how?!?

Anyway, back to us hurtling into 2020.

I think we can agree that the past year in particular was… full on.

We are more connected than ever. More social, more committed, more contactable, more harassed by notifications. We are more aware of the mental load, and the effects of overcommitting, and under-self-caring, and this goes double for any ladies who are hustling - seriously, pour yourself a large wine right this second - you’ve earned it.

So, I’ve made a decision.

I’m going to stop wishing away 70% of my week so I can enjoy the 30%. I’m going to change how I feel about the Monday to Friday routine….by committing to a new routine, one that shall henceforth be known as The Wind Down.

Wait… did she just say she’s going to fight the effects of a routine… WITH ANOTHER ROUTINE?

Yes indeedy.

I know it seems rather counterintuitive to combat something with the very same thing, but like using skin oil to unclog the oil in your skin, this sounds just crazy enough to work.

*IMPORTANT - I am not a skincare specialist. I confess to doing allllll the wrong things for a good skincare regime so please don’t trust me with remedying your skin concerns. 

I recently started doing something small in the afternoons, and it’s become something of a game changer.

At precisely the same time every afternoon, I enjoy my Wind Down. I brew a coffee. Not instant coffee. Turkish coffee. I learned it from my in-laws, and I’ve become something of an expert. I brew it myself, and those 5 minutes of watching the water boil, stirring in the coffee grounds, and keeping it from bubbling over (still happens more often than I’d care to admit) before pouring it into those adorable mini cups and saucers has become something I look forward to more than I thought I would. I have accidentally carved out time just for me, and time that I literally think of nothing but what is right in front of me. It’s like a mental pause button on my day, and I freakin love it.

Some people meditate. Some people macrame. I brew liquid gold. 

I’ve found that I no longer pine for my Saturday morning coffee dates quite like I used to. So I’ve inadvertently created a routine that slots in amongst the 9-5, that brings some of that weekend joy to my weekday grind….. (ha!) 

Anyway, with that in mind, I have decided that 2020 is the year that I keep this routine, and add to it, with things that bring me joy and peace and a little escape each day. 

Create a routine for your weekday that incorporates the things that you love - walking, cocktails, creative projects, baking - and make it a part of your day, every day.

Don’t wish away 5 days just to enjoy the 2.

We couldn't agree more with Katie! Our daily routine is a walk around the block and  liquid gold in a moka pot. There is something about waiting for the brew to whistle at us that makes our afternoon more cheery! What is your daily routine that 'brings some of that weekend joy to your weekday grind'? 

Photograph taken by Kayla Jane White @kaylajanewhite

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