As I write this, I look back three or four months and I’m baffled at how I managed to do what I did before all of this pandemic business. To give you some context: I was at the Keep Co office four days a week, where I worked three days with Ivy Social and one day interning for Good Day PR. I was working one or two night shifts a week at Public Bar, in addition to being responsible for the venue’s marketing activity. Should I also mention that I tried to keep a somewhat social life?
Yeah, I was busy. But I loved it.
Well, for starters, I really, really enjoy all the work that I do and I like to live a semi-on-the-go lifestyle. In saying so, you really need some downtime and after this week in particular? It’s necessary.
So, I’m here to share with you my favourite ways to unwind after a big week such as:
- Taking my time with my skincare routine
- Binge-watching my current go-to TV show or movie series
- Have a big glass of wine (very, very important)
As much as I love to put makeup on, I love taking it off just as much. When I was younger, I wrongly invested my money into makeup when really, I should’ve put it towards skincare. If you read my last blog post, this was one of those silly choices that I made back in the day. 😂
My skincare routine is something that I will always do, every morning and every night. It doesn’t matter how exhausted, emotionally drained or drunk I am; I’ll do it, even if I’m not wearing makeup. On a day-to-day basis, we’re talking: double cleanser (…yep, double), toner, eye cream, serum and moisturiser.
Most of the time, I can do my regular routine without even thinking but after a massive day or week, I really like to take my time… sometimes, it can take me up to two hours. Yes – you read that right. It can take me so long because a) I work each product into my skin more than usual, and b) I add a few extra steps like a face mask and an eye mask. Plus, it feels like a mini pamper session and what girl wouldn’t want that? 💆🏻♀️
As a millennial living in an era of online streaming, how could binge-watching not be one of my favourite things to do? Not just after a busy week but all the time.
I have a few TV shows and movies on rotation that I watch every year; like Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Gilmore Girls (..although I’m getting quite sick of it as I get older), Younger and my latest addition? Schitt’s Creek, which I love every little thing about. I can’t tell you why I watch them year in and year out but I like that I can have them on in the background when I don’t want to listen to music or a podcast, or even as I fall asleep. If I need a little bit of action in my life, my go-to films include The Hunger Games, Divergent and most things from Marvel (hello Chris Hemsworth).
By watching all these TV shows and movies, they help me get lost in their world just so I can escape reality for a little bit. Plus, my life is nowhere near as dramatic or action-packed so it’s a nice reassurance that my life is totally fine. 😂
Fun fact: I actually wanted to become a film director when I was about 16 so I got really into the industry. Like, I’d watch movies with the commentary on to get an understanding of every decision that a director, writer or actor made… safe to say that this particular dream didn’t last me very long!
Big glass of wine
Now, let’s talk about wine. Ah, a good ol’ crisp glass of freshly poured Riesling really does the trick. Do we even need to get into why it’s one of my favourite ways to unwind?
I think it’s really important to be able to have some downtime, even if you live such a busy lifestyle or work from home. You need to be able to take a break from things otherwise it’ll just consume you.
And before you ask… yes, I did all three things after I finished work this week. ✔️