Ok so the chocolate’s been eaten, the Easter bonnet’s back in its box and there’s a little bit more of you then there was 10 days ago. It’s been an important time of rest and spending time with friends and family. It’s now Monday evening and tomorrow you’ll be woken up by the alarm and head back to work after the Easter break. Returning to the hustle and bustle of normality can be a bit of a jolt and here are some good ways of easing that transition.
Have a relaxing evening (preferably with candles and bath oil)
Take it easy, the worst thing you can do is lie awake at night stressing about what’s waiting for you in your inbox. Having a calming evening will put you in the right frame of mind for heading back to work and will make you more productive. Shut the bathroom door, turn off the lights and light some candles. I use Jo Malone’s Blackberry and Bay and sometimes Velvet Rose and Oud. These are a bit on the pricey side and Rituals Indian Rose and Yankee Black Plum Blossom are great affordable alternatives
I’d avoid the temptation of heading straight to the Radox. I’m not a massive fan of bubble baths in general as I think they tend to disappear quickly and ending up a bit of a damp squib, if you’ll excuse the pun. I find that it’s much better to use a scented bath oil instead which has the added benefit of moisturising your skin. My two favourites are Neals Yard Rose & Pomegranate Bath Oil and Sanctuary Daily Spa Escape Concentrated Bath Relaxer.
Organise your clothes for the week
Starting your day with an ‘I have nothing to wear crisis’ won’t lead to an effective day. You’ll only waste time and get yourself into a tizz. Go through your wardrobe and pick out the outfits you’ll be wearing each day. It’s only a short week so this won’t take too long. Make your return to work piece a statement, if you look good you will feel good. Also, choose your accessories and pack your handbag for the following morning so you’re not running around looking for your keys.
Have a good night’s sleep
Make sure you get at least 7-8 hours sleep don’t be up all night watching Netflix. I use the bedtime app on my phone which calculates what time I should be going to bed once I’ve programmed my wake up time. When I was younger I’d try to stay up as late as possible because I knew that if I went to sleep I’d have to wake up and go to school. It’s a bad habit to get into and will make you look tired and puffy around the eyes in the morning.
Resist the temptation to sleep in
The snooze button is not your friend! I know that a few extra blissful minutes in bed feels good in the short term but means that you have less time to get ready and be out the door. Taking your time in the morning and having plenty of time to get to work/college/school will mean you start your week without stress. Remember the trains will be crowded and the roads congested and if you are anything like me then getting stuck in traffic for an hour and a half will start you off in an extremely bad mood.
Enjoy your morning beauty routine
Yves Saint Laurent said that “The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy”. I’m not afraid to admit that I get real pleasure out of my beauty routine and it’s got to the point where I could almost do it with my eyes closed. Try to allocate at least 20-25 minutes for your face and the same again for your hair so you can take your time and enjoy it. I will post a morning beauty routine blog post soon
Have breakfast before you leave the house
I used to always skip breakfast and just survive on several cups of tea till about 11am and then crash. Think about what the word ‘breakfast’. It literally means that you break the fast of the time you are asleep during the night. By the time you’ve woken up you’ve already had about 8 hours without food and drink.That’s long enough, you can make a delicious smoothie using a NutriBullet very quickly and take it with you to have on the way to work.
Don’t forget to take an umbrella
This seems obvious but it’s the one that is so easy to forget so make extra sure that you pack an umbrella. Spending ages with the straighteners then getting caught in the rain doesn’t feel good. Trust me. No one wants to go back to work looking like they’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards. It is also a much neglected accessory and a leopard print or watermelon umbrella from Topshop can spruce up a neutral or monochrome outfit.
Remember you have annual leave for a reason. Taking a well-earned break means helps to keep you motivated and healthy. Now is the perfect time to start planning a weekend mini break if summer seems just a little bit too far off.