I know tons of bloggers that have full-time jobs and then blog on the side (full-time) as well. Somehow we find the time to wiggle in posts and some are really successful at managing juggling both. Some even have children, which I have so much respect for. I’ve mentioned before that I started a business with my mom, which has consumed my life. No joke as most can probably understand life changes when you go all in on a business adventure. I am a believer you get out of something, by what you put into it. So I really have made a go of this business, which has left me a workaholic and very stressed.
Where did this leave blogging? Well where did that leave blogging? That would be on the backburner. However, after I believe 5 years of blogging it’s not something I want to give up. I have a bit of a routine that I have daily when I get home that enables me to keep blogging and attempt the stress-free home life. The objective is to have a serene state to write blog posts. Being less stressed can impact your creative juices to the core. So I am going to share my favorites and give all the details of my relaxed blogging process.
The first thing that I try to adhere to that really makes a difference is to “Leave it at the office.” Don’t bring home the negativity that occurs at work. I have a seriously stressful job which I have people’s livelihoods at stake. I must stay super focused and try to keep from making mistakes. Mistakes in this business are super expensive and ones you want to avoid like the plague. My thoughts in leaving all the tension at work is that if you don’t bring home the drama you won’t take it out on your loved ones. It also enables you to let your brain relax. I for one always struggle with turning my brain off, but it’s something I continuously am working on. Obsessing about work 24/7 can seriously make you crazy. We need to have a healthy separation between work an home.
Next, time I get home I get into comfy clothes. It’s like shredding layers of stress and frustration. Sometimes my shoulders ache due to the tension and getting into my pjs is a good way to free up the tension. Being comfortable in what you are wearing can alter your way of thinking. It’s like the difference in wearing super tight jeans vs wearing yoga pants. Same philosophy and being comfortable is the next step in letting the stress melt off.
After changing it’s time to take off the makeup. I love putting on makeup but finding it’s just as satisfying to take it off. I have super oily skin, so by the end of the day I am a total oily mess. It’s very soothing to see the makeup melt off my face when I use the Clinque Take the Day off Cleansing Balm. Seriously try it, it’s totally worth it. Next I follow up with my favorite Younique skincare products. I start with the Pore Purifying cleanser to further get all the makeup and oils that remain off my skin. If I am having a really bad day I will use the Detox Mask from Younique. I think it not only pulls out the toxins from my skin but also pulls out and tension. It’s so pleasing to see your face covered in a thick black mask that can scare small children. Of course I am kidding, but this stuff is wonderful. Next I use the Rose water spritzer and Time correcting night cream from Younique. The Rose water in particular seriously is amazing. It totally calms your skin from inflammation and the stress of the day. I find using great skincare can really give you the spa feeling of relaxation.
After the pamper routine, I make me a cup of hot Earl Grey tea with local sourced honey and lemon. I then grab my laptop and cozy up in my writing nook for ultimate blogging success. Normally I am able to get a few photos edited and some blog stuff done. The thing you don’t realize about blogging before you start is that there is a ton of maintenance and upkeep that goes along with having a blog. I find that after doing my ritual for getting rid of as much stress as possible, I am able to really get thing. It’s surprising how many blog post ideas you can come up with when your mind is clear and body relaxed.
This is just works for me. I find that when I need to go home and do any blog work it’s a must. I spend most nights working on something blog wise. Thank goodness I came up with a solution for my stress issues. I am not saying that I become stress free but I am saying this totally works for me. What habits do you have for decreasing the amount of stress to blog? Until next time, I will be here relaxing in my Yoga pants/comfy clothes and sipping my hot tea.
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