Escaping Christmas Stress | Blogmas 2017

Welcome to my 12 days of Blogmas series! Every other day until Christmas I will be posting something festive for you all to enjoy 🙂

There is no doubt about it – Christmas can be an incredibly stressful time! From all the expenses to the travel, the cooking, baking, parties and everything in between, 24 days to fit in everything you need to do will definitely cause a bit of stress. So, I’ve put together a little list of things you can do which will help you minimise and escape that festive stress!

Set a Budget
Expenses are such a big deal around this time of year that I dedicated an entire post to saving money over Christmas. Check it out here, and learn how to set your budget so money isn’t something you’re worried about.

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Write Lists
It will be no surprise to any of you that I suggest writing a list, but taking some time out to physically put down everything it is you need to do/buy/make/whatever will get all those random thoughts out of your head and help you put plans into action. I have a list for gifts, money, what to do, what to watch, what to bake, the places I need to go and the people I need to see, as well as what I will wear to every Christmas event. Excessive? Sure. But am I stressed? Not at all.

Take Time For Yourself
Again, this one may seem a little arbitrary, but taking a bit of time out for yourself, to put a candle on, chuck a face mask on and watch a Christmas film will definitely help get your priorities in order. Whatever you’re stressing about will fade into the background for at least a moment, and help you get set to tackle it all again.

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Practice Gratitude
Christmas, although a stressful time, is also when you need to be practicing gratitude the most. So many people out there are celebrating Christmas in poverty, hunger or war, and we need to remember our blessings over this time. Although your family may be annoying you, travel may be tiresome and you might not get the exact present you want, remember that everyone is just doing their best and they are all deserving of your love. Tis the season, after all!

Check out my most recent posts; Christmas In AustraliaZoe’s Bookshelf #2!

Zoe x

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Escaping Christmas Stress | Blogmas 2017

Evening Routine

My evenings are the time I take for myself. Of course, my evenings aren’t always the same. Sometimes I come home straight from a long day at work and crash, sometimes I go to my second job as a school tutor. I hang out with friends, go to dinner, hit up Thursday night shopping or go for a walk.

For the most part, however, I like to use my time to reenergize myself for the day to come, and these are the steps I take to make that happen.

The first things I do when I walk in the door are essential for me; I turn on my salt lamp, play some music through my bluetooth speaker, and take my makeup off. If I’m not working out, I’ll immediately put on some comfy clothes too.

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I’ll then set up my clothes for the following day. I do this every night and it honestly takes the stress out of mornings for me! I grab my workout clothes and do a workout after a doing this and a bit of tidying if my flat needs it. I try and tidy for 15-20 mins a day to make sure it’s always beautiful. Tidy house = tidy mind.

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Weights, resistance bands & shorts, Kmart | Sports bra, Forever21 | yoga mat, Cotton On Body

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After I finish a workout, I’ll eat something. I tend to meal prep or food prep, so this takes me 5 minutes to whip up. I’ll also tend to make a bit extra of whatever I’m having so I can take it to work the next day for lunch. Tonight, I had a salad with chicken, rocket, sweet potato, ricotta, pine nuts, parmesan and balsamic glaze. Sometimes I’ll have a protein shake after a workout, and if I do it’s a LUXE Fitness vanilla shake.

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I’ll take my time eating my dinner to chill out, watch some TV or YouTube, and make sure I’m drinking enough water.

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I’ll then pop into the shower before doing my skincare and brushing my hair. I’ll definitely be doing an updated skincare routine sometime soon!

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After this, I’ll turn off all electronics and read something, or write in my bullet journal. A blog post all about my bullet journal is coming super soon 🙂 I’ll also tend to make a cup of calming tea. This night it was chamomile, in this gorgeous one-cup teapot from T2.

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When I’ve properly chilled out, I’ll brush my teeth and go to bed. Some nights I meditate, some nights I stay up till 1am on my phone even though I said I turned off my electronics… life is about balance, haha.

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Sweet dreams!

Zoe x

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My Festive Relaxation Routine • Blogmas

Welcome to my Blogmas! I love Christmas so much, and the best way to celebrate is with Christmas related posts every day at 5pm WordPress time until the 25th! Hope you enjoy!

The silly season is named so for a good reason, and it is only natural that it is a high stress period in terms of family, finance and just general business. Due to this, it is more important during this time than ever to give yourself an opportunity to relax. So when times are getting a bit overwhelming, this is the relaxation routine I will do to reset and give myself pause in a busy day. If you want to see more like this, My Relaxation Routine went down very well, so go check that out too!

The first thing I’ll do is put on some comfy clothes and turn my phone off. This doesn’t mean silent, it means completely off. I don’t want anyone to contact me, and I don’t want any of my social media to distract me when I’m trying to be mindful.

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If I’m feeling particularly angry, I’ll have a hard workout and sweat it all away. If not, I’ll go for a long walk. Either way, exercise during the festive season is paramount as we aren’t exactly our healthiest, are we?

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After this, I might take a long shower or bath, and really take time to look after my body, by exfoliating or washing my hair. Being in the water does wonders.

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Lighting a relaxing candle that smells fresh and not too sweet can immediately put me in a calmer state of mind.

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Alongside this, using an essential oil in lavender on my pulse points (wrists, behind my ears, temples) gets the relaxing scents going and makes relaxing practically impossible.

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Brewing a herbal tea is the perfect way to unwind and enjoy the moment. I try and take my time drinking it, being grateful for every sip. I like to do this outside, as sometimes what is making us stressed is being cooped up inside. Fresh air can work miracles, and people watching or simply observing nature at work in your own yard can really put your stress in perspective. A good way to help sort out your mind is journalling, so while I’m drinking my tea, I try and figure out the exact cause of my stress, and work on ways I can help resolve it. Just writing it all out – or drawing it if you’re that way inclined – has some kind of magic powers, I swear.

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Is there anything else that you do to relax over the silly season? Let me know!

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DIY Present Idea – Bath Bombs • Blogmas

Welcome to my Blogmas! I love Christmas so much, and the best way to celebrate is with Christmas related posts every day at 5pm WordPress time until the 25th! Hope you enjoy!

Today I’m starting my DIY presents series! A great gift regardless of age or gender is anything bath/spa related, so I thought I’d give making my own bath bombs a go!

A lot of recipes call for citric acid and cream of tartar, which I had neither of, so I experimented with a much simpler recipe. Of course, you can always add whatever to these bath bombs, like epsom salts or oils of your choice, but I’ve gone as simple as I possibly could! The recipe below I halved to make four big bath bombs, but could definitely have made eight little ones.

Ingredients

2 cups bicarbonate of soda
1 cup  baking soda
1 – 2 tbs canola, coconut or almond oil
food colouring
essential oils of your choice (I used lavendar, peppermint and vanilla)
water in a spray bottle
bits for inside the bath bomb, such as lavendar
silicone moulds – you could use ice cube trays, but I used silicone cupcake moulds

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Method

Mix the dry ingredients and make sure they are all finely ground before adding your oil, food colouring and essential oils. Mix well, and then begin to add sprays of water and mix until you can indent the mixture and leave a shape. When this occurs, you are able to spoon the mixture into your moulds and add your extra bits. Leave to set, as they will go harder with time. Make sure you use within a couple of weeks or they will lose their fizz!

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The purple ones are lavendar scented with crushed lavendar within, the beige is vanilla and the green is peppermint!

I packaged them in cute tartan cupcake cases and stacked them in a cute jar. I think this worked well because it keeps them fresh and catches any crumbles that fall off.

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DIY Present Idea – Bath Bombs • Blogmas

The Ultimate Bath

Having a bath is not all lush bombs and Bath and Bodyworks candles. It’s really about relaxation, time out and looking after your skin. Therefore, make sure you’re getting the most out of your time! The ultimate bath is not that hard to achieve, especially if you follow my steps 🙂

Preperation

Get your clothes ready to change into, and decide what kind of bath you want to run. Set all the things you’ll need on the edge of the bath to make it easier for you. Grab a drink or a snack and just make sure everything is easy and in reach – you don’t want to be stressing about anything while you’re in there.

Bubbles

Everyone likes their bath a bit differently, but I love bubbles. The easiest way to create bubbles for me is to buy a really cheap bubble bath from the supermarket – they don’t smell like anything, but you can fix that later. Here are some of my favourite things to put in my bath.

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Baking Soda & Epsom Salts

Chucking half a cup of epsom salts and some baking soda into your bath can help draw out toxins and relax your muscles. If you are feeling especially stressed or tense, having these things in your bath can really up the ante.

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Scent

Of course, if you can afford it (I sure can’t), use a bath bomb to achieve a lovely scent. I prefer the cheaper option of dropping some essential oils in the running water, which are also really good for your skin. I love lavender, ylang ylang and sweet orange scents in my baths.

Candles

Personally, I don’t see the point of using your expensive candles in the bath. I opt for cheap tea lights, as they give the desired effect and don’t affect any of the scents in the bath. I love lighting candles as they give a really lovely, relaxing mood. A word of warning: don’t accidentally drop on in the bath. You’ll be scrubbing hardened wax off your skin for days. Trust me.

 

Scrub

A bath is the perfect opportunity to do a full body scrub. I love making my own, which you can read the recipe for here.

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Face

I know lots of people who love a facemask in the bath. I’m not such a fan, because I find with all the steam they don’t really set that well. Also, I prefer to let the warm water open up my pores for a facemask after the bath. This way you’re making the most of it all.

 

Body Wash

Treat yourself to a lovely body wash, and really take the time to be grateful to your body. This may sound dumb, but without your body you aren’t alive, so try and thank it. Also, ladies, this is a great time to check yourself for any irregularities. This is very important!

Entertain Yourself

If you’re anything like me, it’s easy to get bored in a bath. Therefore, why not entertain yourself?! I love to watch YouTube or TV shows (nothing too intense), or listen to some calming music.

Relax

The whole point of a perfect bath is to unwind and recharge your batteries, so make sure you’re doing everything in there with a sense of mindfulness. You have nowhere else to be, and you are allowed to relax. Embrace that feeling, as these days we too often ignore it.

 

Zoe x

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