How to de-stress after a busy week

Work is stressful, we all know that. I’ve worked in so many different environments from shop floors to offices to walking the streets of London all day, meeting to meeting. No matter what we do sometimes, it gets on top of us. But knowing when enough is enough and you need to take a step back from it all is the really hard part.

We become so consumed in achieving our life goals that sometimes we forget that we need to take care of ourselves in order to still be on our A game. I have been to that point where you have run yourself so far into the ground that the road back becomes longer than you ever imagined so I realised I had to make some big changes in order to ensure that I never let myself reach that point again.

Firstly I decided to create a working environment that was light, uncluttered and tranquil. I wanted to surround myself with the feeling of calm so that whenever I do feel the stresses of life taking their toll, every inch of my surroundings are designed to relax me. But you don’t need to redecorate just yet, even something as simple as a perfectly selected home fragrance is enough to transport you to a place of pure calm.

Building boundaries from work and personal life is a skill we all need to master and whilst I am no expert I try my hardest to draw a line under each day to ensure work deadlines and stresses don’t spill over into our precious down time. Being self employed means I have to make the rules and if there aren’t rules things quickly spiral into chaos. Giving myself regular working hours with breaks to refresh and return with a clear mind are essential.

Escape, I talk about it often. As much as I wouldn’t say no to 2 weeks in the Maldives this kind of escape comes from within. Whilst the house is empty during the day, I make full use of the silence in the house and allow myself “Mini Me Time Breaks”. I light my favourite candle from Rituals Tao collection and perch myself either on my yoga mat or my favourite place in the whole wide world, our bed. There are a number of great apps with guided meditation and I’ve been trialling the new one from Rituals. The reason I find guided meditation apps so useful is the ease of which you tune in and switch off from the world around you whilst the soothing words guide your mind away from reality for as long as you allow it. You can fit sessions in on your lunch breaks or schedule out an hour to totally unwind during lunch. I find this improves my productivity 10 fold at work whilst also keeping me in the most focused and level mind frame at all times whilst also being just as indulgent as a trip to a Spa!

What is your ultimate way to relax? Share your me-time ritual with me while using #MyRituals. You can also win an ultimate relaxation gift set worth over £100.

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This post is in collaboration with Rituals but all opinions are my own.



  1. Chloe 24th September 2015 / 8:09 am

    Hi Lydia! Lovely post once again, I couldn’t help noticing how beautiful you look in these pictures and I really want to know where that top/dress is from?! It’s gorgeous! 🙂 thanks

    • lydia 24th September 2015 / 8:59 am

      Thanks Chloe <3 the dress was £9 in Zara sale because it had make up on it 🙂 xx

  2. Hollie 24th September 2015 / 1:58 pm

    Love this Lydia! I always struggle with not allowing work and stresses to spill over into my down time! “Me time” is so important x

    • lydia 25th September 2015 / 9:02 am

      I’m so glad you loved it hollie!!!! <3

  3. nicki ryder 24th September 2015 / 9:06 pm

    This came at a perfect time for me, thanks Lydia. I work full time, am a mum and am addicted to organising things with friends & family. My brain feels fried most of the time. I do train but that’s not always relaxing. I love the idea of an app for meditation, I never knew they existed. I’m fortunate enough to work from home most days so I am definitely going to give this a go. Our bed is my little sanctuary too. ?????

    • lydia 25th September 2015 / 9:03 am

      Oh nicki, there really are some amazing apps for meditation, infact it is how I got into it! x

    • lydia 25th September 2015 / 9:03 am

      Thank you 🙂 x

  4. Lindsay 24th September 2015 / 10:11 pm

    Not only are you beautiful but your accent is stunning. 😉

    • lydia 25th September 2015 / 9:04 am

      HAHA well I’m glad you like my accent and don’t find it too jarring!!:)

    • lydia 25th September 2015 / 9:04 am

      It really is a saving grace!!! x

  5. Kelsey 25th September 2015 / 8:47 pm

    I have been following your blog for the last few months and I am honestly obsessed! You are my style icon! BTW, where did you get your phone case? I absolutely love it!

  6. Adele 30th September 2015 / 9:24 am

    This is such a fab idea. I’m definitely going to download this app – I love guided meditations!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  7. amy 14th October 2015 / 9:57 pm

    Love this post! Your photos are so gorgeous.

    So glad I came across your blog!


  8. Chris 29th October 2015 / 9:10 pm

    Totally going to be checking this app out – kind of fell off the wagon with Headspace, so perhaps will do better with Rituals.

    Thanks for the tips Lydia

  9. Olivia 2nd December 2015 / 12:51 am

    Lydia– Where is that lovely phone case from?!

  10. Ance 28th March 2016 / 1:43 pm

    Dear Lydia!

    Could you, please, share where is this amazing white snake iphone cover from? 🙂

  11. Mo 2nd April 2016 / 9:57 am

    Hi love the blog, very motivating!
    Could you please tell me what lipstick your wearing in these pics, I’m dying to know


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