Life Update & How I De-Stress

Hiya,

It’s been a while, but I’ve got exciting news to share – I’ve got a new job! πŸŽ‰πŸ’· 

It’s been a long time coming and I’m super excited to start the next chapter in my career, but since finding out, and telling my current employer that I’m leaving the company, plus sorting out my whole big hand-over, it has been nothing short of stressful.

It’s weird how such exciting news can quickly turn into a daunting process πŸ˜‘ πŸ˜’

Thoughts like; How the hell am I going to tell my manager? Am I meant to look upset or be more apologetic that I’m moving on to different and better pastures? Should I give up a great opportunity? – kept popping into my head, and I found myself quickly stressed with not a clue of what to do. There really should be a handbook for dummies on the subject.

I’ll be starting my new adventure towards the end of the month, but before I can really enjoy and bask in my excitement I’ve got a mammoth job of creating a ton of content before I leave, and to be totally honest it’s all just too much to deal with.

So, if you’re like me and are transitioning into new waters, here’s my tips on how to deal with stress at work…

Plenty of breaks. This point has been said a bazillion times, but it’s totally true, and while I’ve got even more work to do, I’ve found myself stepping away from my desk a little bit more, to take a stroll, make a coffee, and just talk to people. As I stare at computer screen for most of the day, it helps me to take a break from the harsh computer light and take my mind off of my ever growing work load.

Drink lots of Water. Water refreshes and hydrates and to be totally honest with you a nice cold glass of water is calming. It keeps me alert and when I’m rushed off my feet. It’s crazy what a simple glass of water can do. 

Make Music Work. When I arrive at work the first thing I do is put on 1xtra in my browser and plug in my head phones. It helps me disconnect, focus and helps me relax as I’m listening to music I love. Plus, it means I’m not distracted by stupid office politics and it means people don’t disturb you unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Side note: Do you have any albums you’re loving atm? Solange’s new album ‘A Seat At The Table’ and Wretch 32 ‘Growing Over Life’ have been on replay!

A Lovely Bubble Bath. I try and not to take any work home with me – mentally & physically. I also really try not to dwell on things that have really bothered me throughout the day, so once I’ve got home, I like to take some time to myself, grab a cup of tea, chill in a warm bubbly bath using with a Lush bath bomb and turn on an episode of Narcos – the perfect relaxing evening!

 

Enjoy Exercise. I’m sure many of my loyal readers know that I go to the gym, but throughout the month of September I took on a massive challenge of running 26.2 miles for The British Heart Foundation, which meant running at least 2 miles every night. Although it was tough, I’ve tried to continue running a couple times a week as it gives me something to look forward to and actually helps me to de-stress, which I guess is due to my body releasing endorphins. After each session I  actually feel happy and proud of my accomplishments which is a plus!

Reading & Instagram Scrolling. This is a weird de-stressing mechanism I use, but escaping to another place through a book or looking at amazing imagery really helps me chill out and relax. I guess being a serial Instagram scroller has its perks πŸ˜‚

Do you have any tips on how to handle stress levels? Have you ever had to deal with an awkward resignation? Let me know…

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21 thoughts on “Life Update & How I De-Stress

  1. Congratulations on your new job! How exciting! πŸŽ‰ I totally agree with your tips on how to deal with stress, I adore bubble baths! In fact I had one just before reading your post! I have bought a pretty water bottle to encourage me to drink more – great advice!

    Abbey ✨ http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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  2. Eeeeek congrats on your new job! Really happy for you! If im stressed and need to wind down I totally agree on the having a bubble bath and enjoying excerise! I love going to the gym to de-stress! I really need to start drinking water more! I drink a lot whilst at work but never at home which I need to do more of! Great tips – loves reading this post! πŸ™‚ lots of love, Rachel xxx
    http://www.rachelxblog.com

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  3. Congrats on the job Ri! We have to have a drink on the weekend to celebrate πŸŽ‰ I would say always remain professional and dignified show them that they will miss a great asset to the team. Countdown on ur calendar till ur out of there and just remember you will be moving forward, the time will soon pass! X

    Shannon // shannonkara.com

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