Unwind Time


I had no idea until I became a mother and then started running my own business just how much stress a day could heap up me, both physically and mentally. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my life and wouldn’t change a thing however there are times when I think that if I don’t have some “me” time….

This last week or two alone I’ve had huge amounts of work all of a sudden (when I’m trying to empty the diary for half term next week), my next door neighbours are having their outside area renovated and a structure build (lots of drilling constantly and sandblasting from 8am of a morning until teatime, including Sunday!) and well, it’s all been so busy!

We’ve had Code Club for Kieran, the library for Taylor, the cake sale to bake for and attend, homework, work, we had people over for a local group we host every other Sunday so the house needed a good going over, an awkward client, an invoice that needed chasing up with a stern word… so much going on. There hasn’t been anything big or momentous, just lots of little things on top of the usual little things which have really bogged me down. Thankfully I have a supportive husband who gives me “The Look” when I’ve taken on too much or need to exhale properly and I’ve come to recognise that point in myself. That point where I need to say…




So I stopped and am looking to redress the balance a little, to wind down and if you like, find myself. Quite often when I do get to the point where a little self-love is needed I feel it physically as well as mentally. My muscles are tight, I might have shoulder, neck or back ache and headaches are pretty much a given.

For me a solo walk around the countryside is a welcome way for me to focus on me, as is yoga. Sometime simply lying in a dark room with headphones on and some favourite music can be enough to bring my stress levels down.  To address the physical side however I’d love to try something like Thai massage or an aromatherapy message (I believe scent can be a powerful thing).  By the end of the summer holidays, juggling being mum and working from home a deep muscle massage might in order (which is handy as the boys go back to school a day or so after my birthday so I might book myself in for a  massage or similar).

Once upon a time my younger self believed you could shake things off or that there was probably a pill for that ache or pain. My older, hopefully wiser self is a fan of the more holistic mind and body approach for every day wellness. This is something I need to look at more while looking after myself to stop the build-up of stress.

What do you do to unwind?


Boost Hydration and Win

Who read my hydration pledge post? I did indeed at the beginning of August pledge/promise/sincerely plan to increase the number of glasses of water I was drinking and boost my hydration levels.

Have I managed it? Mostly! I won’t fib and tell you that I religiously drink 8 glasses of water a day like a hydration champ because I don’t however I have gone from no glasses of water and lots of black coffee to  5-6 glasses of water, herbal teas and one coffee a day in just under a month. I’m calling that a success and something to build on.

Why did I take the pledge? For those who don’t click through to the original post I decided to do this for health reasons. I have to say that the results have been encouraging. Apart from that one time that I feel off the wagon, had no water one day and felt utterly awful the next day I’ve maintained my hydration levels and have been feeling great. My energy levels have risen (I’ve even taken on Yoga!), I sleep better and once I got over the initial first few days of weeing like a racehorse all has been well.

Staying motivated hasn’t been the easiest thing, it never is when you are forming new habits however I’ve found great support from Hydr8more and in particular their blog which is packed with reasons why you should hydrate, how hydration helps you and tips for getting the job done (all in a non-preachy fashion which I appreciate).

Furthermore the lovelies at Hydr8more have decided to offer one of my lucky readers the chance to win this bad boy (or girl!). The Hydr8more Alkaline Water jug is portable, holds 2 litres and as well as filtering water it introduces valuable minerals. Click through to read all of the other benefits of using this jug.

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Did I say you could win one? Yes.

I don’t run competitions often as regular readers know however I thought this would be a prize worth winning (I’m treating myself to one too as our tap water is “hard” and I could benefit from a mineral packed softer water drink).

To enter…..

Leave me a comment below answering the following question:

What is your best idea for remembering to drink 8 glasses every day

That’s it, no hoops to jump through, no need to promise me the soul of your first born child, just have a nosy at the site, enjoy their no-nonsense blog and answer the question.

Terms and Conditions:

  • This competition will end at midday on Monday September 14th 2015
  • One answer per person please, multiples will be deleted
  • The winner will be contacted via email shortly after this giveaway ends to confirm their delivery address.
  • The jug will be sent direct from Hydr8more.
  • If I don’t hear back from the winner within 5 days a new winner will be chosen.
  • The winner will be chosen using a randomiser programme.
  • My decision is final
  • I reserve the right to pinch any of your answers to help me remember to keep hydrating!

What are you waiting for? Feel free to share the post so that others might be in with a chance and good luck!


*Even if you don’t win it is worth having a think about your hydration levels and what you could do to improve these.