At the end of last month, I celebrated my birthday.
It had been a big 12 months since the last one. From moving countries (twice) and changes in working conditions to having a second baby, and dealing with life-threatening illnesses within the family, it had been one hell of a rollercoaster ride.
While I can definitely say supportive family and great friends got me through, there were also a few other things that helped lift the weight off my shoulders. These are my 8 favourite relaxing activities for when you need a break.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Moccona Coffee. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
I simply cannot go on without regular massage. I tell my husband it’s necessary as part of ongoing treatment for a back injury sustained from a horse fall years ago. Truth be told, I probably don’t need to go weekly, but it’s one of those relaxing activities that needs to be done.
2. Reality TV – and lots of it
From watching the likes of the Kardashians, the Real Housewives of Every City You Can Think Of, and all Jersey Shore type spin offs, I get to live the highlife—and some might say the low life—I was never destined for. And I am not apologising for that.
3. Long hot baths…on my own
It is very rare that I actually get to complete a long soak in a hot bath on my own. I usually get about 30 seconds in before the two-year old is at the edge trying to get in, or there has been some nappy related emergency in the lounge room that requires my assistance. So when I do get the water to myself, It. Really. Is. Bliss. Surely this one is one everyone’s relaxing activities list?!
4. Flannie PJs
At the start of every winter, I buy myself a cheap pair of flannel PJs that are two sizes too big—every year because I inevitably shrink them over the next 12 months. There is nothing better than changing into a cozy pair of flannies on a cold evening after a hard day of kid wrangling, work or massage treatment. It hits a spot in my soul that says, “Chillax.” Also goes well with watching reality TV.