To my dearest:
As a native New Yorker, being busy bee has never been new to me. I would even say it’s a life style of mine. I’ve become so accustomed to it that I enjoy a face paced life and flinch when things become stagnant. Becoming a blogger was a big step for me. I faced hurdles I never would’ve thought I would have faced before.
Many see the few popular bloggers and think they have life easy — having this and that sponsored, making money, always traveling, trying new food, and enjoying life. However, that’s just one side of the coin — the glorious shiny side of the coin. The flip side of the coin is hard work and dedication.
The amount of time put in to is no joke. Pledging to become a Full Time Blogger, I started working on average 80 hours a week since my re-launch. You would see my instagram stories, staying up till 5-6am creating content and engaging on social media. When talking to other bloggers or influencers, they would all chime in and say, “that’s blog life.” We should really have a hash tag for it! But hey, although stressful, I really do enjoy what I’m doing and it is definitely rewarding. I enjoy the face paced environment, setting deadlines, reaching target goals, and completing everything in a New York minute!
I think that’s the case with many of us living in a big city, no matter what city it may be. We have a rewarding job, whatever odd job it may or may not be. However, with work and daily lives, we become so inured to the face paced life style, we stress ourselves out with time management and stretch our limits time and time again!
One day, shopping at one of my favorite stores, Rituals, I came upon their new slogan: Slow down, relaxation is only one step away. And could not help, but want to share with you all. It really hit me that, slowing down from time to time is needed. It’s like the reboot button to reset my system, so that I can be fueled to go on again!
With this campaign, I later found out that it was a celebration to their grand opening of their 11th store in NYC. Their idea of “slow down”, was teaming up with Pure Yoga to give out free yoga classes in Grand Central Terminal. I actually thought it was a brilliant idea. From that I came up with 3 ways to slow down and reset!
ONE. Yoga Detox
Yoga is a good way to destress and relax definitely. If you don’t have a gym membership and go to the gym regularly, I feel like yoga once a week definitely helps your physical health in terms of stretching out those strained muscles from sitting and working all day. It helps with mental relaxation too whether or not you zen out or not! Just breathing and having time to yourself helps and yoga is a good outlet for it. I would recommend doing a Yoga Detox of committing to a month of once a week yoga classes to start. It would be a small commitment and then you can see how much it has helped and go from there! (If you’re a New Yorker, I’ll link back in the future with a list of good yoga spots in New York.)
TWO. Good Nice Bath
Take the time to take a good bath. I’m not talking about a quick shower. Enjoying a good bath aids relaxation. Remember that Friend’s episode where Monica persuaded Chandler how awesome baths are, and how addicted he got? He tried it once and never turned back. Rituals is my favorite brand for a relaxing baths because of their quality and I really love the scent of their products!
THREE. Reset your home
Home is an important part of relaxation. Because that’s essentially your number 1 place to relax. Resetting your home will go a long way, as it will help aid in relaxation every day, though not drastically. Reset the whole aura of your home with “home fragrance”. There’s many ways to do this. You can either light a candle for extra romantic relaxation vibes, spray some mists when you step in the door, or my favorite way – use diffusers.
Rituals again, has got me covered in this area.
I love the scent of their Sakura candle, Spring candle, and Indian Rose candle.
They have spray on mists also.
But again, my number one pick would be their Sakura fragrance sticks of course!
I have attached my favorite Rituals product in my VENNDY story HERE. You can also check out my compiled list on the carousel below. Read my original post introducing VENNDY HERE. This post is not sponsored by Rituals, I am just sharing with you all my love of the brand. I genuinely hope this has helped. Hopefully this Monday, we can all commit to take the time to set our minds to slow down! Remember: Slow down, relaxation is only one step away!
For reference, I am 5 feet 2 inches. I typically wear XS/S or 0-4 for apparel and 6.5-7.5 for shoes.
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*This post uses VENNDY for collaboration purposes. Opinions are unbiased and based on my own experience*