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I love having a busy schedule! I really do. Juggling a million things is how I’ve always been. I guess you could call this the ambitious side of me: always moving forward with my sights set on my goals. Yet, as much as I love having this chaotic schedule, I also believe in the importance of sleep and balance. That means making downtime to unwind and recharge. And so, every so often, I dedicate an hour or so a day to do the things I absolutely love.
I truly believe we should all do this. I call this the no-phone/unplug yourself-from-the-world kind of ritual. This all came about when I found myself burnt out a couple of weeks ago. I will admit, even though I loved having these opportunities come left, right and center it was time to take a step back and listen to what I really needed: balance and most importantly rest (it’s quite liberating not to have say yes to everything and just do ‘me’).
That said I’ve never really shared some of my favorite rituals with you guys. I thought it might be fun to highlight ways I love to unwind and recharge:
DO WHAT YOU LOVE
Probably something not a lot of us care to admit, but we sometimes forget to make time for the things we love doing. Turn off your phone for a couple of hours a night and take time for yourself. Taking a bath, cooking and journaling are all of my favourite ways to unwind. I also love doing a mask once a week.
Did you know we spend about a third of our lives sleeping? Studies have shown that getting a good night’s sleep is necessary for our overall well-being. On average we need 7-9 hours a night to function at our very best. For a balanced lifestyle, sleep becomes one of my main priorities. That means going to bed a little earlier every night so I have time to let my mind rest and reset. On that topic, reading in bed has also been a guilty pleasure of mine as that helps me fall asleep naturally.
One of the main reasons I used to love staying at luxury hotels was how well I slept and how relaxed I was after my stay. Why couldn’t I have that sleeping at home? After introducing the Endy mattress and pillows into my sleep routine, I can say I won’t be missing those stays anytime soon.
For those of you that are new to the brand, Endy is locally sourced meaning their products are 100% Canadian made. Since buying a mattress is an investment, Endy provides a 100 day trial period to test out their products. If you’re not completely satisfied Endy provides you with a full refund, which is incredible for those of you that are looking to spend wisely on the right mattress.
What I personally love about my sleeps on the Endy is that I no longer wake up with back pain, which is huge for me since I love sleeping on my back. I also no longer need to double up on pillows as Endy’s contain removable foam that you can adjust to make your pillows customizable to your liking. Love that! All in all, I have been having my best sleeps yet! Coming home to a bed that provides that perfect amount of comfort and support makes me look forward to the downtime I set aside every night. To read more about Endy, click here.
There you have it. Sleep is one of my main priorities, just as much as unwinding with a good mask. What are things that help you unwind and recharge? Do share below. xoxo
Thank you to Endy for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
Purchasing my first home a year ago meant sacrificing the city lifestyle I so loved to have more space. (*sigh* it was that or live in a box in the city.) My choice was an easy one; buy a house, but find an alternate way to get to work downtown. That said, my main form of travel this past year has been commuting via GO Transit. And thank goodness for the GO. It helped save on gas, parking and skip rush hour traffic. Most of my rides have been seamless, but there are days that make my rides a bit more interesting than others.
Let me explain further. We’ve all come across people that just aren’t aware of the simple forms of commuter etiquette. I think many GO Train riders can relate. Loud people on the train (especially in the Quiet Zone), intoxicating perfume, feet on the seats… these are known as #etiquettefail(s). First time hearing about this? Me too.
When GO Transit asked me to partner with them to spread awareness on transit etiquette I was on board in a heartbeat! I mean, why wasn’t this implemented sooner? The courtesy campaign launched last year, which shared humorous posters depicting etiquette fails to fellow passengers in hopes of improving commuter behaviour. These focused on the top five complaints made about fellow riders, some mentioned above. Stats have shown about a 36% drop in etiquette fails after the campaign launched, but let’s be real, there is always room for improvement.
I personally prefer to get work done on my downtime while commuting, but with these etiquette fails occurring sporadically, some days it becomes difficult to get things done. To elaborate, what has made my commute a little more interesting than others is watching forms of transit etiquette across the board. Some of these are unconscious acts from riders – for example, being loud in the Quiet Zone, playing loud music or placing your bags on empty seats (this takes away from other people being able to sit). I think if we were all aware of how our actions affected others we can make the necessary changes as a whole to make riding the GO an enjoyable experience.
Proper train etiquette makes riding with GO better for everyone. So when you see those pesky door-blockers, litter-bugs or those who think their feet belong on the seat in action, join the conversation to help curb these etiquette fails.
Let’s help spread the word on proper transit etiquette and get these etiquette fails down to a minimum. Our rides should be a relaxing one, right? I mean, I’d also like to work in peace and quiet on my commutes, don’t you? Share yours below.
**Riders that tweet @GOTransit and include the hashtag #etiquettefail will be eligible to win a free Presto card.
Thank you to GO Transit for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.