We have been on lock down for so many weeks now and here in Wales we are still in lock down to be reviewed on the 28th of May. It has been a hard one for us as Archie broke his femur on good Friday which resulted in emergency surgery and a five night stay in hospital bang smack in the middle of the Covid 19 peak.

Even before the leg incident me time was very rare. I am used to both children being in full time education every day so to have both home was a bit of a shell shock. Trying to work from home and meet deadlines and also keeping them happy, healthy and looking after their mental health too.

I must admit I find it hard to do all of the above, look after the house and deal with my own general anxiety which has now been massively amplified with Covid 19 and the fact Archie has hurt himself so bad and what he has been through at such a young age. I have actually fallen ill myself with stomach issues which have all been brought on my stress.

This has brought my need for me time to the front of my mind and an actual necessity for getting though the day/ lock down. I had to change things and fast as I was feeling super exhausted and anxious 24/7. So I have put a few things in place to help get that well needed me time.

A pamper and long bath at the end of every day 

This is such a saving grace and has helped massively to relax at the end of a long day and also helps to prepare my body for a good nights sleep. I was kindly sent a lovely box of goodies from Baylis and Harding to help me do exactly this. They have a gorgeous new natural goodness range.

The new Goodness range is available in four gorgeous fragrances, including;
• Lemongrass & Ginger (for a fresh burst of natural energy)
• Sea Kelp & Peppermint (for a moment of calm)
• Rose & Geranium (for a fragrant mood boost)
• Oud, Cedar & Amber (aromatic and uplifting)

For eco-conscious beauty addicts, Goodness is registered by the Vegan Society and uses 98 per cent naturally-derived ingredients. The bottle packaging is also 100 per cent post-consumer recyclable. We were sent the Lemongrass and ginger selection which smells amazing ad has helped me to relax so well. The hand cream has also been amazing as I came home from the hospital with actual burns on my hand from hand washing so much in the hospital.  Stockists are Waitrose and Boots (in store and online) and prices start at £2.50 up to £4.00.

Choosing a box set with loads of seasons to binge 

I have found this a huge help as it really takes my mind off things and stops my mind wandering to intrusive thoughts and over thinking. I have subscribed to Hay U on amazon prime which is packed with reality TV shows! I have gone with the Real Housewives of New York to start off with which has worked wonders in the evening with taking my mind off things.

Having a hot cuppa alone in a different room in the afternoon 

As much as I adore and love my children they can be really testing and after a day of home schooling, baking, activities etc by 4pm I am exhausted and crying out for some me time. So at this time of the day I tend to put a movie on for them or let them have some tablet time. I then grab a cuppa and sit in the back room in order to get some wind down/ me time – this also really helps to instill calm and helps my anxiety.

So these are just a few things I have been trying during lock down to re focus, get some me time and bring anxiety levels down. I would love to hear what you guys have been doing?

*We were sent the goodness range from Baylis and Harding for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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