Wine, Bubble Baths and Hardbacks: Here's How Irish Tatler Relaxes

Happy National Relaxation Day!

ˆit's a thing, we swear.

If you feel as though you're #alwayson, struggling to switch off outside of work and can't remeber the last time you truly felt relaxed, then you're not alone. 

Burnout, the disorder stalking stressed-out millennials (and everyone else) at every turn, is now a diagnosable condition. Characterised by the following symptoms: feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and reduced professional efficacy - what is it about the modern-day workout that results in generation burnout? 

While we can almost hear the typing of opinion pieces ready to speculate the exact causes of burnout, we have preemptively considered potential factors. Meeting about meetings, 100+ unread emails, the existence of Slack, how nobody understood the theme for the Met Gala and having to work in general was the top draw for the causes of our potential burnout. 

But discovering that today, August 15, is National Relaxation day is something we can all get behind. A holiday designed to bring some much-needed calm into our over-scheduled, very hectic lives should really warrant the day off work (or at least a lunchtime yoga session) but in case your sat reading this article at your desk, we've done a quick whip-round in the office to find out how to relax, according to Irish Tatler.  the advice that we'd give our 18-year-old-selves on leaving cert day.

Amy Heffernan, Editor Of irishtatler.com

"I walk to and from work every day (40 mins each way) and while I'm not completely offline (podcasts do ensue), strolling the same routes, taking the same turns day-on-day really allows me to switch off and relax. The familiarity of both the route – and the routine – give my brain the space to wander and muse on things I just don't get the time to do otherwise. Equally, I've heard the perils of walking while mindless-scrolling and those horror stories have proved plenty keep my phone firmly in my pocket until I reach my destination."

Sarah Macken, Editor - Irish Tatler

"For me, colouring is a form of escapism where I can shed the stress and worries of the day and just focus solely on a simple, yet creative task."

Ellie Balfe, Editorial Director

"If I need to drop out of life a bit and truly relax, I could say all the usual things - walking in nature, having nice wine, talking on the phone with old friends - but in total truth, I don't do those so frequently. Instead, if I need to force quit on my overloaded mind, I go and hang out in my daughters' bedroom with them. They are 10 and 7, and take me to ground me like nothing else. In yet more total truth, they are often fighting or annoying each other (and me), but even being the mediator in their much smaller world, with more minor, yet more immediate needs and wants makes me able to pull focus and stop to realise a job is only a job, a messy house doesn't really matter, and the smell of their hair and feel of their warmth utterly relaxes me."

Brenda McCormick, Managing Editor

"I am a champion 'faffer'/potterer/doing-nothing-er. If I have music and some downtime I can happily spend hours sifting through old photos, moving random crap around my house (and then moving it all back again) and organising overstuffed shelves. Bliss."

Emma Greenbury, Head of Audience 

"When my guitar teacher says I need to practice, I'll reluctantly peel my phone from my cold dead hands and have a strum of my stupidly expensive guitar I barely know how to play. Amazing relaxation."

Kate Demolder, Staff Writer

"The only things that work for me are either going for a run (even just 20 minutes) or reading a book. Both of these are done without close proximity to my phone (I put it on aeroplane mode when I read) and usually are followed/preceded with a stretch. Amazing how relaxed you can become when contorting your body into baffling ways."

Emma Blanchfield, Content Creator 

"With a fast-paced, time-poor life, wallowing in a bath is my saviour. Swapping my phone for a magazine, scented candle and a glass of wine, if I'm feeling particularly boujee whilst in a relaxing, solitary, self-indulgent soak is the one time I fully reset."

Donna McCarthy, Editorial Assistant

"Not to indulge the cliche, but for me relaxing includes taking a deep breath away from technology, lighting a candle and sitting comfortably with a book. I love giving my mind something productive to focus on, minus distracting notifications that feel like little devil pokes at times. For a short time, I adopt the simple life as a personal sweetener."

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