Switching off…

The last few months have been HECTIC: from running a marathon, finding out I am pregnant, finishing off my degree and work it has definitely been a busy time.

But the end is in sight and I only have days left to complete my studies, my exercise has become much more gentle and I am feeling ready for the last couple of months of pregnancy.  That’s not to say sometimes I don’t become overwhelmed with the massive change that is about to happen!

Here’s my top tips for switching off and staying stress-free:

  • Longer in bed:  I’ve not been sleeping very well and often when my alarm goes off I am not feeling very rested at all, so this week I am making a conscious effort to stay in bed for an extra ten minutes to slowly wake up and get my day started- so far it’s helped me feel more relaxed to start my day!
  • Take five:  sometimes the bustle of everyday life can be difficult to deal with, especially when you’re already feeling more hormonal and sometimes uncomfortable.  Taking 5 minutes whenever you need it to relax with a cup of decaf tea, a short leg stretch or just with your eyes closed makes a HUGE difference
  • Me time:  We have a busy life with friends and family and having time to myself can sometimes feel like a challenge but keeping an hour or so every day for myself to have a bath, read a book or go for a gentle walk helps me feel refreshed and is something I won’t be able to do as easily in a few weeks!

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My super refreshing fizzy smoothie:

It has been a lot warmer the last week or so and I have been craving something fizzy and cold, if you have too then  try this healthy alternative to sugary drinks:

1 Green Apple

1 Handful Frozen Raspberries

1 Handful Frozen Blueberries

1 Lemon

Water

Whizz up in your Nutri Ninja or similar.

Pour into a tall glass with ice and fizzy water.  YUM!

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