Sid Goes Eventing – My top tips to relax after a day of competing!
Picture this: it’s Sunday afternoon and you’ve just returned from an exhausting day out prancing around inside those white boards/jumping those coloured poles/throwing yourself over hedges.
Your eyelids are currently propped open by matchsticks and you smell like the inside of a stable, but you are clutching that most precious of rewards: a rosette.
Your precious steed has been tucked up in bed after a banquet of carrots and apples, and now it’s your turn…but how best to treat yourself after a tough day’s competition?
Well, sit back and grab a cup of tea (or better yet, something alcoholic) and have a read of Sid Goes Eventing’s take on Sunday afternoon luxury.
- Where’s there’s fizz, there’s a way.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again: BUBBLY MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER.
Please don’t try to fight me on this one; you know that I am only preaching the gospel truth.
If you have woken before the sun, spent hours painstakingly brushing those stains out of your grey horse (why did you not choose a sensible bay?!) and then inhaled gallons of fresh hair for most of the day whilst rushing around with your four-legged friend, you DESERVE champagne.
If you haven’t been up to quite as much as all that, well then you DESERVE prosecco.
Either way, get the bubbles in!
(A personal favourite of mine is La Gioiosa)
- Indulge that sweet tooth.
The Ginger Rogers to a bubbly Fred Astaire – if you are drinking fizz, you should also be nibbling on something sweet.
My current “no guilt” go-to is the incredible marshmallows from The Marshmallowist, because I am #livingmybestlife being decadent without having to worry about my love handles noticeably increasing.
I don’t know about you, but at 26 I am slowly (and most ungraciously) waving goodbye to the days where I could eat 5 fry-ups, 2 roast dinners and 4 pizzas in a day and still look like a beanpole. Luckily I have already locked down my husband but frankly I haven’t the energy to buy a whole new wardrobe in the next size up.
- If in doubt, light a candle.
Nothing says romantic glow like a nice, fat pillar of scented wax. You don’t even need to share the romance with anyone – aren’t we all taught first and foremost to love ourselves?!
I am a huge fan of floral, fresh scents and it’s absolutely amazing the difference a great scent will do to your mood. I find citrus particularly uplifting after a cold, windy day out competing (which, let’s face it, is most days in good ol’ England!).
- Bath oils, bath oils and more bath oils.
It’s two for the price of one here because they make your bath smell delicious AND they soften your skin! Who doesn’t enjoy feeling like a goddess?!
I am particularly addicted to the rosemary bath oil from Lola’s Apothecary. I can literally use a few drops and that’s me done.
I have never stepped out of a bath with such beautifully smooth and moisturised skin – heaven in a bottle.
Sadly my mother in law has now stolen it after I kindly let her try it out. Serves me right for being generous!!!
- Play that funky music.
There is nothing, I repeat nothing, better for the soul than a bit of Tay-Tay or Britney.
You are a woman, you are empowered, you can sing your little heart out about how awful boys are and who gives a damn if you’re in tune or not?!
I am completely tone-deaf: it’s no secret. However, I am also a carpool karaoke kind’ve gal, and the bath is no exception, because the tiled walls make for great acoustics.
The cheesier the better (isn’t that always the case) – you can hear me for miles around when I get going on a Sunday afternoon.
Singing releases endorphins, which are great biological things responsible for happiness and “feel good” vibes, so why miss out?
I hereby encourage you to SING SING SING!
- Meditate on life.
If you occasionally feel a bit overwhelmed by life, and we have all been there, a spot of meditation on a Sunday afternoon might be just the ticket to restore your zen and re-align those wonderful chakras, or whatever else might need aligning!
We are so busy these days that we hardly ever take the time to unplug and, as a result, our batteries are constantly running on low.
You don’t have to spend hours sat staring at a blank wall but try and take 5 minutes every now and again to just sit and allow your brain to empty of thoughts.
You will probably find you reenergise afterwards – perfect!
I hope you guys enjoy relaxing with these top tips – let me know how you get on. What are YOUR favourite ways to relax?!