Monday, 3 November 2014

#MyStressFree - A Giveaway

Things that most people find relaxing just don't work for me - I really do not like baths for instance.  Apart from the whole lying in your own dirt bit I just get too hot within about two minutes of getting in one and cannot wait to get out.  Reading doesn't relax me.  I barely read apart from on holiday as once I start I just cannot stop until I have finished the book.  The anticipation kills me!  Not great when you have to get up for work the next day and have seen in the early hours behind the pages of a book.  I also don't find exercise in the slightest bit relaxing, I can honestly say I have never enjoyed a single second of exercise.

So what do I do to relax and keep stress at bay? I sew.  The time spent behind the sewing machine is the most relaxing part of my day.  I can lose myself and totally clear my mind whilst listening to the sewing machine whirl away.  It means I also actually disconnect from the digital world for a while too which can never be a bad thing.  I make the same dress pattern time and time again which means I don't really have to think about what I am doing.  I have adjusted the dress to fit me perfectly so I know that the resulting dress will fit me like a glove.  This has an added bonus too, I no longer have the stress of actually going out and buying clothes.  Wondering whether an item will fit and having to go into changing rooms has always been the part of shopping I dislike.  Ready to wear sizing being all over the place doesn't help stress levels or make for a happy Sarah!

I spent a few hours on Saturday in my favourite place whipping up a dress.  I have even come to enjoy ironing now I have a big steam iron thingy.  Not sure what the technical name is but it is so good!  Wooshing out that steam is very therapeutic.  The fabric is a beautiful buttery soft voile by Art Gallery called City Lights.  The inspiration for the collection is New York City and I love this fabric, I've had my eye on it for a while.








StressFreePrint have teamed up with a group of bloggers to find out what their #MyStressFree is in time for National Stress Awareness Day on the 5th of November.  They have very kindly supplied me with my chosen fabric to help me de-stress.  That's not all, they also have supplied a £50 gift voucher for my chosen way to destress so you can get in on the act and chase away any stresses too.  I have chosen The Village Haberdashery for the giveaway prize, not only do they sell a wonderfully put together range of fabrics they also cater for knitters, crocheters and embroiderers meaning there is a craft for all.  They also sell light shade making kits which would make a great pressie for a crafty type, I have fancied giving that a go for a while.

To be in with a chance to win the voucher all you need to do is leave a comment telling me how you like to destress.  There are other optional entries too, just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget. 


The giveaway ends on Monday 17th November.  Good luck guys!

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*Post in collaboration with brand*

183 comments:

  1. Wonderful dress ! Thank you for this giveaway and for sharing all your creations. I destress by walking or dancing and singing.

    Aline

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  2. I crochet to destress. It gives my hands and my mind something to focus on and calm down. It also helps me snack less!

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  3. I also sew when I need to de-stress! (or any time I get the chance to be honest) I agree you completely lose yourself in the process so it a great thing to distract yourself form the world.

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  4. I like to write or draw when I need to destress or a long soak...

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  5. I am so glad I'm not the only one who just doesn't get baths. I'd much rather run through a tank of hot water in the shower as the dirt gets washed off (which is kinda the point?!). Sewing is my de-stress too (although it can bring it's own stresses as well!) as is watching Strictly. Although most of the time I'm day dreaming about being let loose in their costume department - what I'd give to spend a day in there finding out how they make those costumes. I'd love to know how long each one takes!
    So, yep, sewing as it's so immersive there isn't room for anything else to intrude, and sometimes baking - particularly if the dishwasher is empty so everything can be thrown in there and I don't have to wash up!!

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  6. Beautiful fabric- I used to love sewing like that but the whole flat sharing thing has put paid to it these days. Much as I LOVE cycling for decompression after work, my current total chill out is crochet, easier than knitting and the repetitive motion is quite soothing.

    Also- baths, I'm with you. Not up for getting super hot in 2 mins!

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  7. I love to read a good book either curled up on the sofa or snuggled in bed

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  8. I long bubble bath followed by a glass of rose on the sofa!

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  9. Fabulous fabric! I destress by doing something for me. Either crochet, sewing or baking. Time spent alone is my stress-free time. And I can honestly say that once or twice, running has been a great stress reliever.

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  10. What a fantastic giveaway! I must admit I really don't find baths relaxing either, especially since the last time I had one I fainted and had a panic attack (not caused by the actual bath, but it has certainly put me off them ever since!) My favourite destressers are playing the piano, baking or sewing. A lot of folk hate hand sewing but I love blindstitching the hems of my dresses.

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  11. I hate baths -the thought of lying around in your own filth really isn't relaxing.
    I guess sewing is my best de-stress. Either that or swimming.

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  12. I go home, get into comfy clothes (just changing out of my work clothes is a signal for my brain to start to unwind) and then I go into the kitchen. I find cooking very therapeutic, I love making tasty meals and baking stuff. I love reading cookery books and magazines and trying out new ideas. Cooking is definitely the way my head de-stresses and unwinds. I'm hoping to get a sewing machine for my 30th birthday in a couple of weeks and for sewing to be a similar de-stressing hobby! :-)

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  13. I also like to sew to de-stress, both machine sewing and hand sewing. I also love watching property shows like Escape to the Country and Location, Location, Location, whilst having a big bowl of ice cream of course!

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  14. Sewing is the biggest de-stresser, better than meditation.

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  15. Knitting.... mainly because I still need to improve my sewing skills to get past the "fretting about wonky stitches" stage!

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  16. I try to meditate....sometimes not too successfully. Other times I walk!

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  17. In the bath with candles and my music on... doesn't happen very often though!

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  18. I have lots of ways of destressing- walking, swimming, playing the piano or my flute, singing, swing dancing, praying. What did you do before sewing for destressing?x

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    1. I wish I was musical! Previously I baked but that became counter productive as it made me gain weight 🙈

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  19. My walk home from work destresses me, as does all the things you mentioned dont work for you- reading and a bath! Twitter handle @theladytheblog

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  20. I tend to go for long walks - I stick my headphones in and daydream and that seems to clear my mind.

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  21. I de stress by reading or I like to do cross stitch

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  22. Like you, I sew. If I can't sew, I sing, very loudly (and very badly)!!

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  23. A girly shopping trip always does it for me

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  24. Drinking tea or taking a bath! :-)

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  25. I like to write, cross-stitch, and listen to music to de-stress. :)

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  26. My favorite de-stressor is playing Words With Friends on my ipad. It takes my mind off all problems in the world!

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  27. I de-stress by quilting. Thanks for the giveaway.

    janie.mccombs@yahoo.com

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  28. A nice cup of tea and some soothing music. dawnm1993@gmail.com

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  29. I sew like you,but also crochet and knit. Although my knitting pr object at the moment isn't very relaxing!

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  30. I also sew to destress, although because I'm still learning a lot, there can be the odd occasion where it gets stressful, such as I pick the dress up off the sewing machine, turn to what I think is the right way round, and find out I've sewed the skirt on inside out! Only made that mistake once so far though!
    I do also read in the bath to destress though, so I can just imagine how much you'd dislike that!!
    xx

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  31. Relax, sitting on the sofa with a soft cuddly cushion. ~ watching a chick flick on tv.

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  32. A chill out , a good feel good film xx

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  33. I destress by offloading to people and listening to happy music! thanks for the giveaway :) nnonaihr@hotmail.co.uk

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  34. i like playing games on my games console

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  35. Having a hot chocolate and reading a good book in the bath. EJ Dunn

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  36. I watch tv - agh! Such a mindless relaxer :)

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  37. I de-stress by taking the dogs out for a long walk in the park.

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  38. Reading actually does destress me although I totally get your anticipation having to read til you find out what happens which turns into staying up late. I also love taking my puppy for walks! Nature is always a good go to
    Justine
    http://theredlipchronicles.blogspot.com

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  39. Have a hot chocolate and listen to some of my favourite songs

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  40. Hand wash washing !! There is nothing better than knocking ten bells out of it and it being clean by the time you've finished

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  41. Baking and sewing are up there as de-stressers for me as well as a nice long walk along the beach :)

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  42. De-stressing is the best thing about sewing, for me. Even better than the pretty dresses! I also love to stand under a hot shower and just think...

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  43. either watching mindless tv whilst knitting with a cuppa, or sewing with nice music on in the background... and a cuppa ... always with a cuppa

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  44. Gorgeous dress! I love that fabric! I de-stress by walking along the river and crocheting.

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  45. Hi love the dress you made! Its gorgeous. I love to do so many different crafts to destress, because I don't like to shut still. Usually this is sewing but sometimes crochet or knitting too

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  46. Hii
    I love the dress fabric - so cute! I de-stress by sewing although this week with a broken leg.....not going well! :( mumbird3atgmail.com

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  47. Gorgeous! ! What a great prize too! My stress relief varies dependant on the kind of stress . Sometimes knitting really helps but other times I find it stressful to concentrate in that way, in which case I find smashbooking really good for low level concentration.

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  48. Spending time with friends and family helps me to de stress.

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  49. I de-stress by sewing, though sometimes I can come away from sewing more stressed!

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  50. I destress by sewing, quilting or crochetting.

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  51. I destress with tea and crafting :)

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  52. I'm doing some match craft. It's a pleasurable frustration.

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  53. i do some cross stitch or make some cards

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  54. Pam Francis Gregory6 November 2014 at 15:20

    A long soak in the bath away from everyone

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  55. I do some yoga to destress, it works a treat!

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  56. I destress by sketching and planning fun crafting and sewing projects.

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  57. Entering competitions online & (two of your non-stress relievers in one) reading a book in a hot bath!!! :-)

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  58. Sewing for me too, and hanging out with sewing friends. And watching trashy TV :)

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  59. A nice cup of tea

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  60. Watching the housewifes of anywhere :)

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  61. I destress by handquilting, or getting a back massage, or reading, or cleaning the house. sarah@forrussia.org

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  62. Sewing, cup of tea or a cocktail evening depending on how stressed I'm feeling!

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  63. Sewing and copious amounts of tea! As an ex smoker I replaced a bad habit with an excellent one! Sewing!

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  64. I lock myself in the bathroom with a biscuit (only place the kids cant get me haha!)

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  65. face masks an my dressing gown with the fire on

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  66. I love going for a walk,there is a bench in the middle of nowhere and I just sit there to think.

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  67. Love the dress and your workspace, much calmer than mine! I de-stress by sewing :) but never for myself usually for my children or gifts for friends. This has inspired me though I think I need to make more for myself as I can never afford or find what I want in the shops.

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  68. I make a cuppa and find a quiet spot.

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  69. My wife says her favourite way of de-stressing is ironing believe it or not! Especially ironing in front of the TV when Wimbledon's on!

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  70. RITUALS are my key to de-stressing. On Friday evenings, I try not to book any socialising, instead going home to get into my pyjamas, paint my nails, and watch comedy on TV. I can't have painted nails at work, so doing them on a Friday evening gets me into the weekend mood and releases me from the stresses of the week. It is a bit sad maybe, but if I get an early night too, i get to enjoy two days off, not just one hungover and one rushing to prepare for the week ahead :)

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  71. Sewing destresses me :) And getting out of the house without my kids!

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  72. Yoga works for me, I always feel better this with a clear relaxed mind!

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  73. Sewing too; I makes stuff for charity (kids clothes, drawstring bags, pencil cases etc), to go to Romania.

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  74. Deep bubble bath!

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  75. Getting some fresh air works for me

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  76. Sewing or baking...just something calm (and on my own!

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  77. I bake to destress, mainly cakes or bread (the kneading helps if it's been a really bad day) and then whilst it's in the oven I'll sit in my rocking chair with a glass of wine and my current knitting project. Eating copious amounts of baked goods, sometimes also helps. Xx

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  78. I get my cross stitch out and all my worries disappear for a hour or two xx

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  79. Sewing is my favourite way to distress. Cooking is a close second.

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  80. Take the dogs to a wild empty beach.

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  81. I spend a lot of time sitting down and reading (final year English student!), so for me exercise is the best way to de-stress. Crafts (sewing and knitting) are my choices for when I want to relax though!

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  82. I go for a long walk with music to destress

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  83. A nice hot bath and some praline chocolate

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  84. I have a hot bubble bath, put my pjs on and shut the world out

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  85. Have a very long very hot bubble bath and then to sit down in my dressing gown with my hair in a towel and watch tv :) - with a cup of coffee of course x

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  86. walk the dogs, jump in puddles, kick piles of leaves

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  87. Fabric shopping online! Mmm etsy ahah x x

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  88. Kathi Marie Spencer15 November 2014 at 05:47

    Going for walks on beach

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  89. going to the gym and having a good workout really helps me de stress after a hard week

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  90. Nice hot bath with candles all around, bliss x

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  91. To destress, I sew! Or go through my stacks of lovely patterns - sheryl . johnson 77 @ yahoo . com

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  92. I like to lose myself in a book
    Claire D

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  93. Reading in the bath with wine and ginger cake.

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  94. Reading a book curled up on the settee with my cat

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  95. I love walking along the river and feeding the ducks.

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  96. A lovely hot relaxing bath, some quiet time to myself

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  97. Reading a good book and a hot drink

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  98. A good walk along the seafront (followed by a nice glass of wine!) usually does the trick.

    Leesa Dunn

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  99. chilling out at home in my pj's crafting

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  100. Reading a book by the fire with a bar of chocolate.

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  101. Doing cryptic crosswords

    @jaizduck

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  102. I love the dress... I sew sculpt or paint to destress or if that fails I just sit and have cuddle time with my 2 year old twins

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  103. A long soak in the bath with a cuppa and a good book x

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  104. Entering comps like this with a beer by my side

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  105. I cross stitch! I can become engrossed quite easily and a few happy hours pass by in the blink of an eye. Very therapeutic I find.

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  106. If the weather is good, I go out and do some gardening. If not, I plan my gardening.

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  107. A bath or water colour painting.
    Great giveaway, thank you

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  108. Play with our 2 dogs

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  109. I read to destress me as it takes me to another world.

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  110. I like to read or watch TV to de-stress :) Natalie Gillham x

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  111. Read x (zombie novels) or make jewellery

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  112. I do patchwork or read or walk the dog to destress

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  113. Lock myself in the toilet to hide from the kids/partner/dog. Failing that I bake :)

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  114. Take a hot bubble bath, a good book and a glass of wine!

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  115. I like to take long walks to destress.

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  116. I watch a comedy film normally.

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  117. My best de-stress is having a soak in the bath with candles and a glass of wine

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  118. Watching my fav tv program (Sons of Anarchy), baking and entering competitions

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  119. Watching a good movie (particularly star wars)

    trevor linvell

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  120. By taking a walk in my local park, exercise always makes me feel better!

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  121. Listening to music, or playing on the xbox.

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  122. i like to dance like no ones watching :)

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  123. I snuggle up in bed with my cat (he's basically my best friend in the whole world), read a book and then try and nap.

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  124. i relax with a wide variety of characters on my kindle

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  125. I usually read a book or have a peppermint tea, or both!

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  126. A cuppa, choccie and a good book

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  127. I go to the gym and then for a swim

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  128. Watching the crashing waves through my lounge window

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  129. Camomile tea is my favourite :) x

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  130. A hot bubble bath and a glass of something fizzy usually does the trick :)

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  131. Bath in a locked bathroom with my daughter and partner downstairs :)

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