This post is kindly sponsored by Leesa.
When it comes to the mythical work/life balance, I’d like to think that I strike it pretty well.
In becoming my own boss back in 2016, I took back control of my days and how I spent them. Gone were the broken nights of sleep, anxious about not waking up in time for my commuter train, gone were the hours I’d spend worrying about chairing upcoming meetings, gone were the moments panicking about having a panic attack (I know, the irony is unreal). And instead, I fully embrace running a business like I’d always dreamed. I cherry-picked the very best parts of my old full-time role and turned it into my very own little baby.
“Ten more minutes working on this pitch…”
“One more marketing plan check…”
“I’ll reply to one last client message…”
Whilst I thrive on working into the small hours (because mornings are not my thing), I ended up finding it difficult to unwind after work. Between January and March, I was working 18-hour days. Up until July I was working in-house and remotely round-the-clock. It was last month that my friends, family and boyfriend reminded me that I needed to prioritise myself — prioritise sleep! — in order to move forwards. Grinding myself into the ground in search for that one break that’d elevate the biz? Nope, not the key.
Reclaiming leaving the home office
Since finishing up with my in-house client back in June, I’ve been working exclusively from home. Whilst, yes, it can be an absolute dream, I’ve also noticed that I’ve felt anxious, a touch lonely and disconnected. It’s incredibly unhealthy for me personally to rely on social media as a connection to the outside world, and as I’d also fallen off the 5-gym-sessions-a-week wagon, I basically never left the house.
These days, I don’t beat myself up if I spend a little longer on the dog walk, at a gym class or running errands. So paper contracts do need to be sent, bank meetings must be attended… I’m trying not to let myself feel guilty about being outside of the office during my self-prescribed working hours. I’ve always said I’m a night owl, so you’ll actually find me working between 3pm and 8pm, using the other hours to tend to admin tasks.
A good night’s sleep
The real game-changer, however, has been our beautiful new Leesa Mattress. The team kindly got in touch and offered us one to try and we are absolutely LOVING it.
As a total night owl, unwinding and getting some rest has been a point of contention this year. It’s notoriously difficult to separate work and play when you work from home, but moving my desk back out of our bedroom has revolutionised sleep for me. The Leesa Mattress is especially designed and engineered with three layers of foam that cool, contour to your body and provide pressure-relieving core support. This is where we’ve seen a real difference, as Harvey and I forever argue about how cold I get vs. how warm he is through the night.
We’re in the process of buying our first home and so this will certainly be coming with us, pride of place in the master bedroom.
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Lastly, I’ve made a real effort to introduce mindful living to our everyday life. I’m working on a separate post all about this, but it feels good to have the luxury of a little extra time in my days and to use this towards good. Whether that’s taking time to chat to my neighbours when taking the bins out, visiting our local greengrocers for packaging-free veggies, or taking ten minutes out to meditate in the mornings, it’s the little things that mean a lot.
Giving back is also seamlessly integrated into Leesa’s brand DNA. For every ten mattresses they sell, the brand also donates one to a charitable cause, whether that’s a homeless shelter or organisations that serve those seeking refuge from homelessness, domestic risk and human trafficking. To date, they’ve donated more than 30,000 mattresses worldwide, including 30 charities in the UK alone. And that isn’t all! For every mattress they sell, they plant a lil tree in a bid to actively give back to the environment upon using its resources. How about that?!