While COVID-19 technically means some of the Scriba PR team are away from their physical office desks for the foreseeable future, it’s all very much ‘business as usual’ in terms of our output. So, when we do get time to relax, we’re still making the very most of our downtime.
In the latest instalment of our ‘away from my desk’ blog series, account manager Kirstie Wilson reflects on how she winds down during the evening and weekends – under normal circumstances.
What’s the first thing you do when you get home on a Friday evening?
Of course, I cuddle the dog! But then I get started on making dinner – I can’t go more than four hours without eating so by that time I’m usually starving. Cooking from scratch is my way of winding down and decompressing. I find that following the instructions of a recipe, and creating something with my hands, restores balance after spending all day using my brain.
How do you switch off while away from your desk?
Physical activity is my go-to when I need to create headspace. The demands of trail running and scaling mountains both tend to leave no space for thoughts about anything else. Alternatively, a good catch-up with friends (virtually, at the moment) is a great way to switch off from work-related things.
Where is the best place in the UK for a two-day getaway?
There are so many wonderful places in the UK to visit! We tend to go away at least every other weekend in our campervan from March to October, so I can attest to the many amazing destinations this island we call home has to offer. My favourite place in the world has to be the Lake District. Dramatic mountain landscapes with pristine lake valleys – what’s not to like?!
Tell us which Yorkshire eatery we need to try by the end of 2020, and why?
I live in the Colne Valley and am constantly amazed by all the incredible eateries within walking distance from my own home. Rumpus Burger in Slaithwaite serves food that is to die for, or if you’re in the mood for a curry Monsoon Tandoori, across the road, makes the best in Huddersfield. Mozzarella’s in Marsden also offers first-class wood-fired pizza, and Om Is Where The Heart Is serves a range of locally sourced food that is good for the soul.
Give us a one-line review of the last book you read.
The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley has been a recent guilty pleasure holiday read. Although it is not my number one, it did highlight how people aren’t always what they seem or doing as well as we think. It reminded me to check in on my loved ones and friends to see how they are all doing, and to try to not make assumptions about people going forward. It costs nothing to be kind.
This song is on heavy Spotify rotation and here’s why…
I introduced my husband to proper musicals (not Disney films) during lockdown so you’ll find the soundtrack to Hamilton or Les Misérables playing on repeat in our house at the moment! However, my go-to is always something by Fall Out Boy, my absolute favourite band of all time. I’ve bought all of their albums and watched them perform on every tour since I was 15.
If we were to spend a day boxset binging at your house, what series would you recommend?
There is so much to choose from! I am obsessed with good TV. My favourite boxsets are all the usual suspects; Breaking Bad, Narcos, Making a Murderer, The Crown,
If we were looking for something more of an easy watch, I can’t get enough of The Office (US) and Parks and Recreation. I watch them on rotation constantly and love forcing my friends to watch, even if they don’t get the humour.
We see you stood at the bar on a Saturday evening – what drink are you ordering?
Probably a Seedlip gin and tonic or a bottle of BrewDog Nanny State, if the bar in question stocks either of those. Otherwise, it’s a pint of lime and soda for me, which is usually the case in my local traditional Yorkshire pubs. I can’t stand the taste of Coke or Pepsi!
How does your ideal Sunday pan out?
I like to get out hiking at least once a week, but usually I get that out of the way on Saturday. An ideal Sunday for me is having a lie-in, walking into the nearest village with the dog to grab coffee and a pastry from The Handmade Bakery, picking up a paper, and spending the rest of the day either reading or catching up on some good TV.
It’s Sunday evening, how do you prepare for another week in the office?
Typically, I will have planned out the week ahead last thing on a Friday so I already know in my mind what is coming up, where I need to be, and what deadlines I have. Personally, Sunday evenings are for relaxing, so that I’m refreshed and restored for the week ahead. This includes an at-home yoga session, a hot bath, and lights out by 10.30pm!
Being able to properly relax and get enough sleep is so important for mental health, and I find if I ring-fence this time and defend it, it enables me to be more creative and engaged during the week.