Last Friday, I was exhausted. I’d been out almost every night and I’d woken up early most days to exercise before work. Even when I was at home, I was busy – I was working on side projects, listening to podcasts, cleaning the flat until it was spotless. All day, I’d had one eye on my laptop and one eye on the clock, so, when 6pm rolled around, I fired off a few final emails and waved a cheery goodbye before heading off for the weekend. I fully intended to spend the weekend exercising and cleaning and doing all those aforementioned side projects, but I was looking forward to not having to think about work on top of all that for at least 48 hours.
Or, so I thought. Just as I pushed open the back door to the outside world, my phone buzzed with a text from a colleague. I’d made a mistake in a piece I’d built, so could I pop back up and fix it before I went home, please? I typed out a cheery reply – “Yep, no problem!” – hit send and crumpled. I was so tired, so physically and emotionally worn out from trying to be perfect all week, that one little message broke me. I leant against the wall in a dark, drizzly alleyway and I wept.
I want to spend this week looking after my body and my brain, and I’ve heard there are apps for Apple Watch that can help – ones that’ll help me be more mindful or make sure I’m getting enough sleep
That was the moment I realised that I needed to be kinder to myself. While I had made it through a particularly busy week, I still felt like any minute that I wasn’t working or improving myself was a minute wasted. I was putting so much pressure on myself to achieve that that I’d stretched myself to the point of crying in the rain because of one silly little mistake. It was ridiculous. Something needed to change – and quickly.
Thankfully, help was at hand. John Lewis has asked The Pool to test Apple Watch, for seven days, to see if it could help us feel better in a week. I want to spend this week looking after my body and my brain, and I’ve heard there are apps for Apple Watch that can help – ones that’ll help me be more mindful or make sure I’m getting enough sleep. I know these are important things and I want to find out if they can really make a difference in seven days.
I have no idea if wearable tech – even one that’s got all the bells and whistles, like Apple Watch has – is going to be able to help me switch off a little bit or if it’s just going to put even more pressure on me. But I’m excited to try and, if nothing else, it can’t make me more stressed than I already am, right?
Apple Watch Series 3 is available at John Lewis, with prices starting at £329