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How do these Londoners with stressful jobs unwind?

Four Londoners with stressful jobs share their tips for switching off

This is how they get to sleep at night

By Time Out contributors
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Kylei Holmes-Lewis firefighter for the London Fire Brigade

‘If I’ve had a hard day, or there’s been an upsetting incident, talking things through with my mum or a friend really helps me switch off. The one thing that always helps me get to sleep is having an epsom salts bath – there’s no better way to relax.’

Mike Arnold executive chef at Temper

‘The only thing that really affects my sleep in terms of work is when there is an issue with the food – that keeps me awake sometimes. To switch off after a stressful day, I sometimes eat in someone else’s restaurant. It helps me realise things aren’t all bad at Temper!’ 

Gary Hepburn TfL bus driver

‘The thing that really helps is switching off. I switch off with model making – painting Airfix tanks and planes. It’s something I’ve rediscovered from my childhood with my son, and it helps a lot with unwinding. I also practise taekwondo in my spare time.’

Becca Moore assistant stage manager at the National Theatre

‘I’ve struggled with sleeping in the past, especially when running a stage in the evenings – you get such an adrenaline rush. I can’t sleep in silence, so I listen to music. Any kind played quietly will do, but [pianist] Ludovico Einaudi relaxes me most.’

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