It’s safe to say that most of us are not good at relaxing. We prioritise our to do list over taking some time out for ourselves to be calm and simply enjoy the moment. On the rare occasions we do give ourselves a break, that refresh for the mind and body is expected to keep us going for a long time.
That’s why it’s important to make time out a habit and there’s no better occasion to start than on National Relaxation Day, which falls on August 15th. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit, so you need to consistently prioritise your wellbeing to stop falling back into your old ways.
A good way to achieve this is through multiple little acts of self kindness. Big sweeping changes can be hard to maintain, but carving out a few minutes each day is achievable. Here are some of the ways you can do just that:
Most people only have time to do an hour-long yoga session once or twice a week, but developing a five-minute stretching plan can easily fit into your daily schedule. It’s an opportunity to listen to your body, strengthen it and energise yourself. You may find it beneficial first thing in the morning or to provide a distinctive break between working from home and your personal time.
Sleep better with lavender
Without a good night’s sleep it’s difficult to feel relaxed and stress levels can accumulate over a number of days. Establish a good bedtime routine in a room scented with lavender from the Sleep Easy Gift Set. Set up the Mini Diffuser in your bedroom, spritz the Room Mist and light the Votive Candle for a few minutes of tranquility before drifting off to sleep.
Activate night mode on your electronic devices
Some experts advocate an hour of screen-free time before bed, but in the modern age this can be unrealistic. Activate the night mode on your phone or tablet if you’re using it in the evening to decrease the effect of the blue light on your circadian rhythms. Then, leave devices at a distance from your bed.
Spend time in nature
If there’s one thing lockdown has taught us it’s how important it is to spend time outdoors. Experts suggest that just 120 minutes a week out in nature will boost health and wellbeing. Anecdotally, we can all attest to feeling much better after enjoying green and coastal spaces. So, make sure you enjoy 20 minutes a day in your garden, a park or strolling through some open space.
Change the ambience with Votive Candles
Votive Candles have long been used in religious and spiritual ceremonies to create a calming atmosphere. You can replicate this mood in your own home with our 3 Votives Gift Box. Use the time they are lit to sit calmly and acknowledge your own thoughts without busying yourself with other activities.
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