We’ve no doubt that your priorities changed along with your plans in the past 365 days, forcing you to find new and innovative ways to achieve relaxation normally only found with a spa day or week in the sun- ahh holidays!
Can we get a hell yeah for self-care?! 2020 felt like the year of surviving without the thriving, making the importance of finding true moments of relaxation and self-soothing in 2021 a new year’s resolution worth keeping. We’ve no doubt that your priorities changed along with your plans in the past 365 days, forcing you to find new and innovative ways to achieve relaxation normally only found with a spa day or week in the sun- ahh holidays!
But in truth, though those things give us a big hit of relaxation that’s often well overdue, it’s actually the smaller but more conscious habits in our day to day that can make the biggest of differences. We’re talking fresh bedding, lavender sleep spray, a good book (check out our book club if you’re in need of inspo), 10 minutes of yoga in the morning or even something as simple as lighting a candle whilst you WFH. Savouring those sweet but simple moments in life not only calms down the brain and nervous system but helps place emphasis on the gratitude for all that you do have within your means. So take a deep breath, pause, and let the zen begin.
I love that feeling of a fresh new year and starting it off in the break between Christmas and New Year where you re-evaluate all your regimes and put self-care first. If I need to relax, I light my favourite candle, run myself a bath, use a body lotion that is full of ingredients to help get a better nights sleep (both Sleepy by LUSH and the Neom Organics Magnesium body lotion are brilliant) I love these space masks, they send me to sleep in minutes! I also like to spray my bedding with the Twilight spray from LUSH too!
January is the month to sink into solace & self-care and ease yourself into the new year. Lighting a candle is the number one wellbeing ritual that automatically calms and balances my mind. When I’m working from home, an essential oil diffuser is great for making my workspace feel welcoming and after a long day of staring at three different screens, I love nothing more than to slide away into the tub, spiked with salts and bath oil and unplug with a good book.
As much as I love the whole of December, I absolutely love January. The pressure is off, and you can just chill. This year I’m going to try and slow down and make my life a bit less hectic so I’ve made a few purchases to help me. There is no better way to relax than in the bath so you bet I’ll be heading to lush. Chuck on a Harry Potter film and a nice scented candle and I am the epitome of relaxed.
For me, relaxation is reading in a hot bath, with a hair mask and a face mask followed by freshly washed pyjamas so that’s exactly what I’ve picked! There are a few of my self-care faves and of course, I’m currently tucking into the Zoella Book Club January pick – The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.
I feel super refreshed after Christmas and new year and I want to maintain that calm and centred feeling for the rest of the year! Mindfulness has become really important for me recently and my evening routine of meditation using the Calm app, lavender spray on my pillow and a toasty hot water bottle makes me feel so zen! Speaking of sleep, nothing beats that fresh bedding feeling and H&M do a fab range of soft furnishings that don’t break the bank.
Relaxation is so, so, so important, but especially in times like this when we are spending so much time at home and away from our loved ones, self-care and switching off can really help boost your mood! I have had my Neom Wellbeing Pod for a year now and I bloody love it still, it just makes any space feel super zen. I also use the Calm App every day, it is great for meditations, especially as a beginner as you can do really short 10 minute ones. I also use it for the sleep stories at night too, it absolutely makes me sleep better. This Works deep sleep pillow spray is amazing too. Lastly a yoga matt and some crystals, I find yoga really relaxing but also energising, crystals also can really uplift a space, especially if you look into cleansing and recharging them.
January is always a bit of a tricky month and I think this year it’s going to feel even more so than usual. This is why it’s imperative that we are kind to each other and gentle with ourselves as we start to wonder what this new year will bring. The Lush sleepy range has been a favourite of mine for years and always works wonders to help me unwind after a busy day. Another beautiful brand for unwinding is Neom, they have pillow mists and candles designed to help you relax. A nice warm bath is always my go-to and there’s nothing better than filling your bath full of lovely products to destress, bath salts and soaks from brands like Cowshed and Mamamio are a dream.