Having to get up early each morning is a killer. There are some mornings when all you can think of is staying in bed, whilst some mornings I wake up and I’m so alert after having such a great nights sleep. I have to have quite a strict nighttime routine to make sure that I am getting enough rest, and that includes no technology in the bedroom and giving myself a good hour to wind down before I drift off to sleep. I also use some very stand out products such as the Feather & Down pillow spray, and the Temple Spa Repose Aromatherapy Resting Cream. Winding down has become extremely important to me. It’s not just to aid a good nights sleep, but to remove the stress of the day to allow my brain to relax. Mindfulness has been so important to me, and since my Doctor suggested it to help deal with my anxiety, it really has helped in my therapy and my mental state.
Aromatherapy Associates have featured quite heavily in my daily life over the last few months and I have turned to using essential oils to help balance my mind. Not only am I using select products for certain situations, but I am taking more and more time to embrace the healing properties of the essential oils. 5 minutes of mindfulness is such a short period of time, but it makes a whole world of difference.
Each morning when I wake up, I jump in the shower and use Aromatherapy Associates Revive Body Wash to awaken my senses. The oil based body wash certainly lifts my spirits with its blend of Bergamot, grapefruit and Neroli. Neroli is a great, natural anti depressant that calms the mind, whilst grapefruit helps to boost energy. A five minute shower where I can inhale the scents leaves me feeling so refreshed and ready for the day. Locking in the moisture in my skin, and to keep the uplifting aroma present, the Revive Body Lotion gives me an added boost without being too over powering.
Of an evening, a relaxing bath is sometimes the only cure that you need. Although longer than five minutes, I can sit in the bath and let the daily commute and tense workload wash away. I love my Friday night ritual where I use a good slug of one of my Aromatheraphy Associates Bath Oils. If you haven’t yet tried them and are unsure about spending £47 on a bottle of oil, I really cannot recommend the Aromatherapy Associates Miniature Bath and Shower Oil set enough. With 10 mini bottles of the full collection of oils, it’s perfect for not only trying the full range but also finding a blend that suits your needs. My current favourites are De-Stress Muscle and Inner Strength. I’m keeping hold of the Support blends for the winter months, especially Support Breathe which will come in handy next time I have a cold!
Using just five minutes of mindfulness can really change your outlook on things, so I have put a few ideas together that I use frequently to help me become a more relaxed person.
Breathe. So cliche, but sometimes you don’t realise just how tense you are. Taking deep breaths and inhaling and exhaling properly helps to relax the muscles. I feel the release of the tension across my shoulders to be one of the best relaxants.
Switch off the technology. Winding down before bed is so important for me. Sitting at a computer all day means that I actually don’t want to be on my phone or laptop when I get home. Although I like to relax by spilling out my thoughts in a blog post, I have started to give myself set times and make sure I have switched off by a certain time. The same goes with the TV. I don’t even put it on in my bedroom before bed anymore, and I find that I don’t have as many random dreams about programmes that I have been watching.
Set my alarm five minutes early. Although getting up is quite tough sometimes, I find that walking up five minutes before I need to helps me to come round without the need to rush out of bed and dive in the shower to wake me up.
Read a book. I think in this day and age, we are so consumed by technology that everything is on a device, including books. I make sure that I try and read a least one paperback book a month. There’s nothing better than curling up on the sofa with a new paperback and reading a chapter or two.
Herbal tea. Enough said.
Make a cosy environment. I’m a firm believer in that a cosy home equals a cosy heart. Candles, fluffy socks, knitted throws, a purring cat. It all makes me feel a lot more relaxed.
Essential oils. Breathe them in and let them go to work on your mind, body and soul.
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