Feeling anxious, stressed or stuck? It can seem impossible to get yourself out of an unpleasant headspace, but we’ve all been there - and we’ve picked up a few tips and tricks along the way. In this short series, we’ll explore a few self-care life hacks you can use when you’re feeling the need to unwind.
As much as it’s important to spend time on your outside when you’re building a self care routine, it’s also pretty crucial that you spend time soothing your mind while you’re at it. Luckily, through the power of sense and scents, there are a few easy techniques that might help you lift your mood without too much effort.
Our best lifehack for changing your mood - if you have time for it - is to run a warm bath, dim the lights, and let the stress soak away in the hot water. Go hunting for a beautifully scented oil, powder or soothing bath salts that make you feel happier or more relaxed, and use liberally. Self-care is all about treating yourself, so don’t be afraid to overdo it on the bubbles. Look for something that will leave your skin feeling soft, and calm your senses, for the perfect build-up to a good night’s sleep.
Don’t underestimate the power of a candle when you want to change the mood of your room. The gentle flickering light can help settle your nerves, and if you’re not sure what sort of scent to go for, you can always explore our aromatherapy series, which should offer some advice in terms of which scents relate to which moods. When you’re looking to relax, though, you can’t go too far wrong with lavender.
Scent with Love
A candle is one way to fill your room with a delicious perfume, but there are faster solutions too. For an instant hit of therapeutic scent, consider investing in a home perfume. Evoking a tranquil experience couldn’t be simpler with a blend of cypress, thyme, eucalyptus and ylang-ylang essential oils, which work together to create a feeling of harmony in your home.
Hit or Mist
Sleep is one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal when it comes to battling stress or anxiety. If you’re struggling to nod off at the end of the day, and an evening bath isn’t helping, you could give a relaxing pillow mist a try. This clever blend of essential oils including lavender and bergamot are known for their relaxing properties, and should help to create a calming atmosphere that will promote a feeling of peace and well-being when it’s time to get some sleep.
When you’re ready to start bringing a self-care routine into your day, don’t forget to pay attention to the effect your environment has on your thinking. Go big on soothing candles to fill your life with calming scents.