We all need to chill out, unwind, de-stress and just take some time out away from the things that bug us, and focus just on ourselves.  Sound selfish?  Well it isn’t!  It is common knowledge that the majority of men and women spend far too much time at work feeling pressure to be the last to leave and the first to arrive.  As parents we have sports clubs, extra-curricular activities and the pressure to fill every waking moment of our off springs blossoming minds.

It’s all well and good but it’s not sustainable in the long term.  We all have to be more mindful of our mental and physical health and part of that is being able to remove ourselves from the daily grind for just a few moments whenever possible and focus.

Focus!  Focus on your breathing, concentrate, counting your breaths helps to clear your mind of everything else.  Fill your chest then your tummy alternate between the two and you will feel everything start to slow down.

Fragrance!  Candles and wax melts are perfect for setting the right mood.  The low light, the flickering flame and if you flood the air with beautiful and relaxing scents you are on to a winner.  Lavender, Patchouli, Lemon and Eucalyptus are all perfect for clearing and relaxing the mind and are found in a number of our Relax and Pamper Gift Boxes.

Soak!  Fill the tub with hot (not too hot) water and add some divine aromatherapy oils or salts.  The benefits of sinking into a deep bath, moisturising your skin whilst embracing this little moment of tranquillity are countless.  Our Pink Pamper gift box for women has everything you need to create this luxury home spa.  We have even created a pamper box for the Mum to Be with pregnancy safe tea and new baby safe nipple and skin creams by MooGoo!

Moisturise! Lavishing your skin with a good moisturiser just makes us feel fabulous don’t you think?  There are lots of creams out there and we all have our favourites.  We’ve gone for organic and essential where possible to add that added touch of luxe.  Our Mindful gift box includes a lovely soy based lavender and fennel based warm wax moisturising massage candle – ooh the thought of it alone will help you to relax!

Read!  When we dive into a good book everything else dissolves away.  Whether it’s a romantic piece of chick lit, an historical drama or a self-help guide, so long as you are invested in the pages you can disappear and forget the daily grind.  Check out our light reads, The Little Book of Mindfulness and Fearne Cotton’s Calm and Happy featured in the Happy and the Relax gift sets.

Sleep!  A good pillow, a warm duvet all spritzed with lavender sleep spray to help you drift off to the land of nod without a care in the world!  Sounds too good to be true but you have to try.  Sleep is right up there amongst the most important activities and it is the one that many of us lack.  Sleep controls our mood, temper, weight and is essential for resetting our mind and brain.  Sleep deprivation is a well-known torture technique for a reason – it works! Make planning your bedtime routine top of the list of things to do!  We do it for our children: bath, drink, story time and bed – do it for yourself too!

Your new regime to help create a state of mental calm in readiness for a good night’s sleep:

Light the candles – Focus on Lavender, Clary Sage and Patchouli.

Run a Bath – Fill with moisturising oils or a simply divine Bath Bomb.

Moisturise – Organic and essential oils and creams to massage deep into your skin making it silky soft.

Dive into a good book – It doesn’t matter what so long as you can escape the grind and switch off.

Bedtime – Pillow sprays and lush bedding. 

Breathe – Lie back and count sheep.

Spoil yourself or a loved one with one of our carefully curated gift boxes, everyone’s worth it x

October 23, 2021 — Julie Selby