Listen to music
Did you know that listening to music sparks immediate biological and psychological benefits, raising endorphin levels? Research conducted by Natural Standard (a major center for therapeutic studies) found slow, acoustic sounds the most conducive to wellbeing, lowering stress hormones and heightening the immune system. Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, author, holistic oncologist and professor at Cornell University, found that sound therapy helped his cancer patients as it redressed imbalances on every level of physiologic functioning.
Relax with essential oils
Aromatherapy and Ayurvedic medicine uses essential oils to help combat and alleviate stress. These oils shouldn’t be applied directly to the skin, but placed in an oil burner or diffuser. Try a few drops of lavender, frankincense or rose essential oils to aid relaxation and transform your living space into a tranquil haven. Alternatively, scented candles can help to make your surroundings feel more peaceful while filling the room with a beautiful fragrance.
Taste something delicious
If you’re feeling run down, anxious or stressed, try a herbal tea such as chamomile, lemon verbena or apple blossom. Not only is the taste comforting, but it also doesn’t contain any caffeine so won’t raise your adrenaline levels in the same way caffeine does. Fruit is also a quick and healthy way to tantalize the taste buds. Kiwi, for example, contains high levels of vitamin C which is essential to collagen production, is rich in vitamin E and omega-3, plus antioxidants to fight skin damage. Dark berries, especially blackberries, also contain many vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that are fantastic for the skin.
Taking time to pamper yourself at home is a simple way of restoring order to body and mind, as well as helping you to look and feel better. Mist your skin with mineralizing water after cleansing, to soothe inflammation and boost the hydrating effects of your skincare regime. Then, take the time to massage your face with your fingertips or a roller. This will help boost circulation while assisting the penetration of your serum and moisturiser. Aim to do this at least once a week to recharge your batteries.
Make your surroundings beautiful
The bathroom and bedroom should be places of calm, so try to keep the colours in these areas natural; creams, greys and pale blues can help a space feel lighter and peaceful. Adjust the lighting if you need to, and add a few potted plants and candles where you can. Make sure phones, TVs and laptops are resigned to the other areas of the house too, as these will alter the atmosphere and raise stress levels.