But you don’t have to rush to an ashram or seek out a guru to reap the benefits. Here are five simple things you can try today to help you relax and recharge:
- DIY aromatherapy bath
A bath is an easy way to relax in the comfort of your own home. To make it a little more special, try lighting a few scented candles and tea lights and some lavender or bergamot bath oil. To help set a calming environment, play some smooth, relaxing chillout music, preferably without vocals to help soothe the mind.
To make your bath experience a little bit easier too, place a small stool or side table next to the bath to keep your book and – dare we say it – a glass of wine close at hand!
- Mini manis
A quick mini manicure or a file and polish at your local nail salon is a sure-fire way to make you feel refreshed and a little more put-together. You can find a nail salon at most Stockland centres, so the next time you’re here, take just fifteen minutes between your chores and break up the hustle and bustle with a little me-time. The only tricky part is choosing a colour!
- An at-home facial
You don’t always have to spend hundreds of dollars at a salon to relax. Recreate the experience at home and treat yourself to a scrumptious facial to pamper and nourish your skin.
Start with a double cleanse with warm water to rid your skin of all surface dirt, then follow with a gentle exfoliating scrub for a deeper pore cleanse. You can find great, inexpensive products at your local Priceline, AMCAL or pharmacy.
Next, fill your sink with warm water. Grab a clean wash cloth, soak it in the water, ring it out and press it to your face to open up those pores and ready your skin. Repeat this two to three times and follow up with a face mask to nourish the skin. A little tip from the pros, a small slice of cool cucumber over the eyes is a great way to reduce everyday puffiness and brightens your skin with a dose of vitamin A.
Finally, finish up with a good moisturiser to lock in the nutrients. The whole ritual takes no more than 45 minutes and not only is it therapeutic, we promise your skin will be glowing and you’ll be feeling as good as new.
- Invest in an oil burner
Essential oils are well known to affect mood and calm your body. For busy mums and the nine-to-fives, it’s an easy way to help you relax, unwind and recharge, especially if you don’t have a lot of free time.
Oil burners or diffusers are a great way to allow the oils to work their calming magic. Key oils to aid calm and relaxation are lavender, geranium, mandarin, palmarosa, patchouli and bergamot.
If you have three minutes, try this simple breathing technique from the (Harvard Medical School to enjoy the full benefits of the oils. While sitting, check your body for tension. Relax your facial muscles and allow your jaw to open slightly. Let your shoulders drop and your arms fall to your sides and allow your hands to loosen so there are spaces between your fingers. Uncross your legs or ankles and feel your feet grow roots into the floor. Now breathe in and out slowly, pausing for a count of three after each inhalation and exhalation.
- A cup of tea, a good book (or favourite magazine) and a comfy sofa
Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best. Next time you’re feeling a little run-down, make a conscious decision to take some time out and just do something you enjoy. Switch your mind off daily worries and indulge in some quiet time just for you.