In Collaboration With Emily Jones
I don’t know about you, but after a full and hectic day, all I want (and know I need) to do in the evening is take the time to unwind. When I do give myself that time and space, I can feel myself relax, I sleep well, and I feel better overall. Since autumn has officially set in and the days are getting darker earlier, I’ll definitely be spending more nights in just getting cosy. So I thought I’d focus in on self-care here and talk to you about some of the things I love to do to help me unwind at the end of a long day.
Yes, I absolutely adore a good pamper session and getting to turn my bathroom into a personal spa. As a mum, pampering is one of the first things that goes out the window, so when I do get the time, I cherish it. A long hot bath (bonus if it’s with bubbles or a detoxifying one with Epsom salts), dry brushing, a facemask, a hair mask, doing my nails: I’m all for it. I treasure getting the time to take care of me as I feel any tension drift away and most importantly, I feel confident afterwards.
A little bit of escapism and letting my imagination wander by watching a good movie or programme is sometimes just what is needed. I love turning off all the lights, making some tea, curling up in some blankets, and settling in for a movie night, especially during these cold evenings. Thankfully, there are many services that offer quality television on demand nowadays so I can find whatever I am in the mood for. For example, on the new platform CHILI there are some great options including La La Land, an all time favourite of mine. I definitely do try to keep all screen time to the earlier parts of the evening. One hour before bedtime, I like to turn all devices off so relax-mode can shift to sleep-mode.
Reading a good book
It has to be said: nothing is more relaxing than getting lost in a good book. I love the feeling of turning the page of a book and becoming fully immersed in a story. Plus, when reading my eyes get a break from screen time while I still get mental stimulation AND improve my focus and vocabulary.
Yoga and/or meditating
Yoga and meditation are both practices that enable me to relax, focus on my breathing, and really reconnect with myself. With yoga, I can move my body, get some exercise in that doesn’t even feel like exercise, and incorporate
mindfulness into my practice. With meditation, especially a guided meditation, I can calm my mind, focus on the positive, and practice letting go of the rest. Both yoga and meditation have been transformational for both my body and mind. I can literally feel the tension slip way.
No matter what I am doing to relax, whether it is pampering, watching a movie, reading a book or meditating, incorporating aromatherapy takes it to the next level. I love roll-on essential oils, diffusing essential oils and lighting my favorite candles around the house. Lavender and Cedarwood are two of my go-to scents and I now associate both of them with it being time to unwind. As often as I can remember, after my skincare routine I like to roll lavender essential oil on my forehead and temples.
So those are a few of the things I love to do on my night in.. Any time I do one of these, I feel so much more relaxed and have an even better tomorrow.
What are your favourite ways to unwind at the end of a long day?