A couple of months ago, John Lewis challenged me to better my life and focus on my own wellbeing. "Easy" I shrugged, before it hit me - I am terrible at taking care of myself. My sleeping pattern is all over the place, I still use makeup wipes to take my makeup off most nights and do I even need to mention my workout routine? Assuming you can even call that a routine... Enough said.
The first thing I wanted to tackle was my (terrible) sleeping habits. I go to bed ridiculously late most nights and I find myself either exhausted or late. A quick chat with my girlfriends confirmed that I wasn't the only one in this situation. It seems like most of us, Millennials, have forgotten how to switch off and relax. And I wasn't going to be one of those. At least, not anymore. After trying everything to change this in the past few weeks, I thought I'd share with you a few things I have found out in the process :
▸ Bedding is everything, so don't be afraid to splurge on something luxurious. I know some people who swear by stone washed sheets, or even silk pillowcases which even supposedly help reduce freezy hair and somehow prevent ageing. Personally, I am all about this 800 thread count Egyptian cotton bedding set. Believe me, once you get used to nice bed linens, you won't ever want to go back to the cheap, scratchy stuff.
▸ Turn off your screens and pick up a book or a magazine. I hear you, "but what if Zoella breaks the internet with another picture of her, in her Calvins? Or what if Netflix suddenly decides to take away all the episodes of Gilmore Girls before you have the time to watch them for the 100th time?" If you're reading a good book, none of these will matter. Just try not to get so into it you end up going to bed at 4 am, because that would completely defeat the purpose.
▸ Set the mood with soft lighting and some candles. This is the time to switch off, let go of the day and just breathe. I personally tend to go for fresh, herbal scents like this Liz Earle Eucalyptus and Rosemary one especially when I try to relax. You could also make yourself a cup of camomile tea if you need some extra help.
▸ If all else fails, I find aromatherapy balms and pillow sprays really help. I have tried a fair few myself and have always found they work a charm. My favourite product to use on the go is this Deep Relax Balm from Aromatherapy Associates, but the This Works Pillow Spray never leaves my bedside table.
What are your tips and tricks to switch off at the end of the day?
- Elodie x