Wellbeing with John Lewis



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
  1. I love the This Works pillow spray. It has changed my life!


    My Sentimental Heart

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    1. It's a real game changer, isn't it? x

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  2. The This Works pillow spray is amazing, I can't live without it.

    Lauren x | www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

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  3. I really struggle with turning off my screens I definitely need to get into the habit of turning them off well before I go to bed!

    Love Em | www.emilyrosevass.com

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    1. This was the hardest thing for me to do, but it makes such a big difference! x

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  4. I need to get involved with that pillow spray!

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    1. Yes, you do! It's a real life saver! x

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  5. Yes, I find getting a good nights sleep is getting harder. Too much screen time, busy life juggling working and being a single mum. Its tough to relax!

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    1. I struggle and I'm not even a mum, so I can only imagine! x

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  6. I need to look after myself a bit more and get away from the laptop screen.. maybe I need to get some decent bedding!

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    1. Do! It makes a huge difference. I was pretty skeptical, but it really does! x

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  7. AMAZING post! I've really been struggling to sleep recently and this has inspired me to do a post of my own so thank you!

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    1. Hope this helped. I can't wait to read your tips! x

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  8. i go to sleep late in night my self, and sometimes i fell very tired in the morning. I really agree with you, TV and internet capture our lives We forget about reading a good book. Thanks for this post, i really enjoyed it!

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    1. We really do! I mean, most people I know even use screens - well, Kindles -, to read books these days. x

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  9. Such a brilliant challenge to do- I always find it difficult to tear myself away from the screen and struggle to sleep as a result of it. I would also say, drink as much water as you're supposed to. I've been drinking 5 pints a day and it's done me the world of good!

    Love and Feathers,
    The Owlet 💜
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    1. Oh, I didn't think about water! It's true I definitely don't feel quite as well when I don't have my usual 1.5 to 2L a day. x

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  10. some great tips here and I always turn off the screens and read a chapter of a book before going to sleep

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  11. I also find aromatherapy balms and pillow sprays really help me sleep x

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    1. They really do! I also kind of want to try essential oils. x

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  12. I used to have problems because i couldn't sleep early. Until one day when i decided that doesn't matter at what hour i fall asleep, i'll wake up every morning at 7AM. After a few days the difference was incredible. I was super relaxed and my sleeping program started at 11PM-11.30PM, not like in the past at 2-3AM. So, all we need is confidence and trust in ourselves :)

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    1. See, I knew I wasn't the only one who couldn't sleep early! x

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  13. Yessss the importance of making sleep and the space you sleep in lovely is often missed out on! X

    Miss Kitty Kaos - Adventures Of A Riot Grrrl

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  14. The This Works pillow spray is amazing - definitely need to re-purchase it before my travels! X

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    1. They are! I love their mini versions for traveling too. x

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