If you have been struggling with anxiety and sleep disturbances since the COVID-19 lockdown was enforced, or if you simply want to boost the quality of shut-eye that you’re getting, consider winding down each day with a well-deserved nightly pamper sesh! Here is an example of a bedtime routine to put into practice.
A bubble bath
A bubble bath is the ultimate stress buster. Plus, you don’t have to spend money on expensive bath salts or bubble bath to make it extra special. Use Epsom salts instead – you can usually buy 100ml for R10. Turn on some soothing music, light a few candles (double delight during load shedding!), and add a couple of drops of an essential oil if you have a bottle handy. Lie back and enjoy!
Give yourself a facial
Rejuvenate your skin and get rid of any dirt and oil build-up with the help of a home-made facial. Mix together a generous dollop of honey with the same amount of coconut oil. Add a quarter of a ripe avocado and two drops of relaxing lavender oil. Apply generously to the face and leave on for about an hour. Rinse and finish off a home-made moisturiser.
Mix four tablespoons of aloe vera gel with two tablespoons of coconut oil. Add in a teaspoon of Vitamin E oil and two teaspoons of almond oil. Apply to the face being careful not to get any in your eyes.
There are so many benefits associated with daily meditation – and an improvement in your sleep is just one of them. Keep in mind that meditation takes practice, so don’t give up the first time around if it doesn’t seem to be working.
Sit somewhere quiet and comfortable, close your eyes, and breathe deeply through your nose. Focus on your breath and try to empty your mind of all thoughts. Each time a thought appears, acknowledge it and gently let it go, moving your attention to your breathing once again. Hold this state of calm for at least five minutes – set a timer, if you wish. You will find that you emerge feeling relaxed, anxiety-free, and ready to hit the hay!
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