You come home after a long day and, once slumped on the sofa; you can’t take a real break. The file to finish, the meeting to organize, to prepare the meal, to hang up the laundry, to call the parents, to bathe the children… the list of things to do worries you. However, relaxing for a few minutes allows you to recharge the batteries for the evening, rest better at night, and be in better shape the next day. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of our best tips to relax after work.
Sport is a natural remedy for stress because it boosts endorphin levels. If a cardio activity is your ally to decompress, then put on your sneakers! If you prefer a gentler physical activity, a yoga session will make your mind good as well. Combined with meditation with breathing exercises, yoga will allow you to relax your body and mind easily.
For some people, practicing a sports activity in the evening has the opposite effect and wakes them up. If this is your case, but you wouldn’t give up your runs, try post-exercise progressive relaxation. Contract each part of your body one after the other – your face, your shoulders, your hands – before releasing them. This method helps you get rid of the tension that you didn’t even feel. Focus on your breathing. Abdominal breathing will help fight stress and bring relaxation and inner peace.
2. Light a scented candle
Fragrances have a powerful effect on the brain. They can evoke happy memories or send a relaxing signal. A characteristic smell like that of lavender, whose blue fields cover the hills of Provence and fill the air with its vegetal aroma, acts at the very heart of the nervous system to soothe it. This scent creates a feeling of well-being that instantly transports you to a tranquil beach. For an evening, immerse yourself in an atmosphere fragrant with the scent of our Arts of Living candles and let yourself be lulled by the soothing rhythm of your favorite music.
3. Relax with a bath
Take a bath or jump in the shower to take the stress out of your work day. Hot water on your skin will relax your muscles and take away all thoughts of the unpleasant little things of the day. Add a sensory dimension to your shower or bath with one of our shower gels. Their silky and deliciously soft texture will envelop your skin and delight your senses, offering you a moment of pure happiness.
4. Take care of your face and nails
Make-up removal is the key step: it is the sign that you are beginning to relax. Containing shea extract and fragrant orange blossom water, our 3-in-1 Cleansing Water removes all traces of make-up and refreshes your complexion.
With your face clean and your body wrapped in a cozy bathrobe, grab your favorite nail polish. The concentration that a repetitive task requires frees the mind from the daily hassles of work and life in general. And for a complete ritual, first, use a nourishing oil that is rich in vitamin E and naturally hydrating; it helps strengthen and nourish nails.
5. Create a soothing atmosphere
For the last of our tips, it’s time to put away your electronics for the night. The blue light emitted by your phone, computer, and tablet can interfere with your sleep. While it’s tempting to check your email one last time, you’ll sleep better if you turn off your devices an hour before bedtime and put them away in a drawer until you wake up.
Spraying a relaxing mist or essential oil in your bedroom for a calming atmosphere will also help you relax and fall asleep more easily. Close your eyes and imagine yourself strolling through the fields of Provence, your skin bathed in sunshine.
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