Living in London is both exhilarating and exhausting, especially for the more sensitive amongst us. With work, social and family demands it can be easy to lose your centre and feel anxious or overwhelmed.
Here are some useful tools for calming the mind and body and staying balanced and grounded:
Lavender oil has been used for hundreds of years to calm the senses and promote restful sleep. Inhale from the bottle with a few deep breaths during the day, sprinkle a few drops on your pillow at night or try an an ‘abhyanga’ with sesame seed oil – the Ayurvedic self-massage that is very nourishing and detoxifying for the nervous system.
Try a flotation tank experience at Floatworks – escape into your own personal aquatic bliss, a private pod filled with soothing Epsom salts that will reduce stress and anxiety and promote deep relaxation and calm.
Cooking – it sounds simple, but taking the time to mindfully cook a beautiful meal for yourself and/or loved ones can be incredibly therapeutic. Try Jasmine Hemsley’s new book, East by West for some beautiful, conscious ways of cooking.
Yoga Nidra meditation – meaning ‘yogic sleep’, yoga nidra is a style of guided meditation that allows you to access the tranquil state of consciousness between being awake and falling asleep. Try this one for ultimate relaxation.
Holy Basil, or ‘tulsi’ is an adaptogenic herb that has been used for thousands of years in India to help the body cope with both physical and psychological stress. Try Pukka’s version to soothe anxiety, promote mental clarity and lift your mood. It can also be enjoyed as a tea.