Let’s face it, the end of the year is not really a relaxing time for most of us, especially women that are juggling a family, a job, and a house.
There’s so much to do - whether that’s getting all of the food ready, buying those last-minute presents, or organising visiting arrangements with family - it’s no wonder many people feel stressed out and frazzled as it comes to the end of the year.
Regardless of how previous years have been in the past for you, it’s totally possible to have a calm, relaxed state of mind as we head into 2020.
Here’s five of the best ways to stay totally Zen as we head into a brand new year.
If you haven’t yet tried them, using scents are the best way to relax… whether that’s in your home or in your workplace.
For example, our Sesame Chan is the perfect mood balancer. It has notes of cedar, ginger and vetiver, and is perfect to unwind after a long day.
Once you’ve had a nice relaxing soak in the bath, put a little on your pulse points - it’s guaranteed to give you that sense of ‘aaah.’
No one gets stressed when listening to music they like. It’s virtually impossible to get frazzled when listening to a melodic piano music, the gentle whistling of a flute or our favorite band.
If you’re busy, why not get some ‘earbuds’, that allow you to carry the soothing tunes wherever you go. You may even find that listening to nature sounds like birds or waves washing the shore helps you to become even more Zen.
Struggling to sleep? You can even try one of those fleecy headbands with inbuilt headphones. Snuggly and cosy, you can listen to anything you like - perhaps a guided meditation or some soft wind chimes.
Using a nifty organiser tool such as Trello can help you organise your life when it comes to a busy schedule.
Use the checklist tool to tick off those things you need to get done by a certain time.
You can even use the date tool to remind you of upcoming tasks.
Think about how you can ‘batch tasks’.Could you wrap presents whilst you bake Christmas cookies? By batching tasks, they become more manageable.
This will help your mind become calmer and clearer, because you’ll realise that you can do tasks in chunks, and it won’t be so overwhelming.
Nature is our body’s calming agent. By taking in the scent of forest pines, or sitting outside against a big oak tree, you’re going to give your mind some perspective and space.
Things have a habit of not overtaking you when you’re in the vastness of space.
If it’s too cold to go outside, why not bring nature indoors? Studies have shown that surrounding yourself with houseplants not only calms your nervous system, but also uplifts your mood. Plants actually can make us feel happier!
They’ll also purify the air in your home, making you feel physically better, too.
It might seem very simplistic, however after just five minutes of deep breathing, you’ll notice that your mind is surprisingly clear.
When we’re stressed, we tend to breathe quicker, and this isn’t conducive to thinking clearly.
Setting an intention for peace this season is also going to help you. By declaring ‘nothing is more important than my peace’ - you can let go of things that are too much to handle.
Remember, not everything is super important or urgent.
That’s our top 5 tips for a Zen state of mind this season.
We’d love to hear your tips!