Lockdown Rituals for Relaxation

Lockdown has lead to rising levels of stress and anxiety. As a truly holistic brand, positivity is not only important and inspiring for energy and wellbeing but also crucially for your mental and physical health as well during this globally and individually testing time.

Sleep is Essential:

Even after a good nights sleep, one can still feel tired during the day with mental fatigue. If you feel that your body is taking a dip, then restore energy by enjoying a power nap. 20 minutes is optimum… any longer and you won’t want to wake up! Find a quiet, warm corner bolstered with pillows and a warm throw. Don’t forget to set an alarm. Close eyes, deeply breathe and let troubling thoughts drift away. Return to daily tasks feeling refreshed, calmer and more focused. Or for evening wind-down, taking a warm bath with Epsom salts can also help promote relaxation by releasing muscle tension whilst healthy magnesium levels can boost brain neurotransmitters that are responsible for inducing sleep and reducing stress. Magnesium may also promote melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone… and that’s totally beneficial for bedtime.

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  • Soothes the skin by preventing the inflammation triggered by
  • microbiome imbalances
  • Keep the surface of skin—its first line of defense, for balanced, younger-looking, and strong
  • Offset factors that lead to redness, dryness, and a weakened surface.
  • Ward off signs of aging skin
  • Restore a healthy microbiome balance
  • Revitalizes and rejuvenates from sun radiation and pollution

Breath for Mental Balance:

In times of stress, do you feel your breathe quicken, the chest tightening and external sound diminishing? This is because your inhalation is heightened… the “in breath”, is concerned with action and stimulates the (sympathetic) nervous system, raises blood pressure and increases muscle tension. Mindfully move your focus instead on the exhalation, the “out breath” which is vital in relaxing the (parasympathetic) nervous system – settling heart rate, lowering blood pressure and encourages muscle relaxation increasing your sense of calm.

Remember 3 R’s: 1. Rise the abdomen as you breathe in with slow breaths through the nose 2. Relax the long breath out through pursed lips, taking twice as long as the breath in 3. Rest your hand on your abdomen and wait for the next breath to come.

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Digitally Detox:

Blue light (also referred to as High Energy Visible or HEV light) poses potential skin harm via free radical generation and has been shown to induce oxidative stress in live skin. This can contribute to skin ageing, like exposure to UVA (which can age our skin prematurely), however blue light has the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin compared with both UVA and UVB light. Result? Loss of firmness with sagging skin, increase in pigmentation and visible lines. Also, worst still is the deeply negative affects of blue light on the body’s natural circadian rhythm, disrupting sleep which is precious for restoration of health.

How to protect? The skin naturally contains antioxidants such as vitamin E however when the skin is exposed to excess free radicals (UV, blue light and other environmental factors such as pollution. Applying topical antioxidants in the form of skincare, as well as eating a diet rich in antioxidants found in strawberries, blueberries and kale can boost our skin’s defence against oxidative environmental damage.

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