LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE
We all know the saying, but did you know that laughter can not only boost your mood but also reduce your stress levels almost instantly. From snuggling up, putting on your favourite comedy and laughing till your cheeks hurt, to having a stifled giggle with a friend at work during a serious presentation - or video call - laughter is fun, easy and free. What are you waiting for?
Is the best part of your day returning home to be greeted with slobbery puppy kisses? Well, you’re definitely on to something, as cuddling your pet significantly reduces levels of cortisol, a stress-inducing hormone, and increases oxytocin, linked to relaxation and happiness. Even watching your goldfish do tank laps has been shown to chill you out.
SCENT OF SERENITY
In the same way that smelling overcooked roast dinner and strong tea immediately take you back to your grandparent’s house, certain smells can lull you into relaxation (nicer smells, mostly). One of our favourites is the elegant neroli scent, known for its sedative properties and shown to reduce both blood pressure and cortisol levels. Opt for neroli-infused Awaken the Senses Luxury Body Oil to not only nourish your skin but your mind and soul too - wherever you go.
It seems that over 70% of us in the UK are still chasing that elusive 8 hours a night, and the number of us getting good quality sleep has decreased dramatically in recent years. Pretty much every expert agrees that a good night’s sleep can make you feel happy, positive and more productive, and if that isn’t worth a go we don’t know what is! Try turning off your devices (we know, but it helps, trust us), spritzing your pillow with So Sleepy Pillow Mist, getting into bed early and keeping your room dark and quiet.