5 Ways to Wind Down Your Evening

5 Ways to Wind Down Your Evening

Hand massage with a lovely essential oil: Choose from among  lavender, chamomile, neroli, sandalwood and ylang ylang, all of which are known  to promote restful sleep. Pour 2 to 3 drops of your chosen oil into a small  bottle of a ‘carrier’ oil such as almond or sesame oil, and gently massage it  all over your hands. Uncork the bottle and inhale the aroma. You will feel  incredibly relaxed.

Soft, soothing lights: Invest some time and attention on the  lighting in your home. It can make a dramatic difference to the way you feel in  the evening. In rhythm with nature, our bodies crave low light in the evening,  but we deny them that need by surrounding ourselves with bright lights. A dimmer  switch, a set of lovely candles…simple luxuries that will take all your stress  away.

A bowl of cherries: guess what. A small bunch of cherries  can help you sleep better. That’s because cherries are one of the only natural  sources of melatonin, which promotes sleep.  You can also take them along  on a plane journey—rest assured, you’ll have a stress-free flight.

A snug pillow: is your pillow hypoallergenic? When did you  last change it? How well does it hug your head and cradle your neck? A  good-quality pillow is not a luxury, it’s an essential buy—but yes, it can make  you sleep like royalty.

A warm soak: just the thought of relaxing in a warm bath is  enough to make me sigh. As far as I am concerned, its health benefits–better  circulation and relief from aches and pains are only a bonus. The real comfort  is in the way the gentle water soothes your mind and restores your spirits. 

An uplifting book: I love to go to bed with books such as  Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach, (even though it’s  described as a ‘daybook’ of comfort and joy), all of Alexandra Stoddard’s  elegant books, and sometimes even a beautiful childrens’ book that brings home a  simple but powerful message.  Just perfect for helping me sleep on a  positive note.



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