1. Take a break from the news
If the 24/7 world news cycle is giving you anxiety (and let’s face it, it’s enough to), it could be a good idea to step back a bit and regulate your consumption. We’re not suggesting you go into denial about what’s happening in the world, quite the opposite, but too much can literally be too much.
Try turning off your news alerts and only check the news sites or reports a few times a day at set times. Be mindful about where you get your news and avoid sensationalist media that leans more towards drama over accuracy so you can stay informed without it coming at you from all sides, all day.
2. Soak the stress away
Some of the most nurturing things you can do for yourself are also the simplest. A relaxing bath is a great way to check in with your mind and body and soak away any muscular aches and pains too, especially if you’ve overdone it at the gym. Take it up a notch by adding some magnesium bath crystals to dissolve in the water as your bath fills up. Magnesium plays several important roles in the health of your body and brain, including tissue regeneration, and is most readily absorbed by your skin.
EpZen bath crystals combine the power of natural magnesium bath crystals with the revitalising benefits of aromatherapy. Infused with 100 per cent natural essential oils, they can help assist with stress relief, improved sleep, muscle relaxation and skin hydration. They’re available in two beautifully balanced aromatherapy blends to help you de-stress, relax and revitalise your body and mind.
EpZen Soothe Magnesium Bath Crystals are blended to help relieve aches and pains with calming lavender and clary sage, relaxing cedarwood, the soothing properties of sweet birch and geranium for balance. Or try the EpZen Relax Magnesium Bath Crystals to calm your mind and soothe your body with a unique blend including calming rosewood, relaxing ylang ylang, nurturing rose geranium and exotic frankincense, to help focus your mind.
If you don’t have a bath, you can still enjoy the benefits of the Relax and Soothe blends in the EpZen Body Lotion, a gentle blend of 100 per cent natural essential oils, natural magnesium and skin-nourishing ingredients you can use every day.
3. Cook for good health
Maintaining good health has never been more important, and that starts with good nutrition. Make the most of your time at home by trying out some healthy recipes. The cooler weather makes it a great time to make some big batches of soup or a casserole you can enjoy now, plus pop the leftovers in the freezer for quick and healthy al-desko lunches or post-gym dinners. Just make sure they’re packed with veggies and those super immunity boosters, garlic and ginger.
Try to use natural ingredients such as honey and citrus for extra sweetness or bite, add traditional medicinal spices such as turmeric (used in ayurvedic medicine to support respiratory health) and, if you want a heartier result, add some of your favourite pantry staples such as brown rice, barley or noodles. Think of it as healthy comfort food and the result will be like a big, warm hug from the inside.
4. Create something
Step away from your screens (yes, all of them) and do something creative. Maybe it’s time you got out that jigsaw puzzle you’ve been meaning to do for years. Or paint a feature wall behind your bed. It could be sketching a piece of fruit, writing longhand in your journal or even potting a plant. Whatever your creative process of choice may be, creating something with your hands is challenging, relaxing and rewarding all in one and you’ll have something to show for it when you’re finished.
5. Play music
Finally, don’t forget the power of music to transport you to another place and transform your mood. Instead of scrolling through your socials every night, browse and follow playlists you like on Spotify or make your own for different moods. Name them by vibe, from ‘Uplifting’ and ‘Romantic dinner’ to ‘Silly dancing’ and ‘Running tracks’ and you’ll be ready to bust out the perfect tunes anytime and dance like no-one is watching. And doesn’t that make you feel good?