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Soul Soothing

Sometimes we need to stop for a bit and take time for some self-love and soul soothing.
Here I've put together a list of things I do to relax, whether I've succumbed to modern stressors, I've had a long day or even if I've had a great day and I just want to take time to relax and soak in the essence of being alive!
(Even just saying that is soothing...)
I haven't included yoga or meditation or incense here because even though those are my ultimate go-tos to completely re-connect with myself, I'm not always in an environment where I can stop and drop into a cat-cow! So I wanted to explore other ways to soothe my soul...





Tea


There's something about tea. By simply smelling it  I start to relax. I can almost hear my brain say 'ahh' as I take the first sip. If you're not much of a tea fan, then try warm milk, warm water or hot chocolate, these can all help relax you.




Music


Nothing says soul-soothing like music. Fabien Maman's research shows that human blood cells change colour and shape in response to sound frequencies, meaning that 'sick cells' can actually be healed or harmonised with sound! So whatever your mood, sit and listen, dance around the room or sing at the top of your voice, turn up the tunes because music literally makes everything better.



Scented Candles


...or incense or essential oils. It's quite mesmerising watching the dancing flame of a candle and with the addition of a scent, you can't go wrong. 
Some of my favourite scents are;
Lavender - a relaxing, stress relieving scent that also helps you fall asleep
Cinnamon - is calming, increases awareness and lessens tiredness
Vanilla - this natural aphrodisiac is warm and soothing
Citric - these scents are invigorating, uplifting and 'brightens the mood of a room'








Blueberries!


I love blueberries! So when I found out the benefits of their antioxidants included helping improve the bodies response to stress, I was pretty chuffed!  
  


Laughter


Laughter is the sound of your soul dancing, so get your groove on baby! Watch or read or speak to friends or family or play games, just do something you know is going to make you laugh!




Read a Book


There's nothing like getting lost in a good book. Fiction of non-fiction. I'm currently making my way through Horns, by Joe Hill as well as learning about the background and history of yoga. Whatever rocks your boat...or, more appropriately, keeps you page-turning...






Going for a walk


is such a great way to clear your head and get back to the present. Go for a walk in a local park, in gardens, around random streets in you area, familiar places or not-so, anywhere! Being around nature will automatically soothe your soul. Let yourself be guided by the path your feet feel like taking. Become aware of your surroundings, sights, sounds, smells, feeling the sun on your face. the wind in you hair. Breathe it all in and love it all out.


 

 Dark Chocolate


Ooh I do love dark  chocolate. Research has showing that it may help lower stress hormones. Plus, it has natural substances that give the feeling of euphoria - similar to being in love! Just, y'know, keep an eye on portion sizes ;)




Lie on the floor & stare at the ceiling 


... or with your feet up the wall. I used to lie on the floor a lot, if I was trying to figure something out, turning my thoughts off for a bit. There's something so centering about it. Okay, fine, lying with your feet up the wall is actually a yoga pose, Viparita Karani, but I used to do this before I got into yoga so it doesn't count! It gives your legs, torso and back a gentle stretch, relieving any aches and calms the mind!







 
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9 comments:

  1. great post! Thank you for sharing these very interesting and helpful tips :)

    Love Peace and Shimmer

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    1. Thank youuu, glad you found it helpful! :)

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  2. Exactly like you do, Vanisha! I couldn't relax without music, my thoughts would hunting me... haha! :-) Wonderful tips, dear! Thanks a lot for your comment on my blog, appreciate it!! <3 Following you on bloglovin & twitter!!

    xxx Ira
    JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN

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    1. Haha I get you, thank you lovely :) <3

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  3. I love all of these ideas :) I love burning incense cones and sticks (lavender is one of my favourites, too!), and soothing music is wonderful, although I didn't know it was scientifically proven! I would add a bubble bath to this list, there's something very relaxing about bubbles and warm, soapy water :) great post, Vanisha! x

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    1. Thanks Amanda! Ah how could I have forgotten bubble baths! They're soo relaxing :)x

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    2. Just to let you know, I've nominated you for the Freestyle Writing Challenge right here http://www.amandasays.org.uk/2015/06/freestyle-writing-challenge-happiness/ so I hope you'll take part :)

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  4. these are some of my favorite things to do in order to relax, tea is always a good idea and so are scented candles! great post lovely

    xx -n
    Naomi in Wonderland

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