The beautiful piece of art in the background of the photo is from a series of photographs entitled "TIHOTE - SOUND OF SILENCE" by Nataša Segulin. It takes pride of place in my living room. According to the artist, this piece can 'evoke inner peace, lightness of being and ambience of silence, in which we start hearing the music of infinity isolating us from daily stresses, hustle and bustle, and chaos of life.'
Sometimes we need a little help to evoke this sense of calm and lightness. Whatever your trigger may be, here are my 3 simple de-stress essentials du jour.
1. Essential Oils
My gorgeous friend Mary introduced me to Neom Organics as a beautiful post baby gift. The de-stress kit is a combination of lavender, jasmine and rosewood essential oils. The scent is enough to take the edge off any stressful moment. You can use whatever brand or combinations of these oils you like to relieve stress, calm and relax and to aid restful sleep. Simple apply to your pulse points behind your ears, wrists and temples. I also love my trusted Yogandha Balance Essential Oil to help strike a balance between baby time and mama time. It works...sometimes!!!
2. Valerian Root Tea
Nothing beats a good cup of tea. My husband calls this my 'sleepy snoozy tea'. Valerian Root has amazingly relaxing effect on body and mind. A perfect cuppa just before bed.
3. Candle Gazing
This ancient cleansing yogic practice is a very accessible way to concentrate the mind and find a moment of quiet calm. It is especially useful if you find it challenging to meditate with your eyes closed and need something more tangible to focus on. Light a candle somewhere without a breeze so that the flame stays still. Find a seat. Take a moment to connect with your breath. Softly direct your gaze to the candle and continue to breath deeply. If your attention wanders bring it back to the candle. Continue for a few minutes and then close your eyes and visualise the candle flame. Continue until the psychic symbol starts to fade and come back to your breath. Repeat as often as you wish. Not only does this practice have a calming effect on the practitioner, it is also said to alleviate eye problems. My tired eyes need plenty of help at the moment!
If you have any advice on calming techniques please let me know.