BODY & MIND & SPIRIT | 7 Ways To Create Calm At Home While In Isolation

In the wake of COVID-19, it’s hard not to feel a little anxious. With most of us living and working in isolation, turning our focus to small daily rituals is more important now than ever in order to create calm and balance. Below we have listed seven tried and tested tips to help lower your stress and anxiety, from potting plants to running a soothing warm bath. Yes, you’ve heard them all before, but sometimes we need a little reminder that it’s the small things that can make a massive difference.

Declutter

We don’t expect you to get completely Kondo about it, but minimizing clutter where possible will definitely help alleviate stress. If you think about your apartment or home as if it’s your mind, then keeping it as quiet and clutter-free as possible makes perfect sense. Try stripping back to only pieces that serve a purpose or bring you joy and move out or pack away pieces that don’t.

Cook Slow

Slow cooking, backing and roasting are all methods of cooking that don’t require too much prep time and the aromas permeating through your apartment will bring you so much comfort. Try new things, like making your own pasta or get in to pickling or making preserves. There’s something really satisfying about watching something develop or cook slowly over time.

Bath (If You Can)

For those with a bathtub, treat yourself to a warm relaxing bath. Try soaking in salts or natural bath products with healing properties, and take a book in or listen to a podcast for ultimate zone out time. try turning out the lights, lighting some candles and opening a window to let in a soft cool breeze. This can be done alone or in pairs (to save water, of course).

Fresh Sheets

Keep your sheets fresh and clean and get  up and make your bed every morning. Daily rituals are important and there’s nothing better than getting in to a fresh made bed at night. Consider purchasing some beautiful new bedding online and look for softly scented natural laundry products. If you have the luxury of backyard, garden or balcony, let your sheets dry out in the sun because there really isn’t anything better.

Soft Scents

Burning oils, a softly scented candle or smoke free intense will not only have your home or apartment smelling fresh but it will also help you to concentrate. It’s the small daily rituals that keep us grounded and provide clarity. Also consider scent when choosing your cleaning products, scented oils like tea tree or eucalyptus still have disinfectant properties but don’t smell as strong as products that may contain bleach or harsh chemicals.

Ecotherapy

Bringing nature inside or spending time in the garden will lower your anxiety. If you don’t have a garden or balcony, try growing some hers or potted plants on your windowsill. Watering and watching something grow is great therapy. Consider ordering plants or fresh flowers from your local nursery or florist if they are delivering, you could also send these to someone too, to let them know you’re thinking of them.

Take Tea

Make lots of tea, but in an actual teapot, as there’s something about the process that just makes it feel so much more special. Avoid teas with too much caffeine and opt for calming herbal blends instead. Make sure drink lots of water though after each cup, to avoid dehydration.


BEAUTY | Barbie Has Teamed Up With Glamglow For A Limited-Edition Mask And Moisturizer

It’s easy to think of Barbie as someone who was born with flawless skin. OK, born may be the wrong word, considering she’s a doll, but that hasn’t stopped real, live humans from envying and emulating and emulating the icon’s beauty – especially now that she represents an increasingly diverse way to be beautiful. But … Continue reading BEAUTY | Barbie Has Teamed Up With Glamglow For A Limited-Edition Mask And Moisturizer

ARTS & CULTURE | Thunaiyat Al-Diriyah Foundation is KSA’s First Art Biennale

Saudi minister of culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan just established Al – Diriyah Biennale Foundation for Contemporary Art, the first art biennale to be set in Saudi Arabia. The biennale will focus on two central themes: an exhibition of contemporary art for the first edition set for 2021 and an Islamic art exhibition … Continue reading ARTS & CULTURE | Thunaiyat Al-Diriyah Foundation is KSA’s First Art Biennale

THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Duchess Of Sussex Speak Out: ‘George Floyd’s Life Mattered’

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, spoke publicly for the first time about George’s death calling it ‘absolutely devastating’. She was speaking to the graduating class of Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, in a video message commencement speech on Wednesday evening. In a heartfelt, she said she had been hesitant  to   speak about the … Continue reading THE POWER OF INFLUENCE | Duchess Of Sussex Speak Out: ‘George Floyd’s Life Mattered’

THE VOICE | George Clooney Calls Racism ‘America’s Greatest Pandemic’

Forget Covid-19, George Clooney thinks America’s greatest pandemic is racism, and the cure is to vote. In response to nationwide protest sparked by the death of George Floyd while is custody of Minneapolis police, Clooney wrote an essay published by The Daily Beast on Monday. ‘How many times have we seen people of colors killed … Continue reading THE VOICE | George Clooney Calls Racism ‘America’s Greatest Pandemic’

FASHION | Christian Loubutin Expands Nude Shoe Collection For More Skintones

The lack of variety when it comes to ‘nude’ toned clothing has been an ongoing issue for many. However, there are brands such as Christian Loubutin that are finding ways to expand their offerings to fit the needs of a wider range of skintones. In 2013, the luxury brand originally launched their Nudes shoe collection … Continue reading FASHION | Christian Loubutin Expands Nude Shoe Collection For More Skintones

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