Post Travel Self Care

Keeping a simple, but zen like routine on an evening before bedtime is vital if you want to stay relaxed and get a restful night's sleep. If you've been on the road, or traveling anywhere, your body can feel a little out of whack. It is one of the most common things in the world to suffer with sleep problems, insomnia, anxiety and a huge portion of our society is struggling with at least one of these. It can be beaten, it takes time, patience and a little assistance.

Time to recharge! Top: Femme Luxe Finery 
My Instagram stories after travel! Top: Femme Luxe Finery 
Adopting the Danish concept of Hygge, basically in a nutshell, means simplicity and calm to create balance and harmony in your life, and this can be easily achieved during the evenings also. It can easily be broken down into sections, so you can create the perfect balanced evening without compromising too much on your Instagram-stalking sessions and catching up on your Netflix. Balance is everything. Moderation is key. Find out what you love, adopt it into your lifestyle, and be in the moment. This is something we can find tricky to do; especially if we suffer with anxiety. Stepping out of this way of thinking can be difficult. Some of these seem self explanatory, but at its core, it is balance.

1. Start your Hygge evening routine with a herbal tea and cosy clothes

If you don't like herbal tea, opt for another night-time drink but herbal teas, with camomile and lavender are proven to warm you inside and give you a little bit of zen. Pour it into your favourite cup. If you don't have a favourite cup, find one. What you drink it out of is so important. Be in your favourite cosy outfit. Something that's right for the time of year; perhaps a soft dressing gown.

2. Take a bath - tale as old as time but so important

Run a hot bath and drop in some of Neom's Scent to Sleep oils. Add candles and also download an app that has free sound effects; this can be really nice to add a spa effect and find something delicate to listen to. We all have our preferences, something that makes you feel relaxed, play around with new sounds and you will find one that makes you feel an inner calm. Do something in the bath that makes you feel happy. Netflix, YouTube, perhaps a book, or even pick up your phone. Cutting out all technology and things you love will not always help relax you. You may have a strange anxiety separation from that alone. Just make sure you save some time to be in the moment.

3. Use some lovely skin products

I love to treat my skin after travelling or even just as a pick me up or part of a self-care routine. I have been enjoying these lovely items from Clockface Beauty. First I use the face mask, really light and creamy and then use their serum for some additional moisture; lovely herbally scented and great for night time when you're looking to wind down. Scroll for photos!

4. Climb into bed and get cosy

Spritz your pillow with Neom's Scent to Sleep pillow mist, which smells divine and luxurious. Don't force yourself to turn off too quickly. The body takes time to relax, but you should already be feeling at least a little calmer. Take a few deep breaths and get comfy in bed. If you like to read in bed, then take this time to have a little read. It's OK to have the TV on if this is something that comforts you. Get into a comfortable position in bed, this is key. We all have our go-to positions but sometimes they may not be the best positions. Sleeping on your back is better for your posture and physical state. Sleeping on your side isn't the best, but sleeping on your right side is good if you suffer with digestion problems, it helps drain the stomach. Sleeping on your stomach can ease breathing issues but it can cause your blood pressure to rise a little; if you're usually fit and healthy then this shouldn't be a problem. Another added element would be, invest in a nice quilt, something you really like and a design that will make you happy. If your bed isn't as comfortable as it could be, then consider getting a memory foam mattress topper for a comfort upgrade!

If you don't sleep, don't panic. Often it is the worry of not sleeping that stops us from drifting off. Instead, just keep your mind focused on something happy, something you're looking forward to or want to do. Open the window for a little fresh air, sometimes this can aid you to fall off to sleep.


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