Build a perfect wind down routine to feel refreshed and invigorated.
We live in a busy world. With our hectic schedules, it can get taxing to juggle both work and play. This is why finding time to unwind has become increasingly crucial as it helps us to de-stress, quiet the mind and recharge after a long, tiring day.
In fact, research has shown that making time for rest and relaxation keeps your heart healthy, improves sleep quality, promotes emotional well-being, and gives you a boost of energy! Here are four of our favourite ways to chill out and take a breather.
De-stress and reward yourself with nourishing food by spending time in the kitchen.
Probably one of the most effective stress-relievers out there, whipping up satisfying, nourishing meals is a great way to unwind. According to experts, cooking therapy aids in clearing the mind as you focus on the recipe! Speaking of recipes, we highly recommend the 2 in 1 Kitchen Mount Stand from uBreakiFix. Foldable and adjustable, this handy appliance makes it easy for you to refer to a recipe from your mobile or tablet as you cook away.
Now don’t get us wrong – we know that cooking can be time consuming but with the right kitchen tools, you’ll be surprised at how you’re able to save time in the preparation and cleaning departments.
If you’re interested in finally starting a bread making hobby, the Mayer Bread Maker will make it twice the fun and three times more rewarding! Not only is making your own buns healthier than store-bought, you’ll feel a profound sense of achievement when you taste your own delicious creations. This bread maker makes it easy to start. Simply pour all the ingredients in and it will do both the work of kneading and baking for you. You’ll also love its one-hour fast baking feature, 12 baking functions, and adjustable crust colour settings! Best of all, from whole wheat and herbs to dried fruits and nuts, you can customise your recipes however you like.
Need something to go with your freshly-baked bread? Invest in the Mayer Blender Jar with Grinder, which comes with a robust motor and range of blades, to make your own sauces, dips, nut butters and more at the touch of a button. This power blender is also effortless to wash with its detachable blades.
Finish off your meal with a dose of green juice! Mayer’s Slow Juicer effectively extracts all the nutrients and vitamins to give you a delicious pulp-free drink. You’ll also appreciate how quiet this machine is as it churns out your choice of juice.
Find peace of mind through the power of music.
There’s nothing quite like carving out time to loosen up and indulge in peaceful moments, especially after you’ve had a long day. Did you know that music has a profound effect on the mind and body? From keeping you composed to helping you escape from everyday stresses, listening to your favourite tunes can help keep you in a happy, cheery place.
But to be able to fully immerse in the music, it’s important to have top-notch earphones that can amplify your listening experience. If noise cancellation and a strong bass is what you’re looking for, the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Bluetooth ANC Headphones from Tech House is right up your alley. Providing the ultimate comfort with its memory foam ear cups, and high-resolution audio, you’ll be left in a carefree and euphoric state.
Alternatively, you may opt for something a little more compact like the Red Monster Sound Bang Pro ANC True Wireless Earbuds from Singtel Exclusive Retailer. Boasting 20 hours of play time and active noise cancellation control, get ready to let your worries go as you groove to your heart’s content.
For the ultimate tranquillity, be sure to include aromatherapy as you tune into your favourite tracks. Diffusers are known to be the epitome of relaxation and we can’t agree more. MUJI’s Large Aroma Diffuser makes the perfect pick for your home due to its large tank capacity that enables the mist to reach a wider space! We recommend adding a few drops of To Be Calm’s Essential Oil Blend - Relax from Madera De Mango. Composed with a blend of sweet orange, lavender, ylang ylang, vetiver and patchouli, it can quickly bring you into a state of peace and serenity.
However, if you prefer something that requires zero effort, then reed diffusers are for you. Check out Hysses Home Scent Reed Diffuser in Lavender from Madera De Mango that is well-loved for its calming fragrance. Alternatively, you could also use To Be Calm’s Celebrate Soy Candle from Madera De Mango. This soy candle burns slower than normal paraffin candles and features a lovely scent of pine, cedar and rose.
Enjoy a spa-day in the comfort of your home.
Sometimes, it’s the simplest acts that can help you de-stress effectively. Start with a warm bath to ease your tensed muscles using Mt.Sapola’s Lavender-Chamomile Bath Salt. Made from 100% organic ingredients, this nifty bath time essential is what you need to refresh an overworked mind.
Next, treat your feet to some pampering with a comforting massage! Gintell’s G-Beetle EZ Foot Massager offers multiple features such as 3D guasa and shiatsu massage and heat therapy, to promote blood circulation and relieve aching muscles.
Then, reach for Sothys Nutri-Soothing Mask from Brow Art Asia which envelops the skin in a soft, downy, melt-in texture, and works like a dream to instantly relieve common skin issues such as redness and inflammation. Finally, end your routine by showing your lashes and brows some love. Infused with collagen, Perky Lash’s Multi-Lash and Brow Nutrient Serum will leave you with fuller brows and longer lashes!
Transport yourself to another world through reading.
What better way to escape the chaos than through reading? On top of reducing anxiety, reading can help to free your mind from thoughts that are weighing you down. Whether it’s a mystery, romance, or self-help book, go for the one that piques your interest and escape reality!
For something motivational, check out ‘How Do You Live’ by Genzaburo Yoshino, a Japanese classic that focuses on what it means to be human, or ‘The Miracle of Mindfulness’ by Thich Nhat Hanh, that teaches us how to gain greater self-understanding and peacefulness. Explore more uplifting and self-help books to start your journey of self-improvement in our Books of the Month Series blog.
If you’re more into the convenience of e-books, then the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is perfect for your on-the-go lifestyle! Weighing less than a pound, this sleek ultra-light tablet features a stunning 10.5-inch WQXGA Super AMOLED screen, large memory and a fast-charging battery that makes reading and downloading books an enjoyable experience. Psst…you could also check out the Libby app and borrow all the FREE e-books you want from the library!
We hope you are now inspired to build your own wind down routine with these ideas. Don’t be surprised how creating more time for “me-time” can significantly enhance your drive, focus and energy to conquer the next day!
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