April is National Stress Awareness Month, and we’re kicking stress to the curb. We’ve been indulging in self-care on the regular this year at The Collective. Our Self-Care Sundays series have brought us different workshops to unwind, where we’ve made our own natural skincare, meditated mindfully, brewed kombucha tea and more. Now, our members and team are sharing our favourite self-care practices to relax and reduce tension. Say hello to your less stressed self!
Here are our top 10 tried and tested self-care tips to unwind this month:
1. Indulge in a sauna session with a honey face mask
Honey has anti-microbial properties that – although a bit sticky – will leave your skin feeling fresh and new. Our favourite place for dry heat is The Collective Old Oak’s spa and sauna.
2. Short spurts of yoga and meditation
Set aside 10-15 minutes for a quick yoga session in the morning to warm up your body for the day ahead, and again before bed to reset your body before a night’s rest. Spend 5 to 10 minutes in the afternoon for a calming meditation during work.
3. The magic of morning music
Our member Michaela said: “As soon as I get up, I put on my favourite song and dance and sing to it.” Nothing better than dancing like no one’s watching.
4. Read a book and switch off your phone data
It’s rare to give your mind a break from constantly being plugged in. Sometimes we like to take it old-school, with a worn-in hardcover book for comfort – without the constant interruption of a work email or text.
5. Catch up with close friends over a pot or two of herbal tea
Lately we’ve been digging turmeric for its healing properties, including anti-inflammatory effects. Cosy up with a cuppa in front of the library fireplace at The Collective Old Oak.
6. Send yourself roses!
Who says roses are only for Valentine’s Day? If you need a pick-me-up or reminder that you’re loved, treat yourself to a bouquet delivery to brighten up your room or office space.
7. Set up the ultimate relaxing ambiance
Our community manager Jenny said: “My absolute favourite way to unwind is to grab my best smelling candle (currently Pumpkin Trifle by Yankee Candle), switch on the fairy lights and vibe out to some music. Works every time.”
8. And more meditation
10 minutes of meditation to some calming music, to set the tone and energy for the day ahead. We’re fans of meditation app, Headspace.
9. And more yoga
“If I don’t have access to puppy therapy, it’s yoga for the win. It always helps me to relax and close my mind,” said our community leader Tia. She leads our Rise and Shine morning yoga and Wind Down evening yoga classes at The Collective Old Oak.
10. Red wine, home-cooked food and jazz music
Need we say more?
What are your favourite ways to relax and unwind? Let us know on our Instagram, and we’ll re-share your tips!