A Bag of Tricks to Help Shift Your Mood
Is it type A of us to plan out our downtime? Maybe. But we’re so much more pleasant to be around when we make space on our calendar to do nothing. And we’re not talking anything elaborate (unless you are). Maybe a favorite scent, ten minutes of quiet, a little bit of adaptogens, the only robe we want in this life…we did a little digging and found just the things to fill our bag of relaxation tricks.
Just look at it. The sleek, ceramic design of vitruvi’s stone diffuser. We feel calmer already. Add in a few drops of your favorite essential oils, let the steam rise, and boom—you’re in a different room. (If you don’t have a favorite scent, we’d go with citrus, ylang-ylang, or clary sage. We’re biased, but the four blends in the goop x vitruvi bundle are completely transporting.)
Just look at it. The sleek, ceramic design of vitruvi’s stone diffuser. We feel calmer already. Add in a few drops of your favorite essential oils, let the steam rise, and boom—you’re in a different room.
(If you don’t have a
favorite scent, we’d go with citrus, ylang-ylang, or clary sage. We’re biased, but the four blends in the goop x vitruvi bundle are completely transporting.)
When all else fails, stretch. This slip-preventing mat from Manduka is built to get grippier the more you sweat. We picture ourselves doing a headstand on it at the beach this summer. In the meantime, we bring it with us to hot yoga.
GRP Yoga Mat
SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED
When you’re emailed out, fill the tub, add a cup of “The Martini”—a mix of Himalayan sea salt, chia seed oil, and valerian root—and sink in for twenty minutes. We designed this refuge for when life gets a little wild.
“The Martini” Emotional
Detox Bath Soak
As the name suggests, UMA’s oil blend of chamomile, evening primrose, lavender, jasmine, sandalwood, and geranium is a ready-made potion for sensory bliss. Instructions are simple: a dab here or there on wrists and temples. Now inhale.
WRAP IT UP
Your next move is this rose-colored robe from Skin spun from superfine jersey cotton. Light and soft. Plus: pockets.
Double Layer Wrap Robe
Cashmere, for your face? We’ll bite. Bodha’s aromatherapy eye pillow is filled with a blend of lavender, chamomile, and organic buckwheat. Suggested use: morning meditations, evening naps, and airplane mode.
Cashmere Aromatherapy Eye Pillow
These bedroom slippers are made of a custom Japanese leather that is soft, sleek, and hand-washable. It’s the chicest way to be lazy.
Room Shoes Slippers
A stick of palo santo and two custom-blend incense sticks, wrapped up with a traditional Thadobati singing bowl, cushion, and mallet. Your meditation practice could practically start itself.
Singing Bowl Set
Crafted from wild cherrywood, Bluecony’s meditation bench is ergonomically designed to help you find perfect posture in a comfortable position. What does this even mean? It looks good, it feels good, and so do you when you’re on it. This travel version breaks down to fit into a cotton rucksack. Why? Because you’re going to want to take it with you.
Sure, you can’t sprinkle ashwagandha on all your problems, but how about some stress-reducing magic dust for your smoothies, yogurt bowls, and late-night beverages? Best make a habit of it: Adaptogens get better with time.
Inner noise is a real you know what. Psychotherapists Barry Michels and Phil Stutz give us the tools to quash negative self-talk in their phenomenal book Coming Alive. Don’t think of it as a quick fix. Once you add the (simple) techniques Michels and Stutz recommend into your daily routine, you’ll have considerable skills to take on whatever pops up next.