By Erin Forget
Pandemic? What pandemic? As you begin to read this blog, I want you to take a deep breath, hold for a second and exhale. For the next three to five minutes, forget about our troubles, we’re all about good, relaxing vibes. With longing for those spa days spent basking in the waters at Le Nordik, relishing in the scent of a wood burning stove or reminiscing about a deep tissue massage, I thought it would be fun to talk to our staff and share with you how they make time to relax and bring elements of the spa home.
The importance of taking time to relax
It’s too easy to dwell on the woes of the world right now, and technology and apps surrounding us don’t help (I'm talking about you Facebook). Our bodies and minds need a break. Making time to relax not only allows you to escape stress, it also has a positive impact on your health, like increased blood flow for more energy, slowing your heart rate, and improving digestion, to name a few.
Whether it’s taking a few minutes every day or an hour at the end of your week, you need to find the routine that works for you. And as I chatted with staff, I soon learned there are many simple elements from the spa we can introduce into our own lives to help us relax a little bit more.
Create an ambiance. Kas, terra20 Train Yards owner and store manager suggests dimming the lights, plugging in a salt lamp or diffuser or lighting a warming beeswax candle. Once you have your space set for relaxation, cuddle up with a cup of tea and a book, or if you’re like Kas, and miss games with friends, organize an online game night. Kas’s fave? A night of dwarven dungeon raiding in Dungeons and Dragons. He mentioned it pairs lovely with a cup of Sarjesa Earl Grey tea.
Craft the perfect soak. There is a vast assortment of bath soaks, salts, and bombs available at terra20, so you’re sure to find one that suits your fancy. terra20's graphic designer, Liv, recommends Bathorium’s CRUSH Charcoal detox soak. Epsom salts and French sea salts relax your aching muscles while a skin softening coconut milk envelops your entire body. While you let your worries melt away listen to a juicy podcast. Liv loves True Crime. Once the episode has ended and your soak is complete massage a lotion or oil into your skin for added hydration. Might we suggest Birch Babe’s Warm Vanilla Body Oil.
Fifteen-minute facial. Young kids, online school, work, chores - finding yourself short on time? Keep things simple with a facial mask paired with a relaxing tea. Bojana, terra20’s inventory manager recommends Cocoon Apothecary’s Ancient Mud Mask. She adds, that not only does this mask feel amazing but it smells even better. The scent alone will put you in a great mood. If your mask is part of your night time routine pair it with Yogi’s Restful Sleep tea. Fun tip: Mail a facial mask to your best friend and pick a night to do them together and catch up over FaceTime.
Eucalyptus everything. If there was one scent to embody the spa experience it would have to be eucalyptus. Not only does the scent help promote relaxation, it may help relieve cold symptoms. When I spoke with Jewelle and Kayla, members of the management team at terra20 Pinecrest, they couldn’t say enough about this enchanting scent. Jewelle recommends keeping a eucalyptus plant in the bathroom to enhance your shower experience. And Kayla loves Buck Naked’s Eucalyptus and pink clay sugar scrub for a quick, spa-like moment.
Cut down on screen time. Among staff, this point was unanimous. The number one way to help relax is to put down the phone or tablet more often. This is especially true before bed. If you make it a rule to not be on your phone one to two hours before you go to bed chances are, you’ll have a more restful sleep. And who wouldn’t love better sleep?
- Night time skincare routine. Looking for a quick and easy relaxation routine you can successfully integrate into everyday life? A simple nighttime skincare routine might be for you. Kaylie, terra20’s corporate orders coordinator, cherishes her five-minutes before bed. Once you find a gentle cleanser and skin cream or night oil you love, it’s something to look forward to at the end of the day. Plus, when you wake up your skin will be glowing. Kaylie recommends Routine’s Golden Slumber Night Oil.
Have you found a relaxation routine that works for you? Or have a favourite DIY at home spa tip? We’d love to hear it. Share it in the comments below. Now, does anyone know where I can buy a eucalyptus plant?
About the Author
Erin is terra20's Marketing Coordinator. When she's not navigating the healthy living retail landscape she enjoys spending time in nature with her two dachshunds, archery, cultivating her vegetable garden and creative writing.