National Wellness Month: How To Unwind And Relax

August is National Wellness Month, and with wellness now being less of a trend and more a way of life, we wanted to share some of our tips and our favourite wellness-inspired products to help you unwind.

National Wellness Month is all about actively reminding us to make time to take care of ourselves for a whole month. Although the words ‘self-care’ and ‘wellness’ are topics of conversation more than ever before, it’s still difficult to carve time out of our busy schedules to actively put these things into place. Having an entire month dedicated to wellness means it doesn’t have to take a backseat, and we can try to incorporate little bits of wellness into our lives each day, no matter how big or small.

Here are five things to remember during National Wellness Month to focus on self-care and stress management, so that it becomes something you can implement in your life, all year round.

Wellness is different for everyone
For some, it might be bubble baths, books and cups of tea, or watching a film and enjoying some much-needed ‘me’ time. For others, it might be ticking things off your to-do list and then enjoying dinner with a friend, or heading to the gym for a class. There’s no ‘one size fits all’ with wellness, and what works for some people may not work for others. That’s why it’s important to think about what YOU need to do to take care of yourself. What, specifically, does self-care look like for you? That’s how you determine what to focus on during National Wellness Month (and after it!)

Wellness isn’t about big changes
Although there are some elements of wellness that can seem quite grand, expensive or life-changing, like getting a wellness coach, getting regular massages or having a strict bedtime of 10pm every night, wellness can be much smaller and manageable. Promoting a healthier, more balanced routine can include things like making a conscious effort to drink more water through-out the day or committing to an exercise class or an outdoor walk once a week. You don’t have to commit to an annual membership at your local yoga studio, but you can commit to one class. Don’t feel as though you have to overhaul your entire life to incorporate wellness into it – it’s meant to help you manage stress, not add to it.

Less screen time 
There are so many things you can do with your time instead of spending it looking at a screen. One of the great things about National Wellness Month is that it’s in the summer, which means it’s the perfect time of year to go for walks, be outdoors and enjoy nature. It’s been proven that spending time in nature helps to reduce feelings of stress or anger, and improves your mood. Other things you can do instead of being in front of a screen are:

  1. Catching up with friends
  2. Exercising
  3. Cooking
  4. Reading
  5. Meditating

Slow down and breathe
It can often feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get things done and that every hour passes us by. That’s where the art of mindfulness comes in. Both mindfulness and meditation have become much more mainstream and popular in recent years, and taking time to slow down and be present is known to release stress. Making an effort to practice meditation or deep breathing can take just 5 or 10 minutes out of your day, but make a huge difference by helping to release tension and encouraging us to be more present in the moment.

Self-care is sometimes as simple as getting stuff done 
Although National Wellness Month is definitely a time to create good lifestyle habits and focus on healthy routines, it’s also important to remember that sometimes self-care is about doing what needs to be done. Taking care of yourself can look like getting through a load of work that you’ve been procrastinating over, or checking things off of your to-do list that you keep putting off. In the end, not working through things can leave you feeling more overwhelmed and stressed out in the long run. Part of taking care of yourself is acknowledging these responsibilities.

Self-care isn’t selfish or self-indulgent. It’s not a bad thing to take time out to unwind and reset. It’s necessary. Hopefully this month will show you how much of a difference these small habits can make, and you can incorporate little bits of wellness into your life all year round. There are so many things you can do to unwind, and sometimes a nice, chilled evening is just what you need. We’ve put together some of our favourite self-care products to enjoy during National Wellness Month. Treat yourself to things that make you feel relaxed and allow you to really switch off.

Fikkers warming muscle rub on Bookblock

Warming Muscle Rub: Fikkerts
This muscle rub is perfect for an all-over warming massage. Made using carefully selected essential oils, they’ve been blended together with natural moisturisers to create a non-oily rub that’s easy to apply. It leaves skin feeling smooth and rehydrated.

LA: Bruket grapefruit hand cream on Bookblock

No 195 Grapefruit Hand Cream: L:A Bruket
This hand cream by L:A Bruket is delicately scented with Grapefruit Leaf and Lavender Essential Oils, and paired with Shea Butter and Coconut Oil. It provides intense nourishment and hydration, without leaving behind any greasy residue and it works to replenish and rejuvenate dry skin.

Wild Rose Bath Blaster: Bomb Cosmetics
This floral bath bomb by Bomb Cosmetics is made with Rose & Geranium Essential Oils. Just place in warm water, and it’ll make bath time relaxing and totally serene as the fragrance and essential oils release.

Sabadi health chocolate on Bookblock

Cold Pressed Organic Chocolate: Sabadi
A healthy snack? A healthy snack… with chocolate? We’ve found it! This cold-pressed organic chocolate is rich and indulgent, made with bee pollen, pomegranate extract and acerola. Both vegan and gluten-free, it’s a great option if you’re a self-professed chocoholic, looking for something healthy.

Umu Tsumu tea on Bookblock

Tsumu Tea: Umu 
This Tsumu Tea by Japanese tea makers Umu is not only beautifully packaged, it’s also expertly crafted and delicious. Made in Japan, this fragrant mix hails from Sayama and has a heady natural aroma and a crisp, clean taste. Perfect for unwinding.