You’ve got five assignments to complete by midday, your supervisors and managers are asking you why you haven’t completed them already, and you’ve just remembered there’s nothing in your fridge for dinner when you (eventually) get home. And it’s only Tuesday – aka the worst day of the working week. Sound familiar? Yup *sticks hand up sharply*. The end of the work week couldn’t come fast enough, right? I hear you.
I’ve mentioned countless times how I often prefer a cozy night in to a super busy night out come the weekend, and in many instances my weekend afternoons (and weeknights, for that matter) are the perfect time for me to relax and shake off the every-day stressors of working (and non-working) life.
Set the Mood
Molton Brown’s new range of home fragrances have been keeping me perfectly zen for the afternoons when I’m working on my laptop (or watching Netflix. Often the latter). I’ve kept the ylang-ylang aroma reed diffuser circulating around the clock to make sure my room constantly smells . It comes with eight reeds so you can alternate the strength of the aroma according to the size of your space and/or your personal preference – I use four reeds for a light floral yet subtly spicy scent, which I love.
Candles have become a new room staple of mine, so when it’s later in the evening and I’m trying to wind down (whether after a day of work or at the weekend), I like to light a few candles for a few hours just before bed. My current favourites are the Ylang-Ylang single wick scented candle from Molton Brown, Benjoin candle from Diptyque Paris, and Neroli and Mimosa scented candle from Oliver Bonas. And when I feel like my room needs a little extra scent when I’m not burning candles or whatever else, I’ll spray a bit of Molton Brown’s ylang-ylang home and linen mist in the air and on my curtains for instant sweetness.
I’ve been using the Headspace app recently to clear my head after work. I’d been talking about trying meditation for the longest time, and after finally downloading the app a few weeks ago it’s become one of my favourite ways to wind down . The first ten sessions, each lasting ten minutes, are completely free to use forever (even after you’ve completed all of them), and once you’ve listened to them all you can subscribe to sessions catering specifically to health, career, relationships and more.
I’m on the fifth session as I don’t use it every single day, but I’ll definitely think about a subscription once I’ve been through the first ten sessions a few times.
Craft the perfect playlist
If total peace and quiet isn’t necessarily your thing, make up a playlist of your favourite chill-out tracks.
The following are 15 tracks/playlists that I’ll almost always play when I want to wind down:
- Nao – “Bad Blood”
- Alex Isley – “Don’t Do”
- Lianne La Havas – “Lost & Found”
- Tink x Kelela – “Want It”
- Alina Baraz x Galimatias – “Make You Feel”
- Kelela – “A Lie”
- Soulection – Radio Show #223 (playlist)
- S G Lewis – “Warm”
- Jeremih – “773 Love” (Cyril Hahn 4am Bootleg)
- Erykah Badu – “Out My Mind, Just In Time”
- Kelela – “Enemy” (remix w/Tosin Abasi)
- Elhae – “Drive Me Crazy”
- The Internet – “Penthouse Cloud”
- Laura Mvula – “Father Father”
- Sam Smith – “Nirvana”
BONUS: Treat Yourself
Did you know that all Molton Brown stores offer free hand massages to visitors? If you’re based in London, you can check out branches near Covent Garden, Fenchurch Street and Broad Street.