Just a few minutes can be enough to sleep better or give yourself the little boost you need. Simple and natural methods exist to help you relax at any time of day, and in any given place.
Relieve heavy legs in 2 minutes
Tamanu oil is an effective and natural solution for heavy legs. Coming from Tahiti, this oil – also known as Calophyllum Tacamahaca Seed Oil – can help your legs feel lighter, as it is rich in polyphenols, an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties that can help with blood circulation.
Instructions: Pour a little oil into the palm of your hand. Massage each leg for two minutes, using circular movements going from the ankles to the top of the thighs. Do the same thing from top to bottom in order to restore circulation.
Boost your mood in 3 minutes
Feeling a little blue? Is your morale suddenly low? To give yourself a boost in less than 3 minutes, prepare yourself a cup of decaffeinated 100% arabica coffee. When combined with magnesium and vitamin B6, this drink works as a real mood booster that will help you reduce stress, fatigue and irritability while improving your quality of sleep.
Instructions: Drink one cup of arabica decaf per day for a week, and start seeing the world through rose tinted glasses!
Reduce cramps in 5 minutes
Lavandin essential oil has muscle relaxing and analgesic properties which will relieve minor muscle cramps.
Instructions: To make the most of your lavendin essential oil, dilute 20 drops in 50 mls of vegetable oil (olive oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, etc.), which you apply to the cramp.
Relax in 7 minutes
Seven minute per day is enough to keep your attention focused on the present moment. And the good news is that the more you meditate, the more you notice the benefits for your body and mind. In fact, meditation produces serotonin and endorphins, which help us to feel more happy.
Instructions: Find a comfortable position, close your eyes and breathe gently to relax your body and mind.
Fall asleep in 8 minutes
If you find it hard to fall asleep, place a little device called Dowdow on your bedside table. It diffuses a blue light on the ceiling, producing luminous halo that gets bigger and smaller, to which you can synchronise your breathing. Conscious breathing can reduce the production of cortisol and noradrenaline in the brain, the hormones responsible for stress.
Instructions: Syncrhonise your breathing to the circle of light produced by the Dowdow. Breathe in when the beam gets larger, and breath out when it gets smaller. This helps you reduce the rate of your breathing from eleven breaths a minute to only around six. 8 minutes is generally enough to get you off to sleep!