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5 February 2024 | 0 min read

How to find small moments of relief throughout the day

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Sunlight slipping through the curtains, the smell of freshly baked bread, the caress of a soft blanket. Life is full of these moments – pockets of calm that offer whispers of respite in an otherwise busy day.

Let’s face it, many of our days can prove to be as frantic as the last. Between work, kids, and looking after ourselves, there’s barely time to unwind and enjoy periods of rest.

And yet, we persevere – for ourselves, for others – and these moments of calm can be very handy when you feel the pressure start to mount.

We believe in the power of scent as a sanctuary for the soul. We blend every Charles Farris scented candle, in their hand-crafted vessels, to invite a much-needed pause into our daily lives; to simply inhale and exhale the weight of the world away.

Fortunately for everyone with busy lives, there are many more ways in which you can punctuate your day with tiny treasures for the mind. Let’s take a closer look, and forge a path towards self-care.

Gentle music to awaken the spirit

Much like scent, the power of music is a storied one when it comes to inviting calm, and it’s just as effective.

Be it your favourite songs or a curated playlist of jazz, soul, or classical, music is a great tool for centering and refreshing, no matter the time of day

Create a dedicated playlist and add pieces that resonate most with you. Explore sounds of nature, minimalist compositions, or instrumental recordings from around the world.

Mindful moments

When you find you’re needing it the most, take a moment to shift your focus inwards. Mindfulness is a way to observe your thoughts and sensations without judgement, another powerful guide for guiding yourself in the present moment.

Bring attention to your breath: feel the cool air in your nostrils as it travels down to the chest. Release any tension with your exhale, alongside any worry or anxiety.

Continue to explore these sensations in your body: notice the weight of your feet on the floor, the gentle touch of your clothes on your skin. Wiggle your toes, stretch your arms, and be aware of the physical space that you currently occupy.

Most importantly to note – there are no rules when it comes to mindfulness. Simply be present with mind and body, without getting caught in judgement and thought. If your mind wanders, guide it back with breath.

If you find you’re really struggling, use the flicker and the fragrance of a scented candle to centre your senses and start again.

Floral scents are great for realigning your body and soul through the power of scent. Consider Charles Farris’ Garden of Eden for a great jumping off point into the world of mindfulness and meditation.

Reconnect with the outdoors

Sometimes, the chaos of daily life can leave us feeling disconnected from our own senses. Reconnecting with nature is a potent antidote, offering a grounding presence and a source of endless calm.

Step into the sunlight, feel the warmth on your skin and the gentle breeze against your face. Sunlight not only boosts mood, but also regulates sleep for better sleep later in the night.

Seek out green spaces. Whether it’s a park, forest, or even a tiny balcony garden, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature. The rustle of leaves, the chirping of birds, the earthy scent of damp soil – these natural symphonies have a profound ability to quiet the mind and soothe the soul.

Feel the rain on your face, the wind in your hair, the cool grass beneath your feet. Each experience connects you to the present moment and brings you closer to a state of peaceful awareness.

Find solace with scent and Charles Farris

And for scented candles that embrace the relieving power of nature to transform any mood, consider Charles Farris luxury scented products. With nearly 200 years of craftsmanship behind each candle and diffuser, there is a scent out there for everyone, each made in proud tribute to the rich British history on which they were made.

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