You are often the last priority on your to-do list.
We are often in a very fast-paced environment, whether that is at work, home, or out-and-about ruining errands. Technology is making us available and active 24/7 for 365 days (and don’t forget the +1 every leap year!). We are not told or even ‘allowed’ to make space in our days because of these ever-expanding demands on ourselves to keep up with the developments that are constantly growing faster.
Though moments of peace, contentment, and joy are required to lead a life filled with happiness. It is in those moments when we are able to reconnect with who we are, as well as the people and the world around us. Creating more time for yourself encourages your days to be rewarding rather than chaotic, keeping them to a rhythm that suits you and your needs.
Pure Thoughts was born from the fundamental need to rediscover the magic that comes from pausing for a while, giving you time to breathe and to understand what truly matters to you.
“We believe in finding pause; a few minutes to breathe deeply and still your mind”
– Pure Thoughts
In 2004 when co-founders Leanna and Michael move to a remote cottage in Derbyshire to lead a more holistic life. It was there that they found silence like no other. They began to realise how much purity there can be had from stillness, calm, and serenity amidst the daily routine.
Using slow unhurried methods to bring us natural products to use in order to reconnect with our mind, body, and spirit. Their ethos and concept are built on sustainability of both our wellbeing and that of the planet. Every product is 100% cruelty-free/vegan, and they contain no palm oil, parabens, SLS, or synthetic fragrances and colours.
I have been able to try out their Reconnect Ritual Kit to give you my own review on how beneficial using things like this can be. Having never done a ritual or purchased anything in relation to aromatherapy for the home, it was set to be a brand new experience for me from the start.
Here is what is included in the kit:
- Gratitude Meditation Candle
- Grapefruit and Lemon Natural Soap
- Grapefruit and Black Pepper Body Oil
- Lavender and Sweet Orange Bath Salts
First and foremost, I am a huge lover of candles. Scented or unscented candles add warmth to any room with a soft flickering glow that is both calming and soothing to your eyes and soul. The ‘Gratitude Meditation candle is made from soy wax which is slower at burning than mainstream waxes. The pure lemongrass in it is a light energising essential oil that helps to revitalise a tired mind and body. I used it during a slow-moving (yin) yoga practice and helped to clear my mind a little more to focus on being present.
Using both the grapefruit lemon soap and body oils when taking a shower have brought a lot of refreshing scents to the routine. The grapefruit and black pepper body oil has given my skin a boost in circulation as well as easing sore muscles after rubbing it into the tight muscles thanks to the black pepper. The grapefruit and lemon soap has a sweet and uplifting fragrance created through a unique blend of citrus oils; grapefruit, orange, and lemon.
“Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.”
– Ralph Marston
Not going to deny, getting myself to have a bath proved to be the trickiest and most challenging part of this entire ritual. I really do find it hard to allow myself the time to enjoy the pleasures of a bath every now and then. There is a lot of negative thinking around the idea as I believe it is ‘a waste of time’ and ‘I could be doing something far more productive’.
However, I eventually began to reason with my illogical and self-critical mindset towards it and made myself a bath using the lavender and sweet orange bath salts. Made up of mineral-rich salts (dead sea and Epsom) these salts are set to ease tension in sore muscles and the other main ingredients of lavender, orange, and rosemary help to restore peace, open the heart, and soothe the mind. It turned out to be a lot more pleasurable than I first anticipated. Once I found myself catching the aroma that was filling the room due to the burning candle and bath salts, I started to unwind and let myself relax.
Top Tips To Start Your Own Ritual
When I use the ritual here, I am not referring to deep-cleansing your aura, channeling spirits or a religious ceremony into your home (though if that suits you then go for it!). I am actually going off another dictionary definition of the word “A series of actions or type of behaviour regularly and invariably followed by someone.” To do something often creates a routine, and therefore can be seen as a ritual of your own creation.
I strongly believe that there is a lot of power and positivity in doing something for yourself regularly, as provides you with a chance to breathe in your own space, to establish where you are at and how to move forward with this knowledge. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about how to start your own ritual:
- Tidy your room – try to leave the place you come to rest a night as clean and organised as possible. Being in the where you sleep and wake-up is most enjoyed when you are not surrounded by clutter; ‘tidy room, tidy mind’
- Take care of your skin – begin each day by looking after your skin, replenish it with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and energised. Cleanse, moisturise or simply wash your face to awaken your skin and mind. Repeat at night too.
- Meditation – this word has a lot of connotations to it, but basically, meditation is whatever you desire it to be so long as it encourages you to become more in tune with your body and mind at that moment. Start by watching your breath rise and fall whilst seated comfortably. Taking just 5 or 10 mins for your day to channel into your breathing can make such a difference.
- Do Something You Love – whether that be walking in nature, reading a book, or taking a bath, make time to do what you love. Try to do it on your own to keep the practice as focused on yourself as possible, this is where you can become to get to know yourself on a greater level.