Christmas can be a hectic time of year – from picking out last minute stocking fillers and planning festive feasts to squeezing in multiple festive get-togethers so it’s nice to take time out and treat yourself to a little me-time after the excitement of the big day has died down.
In the run up to the festive season The Centre looked after shoppers by offering free yoga, relaxation and meditation sessions and created an ambient space where shoppers enjoyed a yoga session with a professional yogi.
If you missed out on the sessions don’t worry as we’ve put together a round up of our favourite products guaranteed to help you relax and de-stress, all available from retailers in The Centre.
The simple art of colouring in is a fantastic way to reduce anxiety, aid relaxation, boost adult creativity and promote mindfulness. Why not pick up the beautiful Secret Garden colouring book from Ryman by Johanna Basford, whose work takes readers on an inky quest through an enchanted forest. £9.95
Choose to embrace positivity with a cute jar of happy thoughts, £12, from Debenhams. The pretty glass jar includes a host of positive mantras, wishes and suggestions on brightly colour sticks that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time you select one!
For a stylish way to incorporate inspirational quotes and positive thoughts into your home décor, look no further than the cute speech bubble light box, £25, from River Island. River Island also have mini keyring light boxes so your inspirational quotes can keep you mindful and motivated even when you’re on the go.
Organisation is the key to a calm mind - whether you schedule meetings and reminders on your phone or opt for the hot trend of bullet journaling. Why not go old school and keep on on top of daily and weekly tasks with handy organisational sticky notepads, £10, from Debenhams. The fun, colourful pads even include a cute procrastination list for items that you’re tempted to leave for another day!
The cosy Danish trend of hygge has become a worldwide phenomenon in recent years and it offers a wonderful antidote to all of the hustle and bustle of modern life. Surround yourself with soft lighting, cosy textures and comforting treats for a relaxing cocoon which is guaranteed to help you de-stress and enhance your well-being.
With the shorter days and longer nights of winter, there’s no better time to add the glow of candle light to your home with a stylish warm copper lantern, £25, from M&S. Why not curl up with textured throws and woollen blankets for a night on the sofa with a warming mug of hot chocolate and a good book? We love the soft faux fur throw from M&S for £55 - the natural shade will complement any décor and add a touch of luxe to your living room.
In order to create a space that’s conducive to relaxation, you need to consider all of your senses - cosy textures satisfy your sense of touch but having a calming fragrance in the air will also enhance your overall well-being. Satisfy your senses with Primark’s anti-stress spray with lavender, geranium and ylang-ylang. £1.50
Set the scene for a restorative night’s sleep with the Dr Organic Lavender Pillow Spray, £7.99, Holland & Barrett. With essential oils such as ylang-ylang, vetiver, patchouli, bergamot and Arabian jasmine, this spray helps to encourage deep sleep and a state of tranquillity - complete relaxation for the body and mind.
For an indulgent treat, why not walk through the doors of The Retreat Health & Beauty and be transported into a world of relaxation. Their experts can guide you through the vast range of treatments – we recommend their Inner Calm massage (£60 for 1 hour) or why not opt for their ishga Invigoration Full Body Massage (£55 for 55 minutes) which will leave you feeling wonderfully revived.
There’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a mini spa experience in the comfort of your own home - try Primark’s relaxing rose and peony scented massage oil for just £3.
A leisurely soak can be the perfect way to enjoy some heavenly me-time, so make it a luxurious one! Lush has a host of beautiful bath bombs with essential oils to suit every mood. We love their Luxury Lush Pud bath bomb for £4.50 - although it’s bright and vibrant, this bomb is packed full of calming lavender and warm tonka absolute. With ylang-ylang oil to lift your mood and warming benzoin resinoid to comfort, you’ll be dreaming of sugar plums in no time.
For a zingy, reviving bath why not try the Bubble T Moroccan Mint Bath Fizzer, £3, from River Island. Packed with antioxidant goodness and infused with sweet spearmint and white jasmine, the fragrance will take you on a therapeutic and reviving journey, clearing your mind and leaving you refreshed.
Getting closer to nature is a great way of generating calm vibes and promoting well-being. If long hill walks aren’t top of your list, why not bring the outdoors in and grow plants in your home. Debenhams have a cute set of herb pots for £12 which will not only get you close to nature but might give you a nudge to try a new recipe or two.
Finally for the ultimate cosy night in with nature, why not treat yourself to the David Attenborough DVD box set, £16, from Debenhams. Bask in the majesty of the natural world and feel your cares drift away with the unmistakeable, dulcet tones of the veteran naturalist.
Whichever option you choose this new year, relax in style with The Centre.
1: Yoga at The Centre
2: Secret Garden Colouring Book Ryman, £9.95
3: Jar of Happy Debenhams, £12
4: Speech Bubble Light Box River Island, £25
5: Organisational Sticky Notepad Debenhams, £10
6: Copper Lantern M&S, £25
7: Faux Fur Throw M&S, £55
8: Anti-stress Spray Primark, £1.50
9: Dr Organic Lavender Pillow Spray Holland & Barrett, £7.99
10: The Retreat Health & Beauty Price depends on treatment. Massages start from £35 for 30 minutes.
11: Massage Oil Primark, £3
12: Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb Lush, £4.50
13: Bubble T Bath Fizzer River Island, £3
14: Herb Pots Debenhams, £12
15: David Attenborough DVD box set Debenhams, £16
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