There are certain items that simply have a feelgood factor about them. Items that I reach for (almost) daily and that make my life just a touch sweeter. These items are not miracles or must-haves or anything revolutionary, but purely items that sprinkle a little happiness into my life. That is why I wanted to share these items with you today. I won’t make any promises that your life will change for good with these items, as some bloggers might have us believe. But I do believe these items can nonetheless provide a little comfort on dark and rainy days.
1. Acupressure mat
As I mentioned in this ‘week in the life’ post, I received an acupressure mat for Christmas. An acupressure mat is a mat with little spikes on it, not unlike a less scary version of a bed of nails. It is supposed to help with back aches and sleep. Whereas I wasn’t too sure about the effects a few weeks ago, I can now say I sleep a lot better on nights I do a little meditation on my acupressure mat before bed. Of course, the meditation will help as well, but I like the added element of the acupressure mat to destress my muscles.
2. Gua Sha
Ah, how I love gua sha! Of all the items in this list, this one might be the most revolutionary. I have been using my gua sha tool for over six months now. Gua sha is basically an ancient Chinese massage technique that uses a stone tool to apply pressure to the skin. There are loads of excellent tutorials to teach you a simple massage routine for your face. Gua sha is supposed to help with the firmness of the skin and therefore work to prevent wrinkles. For me the main benefit has been the release of tension headaches. I tend to get mild headaches from staring at a screen all day at work and loosening my facial muscles with gua sha completely gets rid of them. (Slightly) life-changing!
3. Weighted Eye Mask
My old yoga studio used to have these weighted eye masks that you could put on your eyes during
4. Yoga Spray
This is another item I got inspired to buy by my yoga studio. The teachers at the studio always set the mood of the practice with a nice fragrant yoga spray. Spraying this in my own house before yoga helps me get into the right mindset for the practice. But I also spray the scent before any other mindfulness activities, such as meditation, journaling or even before I cosy up on the couch to watch a movie. Having the room smell relaxing instantly makes me feel more relaxed.
5. The 6 Minute Journal
I have had this journal for only a few weeks (another item I received for Christmas). The 6-minute journal asks you to write down three things you are grateful for in the morning and three things that went well that day in the evening. To be honest, I didn’t like using the journal at first, because I was trying too hard to stick to a daily habit. Once I let go of the need to use the journal every day, I now enjoy to focus on some gratitude in my life every few days.
Do you have any good wellness items?