The holidays are a stressful time of year. Even for those of us who absolutely love the holidays, there is so much to do, finances to think about, people’s feelings to consider, and the stresses mount. This year, especially, stress and anxiety is filling the holiday season for many of us.
With London sitting in the red zone and the 28 day lockdown approaching, taking care of your mental health and managing your stress levels is of the utmost importance. Luckily, London is full of incredible local businesses that have products that can help with that. Check out this list of the best local products to help you melt away the holiday stress.
Stock up on these stress-busting products and take care. We can get through this, London. We’ve got this.
BATH PRODUCTS @ LUNAH LIFE
Is there anything more effective for melting away stress than sinking into a hot bath and soaking away your worries? I don’t think so. Add in a bath bomb, salts, or a soak mix, and you’ve got yourself the perfect remedy to holiday stress. Give yourself permission to have that me-time and let the aromatherapy and hot water work away your anxieties. You’ll come out of the bath feeling like a whole new, and super soft, person.
Check out Lunah Life for handmade bath products that are created with all natural ingredients that are good for the body and mind. Essential oils, and herbs are carefully chosen to ensure your bath time is as relaxing and calming as possible. Check out their GemStone Bath Bombs and their Botanical Bath Soak.
RELAXING TEA @ TEA HAUSE
There is nothing quite like sipping a hot cup of tea to help your stresses melt away. Tea is something we reach for when it’s cold and dark out and we need a little warmth and comfort. It’s what we turn to when we have to swallow bad news or have hard conversations. Tea is always there to warm us up from the inside out.
Many tea blends are made specifically with calming and relaxing properties to help you de-stress and re-center. Check out the Tea Haus, which offers free delivery in London on any orders over $20. They offer a vast selection of teas and are friendly and helpful if you need a little guidance. Check out their relaxation blend and their chamomile tea to help you unwind at the end of a long day. Or, if you’re having trouble sleeping, check out Goodnight Irene, which contains the potent ingredient, valerian root.
LIGHT YOURSELF SOME RELAXATION @ MOOD & CO.
Candles are a great way to set the stage for a relaxing evening. They can fill the room with lovely scents and cast a soft glow, creating ambience. If you’re feeling stressed and anxious, try lighting some candles that have scents that you find particularly relaxing or comforting.
Mood and Co is a candle company that creates unique scents for your home. They’ve collaborated with many other local London businesses. May we suggest the Purdy Little Fire candle, which has sage, orange, and lavender essential oils and is perfect for relaxing. Or, try out the Motif Cannabis “Indi-candle”, which was inspired by the relaxing and sedative effects of Indica strains of blackberry kush.
Mood & Co can also be found with all of your favourite local businesses at Shop Locorum, where locals support local.
INDULGE IN CHOCOLATE @ FORRAT'S CHOCOLATES
There is a good reason why we turn to chocolate when life gets to be too overwhelming. Studies have shown that chocolate can actually lower stress levels. Plus, indulging in something really delicious can help to release dopamine in your brain, which helps to make you feel good.
If you’re looking for delicious chocolate to help melt away your stresses, look no further than Forrat’s Chocolates. Forrat’s chocolates are made with fresh, high-quality ingredients and are handcrafted. You’re not going to come across preservatives or artificial flavours at Forrats. All you get is natural ingredients like milk, cocoa butter, and cocoa beans. They specialize in handcrafted European truffles, so make sure to order yourself at least one or two.
SIGNATURE ESSENTIAL OIL BLENDS @ PURDY NATURAL
Essential oil bends are a great way to de-stress, and help to take care of some of the physical sides of stress, like headaches and tension. Some are even helpful for promoting restful sleep. Apply the essential oil blends to your body, inhale the beautiful scents and feel the stress drip away from your body and mind.
Purdy Natural has these essential oil blends as well as these Oaza blends. Because Purdy Natural believes that the best thing for our bodies is to use natural ingredients that come from the Earth, you can rest assured that everything you purchase from purdy’s is the best that Mother Nature has to offer. Everything they offer is made from scratch with high-quality ingredients and is always made with love.
Find Purdy Natural with all of your favourite local brands at Shop Locorum.
SAVOUR A WINTER COLD ONE @ ANDERSONS
Netflix and Chill-ed beer anyone? Treat yourself to a delicious new craft beer as a way to put your anxieties aside and be present in the moment. Enjoy every new note and flavour as you taste a seasonal brew that you’ve never tried before.
Andersons is a family owned and operated business that makes award-winning, delicious beer. Their core line up is loved by many, and every season they release new beers for you to experience! Plus, you can easily order your beer online and have it delivered to your door. If you love surprises, try out their Mystery Mixer where they’ll send you six unique, surprise beers!
If you’re looking for some de-stressing time with friends, why not grab an Anderson’s gift card to send to a buddy and set up a virtual beer and chat session to catch up?
RECENTER YOUR BODY AND MIND @ EVOLATION YOGA
Namaste. Yoga is great for mind, body, and soul. Help yourself let go of your stress as you breathe and move with intention while also strengthening your core. Treating yourself to Yoga can really help to refocus your mind and body and help you to move from feeling stressed to feeling calm and relaxed.
Check out Evolation Yoga London. They offer Zoom classes, so that you can achieve inner peace and strengthen your body in the comfort of your own home!
Remember to take the time to care for yourself throughout the holiday season and through the upcoming weeks. Whenever possible, #supportlocal, because every time you do, you’re supporting a fellow Londoner and you put a smile on someone’s face.
Remember that you can find your favourite local London shops at Shop Locorum. You can buy from as many local businesses as you want under one virtual roof and just pay one,flat shipping rate, no matter how many different places you’re buying from. Also, once your orders are fulfilled, your order will be shipped right to your front door within 48 hours!
Plus, when you shop at Shop Locorum and support local, you’ll make money to spend on your favourite Local products! You can learn more about that here.