As a print designer the first thing that drew me to Yawn are the adorable pattern designs that are featured on their products, it turns out that they are also very well made and super comfortable. Luckily Alice and I share similar values such as sustainability, eco friendly practices and great design so when I was very kindly sent a set of Cat Nap pyjamas I couldn't wait to share them with you. In collaboration with the lovely folk at Yawn here are my favorite ways to unwind...
I love tea, I love tea so so much. This fresh mint and ginger tea is amazing first thing in the morning to perk you up or after a meal to help with digestion. All you need to do it cut a few thin slices of ginger (I use three as I like my tea to be quite warming) and a few sprigs of fresh mint and add to your favorite mug. Pour over some water that has boiled and then cooled down slightly into the mug and enjoy! If you like things to be a little sweeter add some honey which is also fantastic if you're feeling a little under the weather thanks to its antibacterial properties.
Curl up in a comfy spot with a good book and relax. At the moment I'm reading The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham which was recommended to me by my friend Emma. The book is Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s and focusses on the beautiful but love-starved Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic. I'm really enjoying it, it's a perfect book for a bit of escapism and I'm planning on watching the film adaptation too.
Something that I love to do to relax and de-stress is to craft and make things. If you don't consider yourself very creative you may surprise yourself if you try your hand at simple craft projects. Its a shame to let those fun filled creative childhood pastimes stay in your childhood so do something creative today and see how you feel! There's no pressure just try and have fun, why not start with this super easy keyring...
Simply paint some wooden beads with nail varnish and string them onto two strips of leather, you don't even need paint for this project! I bought my beads from Etsy but craft and hobby stores will also sell them. Paint a few coats of contrasting nail varnish onto a few beads and cut two thin strips out of some scrap leather. Tie a knot at the ends of the leather and thread the beads on. Tie a knot at the top and one more further up to create a loop and the top of the keyring. Attach your keys and you're done!
If you feel like you need some extra help with relaxing your mind and body why not download some mindfulness apps? My favourites are Headspace and Calm. I love to meditate for about 10-15 minutes if I'm feeling extra stressed as it really does help clear your mind. If you give it a try you will notice a huge difference and your whole body will feel so much more relaxed.
Happy relaxing! And thanks so much to Alice and Tamara from Yawn for gifting me these beautiful PJs.