Now more than ever, we’re recognizing the importance of self-care. Taking time out of your daily routine to listen to your thoughts and slow down may be just what you need to unwind.

Letting go of the troubles of everyday life doesn’t require a beach vacation or a lavish day spa. With a few meditation exercises and the aroma of calming essential oils, you can create a peaceful space where you can destress from the day.

Here are six simple ideas you can try today to help you relax and unwind.

Lavender, ever heard of it?

The scent of day spas, relaxing foot creams, and yoga studios, Lavender is the first aroma that comes to mind when it’s time to unwind. Why? Because the aroma promotes tranquility, creates calmness in restless environments, and can help clear the mind.

Here are some ways to create the at-home spa of your dreams with Lavender essential oil:

  • Tend to tired muscles by mixing V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex with a drop of Basil and massaging into shoulders.
  • Diffuse in the children’s rooms with an added drop of Vetiver before little ones settle down for the night.
  • Add a dose of calm to commutes with a drop or two in your Car Vent Diffuser.
  • Infuse your moisturizer with a few drops of Lavender for second-to-none skin benefits.

Take a journaling journey

Whether you need a safe space to vent or you think more clearly when your thoughts are put on paper, journaling can be cathartic. Many of us process events and emotions through pen and paper, so write it all down! Record the good, the bad, and everything in between. Make sure you include encouraging words to yourself—you deserve all the love.

YL tip: Place a drop of Bergamot or Patchouli on the page before you get started. Patchouli’s aroma inspires feelings of balance, and Bergamot has a calming scent to help you forget your stresses. Let the positivity guide your pen to paths of peace and resolve.