After moving to Dubai, I have been experiencing some trouble sleeping at night. Be it the change itself, the lifestyle, the pace of the city itself… I still do not know.
That’s why I decided to invest some time in putting together a pre-sleep ritual I try to adhere to every evening. I try to end the day listening to soothing music or reading an inspirational and calming book. The body likes routine so I aim to be in bed no later than ten ready for sleep. Just before bed, when all other preparations are finished, my practise involve these four steps:
- conscious breathing exercises (10 min)
- stretching to release stagnant energy and recalibrate the flow of energy in the body (5 min)
- seated “cleansing” meditation (10 min)
- legs up the wall (10 min)
Then I get into bed and give myself the bare minimum of 8 hours before the alarm goes off.
My Dubai Essential
Creating a relaxing atmosphere definitely helps me to relax and sleep. My “little helper”: MR FOX LAVANDER essential oil. Mr Fox is an independent niche company that creates with passion a range of Fantastic, Magic & Organic products, handmade and 100% natural, for the skin, hair, body & mind.
The Latin name of lavender is Lavare, which means “to wash”, due to its particularly clean aroma. Today, lavender is the most used essential oil in the world: it has a sweet, floral aroma that is calming, relaxing and balancing – physically and emotionally. Lavender oil benefits include its ability to regulate the nervous system, promote sleep, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp & the skin, help acne & psoriasis, enhance blood circulation, heal wounds and treat respiratory problems. Because it’s the most versatile of all essential oils, is a “must have” for the home!
I focused myself a lot lately on essential oils, after having discovered dōTERRA products. But this topic deserves a whole dedicated chapter, and all your attention. Stay tuned for more!