We’re always “switched on” nowadays, plugged into a constantly moving digital world, attached to busy schedules, with work emails that ping straight into our pockets. It can be hard to switch-off when everything is so accessible – when we’re so reachable. So how can we find balance in our day-to-day?
For over a year now, many of us have adjusted to working from home, with the line between our work-hours and down-time becoming even blurrier.
Here at Osmology we believe in the importance of unwinding after a busy day and finding ways to ground yourself in the midst of chaotic schedules. In this post you’ll find some of our favourite ways to encourage balance in the day, including some words of advice from Matthew Spade on the small habits he implements to create harmony.
We’re constantly inspired by his interior shots, thoughtful approach to fashion, and beautiful photography. As someone who works for himself, he’s very familiar with how important it is to find balance in your busy schedule.
It may sound simple, and you’re probably hearing it a lot, but setting boundaries and upholding them can be one of the most powerful ways to take back control of your day. Especially for individuals who run their own businesses, work from home, or are responsible for various clients and their needs – it can be hard to set boundaries when you feel anything could be urgent.
A good place to start would be to set an automated email response for anything that hits your inbox out-of-hours. Electing to not respond to emails or calls outside of your work time can feel a little rebellious at first, but you’ll soon find people adjust their expectations and give you the time and space needed.
As Matthew says: “With the nature of my job, a work/life balance tends to blur into one; there’s always going to be a big cross over when you turn a passion into a job, so I’m very aware of this and try to set myself certain boundaries, from both a wellbeing and security point of view.
But on the positive side, I have turned what I love into doing something which I do for a job, and make a living out of. This is balanced with keeping fit and healthy; as both exercise and diet are very important to me, and being outside as much as possible. We live really close to a beautiful park, and the beach is only an 8-minute drive, so I would count our situation very fortunate.”
Get out of your head
Ending or starting your workday by doing something physical can help you to get out of your head and focus on your body instead. Sweat it out with a run, or do some gentle yoga in your living room – whatever it is that activates your body and releases the mind.
Exercise is known to improve your wellbeing, reducing anxiety, depression, and negative moods. Not only will you physically feel better, but it can also have the added benefit of improving your cognitive function and mental outlook. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, instead of sitting and dwelling on things causing you stress, pop on some exercise gear and get out of the house, even if it’s just for a walk around the block.
Find ways to unwind after work
Whether it’s a bubble bath, Headspace meditation, following along to an episode of Yoga with Adrienne, cooking a hearty healthy meal or pouring yourself a glass of wine, there are many ways to loosen up after work. Actively taking the time to unwind after a busy day is crucial to maintaining balance in your life.
As Matthew says on the topic of unwinding after a busy day: “I take great escapism from tv and film; true and fictional crime shows, mysteries, teen dramas, dystopian stories, but also comedy. In my eyes, Seinfeld is the greatest comedy of all time. I’m also a huge pro-wrestling fan, and that passion is one of the things that brings me great balance and joy in life. Never be ashamed of something you love, regardless of how unusual it may sound to others.
Craft beer is also a great love of mine. It’s a community I’ve found myself in, from taking a keen interest over the past few years. I have missed visiting breweries and taprooms over the last 14 months, but I look forward to the day everything feels good again.”
Create a balanced life one candle at a time
Candles in and of themselves won’t miraculously turn a crazy life into a calm one, but they can be a thoughtful and intentional step.
Taking time out of your day to turn off your devices, light some candles, and find a playlist that makes you feel at peace are small yet soothing self-care steps that help create a balanced life.
Choose fragrances with stress-reducing properties like Sage, Cedar and Lavender to create a peaceful atmosphere in which to reconnect with yourself.
Create a space to unwind in, selecting the items that will aid you and your body into a state of rest. We’d recommend And Relax Scented Candle by Aery, designed to help you relax (as the name suggests), with a tranquil, uplifting sanctuary of lemongrass, cedar and patchouli. There’s also the aptly titled Rest Scented Candle by Eym, which will help you reconnect with yourself and destress after any hectic day.
Or, light a smokey candle for the at-home fire feel, such as Smoke & Musk Scented Candle by Earl of East, and sip a herbal tea while enjoying the aroma.
Moments without technology, enjoying calming fragrances, undertaking thoughtful activities to create a balanced life, taking time to enjoy the things you love, from trash TV to early morning exercise, life is not for rushing through. It’s for enjoying, for slowing down, and maybe even for lighting a favourite candle.
We’ve selected some of our favourite scented candles to help the transition from workday to downtime below.