Who in Hong Kong doesn't need a little time-out these days? Stress is as common as air and typically, time at home is rare due to a parade of social and work obligations that, while enriching, are draining on the body. In times such as these, a little R&R at home can do a world of good, and we have compiled our list of home essentials to make sure your abode is an oasis of calm.
Set the Scene
Is your home as comfortable as it could be? You should feel an overwhelming sense of peace and happiness when you walk into your house. Aromatherapy is one easy way to reset your mind, and we love Rituals Green Cardamom Fragrance Sticks, which add a breath of freshness to the air 24/7; and if you know you're going to be home for a while, light a candle to strengthen the zen atmosphere – we suggest something intense and satisfying, such as Penhaligons Neroli Tea, which uses soy wax for cleaner air quality and perfumes the surroundings with neroli, orange blossom and jasmine.
Now is a great time to take a long bubble bath or shower and indulge in some self care that might normally be neglected. All-natural brand Herbivore Botanicals has a Calm-themed packet of Ylang Ylang + Vanilla Dead Sea Soaking Salts, or if you prefer something a little more invigorating, Frank Body has a Peppermint Coffee Scrub that will wake the body up. Both are available at Sephora.
Sometimes, before you get relaxed, you have to tire yourself out. And even if you're skipping the gym, you can make sure the body gets some activity with a little home workout. Pick up stylish yoga mats and foam rollers from Lululemon, then get on Youtube and pick your favourite genre of exercise, followed by a wind-down with a nice stretch and release.
Read a book! Head to Bookazine's Facebook page for its weekly recommendations ( https://www.facebook.com/bookazinehk/). AV Life or Apple can assist if you need to upgrade your home-entertainment suite, and then all you need is to snuggle up in your robe or under a throw – you can't go wrong with Oyuna's cashmere blankets, available at Lane Crawford – and then it's up to you to let your mind wander free.