In partnership with our friends at Miami Cocktail Company
The power of positivity has some powerful benefits for our general wellbeing. And happiness, as they say, is contagious. In this three-part series, we partnered with the Miami Cocktail Company to find out what it means to have hope, what makes our lives meaningful, and how we can find and embrace the joy in and around us.
While most of us can agree that December usually feels like a sprint that you might miss, this year might feel a little different when you get in the holiday mood. Instead of the Christmas party scene with the white elephants and secret Santas and the trays of tiny food passing by, we’re looking forward to a season that is really about slowing down, going neutral and the bliss of being at home, to rediscover. So we loosen up into the season.
We almost made it to 2020, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned after this year, it’s to simplify almost everything. Keep up the hassle free atmosphere with perfectly mixed cocktails in a can. We love the Miami Cocktail Company’s line of organic artisans. They come in handy when you want a delicious drink but don’t have a stocked home bar or expert bartender. If you have a small crew for a socially distant slope, they are great for a contactless bar – just shake it and pour it over ice for the fastest, tastiest margaritas with lime and agave, sangrias mixed with pineapple and mangoes get and bubbly splashes with low ABV.
SIP IT UP
Now that you spend less time with bartenders and more time to relax, you want something nice to enjoy your cocktail with. These crystal straws are a great gift and fun too: the crystals slide onto the reusable straw, and smoky quartz is said to encourage grounding energy and reinforce good intentions. We think they’re really pretty (and good for the environment).
Fun fact: this earthy, grounding candle used to be a winter scent, but we’ve made it part of the permanent rotation – because who doesn’t love the aroma of a woody, crackling fire? a cypress grove by the sea; and a centuries-old European chapel with hints of frankincense, clove oil, red cedar and labdanum. It smells of smoke and snow and the different elements were chosen for their mystical and meditative properties.
Dip it in
Our recipe for the perfect bath is simple: fill the tub with the hottest water you can stand, dim the lights, grab a drink and book (or bring up something on your tablet), then add soak a scoop of this wonderful bathroom. The martini is designed for a spa experience that aims to calm the mind, relax the body, and rejuvenate the inside
You’ll want to make enough of these peppermint truffles for friends and yourself. For this Christmas version of our classic chocolate truffles from It’s All Easy, we’ve swapped the chia seeds for candy canes and the date syrup for maple.
SET YOUR MIND
If you have a ruminating, troubled mind, simply stopping to focus on your breath can bring clarity and redirect your feelings. However, you don’t have to immerse yourself in a full work of breath to benefit from the power of breathing. If you’re feeling stressed out, try this simple, tech-free mindfulness tool: take a deep breath through your nose, pause, then exhale gently through the chain for eight to ten seconds. The mouthpiece, which is inspired by the flutes of the ancient Japanese monks, forces you to take long, purposeful breaths.
Feel the jaw
If you want to add something festive to your diffuser, our Senior Director of Research and Science, Gerda Endemann, describes Vitruvi Grove’s essential oil blend as “the most wonderful scent of pine”. It is a mixture of cedar, pine, spruce and fir, so it is barely a second after swimming in the forest and is reminiscent of hikes and campfires in the great outdoors.
According to Brené Brown, joyful people have one thing in common: They practice gratitude. And there is also research showing that gratitude can promote happiness, increase resilience, help people be less afraid, and improve people’s quality of life. Turn that humble Christmas card into an act of thanks this year and let the people in your life know why you are grateful for them. And then, in your own diary, think about all the things you enjoyed this year, even in the smallest ways. Gratitude is like exercise: the more you do, the more benefit you get from it.