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Friday, 24 August 2018

Relaxation Month | 5 Subtle Ways To De-Stress Your Life

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It's my birthday!  You know what that means?  Cake.  Cake, cake and lots more cake.  But it also means I'm turning my attention to how I'd like the next year of my life to play out.  It's a fun process and one that usually helps open my eyes to just how much more life seems to improve with each and every passing year.  See, I told you it was a fun process!  Something I've been putting into practice this year is adding a sense of calm to my life.  We can get so caught up in working and rushing around at a hectic pace, that it's easy to lose track of our wellbeing - something I touched on briefly at the end of last year, when my health wasn't quite so fabulous.  So, with some help from The Grand York Hotel (a hotel super keen on providing comfort and relaxation) and a rather generous pamper hamper, I've been taking the time to both acknowledge August as the official Relaxation Month, as well as think of small, subtle and easy ways to help us all to de-stress over the next year of our lives...
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L I G H T   I T   U P !

Scents may not seem to have a huge bearing on our mood, but it's been proven time and time again what an impact they can have on us with regard to relaxation.  Typically, it's the flickering flame of a candle that can help to ease our minds, which also explains why burning incense can be equally calming.  Incense sticks encourage you to focus your mind on the rising smoke and as a result, help to steady your breathing.  Diffusers also get a big fat tick in my book of relaxation, but they're more of a longterm option, rather than immediate satisfaction.


T A K E   A   C H A N C E   ( O N   S E L F - H E L P   B O O K S )

Trust me, times have moved on since the days of dusty old books suggesting you tap the sides of your nose ten times each day for eternal happiness.  Nope, nope and nope again.  Some self-help books now offer genuine, life changing advice and often in the form of daily, bitesize chunks that feel more manageable by not interfering with your daily schedule.  In fact, quite the opposite; they became part of your routine for a healthy and calm mindset!
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D E E P  ,  D E E P  &  D E E P E R

We all know just how relaxing a massage can be, but it can be pretty hard to open up your purse and hand over the price of a bottle of perfume just to receive one, right?  I'd suggest asking those closest to you (such as your partner or family member) to try it out on you; nothing ventured, nothing gained, after all!  If that route isn't looking too hopeful, there are also plenty of massage rollers and tools to play around with on your back, or better yet invest in a massage chair.  Ooh!


' ' I   W A N T   T O   B R E A K   F R E E ' '

Well, if 'change is as good as a rest' then occasionally taking timeout and doing something completely out of the ordinary sounds like a very good idea.  Sometimes, we kid ourselves into believing we're stressed out and unhappy with a situation, when we're actually just in need of a break - a chance to take a step back and relaaaax.  My advice?  Book a staycation, go on a road trip, take a weekend course somewhere.  Anything that will help you to return to your routine with a fresh outlook.  Hello calmer, new and de-stressed version of you...


S H O U T   I T   O U T

This is a slightly more unusual one, but equally as effective, believe me.  Tension has a funny way of making us feel trapped in our own bodies and as a result, we grow even tenser until we feel like one giant bubble of stress.  Not cool, tension, not cool.  A quick fix?  Jump in your car or head out by train to somewhere remote (and safe) and sing as loud as you can at the very top of your lungs.  At the very least, you'll feel less wound up.  I love taking road trips and I'm convinced the terrible singing those at traffic lights have to endure from my car have helped in the long run.  Helped me, not them...
     
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I'm a firm believer you can never truly relax in the evenings without being curled up somewhere cosy in a fresh pair of pyjamas, and so this dreamy Victoria's Secret pyjama short set nestled in the pamper hamper from The Grand York has put a huge smile on my face!  I've no doubt it also comes as no surprise that I'm a massive candle addict, with a few of my faves being from Bahoma, The White Company and Pecksniffs.  'Autumn' by The White Company comprises pear, quince and amber and is the perfect scent to see you through to the new season.  One thing's for sure, this is definitely the way I like to round off Relaxation Month!
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As well as Relaxation Month, I'm on board for an entire lifetime of relaxation!  It's incredible just how many small and subtle ways we can help ourselves to de-stress, at any time of year.   Do you have any unusual ways of helping yourself to relax?  I'd love to hear your thoughts on the topic, let me know in the comments below!

Liked this post?  You might also enjoy >> Why It's Time To Let Yourself Shine!

With love,

Gabrielle x


Thanks to The Grand York Hotel for working with me on this post!

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  1. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a very relaxing but fun day!
    LaToya
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  2. Happy birthday - what self help books are you reading at the moment?

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    1. I've just finished reading Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers!

      Gabrielle x

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  3. Happy birthday! I think a relaxation month is a great ay to celebrate, and I'm a huge fan of scented candles too!


    Hope that you have a nice weekend ahead of you! It might be a quiet one here as we are supposed to get some much needed rain.

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  4. Okay, I'll just wish you a quick Happy Birthday again! That cake line is seriously giving me the Marie Antoinette vibes from the Kirsten Dunst movie! Have you seen it? It's one of my faves. Relaxation is so important to me in my life because I find with all the business of school and blogging, life can get hectic and time to just relax, put your feet up, and go out for lunch can sometimes seem harder than finishing an assignment. Setting up a mood and a routine is so important for me so for instance, I know that on the weekends I am going to take my time with thinks, move slowly, make myself a nice breakfast, and not worry about the time, what I have to do, or anything that is remotely unimportant. I hope you had a lovely and relaxing birthday and that this new year is filled with everything you hope for. Oh, that's right! I've been meaning to ask you where the name "A Glass of Ice" came from as the name for your blog? xx

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    1. Thanks so much gorgeous :) I have indeed seen Marie Antoinette and oh my GOSH what a gorgeous film - filled with dreamy visuals! Haha, I'm often asked about the origin of my blog name. To be honest, I chose it due to it being 'neutral', allowing me to change topics on my blog without it conflicting too much :) Have a fabulous weekend!

      Gabrielle x

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  5. Happy birthday gorgeous! I love your tips and I couldn't agree more! Scents & candles relax me so much. :)
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  7. Such a beautiful post, Gabrielle! My fave has got to be 'shout it out!', as I often love hopping in the car and just going for a drive, radio on blast with my favourite tunes, singing to the very top of my lungs. Totally does wonders to the soul! Happy birthday to you lovely girl! <3

    Kriselle xx
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  8. Massages are SO worth the money! I had one this week and it seriously reset EVERYTHING for me and I was a much happier person afterwards. Self help books are also great! There are so many good ones out there these days. As a teacher, I seriously prioritize taking care of myself because I have to show up EVERY day and be 100% on for my kiddos. The more I take care of myself and take the time to do what I need for that, the better teacher I end up being.
    Hope you had a WONDERFUL birthday girl. Eat ALL the cake!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

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  9. Hope you have a magical birthday!!!!! Love that pjs set. Distressing so important, I need to do it. Lol

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  10. Happy birthday lovely! Hope you have an amazing day :) xx

    Adventures in May | Miss Nev

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  11. Happy birthday Gabrielle!!!! I am obsessing over your photos!! You look so pretty in the pink pjs!

    Tina
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  12. Happy Birthday Gabrielle! I hope you had an amazing day xx Love the photos as usual!

    Chloe x
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  13. Happy birthday,we need to appreciate little moments ๐Ÿงก cool post and awesome photos ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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  14. Happy birthday, dear Gabrielle! I really love all of these tips, couldn't agree more! have a lovely day and enjoy the cake, cake and MORE cake! xx
    have a wonderful day!

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  15. bookmarking this for the tips! :) happy bday! :)

    xoxo, rae
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  16. Happy Birthday Hun I hope you had an amazing day! These photos are so gorgeous and I love all your tips - stunning post as always :) x

    Grace Louise || www.gracelouiseofficial.blogspot.co.uk/

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  17. Happy birthday darling! I wish you all the best, many blessings and lots of happiness in the years to come. Many many happy returns.

    How gorgeous are these photographs? I really love this pink set. The pink flats are so pretty. I do love the details on them. Amazing decor as well. This hotel seems like an ideal place to stay...perfect to relax. Speaking of which, I do like your tips on relaxation. I've been feeling super tense this week and I need to something about it.

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  18. Yes to all of these tips! It looks like you had the chance to relax in a beautiful hotel - definitely one of the best ways to recharge one's batteries :) Looking gorgeous, as always!

    Scent of Summer

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  19. Have a fab birthday, darling. And kudos on you for exploring ways to be the better version of yourself! x

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  20. Happy Birthday to you again Gabrielle and great advice here Gabrielle, it's so important to take time out for yourself, to sit back and truly embrace life. Working on your inner happiness allows you to not only be a happier healthier version of you, but allows you to live life fully and in turn make others you are around feel our inner happiness radiate.

    When you shine, the world shines with you :)

    Hope you had a great Birthday and see you soon!

    Laura xo
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  21. I am a huge advocate of singing at the top of my lungs as well as challenging myself to do something completely different to reset my mind.
    Happy Birthday, Gabrielle.

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

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  22. Oh my lord, I literally just wrote a mega long comment but then accidentally swiped to the left and it took me back to your homepage... fml. Basically, I said that I love every time I come back to visit your blog because it's this little luxury haven of its own, and I adore the way that you edit your photographs and write the text. Literally love it all. I also said something about how scents are perfect for lifting your mood and sending you into relaxation mode, and how taking a little staycation can literally change your entire aspect on your life at that point. Gorgeous post x

    Amy x wandering-everywhere.com

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  23. Love this post Gabrielle, I always feel a sense of calm just from being on your blog so it's nice to know that's something that really reflects your life too! I've started stretching every morning just for five/ten minutes and I'm honestly finding it the most relaxing way to start the day - just need to find someone to give me a massage now!
    Amy xx
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  24. Hope you had the best birthday Gabrielle! I completely agree, birthdays are a fantastic opportunity to reflect and we can all do with relaxing a bit! I've definitely come to love self-help books this year, there are so many subtle ones like How To Be a Grown Up that I love to listen to on audible!

    Musings & More

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  25. Happy belated birthday again babe!!! Such a nice post too and great way to start another year in your life. I love all of these ideas and I shall work more specifically with them all during fall. It truly is the best time to get a restart now! Xx

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  26. Happy belated birthday! I hope you had the best day celebrating it. And thank you for these amazing tips for de-stressing! Life gets hectic sometimes but it's always important to do what's best for ourselves. Self help books are such a great idea, and something I need to read more of. And yes to singing at the top of your lungs! I always like to go for a long car ride and sing along to music whenever I'm feeling a bit stressed, and it does wonders for my mood x

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  27. I love all the photos. Such a great post. <3

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  28. Soooo pretty as always !
    LOVE your shoes!!!
    Happy Monday! :D
    Olivia Poncelet <3
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  29. Happy birthday beautiful! I love everything about this post, from the stunning pictures to the lovely advice. I've been trying to get into self-help books lately, but to be honest there are so many of them that I don't even know where to start. Is there a specific title you'd recommend?

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    1. I've just finished reading Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers, although she also does a lovely pocket-size book with quick tips achieving confidence too, another great read!

      Gabrielle x

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  30. Happy belated birthday my cute friend, many many happy returns of the day. Wish you a lot of happiness and joy in your life. I loved everything in this post. You have given some amazing tips for relaxation. I need these tips. The hotel room's decor is fantastic and I love the pair of shoes you are wearing and the details on it. Love you sweetheart <3
    Have a nice day <3
    Kisses <3
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  31. self care is so important! Loved this post girl!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

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  32. Amazing photos and great post! I usually watch korean dramas and cry, it's my way to relax and remove all the bad emotions.

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  33. Happy Birthday!!

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  34. I had no idea it was relaxation month. But then again, I think I have subconsciously built into my mind, years ago, to just relax/ treat myself every now and again. Just like you I love my candles (I have one burning right now lol) Agreed, self help books have come a long way. I love your slippers and PJ set. You look cosy and that candle sounds lush : ) xo

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  35. Gab! I missed your blog <3 These photos are stunning!! Love ALL the details, good effort :)
    Self-help books were the best chance I ever took at evolving in life. I'm a proud collector and my 'to read' list keeps growing!!!


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  36. Looking at these photos made me feel relaxed already, I like your soft pink theme and the plush interiors, very cool and pleasing to the eyes. I also like staycations or mini holidays, the planning alone makes me feel excited and gives me enough reason why do I have to go to work.

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  37. Babe you look sooo gorgeous ! I love these pics, they look so chic and relaxing <3

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  38. As soon as I read 'take a chance' I just started singing a Mamma Mia song in my head, clearly I have a one track mind at the moment, haha. The older I get the more I appreciate self help books though, I think as long as they're coming from a personal standpoint and not a pushy one, I find them really enjoyable.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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  39. Happy birthday my beautiful Gabrielle. By the looks of this post, you had a great birthday and I'm happy to see that. Lovely shots here. Wishing you all the best till the next year. Ha!! Much love!

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  40. I can't get over how beautiful the photography in this post is. You are so stunning and what a gorgeous setting! These are all such excellent tips. I am trying to incorporate more candles into my daily life myself because I find them so soothing. Happy Birthday, I hope it has been an incredible one! I know you have an incredible year ahead!

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  41. Soooo gorgeous and glam! Such awesome tips babe! Happy rest of the summer!
    kisses
    xoBeckerman Girls

    www.BeckermanBlog.com

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  42. Happy birthday, Gabrielle! What beautiful photos...you've really captured how relaxing and luxurious it is to pamper yourself. This hotel looks stunning. As for relaxation tips, I love to relax by reading your blog! :)

    Angharad x
    welshandwonderful.com

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  43. I know this post is supposed to be about de-stressing but I just can't get over how fricking ADORABLE your place is!! You decorated it so spectacularly. I'm also dying over your pearl embellished flats. Beautiful!

    xox Kirsten // http://kirstenwendlandt.com/how-to-styling-your-glasses-this-fall/

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  44. Awesome photos! Happy Birthday by the way. Hope you're having a great time.

    You made me want to go out and get a massage after reading this post. Haha.

    Joy to the World

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  45. I love this post! The photos are beautiful, as well! Happy belated birthday! :)

    melissakacar.blogspot.com

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  46. Yes to everything you mentioned in here, Gabrielle! ANDDDDD Happy belated birthday! I really hope you were able to relax <3 Looking through your pictures made me feel so calm and happy lol. I love the gold and blush details! As always, it is a pleasure reading your new posts! you rock!

    -PerlaGiselle | iamperlita.com

    P.S. I will be hosting a giftcard give away on my Instagram page this week! Let’s follow each other!

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  47. Happy belated birthday Gabrielle! I usually have to take a week off every month for my mental health, but I guess I should give these subtle sweet ways to relax a try! It's funny how simple they sound, yet I never thought of trying these! I need to try massages and self help books especially, any recommendations on self-help books?
    Btw I must comment, I really LOVED the way the pictures are edited! What software or app do you use to edit pictures like this? Want to give my blog pictures a makeover!
    Wishing you an amazing week ahead!
    xx
    Ankita | Real Girl Talks
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    1. Hi Ankita! I've just finished reading Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers - I can definitely recommend that, it's had a huge impact on me, for sure!

      Oh thanks so much; I use Lightroom to edit my photos babe :)

      Gabrielle x

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  48. Happy birthday dear Gabrielle :-) Wish all your dreams will come true- so great post - I felt so relaxed reading them - I love books - it's good to switch off from the online world and enter deeper in the book world so relaxing xx

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  49. You look amazing! Love the post!
    Josipa.

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  50. I love to read your thoughts! Happy birthday beauty! Photos and home decor are amazing!

    Daniela
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  51. Thanks for spreading the message and bringing awareness :) You are such a lovely soul and we are grateful that we stumbled upon your post today!
    Wishing you a wonderful day

    xx

    With love and light ☀
    Patricia & Miguel
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  52. Such a great read you have here dear. And I couldn't agree more, especially on shouting out your feelings. Sometimes, the easiest way to unload the burden and relieve tension and stress is to actually shout it out. It may be odd, but its wonderfully effective. I haven't actually tried it, but I'll definitely take note of it. ha! Anyway, your photos are amazing as always dear!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  53. Happy birthday lovely! I couldn’t agree more that a birthday should always mean cake! Whether it’s my birthday or someone else’s, I’ll take any excuse, haha. I love a good candle or home fragrance, I was into incense for a while but haven’t really been burning any lately. But it definitely does lift my mood a little when my home smells nice.

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  54. Happy belated birthday Gabrielle! I hope you enjoyed a day as fabulous as you are! I'm all for as much relaxation as possible and you're right that there are many subtle ways to work it into our daily lives. I had the best laugh over a phone conversation with a friend just now and I feel so much more at ease. And I agree that one of the best ways to to shift our mood is through scent. I always have my diffuser or candles going and it's even better when I'm enjoying a nice, relaxing detox bath ;D

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  55. Happy Belated Birthday! I absolutely love this post and the photos are gorgeous! These ways to reduce stress are all so amazing...I want to try the one where you hop in your car and go somewhere remote to sing as loud as you can. I definitely need to do that! :)

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  56. Such a lovely post! Just discovered your blog - I LOVE it!

    Kisses from Germany!
    xxMaj-Britt
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  57. Happy belated birthday Gabrielle! I am a strong believer in candles and music and cooking! Some of the best and most relaxing things in life.

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  58. Thank you for all these tips! I always need to de-stress!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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  59. Happy belated birthday, girl! I can totally relate how relaxing VS jammies are. I have many of them and some are shirts and it makes me cozy and gives me a fruitful dreamy sleep. When I'm stressed, I exercise to release the bad energy and do a little yoga after. It helps a lot. :)

    Augustin Ra | Indie Spirit

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  60. Hello,

    Lovely !

    Sarah, http://www.sarahmodeee.fr/

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