Banks Lyon Botanical Candle


I LOVE scented candles! 
I could just leave that there but instead I will explain why. 
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I have always loved scented candles, but during my recovery, scents became a really powerful grounding tool. Whenever someone visited I would generally have Patchouli, Lavender or Rose burning in my flat which would fill my home with the most beautiful smells.
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I found that my mind started to associate certain scents with being calm, so I began relaxing much easier while burning them. I loved using candles while in the bath or as a focus for meditation and I found that the more I practised engaging my senses, the calmer I began to feel. 
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I found it helpful to repeat affirmations or phrases when my mind wanted to chatter. I made sure to choose affirmations which really resonated with me, rather than ones that I felt were out of reach. When recovering from heightened anxiety, it would have felt inauthentic to say 'I am fantastic. Everything is perfect in this moment' but I could say, 'Things may not be how I want them to be right now, but they won't always be this way.'
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I sampled many candles for Soothe Box Company but Banks Lyon Botanical candles were my ultimate favourite. Even my boyfriend, who doesn't get the hype around scented candles, comments on how nice they smell. The candles come in Orange and Amber or Sweet Pea and Jasmine, both of which smell absolutely sublime and list benefits such as, mood-boosting and soothing nerves.
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Banks Lyon Botanical are a small independent company based in Manchester, they are vegan, cruelty-free, 100% natural and handmade in small batches. Being a small business, it makes me happy to support other small businesses, especially one as professional and lovely as this one.
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Each product comes with a 'Soothe Moment' card which encourages the owner to enjoy the products, using a combination of self-compassion and mindfulness, just as I did when I was unwell.  
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Acceptance is a really important part of the recovery process. By treating myself with self-compassion, I began to accept that I was unwell and needed looking after. It took time and patience but by using different activities to self-soothe, I slowed down and began taking steps towards my recovery.