The Rituals Series: Ep. 01 Christie Wollenberg
Eym stands for Elevate your Mood, and was founded on the premise that it’s the little rituals that make life richer.
I have always been a big advocate for mental health. I suffered from panic attacks from the age of fifteen - a time when anxiety was not discussed so openly. What I learned during this time was that professional help and medication are essential, but small, daily rituals can also have an immensely calming and centering effect on your mood.
This is when my love of essential oils came about which led me into aromatherapy. Smell is scientifically proven to have a powerful effect on mood, and increasingly, I found essential oils had this gentle therapeutic effect on me. Evening’s tended to be my trickiest time, so I would add a few drops of lavender to a bath, or put some rose absolute into an oil burner, then dim the lights, light some candles and try to leave the busy, adrenaline-filled days at the door. It was symbolic of winding down.
Since then, hearing about other people's rituals has always fascinated me. I love hearing about people’s favorite little moments throughout the day. So I’ve asked some friends of Eym, to tell us theirs….
First up, Christie Wollenberg, co-founder of everybody's favourite jewellery company Otiumberg.
What is your die hard morning ritual?
As soon as I’m awake I splash my face with cold water, cleanse and moisturise. I can’t function without doing this first thing. I then open the curtains and let the light in.
How do you create moments of relaxation throughout the day?
My moment of relaxation is when I am putting my daughter to sleep. I have three kids, but my daughter Marni, needs me to lie next to her until she drifts off. It’s actual heaven and the only time in the day I force myself to be still and be in the moment.
What is key to your evening wind-down?
Dinner with my husband. A bath while I listen to a podcast (with my Eym candle lit!) followed by a good book.
If you had to pick one, what would be your desert island ritual and why
To wake up and go for a swim in the sea.