As temperatures start to drop and dark evenings draw in, it’s safe to say that my motivation to do just about anything has hit rock bottom. While post-work activities were abundant during warm summer evenings, as soon as autumn hit, I started spending my weekday afternoons battling energy slumps and counting down the minutes until it’s deemed acceptable to go to bed.
It’s true that summoning the energy to do anything at this time of year can be tricky. Even cooking dinner after a long day at work can feel like a mountain climb. However, while physical motivation is no doubt lacking, that’s not to say that our brains switch off quite so easily. While our bodies are crying out to be horizontal and swaddled in blankets, the everyday stresses of work (and life in general) can remain racing around our minds. And with fewer social activities to take our minds off of it, relaxing can sometimes prove just as tricky now as any other time of the year.
However, while we Brits have a wonderful way of complaining about short days and cold climes, there is something to be said for the comforting cosiness of autumn evenings, and there are ways to unwind your mind so that you can make the most out of your autumn evening. My go-to method? Lighting a good ol’ relaxing candle.
While lighting candles en masse in the autumn might be deemed a total stereotype, as someone whose entire home is filled with candles (and who seriously struggles to unwind), I have come to accept that their power is most definitely best utilised for relaxation.
After coming to terms with the notion that this makes me an autumn stereotype, I have dedicated a substantial amount of time to finding the most relaxing candles out there so that I can spend my cold evenings in a state of blissful zen. Keep scrolling for the 13 best relaxing candles out there. (Trust me—I’ve burned them all.)