COVID-19 is fear Real. After all, it was hard to imagine that a disturbance would last as long as our life was suddenly disturbed in early March. I was hoping we had another summer, but by the end of April I knew we had another Long far away.
As is the case with many people, this type of insecurity worries me incredibly – to the point that I don’t sleep, I don’t eat, I cry in no time, and I am constantly in combat or flight mode. Under normal circumstances, I would alleviate this fear by hanging out with friends over a glass of wine or taking sweaty group training classes. But of course both options are off the table for now.
I’ve been basically panicked lately and the newly acquired bags and dark circles under my eyes were evidence of my emotional state these days. That is, until I decided there was no way to stare into the abyss with my eyes open every night, and I should invest in something spa-like to help me close my eyes at least a little bit every night.
I tried a few options that didn̵
But I’m so glad I didn’t give up because my search led me to my latest obsession: a fragrant lavender eye pillow ($ 38, anthropology) that managed to do the impossible and calm down long enough, to get a solid body seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Basically, it’s a miracle if there ever was one.
This pillow was developed by the Los Angeles-based aromatherapy company Bodha and is fundamentally different from an eye mask (I don’t really like eye masks because I think they are too tight on my face). It has a linen and cotton cover, is available in different colors and is filled with lavender and chamomile flowers and organic buckwheat. The exterior gives the pillow an incredibly soft texture, while the buckwheat adds a light weight so the pillow exerts gentle pressure on your pulse points while you sleep.
The pillow can be easily washed in the washing machine if required: simply remove the organic cotton bag with the leaves from the inside and place the laundry outside in the laundry. But of course you can also wash it by hand if you tend to. The scent of chamomile and lavender is soothing without being overwhelming, and my favorite part is that it never fades: the pillow smells as good as the day I bought it more than two months ago.
To use it, I just put the pillow over my eyes and take a few long, deep breaths. The scent allows me to calm down as it is right next to my nose and I feel the weight of the pillow mostly under my eyes and close to my temples – it’s almost like a soothing massage. It falls off when I turn and turn at night because it’s not buckled up, but by then I’ll be sleeping tight, so who cares? It also helps a lot when I’m accidentally stressed during the day – I just lie down with the alarm clock ready for 10 minutes and take several deep breaths as I inhale this floral, relaxing scent. Once I’m up, I feel like I’ve just spent an hour at the spa and I’m ready to spend the rest of my day.
Another big side effect of this discovery? My puffy eyes and dark circles are pretty much gone. While it could be the slight pressure the pillow is exerting on these areas of my face, it could just be the result of finally getting some sleep. In any case, I like the results that have definitely been noticed by friends (albeit unfortunately at Zoom).
Of course, for most people, an eye pillow is a completely unnecessary purchase. But given the current circumstances, we could all use a few indulgences every now and then – and for me, this lavender eye pillow was absolutely worth it.