This tip comes via commenter Lina Calin: "I love scents and candles as self-care. And I love that I can use them/they work whether I have five minutes or five hours to enjoy them.
"I love to cook, so I associate relaxation with dessert-like scents. I keep vanilla and maple and caramel candles on hand just as much as soap and toothpaste. My brain now associates those scents (and of course the warm, cozy, romantic flicker of candlelight) with relaxation.
"After a long day, lighting my candles has the near instant reaction of relaxation. Looking around my living room/kitchen and seeing and smelling them makes me sooo happy. Sometimes when I'm especially stressed I'll light a few in my bedroom about 30 minutes before I go to sleep. Walking in and seeing the candles at bedtime, and having the bedroom filled with such a relaxing scent make me not only excited to go to bed, but also super relaxed when I lay down."