With such busy lives we need to take time out and try to find some element of relaxation. So, take a deep breath, relax, lower those shoulders please and read on friends...and make some plans to find pure relaxation this August. Here are our top 10 ways to relax and stay chilled out this Summer.
Number 1: Pack a picnic
Dig out a cool box, pack it with elderflower cordial, fresh strawberries and some of your favourite sandwiches and head for outdoor space and fresh air. If you are coming to the Cotswolds, you could try Broadway Tower and the surrounding hills for a picnic spot. You won't be disappointed, there are plenty of picnic spots to be found.
Number 2: Breathe
Remember to breathe deeply. This can calm the mind, relieve stress and relax your body. Take ten big breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try to control your breathing and really concentrate on your breath, the noise and how your body feels. Take your time, slow your mind. Breathe in for the count of four and out for the count of four.
Number 3: Light up
Take time for yourself and light a candle on a summer evening. Try our Wild Mint soy wax candle packed with spearmint essential oil. Pure, as it should be. No nasties, no toxins, no paraffin and no synthetic fragrances.
Number 4: Try yoga outdoors
Grab a mat and head outside. Best places are your garden, a park, the beach or any open space. Take some big deep breaths and practice a few poses. If your wifi stretches far enough you can try a free online yoga session outside.
Number 5: Go barefoot
Kick off your shoes and walk barefoot on the beach or grass. A surefire way to connect your body with the Earth and help you to relax.
Number 6: Have an indulgent breakfast
Light a candle, lay the table, prepare something you wouldn't normally have on a work day and above all take time to sit down for longer than you need to.
Number 7: Use essential oils
There are more than 90 essential oils and each has its own health benefits. Excellent oils for relaxation are Lavender, Chamomile and Bergamot essential oils.
Number 8: Spend time on a beach
A day at the beach is time well spent. Pack a picnic, loads of drinks and a blanket and explore somewhere new. The British Isles are packed with adventures.
Number 9: Make your own tisane
The garden is full of life at the moment. Pick fresh mint and make yourself a pot of mint tea. It's free and tastes much better than a tea bag.
Number 10: Look up and see the stars
Light a fire in the garden and do a spot of star gazing. The perfect way to put life into perspective.
Have a great August my friends,