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How to spoil yourself between trips

 

 

spoil yourself with some yogaPhoto by Carl Barcelo on Unsplash

Raise your hand if you’ve felt colossal stress this past year. What if we remedy it? We propose you a few ways to spoil yourself between trips without asking you to visit a therapeutic island. The goal is to recharge your internal batteries.

Our battery indicator has remained in a worrying red color for a few months now. We have lost or gained too much weight. We have become irritable. It’s become harder to fall asleep but that’s enough!

We need to recover energy, so our next tips will help you find ways to regain pleasure and health with priority to feel good before your next trip.

  1. Spend time in a much more than a hotel

Hydrotherapy equipment, a physiotherapist two hundred meters from the room, yoga sessions at sunset, breakfasts with fresh fruit and happy chicken eggs, the sound of birds flying over a fig tree when waking up, a treadmill with an antigravity air chamber for get rid of the weight of our joints are some of the amenities offered at these hotels even in some cities.

Think about the services and amenities that best match your plan to rest and choose an accommodation that suits your needs such as hotels, apartments, rural houses and historic buildings. The tricky thing is having to choose just one.

  1. Vitamin D and lots of sunlight

It is activated when the skin comes into contact with ultraviolet rays and is a great ally of our immune system. A minimum of fifteen minutes a day of sunlight is recommended. It is the dose that the cells of our body need to perform their functions, including lymphocytes, the army that is responsible for protecting our body from possible infections.

Like everything, success lies in balance so remember to apply sunscreen fifteen minutes before lying in the sun, to enjoy that delicious and beneficial tickle all over your body.

  1. Anti-stress treatments

Travelers have been choosing destinations for three centuries to restore their mental and physical health. To give yourself a truce. To take care of yourself and practice responsible hedonism. In order to achieve this between trips and truly spoil yourself what a lot of people do is seek the professional services of beauty salons such as MV Beauty Art where you can truly treat yourself, your skin and your well-being.

  1. Relaxation

Drive without traffic jams, escape from the screaming and find delicious spaces where there are no crowds or queues. Terraces at the foot of the sea where we can drink a beer and take a bath are part of the dreamy relaxation. Strolling around. Silence the clock. Boycott the tyranny of the smartphone. Here you command.

  1. Thalassotherapy, aloe vera, sports

Many companies choose as a destination a place where to organize an anti-stress cure for their employees. There are many evils derived from the current rhythm of life and a place by the sea acts as a medium to recovering. Here are some plans to relax near the sea:

– Float in the sea, rub your feet against the sand, let yourself be enveloped by the iodized breeze.
– Try a moisturizer made from aloe vera.
– Taste the restaurants that practice gastronomy based on local, fresh, seasonal products.
– Rediscover the sounds of nature. Goodbye, city noises. Hello, seagulls, waves, fruit trees swaying in the wind.
– Make a hydrothermal circuit.
– Walk leisurely along a path.
– Discovering that sport clears the mind and releases tension.
– Find yourself again. Listen to yourself.

Tips to Help Your Post-Workout Recovery

Tips to Help Your Post-Workout RecoveryNow that the gyms are open again, millions of Brits have hit the workouts hard, in an attempt to shake off that lockdown weight gain. The fact that lockdown has ended just in time for Spring and Summer, when many of us feel the pressure to be slimmer anyway, means that people are exercising harder than ever, and that means injuries are inevitable.

When I started weight training, back in 2017, the exercise itself was fun and fulfilling, but the days of DOMS in my thighs (why is it that walking UP stairs isn’t so bad, but walking DOWN the stairs feels like torture?!) were hellish! With this in mind, I thought I’d share a few tips for making sure you look after your body properly with your post-workout recovery:

Hit The Showers

Having a post-workout shower is important for getting yourself clean, but the water can actually help your muscles too. Alternating between blasts of hot and cold water, known as a contrast shower, can help improve recovery and alleviate muscle soreness. Even better is if you’re lucky enough to have steam showers at your gym, as using steam is like putting a warm blanket over your aching muscles!

Hydrate

Most people remember to take water with them to the gym and to drink while they’re working out, but drinking plenty during your post-workout recovery is super important too. Experts generally agree that, for every 10 to 20 minutes of exercise, you should drink at least 260ml of water, followed by another 230ml no more than half an hour after you’ve stopped to keep your muscles healthy. If you can add some electrolytes to your water, that’s even better.

Stretch

Most people will strecth before they start their workut to help avoid injury, but they don’t always stretch again at the end, which is a common mistake. When you stretch your muscles after a workout, you’re helping to give your body a jump-start on recovery, while also releasing stress and tension, and boosting the flexibility of your joints.

Protein

Whether you’re following a strict diet or not, one of the most important ways to help your body to recover from exercise is to make sure you have plenty of protein. This can come in the form of a protein shake, eggs, steak or even seitan for the vegans – as long as it’s protein-rich, it’s what you need to help your muscles to rebuild and really benefit from all the exercise you’re doing.

Rest…But Still Move!

I know how tempting it is to take the “rest” part of “rest day” a little too literally. You’ve worked out hard all week and come your rest day, you want to remain as sedentary as possible. Believe it or not, failing to do ANYTHING on a rest day can actually do more harm than good. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting a full-on HIIT routine or anything – a gentle walk, some yoga or even just playing Mario and Sonic at the Olympics on your games console – a bit of movement will prevent your muscles from seizing up, which will make it easier to go back to full activity on your workout days.

Self Care Rituals for Stressed-Out Mums

Self Care Rituals for Stressed-Out Mums

Is it just me or has 2020 been one of the most stressful years of your whole life?! The constant worry, the changing rules, remembering masks and hand sanitiser, homeschooling the kids, working from home… The list of additional stressors seems endless. With this in mind, I’ve been trying to do some things recently to improve my self-care, and it’s definitely helping. Here are just a few of my new rituals:

Self-Care Skincare Routine

I’ve never had particularly problematic skin, aside from the odd bit of dryness and the occasional hormonal pimple, so I’ve never paid much attention to a skincare routine before. However, my Mum has AMAZING skin, especially for someone who will be 60 in a couple of years, and that’s because she’s always made sure she looks after it, and I am inspired to do the same.

I’ve started using a hot cloth cleanser with Vitamin C to wash my face, which helps to exfoliate and make my skin look a LOT brighter. I’ve also been using a peptide serum before I moisturise, which seems to make my skin feel super soft. I then use a gel moisturiser, which sits much better on my skin than something oil-based and doesn’t cause spots. I’ve got to say, my skin looks better than it ever has, just by adding a couple of new things to my daily routine

Managing moods with wearable technology

When you’re feeling stressed out and overwhelmed it can be really difficult to take control of your mood and focus on more positive things. I’ve found that using wearable technology like the Hapbee band helps me to take charge of how I’m feeling and reduce my stress levels. 

With the band around your neck or your head, it sends magnetic signals to influence your moods. I can choose to feel positive with moods like Focus and Alert when I need to get things done during the day. And in the evening I can unwind by selecting Calm or Relax, which helps me to get a good night’s sleep and significantly reduces my stress levels. You can follow Hapbee on Facebook for more tips on dealing with stress and controlling your moods. 

Yoga and Meditation

When I went on my mad exercise kick back in 2017, one of my favourite things to do was my weekly yoga class. Taking an hour to do something peaceful and relaxing, stretching my muscles and realigning my mind and body was amazing for me.

There would be a ten-minute meditation at the end of the class where we’d lay on the floor with our eyes closed and the teacher would coach us on proper breathing and clearing our minds, and I absolutely loved it. It was probably the closest thing to a tantric massage without being touched! Since lockdown happened, I’ve been doing yoga and meditation at home, and it’s really helped me to keep my mind and body healthy during this weirdness.

Finding a Hobby

Because of my health issues, our family has been isolating constantly since the beginning of March, which has meant that we’ve had a LOT more time on our hands. Obviously, I’m doing the usual working/cooking/cleaning/walking the dog, as well as homeschooling both kids, but that still leaves me with a few hours a day in which I actually have some time to myself.

I’ve taken up a few different hobbies to fill the time, and I actually feel quite fulfilled for the first time in years! As well as the baking and cooking that I’ve been doing a lot of, I’ve also taken up cross-stitch, which I absolutely love, and most recently I’ve started quilling! I’ll be sharing one of my latest creations here on the blog soon, and I’m quite proud of it.

Have you picked up any new hobbies lately? Have you been taking more time for self-care? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

My Dream Hobby Room

My Dream Hobby RoomI have to admit, I spend more time looking at Rightmove than is really necesary for someone who has no intention of moving. I’ve always loved looking at other people’s houses and can often be found binge-watching episodes of Grand Designs or Location, Location, Location just to get my interiors fix! I love dreaming about what I’d do if space and money were no object and at the moment, a hobby room is at the top of my list. Read on for an insight into what I’d have in my ultimate hobby room:

A Sewing Station

I absolutely love to sew and make clothes but I often lack the space to do it, so a dedicated space with a dressmakers dummy and lots of fabric storage would be a great way to enable me to get sewing. Valentino’s Displays has an amazing range of clothes rails, mannequins, hangers and storage bins and I reckon I could get everything I needed for my sewing area on their site.

A Reading Nook

I’ve always been able to read just about anywhere, probably from years of reading on buses and trains, but these days I do require a little bit of quiet to enable me to get lost in a book. A comfy armchair in the corner of the room with a little table for a lamp and my latte is definitely a bit part of my fantasy room.

A Writing Area

Writing is both a hobby and my profession and although I tend to work on a laptop literally on my lap, Burrito Baby is off to nursery in September which means I don’t have to only work in the room she’s in! A proper working area where my laptop could sit and I could use a decent ergonomic chair would not only be a novelty, but it would probably also be a lot better for my back!

A Proper Coffee Machine

These days, my vices are well and truly confined to the virtuous, never more so than now, given the fact that I even eat clean and don’t drink alcohol (well…hardly ever!). However, one thing that I absolutely refuse to give up is decent coffee! I tend to use my Waitrose card to get a free cup every day and I think I’d be considerably poorer if I didn’t get my coffee fix from there! Having a coffee machine in my hobby room with a proper milk steamer would be the ultimate indulgence for me.

A Yoga Corner

Since I started going to yoga classes at my gym a few months ago, I’ve found a really deep love of it. It’s one of my favourite hours of my whole week and I look forward to it every Saturday. I’d love to be able to do it more often but we really don’t have much space at home for yoga because our house is pretty cluttered. A dedicated space to find my zen and get my stretch on would be a dream!

What would you have in your dream hobby room?

Ganja Yoga

Being mindful is one of the known effects that cannabis and cannabinoid products from places like Area 52 offer. Adding cannabis to yoga seems to open a really big conversation. There is an uncompleted debate among yoga practitioners-not all yoga schools, nor promoters of the Eastern practice support cannabis-enhanced asana sessions, and this has resulted in some result. A lot of people that exercise meditation be it reflective, guided or heart chakra meditation have felt a spiritual link, and a state of mind that they can stay calm with a developed brain function. Cannabis-yoga is centered on attaining a new level of calmness.

Lately in the United States, a new trend occurred and seems like gaining more following day by day. It is known as Ganja Yoga and it combines the practice of Yoga after Cannabis consumption. These Cannabis infused Yoga classes have skyrocketed in attendance ever since Californians elected to fully decriminalize marijuana last November. Cannabis has been used for tens of centuries specifically in the tradition of Yoga and in Ayurveda as a spiritual aid. The whole act Yoga practice is linked to ancient Shiva cults that employed cannabis as a form of worship. According to their beliefs, Ganja (Vijaya) would bring spiritual intuitions.

Ganja Yoga is what it specifically sound like; those in possession of a medical marijuana card can get high with their fellow yogis during a short pre-class gathering (participants get to know each other while sitting in a circle) smoking joints or bowl, or vaping or consuming edibles followed by a longer yoga class together. (Attendants must possess a medical marijuana card given out by the state of California). The students who don’t have a card are usually requested to smoke cannabis on their own before coming. Taste is a personal matter, and practitioners choose their favorite cannabis strains before their practice.

Ganja Yoga isn’t a full throttle type of yoga –the practice feels more like meditation than cardio. It involves more of sets of relaxing poses to augment meditative exercise.

Besides, the specialists prefer the use of vaporizers most times, as their healthy way of life does not conform with unhealthy smoking habits. One of the benefits they mention is that their breath functions in a much better way right after the intake of cannabis. This fact that cannabis can expand your lungs and make you feel more comfortably explains this. Usually, the first thing practitioners of Ganja yoga want to do after cannabis consumption is laying down and relax by doing some stretching.

There are quite a number of Yoga types, however, all these different forms of yoga have a common aim, and that goal is integration of subject and object reality into the classical cross cultural mystic state and experience of oneness; Samadhi or union with the divine.