As we try to look ahead to that relaxing getaway that we all deserve, especially during these trying times, it is important not to lose sight of the here and now. Angela Symons from Travel Counsellors suggests that we need to take time out to focus on our wellbeing and bring a little bit of that luxury wellness retreat to our homes.
It is almost impossible to escape digital inputs nowadays. Even our watches are now mini-computers strapped to our wrists. This easy access to technology is brilliant for maintaining productivity, however it does have its downsides, with studies finding links to anxiety as a result of over-usage.
A digital detox is a complete break from any device connected to the internet (and better yet, any digital device at all). It gives us the chance to really connect with those around us and have real-world experiences, freeing up time to do physical exercise, read a book or have face to face conversations with our families without distraction.
Physical exercise provides both physical and mental benefits. While helping to keep us trim by burning off calories, exercise also keeps our mind healthy and gives us a sense of wellbeing. Studies have found that people who exercise regularly benefit from better sleep, improved memory and higher energy levels throughout the day. A morning run could be just the thing you need to kickstart your day, giving you a rush of endorphins to carry you through your work and keeping you feeling at your best.
Eat well: plan your meals
You are what you eat – simple, but true. Within our normal routine, many people make the effort of planning their meals in advance, especially lunch which they would usually eat at work. However, given the unusual circumstances, it is easy to just make food on the go while you work from home. While this may seem easy, it often results in us eating food that is deficient in the nutrients our bodies need to stay healthy and feeling good. It also becomes time-consuming as we spend part of our lunch break preparing food.
Mealtimes are important, so research nutritionally dense food that delights the taste buds and leaves us feeling replenished. The best advice is to prepare your meals in advance, whether that is the night before or at the start of the week, so you can look forward to healthy and balanced dishes.
Create a relaxing environment
Imagine the lights out; the smell of your favourite scented candles drifting through the air as the flickering flame gives off a relaxing glow and soothing music lulls you into a state of pure tranquillity. Making the effort to create a relaxing environment can really pay off and give you something to look forward to. Whether you prefer to enjoy it in the bath or in the comfort of your favourite chair, create a serene environment free of unwanted stimuli to give yourself peace.
Next time you are at the shops, you will be able to buy a face mask to soothe your skin and breathe new life into your complexion. Another easy find is an exfoliating body scrub, which acts as an excellent alternative to a professional massage and a great way to prepare your skin for applying self-tanner — to give you a bronzed glow that will make you feel like you are on holiday. While enjoying your home spa treatments, why not treat yourself to your most indulgent chocolate bar for that extra special touch?