The end of the summer break is almost nigh; what seemed to stretch out ahead of us like a lifetime of long summer days has passed by as quickly as the eagerly-contested sibling beach race, and days of school-runs, homework and playground pursuits beckon once again. This can feel a little unsettling at the best of times; perfectly natural as weeks of footloose freedom switch to something very different overnight.
Those who don’t garden can be forgiven for not understanding quite why people do it. It can seem a fuddy-duddy exercise with strange goals, to beautify nature or take control of our own little plots. But those who do swiftly learn the benefits of tending to the earth, of prizing out flowers from the ground or raising seedlings from trays, and those benefits are difficult to see, because innate calm and relaxation is such a wonderfully internal thing.
Here are a few ideas that might help to get the family working together to create the perfect travel plan for a calm and happy holiday.
Help is at hand. With just a little forward planning – a decent chunk of which involves getting your fellow travellers to help lighten the load – the task of pulling that journey plan together can become something enjoyable and one that gives a great chance of a stress-free sojourn.
Balancing a variety of roles is part of everyday life for many of us these days; roles that change from moment to moment. One minute we’re a friend, the next a teacher, a helper, or a parent –sometimes all of these at once! Each presents its own tasks, challenges and expectations, which we’re often juggling before we even start to think about our actual job!
If there’s one thing that’s the same for all of us it’s this: life moves quickly. One day you’re starting school and the next you’re starting work. If you don’t look up, pay attention and make an effort to notice what’s going on, it can all becomes a bit blurry. Luckily, time is punctuated by life-changing and unforgettable moments that give us an excuse to slow down, look around and enjoy where we are right there and then.
We’re always looking for better, more efficient ways to do things. Timed saved doing admin tasks means more time to spend on the things we enjoy doing. Here are a few of our favourite efficiency hacks!
“Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.” - Anthony J.D Angelo Technology has enabled us to feel like we’re always in touch with each other. But seeing someone’s Facebook or Instagram update is not the same as catching up with them in real life.
“Sleep is the best meditation” - Dalai Lama We all know what it’s like to have a bad night’s sleep. The next day can be a muddle of feeling exhausted and irritable and the knock-on effect on our work, relationships and emotions can be enormous. Rest is one of the few things we need to feel our best. Good quality sleep can help maintain our mental health as well as help our bodies repair themselves.
When last did you enjoy spending time on your own? As humans, we are great at filling our days with things to do and places to be, at the expense of savouring a little solitude. And we are missing out.
“When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.” Learning to meditate is like learning any other skill, but this skill is all about getting a healthy sense of perspective on the hustle and bustle of life. Meditation isn’t about turning off your thoughts or feeling. Instead, you’ll observe them and start to understand them better.
There’s no denying that our days are relentlessly busy. Before you know it, your head is hitting your pillow and you are not sure where the day has gone. These seven simple tips will help you work moments of calm and reflection into your day, slowing down the pace and helping you find ways to relax more and rush less.