Holiday time again! It's incredible how the warming rays of the sun become an internal prompt for wanderlust. So often the prelude to our summer break can be too hectic as we shoehorn every task on our growing to-do list before we leave. Of course one can appreciate the compulsion to dot every "i" and cross every 't', the downside, however is the energy investment leaves you ragged and frayed with your eyelids propped open by invisible toothpicks….
Tasks done, the reality of your already stretched energy has to cope with the trials of navigating the JOURNEY - negotiating the surging tides of airport traffic merged with the restricted contortions of on-flight travel and then the tranquillising euphoria of a G&T or Prosecco that suddenly officially heralds that you are on holiday.
Is there be a better way to embark on your holiday… arrive fresh and relaxed, not frazzled, wrung out or depleted. Instead, engage in some mindful prep, acknowledging the need for tying up loose ends but with a little time for daily self-nurture in the lead up to your hols.
Wake early with a cup of hot water and lemon, use this as a time to destress the myriad of big and small preoccupations, try writing three pages as quickly as you can, this is about offloading.... believe me, it helps. End this morning ritual with 10 minutes of abdominal breathing, to release and ground your energy.
Use your shower as a symbolic shedding of sluggishness. Start with a brisk body brush, this takes a few minutes (once the skin feels energised, its time to move on to the next section) about 3-5 minutes in total. Then take a tingling shower using Boost Hair & Body wash with Aloe to soothe skin and scalp. End with a sumptuous anointing of Cherish skin repair serum to boost skin tone and build up some precious SPF protection, not to mention the most upliftingly sensual aroma of Ylang Ylang, Neroli and Geranium to keep you in good spirits all day long.
Have some early nights, starting with a relaxing soak in Equilibrium bath essence to centre and ground you, use this in the morning if your day ahead needs you to stay calm. This simple rooting is handy and keeps your mind free of worry and will help you maintain a healthy balance.
In-flight use Restore Aura Spray, an infusion of Rose, Frankincense, Amethyst, Rose quartz crystal tinctures, Aloe and Cucumber Co2 extracts, accompanied by a few deep breaths - dehydration is so common, regular spritzes will ensure skin and mind are quenched. My second suggestion is Calm Balm; a sublime travel companion, it will waft away any stresses and surround you in a bubble of bliss. This heavenly pomade infused with Frankincense for protection, Neroli to sedate and Lavender and Fragoni to keep body, spirit and soul in tune. Before you know it you're at journey's end, carry both pocket-sized soothers with you till you reach your destination.
If you're Jetlagged, take a 100g sachet of Himalayan Detox salts to ensure a deep restorative sleep, there's enough for 3 baths - and beautiful Cherish skin repair serum continues its usefulness as a saviour of skin, a terrific after sun salve that carries the aroma of optimism, while Restore remains ever constant in this travel odyssey.
And there you are, you have arrived, cheerful, with not a trace of a sniffle or tension and ready to chill.
Native American saying:
We cannot fly if we are attached
to our nest of familiarity.
We can never view the mountain
if we never take the risk
to soar on your own.