I don’t know about you but my plan for 2019 is to build rest and relaxation into my routine.
And by that, I mean schedule it into my diary.
It sounds extreme but I had this moment of clarity after my first ever flotation pod experience.
I rarely give myself permission to do absolutely nothing but that all changed on a recent visit to Floatworks in Vauxhall where I discovered the simple joy of lying in an enclosed pool of very salty water for an hour.
I never believed it would help melt away my worries or that I’d emerge feeling fantastically relaxed and recharged but it happened. And then some – if I could bottle the sense of peace that washed over me, I would! (Read more about my experience – and the health benefits linked to floating – here)
So, I’m over the moon that Floatworks has teamed up with Relax Ya Self To Health to offer one lucky reader the chance to win an hour-long float worth £50.
To enter, simply tell us why you would like to win in the comments section below or over on Facebook. For a second entry do the same on Instagram, give us a follow and also tag two like-minded friends.
The competition runs until 9pm on Tuesday January 15, 2018 and is open to UK residents aged 18+ only. Terms and conditions apply
Good luck in the competition and Happy New Year!
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If your 2019 resolution is to unwind and relax, why not sign up to our newsletter here so you never miss a post. It’s free, we won’t bombard you with emails – as we’re all about relaxation – plus we’ll give you a discount code for 15% off your first float with Floatworks.
I’ve been an enthusiast of Hand Picked Hotels ever since I visited Chilston Park in Kent earlier this year.
I slept like a baby – not only because I learned how to still my whirring mind (I was there for my first ever meditation retreat) but because the rooms were cleverly furnished and designed to induce good sleep.
Think blackout curtains, luxurious linens, impossibly comfortable beds and my personal favourite, an adorable Larry the Lamb cuddly toy, which doubles up as a ‘Do Not Disturb’ symbol if you fancy catching up on some extra zzzs (read my review of Chilston Park Hotel here).
So, I’m naturally over the moon that this independent country house hotel group is offering one lucky Relax Ya Self To Health reader the chance to experience an overnight break for two at one of its plush UK dwellings.
In support of The Sleep Council’s #Sleeptember campaign, which promotes the benefits of a good night’s kip, Hand Picked Hotels has put together a Sleeptember package, which comprises:
Hand Picked Hotels prize: ‘Sleeptember’ overnight stay for two
– An overnight stay for two people sharing a classic room – A mini lavender This Works® pillow spray and top sleep tips card – A three-course evening meal in the restaurant – A hearty breakfast – A late noon check-out for some extra snooze time
– A voucher will be issued to the competition winner to allow them to redeem the prize – The prize must be booked by 3rd October 2018 and redeemed before 30th March 2019 – Valid Monday to Sunday – Subject to availability – Excludes bank holidays and festive date – Not valid for hotels in the Channel Islands or Hendon Hall in London – Travel, drinks and additional charges are not included – Competition available to UK residents aged 18 or over only – This promotional competition is not for resale, is non-refundable and non-transferable and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. No cash refunds can be given under any circumstances – For more information on our competition terms and conditions click here.
Right now plenty of young people will be feeling fearful about the future. They may be anxious about starting university, nervous about their career or worried about not making new friends.
I know I experienced all three of the above when I packed up my things and headed off to the South West of England to start my new life as a university student many moons ago but things didn’t exactly go to plan when I dropped out after just one month (see below).
Back then university ‘care packages’ weren’t a thing but I think they’re a brilliant idea, especially if they’re filled with items to help get you through testing moments. For this very reason, I’m thrilled to team up with Rescue Remedy to give you the chance to win a hamper of goodies worth £60.
Designed to provide support in times of emotional demand, the original Rescue Remedy is a blend of five different flower essences discovered by Dr Bach in the 1930s. The products can be used to help keep you calm or stay focused during stressful situations such as a move to unfamiliar surroundings.
The good news is this competition isn’t only open to students. Anyone – including empty nesters or those going through stressful times – can enter the draw!
Win a Rescue Remedy Hamper worth £60
One lucky winner will receive the following:
RESCUE® Pastilles (Orange & Elderflower and Blackcurrant) worth £6.45
RESCUE PLUS® Lozenges worth £3.99
RESCUE REMEDY® 10ml dropper worth £8.49
RESCUE REMEDY® 20ml dropper worth £10.99
RESCUE REMEDY® 7ml spray worth £7.99
RESCUE REMEDY® 20ml spray worth £11.49
RESCUE® Night 20ml spray worth £10.99
To enter simply tell us what is stressing you out at the moment and why the prize will help. For a second entry simply like and share our Facebook post.
The winner’s name will be drawn out of a hat at 8pm (GMT) on September 16 2018.
I always knew I wanted to become a journalist – a job I’ve been fortunate to do for the past 18 years. Only, my careers adviser had other ideas.
“Everyone wants to be a reporter,” he insisted. “The industry is too hard. You’re better off doing a media studies degree, not journalism. It’ll give you more choice.”
Being young and impressionable I accepted his advice but by week three of university I felt awkward, alone and on a course that held little appeal. Deep down I knew I’d made the wrong decision.
Weeping and trembling with fear, I called my dear mother from the phone box – we didn’t have mobiles back then – and apologised for letting her down. I felt like a worthless ‘drop out’ but my mum was brilliant and not upset in the slightest. The weight on my shoulders instantly lifted.
In the months that followed I contacted numerous consumer magazines and newspapers for work experience but they knocked me back time and time again. The reason? Oversubscription.
I pasted every single rejection letter into a scrapbook.
Was I disheartened?
Was that careers adviser right?
The competition was fierce but deep down I knew I wanted to be a reporter. I didn’t give up.
I then contacted my local newspaper. The editor called me in for a ‘work experience’ before eventually offering me a part-time job. My life changed in an instant.
During that gap year, I cut my teeth on local news stories. I then secured a place on an accredited journalism degree course at a different university and the rest, as they say, is history.
Even so, I’ll never forget the fear that consumed me when I made that initial call home. Or how I beat myself up for thinking I was a complete and utter failure. I felt lost. I had no idea how my life would pan out. And I even remember standing in the street looking at an elderly couple thinking: “I wish I was their age and retired.”
Yes… I was THAT concerned.
So how do you stop feeling fearful about the future?
How to stop feeling fearful + win a Rescue Remedy hamper worth £60
The lessons I’ve since learned are:
1. Take one day at a time and avoid thinking too far ahead or worrying about a situation that might not unfold *This is far easier said than done* 2. Talk to someone if you’re feeling uncertain, low or unhappy. It’s cliche but a problem shared is a problem halved. Check out the websites of Mind and Young Minds which are filled with lots of helpful advice. 3. Always listen to your gut instinct and have confidence in it. It is, in my experience, always right. 4. Follow your dreams and never give up. You can DO it. *It took me three attempts to pass my driving test!*
Are you looking for further ways to manage your stress levels? If so, you might like to read the following:
Summer in April. That’s what we’re currently experiencing in the UK. And boy does it feel fantastic.
Nonetheless if, like me, the thought of baring your ill-prepared pins (is anyone else still walking around in jeans instead of shorts?) sends you running for the hills, do not despair.
To celebrate this fabulous weather we’ve teamed up with independent, eco-luxe skincare brand Bodhi & Birch to give away their award-winning Rosemary Chi Himalayan Detox Salt Scrub worth £35.
This deliciously-scented body polish is my idea of ‘summer in a box’ – the divine fragrance fills the air before you even open up the packaging thanks to the reviving essential oils including rosemary, geranium and cedarwood, which also help to clear the mind.
Meanwhile, the Himalayan salt crystals are said to balance the body, while the organic shea butter, grape seed oil and olive squalene help to nourish the skin as well polish and prime limbs for an outdoor outing.
Elijah Choo, who founded UK-based Bodhi & Birch in 2010, originally created the brand’s sustainably-sourced products on his kitchen table.
He says the creations draw inspiration from the healing power of nature and traditional botanical remedies, bringing together Eastern and Western skincare and wellbeing philosophies with the aim of creating an antidote to our hectic 24/7 lifestyle – now I’m on board with this!
There are Easter Eggs. And then there are Easter Eggs! Booja-Booja’s selection falls into the latter category – their exquisite offering is quite literally a work of art.
Forget traditional bog standard chocolate wrapped in foil. Instead, think luxury truffles housed in gorgeous, hand-painted papier-mache shells.
I’m a fan of pretty multi-use products. I just adore the fact that these beautiful velvet-lined oval boxes can be kept to store small bits and bobs or simply left on the windowsill to brighten up the kitchen once the contents have been devoured.
What’s more, this organic vegan brand works with a community of 150 artisans in Kashmir, India – one of the few places in the world where hand-made work reigns over industrial mass-production – to produce the dazzling shells before they are hand-packed with truffles in Norfolk.
Oh, and did I mention that these sweet treats are dairy-free, gluten-free and soya-free, so a friend or loved one with dietary issues or allergies* to the above needn’t miss out on the holiday celebrations either? Booja-Booja’s Easter Eggs come in three flavours: Fine de Champagne, Hazelnut Crunch, and Almond Salted Caramel and are sold in two sizes – small (3x truffles) and large (12xtruffles), priced £9.99 and £24.99 respectively.
And the good news is I’m giving away a Hazelnut Crunch truffle Easter Egg worth £24.99 to one lucky reader.
(The truffles inside this egg are made with cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic, coconut oil, hazelnuts and cocoa powder)
To enter the competition simply comment below or over on our Facebook page explaining why you’d like to win. For a second entry simple share the post on Facebook.
The name of one winner will be drawn at 8pm on Monday 26 March. The competition is open to UK residents only. Terms and conditions apply.
Please do not worry if your comments do not instantly appear underneath the blog post. They have to be approved and may be held in a queue.
The eggs can be found at Booja-Booja which has donated the prize in exchange for this post. *These eggs do contain nuts. If you have allergies, always read the label.
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Even better when the wax melts down into a luxurious body oil that can be used to nourish parched hands and feet. So I’m thrilled to be giving away not one but TWO deliciously scented offerings from natural spa and skincare brand Janjira.
I’ve been an enthusiast of this Thai brand for some time. Their aromatic products propel me to a faraway land, plus their ranges are free from parabens, sulphates and artificial colours. What’s more, Janjira supports elephant welfare – as some of you know I’m a huge wildlife fan. (If you share my passion you might like to read my review of South Africa’s Kruger National Park here.)
Well, now I have two massage therapy candles – worth £32 each – up for grabs in the gorgeous scents of Grapefruit & Tangerine and Jasmine and Ylang Ylang.
The great thing about these candles is that once you’re ready to blow out the wick you can rub the warm melted liquid (a combination of beeswax, coconut and soybean oil) into the cuticles, elbows, feet or hands to combat dry skin. The consistency is lovely and rich – so it’s perhaps best to do this at night – and the lingering fragrance is beautiful.
To enter the competition simply comment below explaining why you should win and why you’re a candle fan. Alternatively, answer the question over on our Facebook page and share the competition post.
The name of one lucky winner will be drawn at 8pm on Tuesday 27th February.
The competition is open to UK residents only. Terms and conditions apply.
Please do not worry if your comments do not instantly appear underneath the blog post. They have to be approved and may be held in a queue. The candles can be found at Janjira which has donated the prize in exchange for this post.
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We’re not all about competitions though. Struggling to sleep? Our post here may help. Interested in a hypnotherapy mind massage? This post might be for you. How about yoga by candlelight? Check this out. Alternatively, you can find out the health and wellbeing secrets of your favourite celebrities by reading our interviews here: Jonny Wilkinson, Pat Cash, Andrew Barton, Katy Piper,Gail Porter.
There’s no denying it, January in the UK is somewhat bleak. Christmas is over. It’s cold outside. Cash is tight. Then there are those blasted New Year resolutions piling even more pressure on us. Wouldn’t it be easier to just hibernate until April?
Um, no. Why not pledge to make January the month you start showing yourself a little self-love? We all lead hectic lives and inevitably we neglect to make time for ourselves – regular readers will know that I’m the worst for this and have written about how to tackle it here.
Yet just 20 minutes of me-time – be it a candlelit bath, a good book or a meditation session – could help your brain switch off, aiding relaxation and inducing a good night’s sleep. To engage you in the spirit we’ve teamed up with Italian ethical hair and skincare brand Insight, which recently debuted in the UK, to give away a fabulous beauty hamper worth almost £60!
Inside you’ll find a nourishing body cleanser and body cream from its SKIN collection, an organic and ICEA ECO BIO certified range designed for sensitive skin. Each product contains the active ingredient organic rooibos extract, said to fight irritations and leave your limbs feeling velvety soft.
You’ll be able to treat your locks with bumper bottles of shampoo and conditioner, as well as a revitalising hair mask. Each one is paraben, petrolatum, colourant and allergen-free and uses ozonated water, a purification process to remove any metallic extracts and bacteria.
The lightweight, recyclable and sustainable packaging is beautifully designed and will look gorgeous on your bathroom shelf too.
To enter, simply comment on the post below and over on our Facebook page explaining what the month of January means to you and why? The name of one lucky winner will be drawn out of a hat on Sunday January 14 at 9pm. The competition is open to UK residents only. Terms and conditions apply.
The prize, worth £58.95*, includes:
Insight Skin Body Cleanser 500ml (worth £10.99)
Nourishing Body Cream 250ml (worth £13.99)
Daily Use Energizing Shampoo 500ml (£9.99)
Daily Use Energizing Conditioner 500ml (£11.99)
Daily Use Energizing Mask 500ml (£11.99)
Please don’t worry if your comments do not instantly appear underneath the blog post. They have to be approved and may be held in a queue. All the products mentioned above can be found at Insight which has donated the hamper in exchange for this post.
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Can you believe how quickly Christmas is approaching?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited for the festive season. I love walking through the door to the fresh scent of a real pine tree, decorating my windows with twinkly lights, playing Scattegories and charades with close friends and family and the general feeling of goodwill in the air. Boy, do we need it!
Yet, this year I’m hugely unprepared as I’ll shortly be moving house – one of the most stressful things you can do. Every spare minute has been spent packing up boxes and navigating letters from the solicitor. I’ve not thought about cards. I’ve not thought about presents. And I’ve not even thought about Christmas lunch arrangements, which given my histamine intolerance, requires a great deal of prep.
I know I’m not the only one lagging behind. So I’ve teamed up with Holland and Barrett to give away a hamper of lovely pampering gifts worth almost £65 to help anyone feeling overwhelmed by their festive to-do list.
I’ve previously written about how a bath helped me take control so this lovely hamper contains a bottle of Weleda Lavender Bath Milk (rsp: £13.50) to help you relax, patchouli and cinnamon Love Me Little Princess Kisses Bath Bombs from Beauty Kitchen (rsp:£12) for some fun-time fizz and Kneipp Mineral Bath Salt Crystals Cold Season Eucalyptus (rsp: £8.95) to help clear your nose is you’re feeling bunged up.
And because many of you will be braving crowds and freezing temperatures on the high street, you’ll also find some Dr Organic Lavender Oil Moisturising Gel Socks (rsp: £15) and Gel Gloves (rsp: £15) to help rescue sore feet and dry skin. The gel inside contains organic lavender, jojoba, and olive oils as well as vitamin E and essential oils including jasmine, patchouli, bergamot, ylang-ylang, and sandalwood.
To enter the draw, simply tell me why you love Christmas and where you are with your planning. Are you all sorted? Or, like me, have you not even thought about it yet?
Feel free to comment on the post below, over on my Facebook page or on my Instagram account.
The name of one lucky winner will be drawn out of a hat on Friday December 9 2017.
The competition is open to UK residents only. Terms and conditions apply.
GOOD LUCK AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Please don’t worry if your comments do not instantly appear underneath the blog post. They have to be approved. All the products mentioned above can be found at Holland and Barrett, which has donated the hamper in exchange for this post.
I recently wrote about the term ‘brain fade’ on the back of a poll commissioned by Rescue Plus to promote the launch of its new rescue Plus Dropper and Spray flower essences range. The survey of 2,000 adults found that nine in ten have moments where their mind goes blank an average of six times a week.
One respondent admitted going into work with the car keys left in the ignition and the engine still running, while another asked a friend to call their phone to help them find it…while they were on their device.
I know I’m often guilty of walking into a room and completely forgetting why I went in there! If this sounds like you too, or you’re often stressed or anxious, I have some good news…I’m giving away a hamper of goodies from the Rescue family worth at least £80.
The original Rescue Remedy is a blend of five different flower remedies discovered by Dr Bach in the 1930s to provide support in times of emotional demand. The mix can be used to help people through stressful situations such as last-minute exam or interview nerves. The Rescue night collection also incorporates white chestnut and is designed to help switch the mind off from unwanted and repetitive thoughts, while the brand’s most recent Rescue Plus range is developed with Pantothenic Acid (B5) and Vitamin B12 to support normal mental performance.
As part of this competition, one lucky winner will receive the following prize worth £83.93.
Rescue Remedy Dropper (20ml) worth £10.99 Rescue Remedy Spray (20ml) worth £11.49 Rescue Pastilles in Blackcurrant and Orange & Elderflower flavours worth £6.25 per tin Rescue Night Spray (20ml) worth £10.99 Rescue Night Dropper (20ml) worth £8.49 Rescue Plus Lozenges worth £3.99 Rescue Plus Dropper worth £12.49 Rescue Plus Spray worth £12.99
To be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is comment on the post below explaining why you would like to receive the hamper. For a second entry comment on our Instagram page, and, for a third, comment on our Facebook page.
The winner’s name will be drawn out of a hat at on 25 October 2017.
The Wimbledon Championships may be over for another year but Relax ya Self To Health is thrilled to announce the winner of our tournament-themed giveaway.
Mandy Johnstone’s name was pulled out of the hat in our first ever competition, which saw people enter via the blog and across our social media channels.
The mother-of-three, who has won a box of skincare summer essentials worth more than £100, described the news as ‘fabulous’.
“It has really put a smile on my face,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to using all the goodies and might save them up for my trip to Greece in October for my 50th birthday and really pamper myself.”
Her hamper contained:
Ladvial Sun Protection (in three different SPFs)
Solero Cooling After Sun Lotion x 2
Dr Organic Aloe Vera Lip Balm
Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner
Dr Organic Aloe Vera Wet Wipes
Soft & Gentle Cool Boost Antiperspirant
Miaroma Citronella Pure Essential Oil
Mandy enjoyed watching the tennis over the Wimbledon fortnight and even managed to head to the grounds one day, where she saw top names including Venus Williams and Johanna Konta.
And the Londoner, who works as a revenue controller, is also trying her hand at the sport again.
“I’ve not really played much tennis since my school days but now the kids have grown up I’ve recently taken it up again as I have more time for myself. I am enjoying it all over again. It’s different now. I love the social aspect of it too. You get to meet new people all the time and really anybody can play. Tennis is for everyone.”
Mandy, who subscribes to our blog, also had some very lovely things to say about Relax Ya Self To Health.
“I look forward to receiving the blog posts in my inbox,” she continued. “I guess I’m rediscovering myself and find the articles really useful. The blog has great health and wellbeing tips and generally make me feel good in myself.”
The good news is we have a number of other exciting competitions in the pipeline, so watch this space.
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