Autumn’s here, can you believe it?! Don’t despair, the changing weather doesn’t have to affect your weekend adventures - just take a look at our handy tips to help you make the most of the shorter days and colder nights…

Sleep well

Making sure that you get plenty of quality sleep is key to helping you feel refreshed and ready for the weekend ahead! Here are a few ways to help you get the most out of your time under the duvet:

  • Eat ‘snooze foods’ before bed
    There are lots of different foods out there which can help body and mind to switch off before bed. Food and drinks such as warm milk, marmite, almonds, bananas, honey and oatcakes all contain natural chemicals which reduce alertness allowing your brain to prepare itself for a deep slumber. Make sure that you never go to bed hungry – try having dinner in the early evening and then a sleep-inducing snack just before bedtime.

  • Power down in the evening
    Using your electronic devices in the evening leaves the brain feeling stimulated and revved-up, rather than relaxed and sleepy. Try to power down your smartphone, tablet or laptop at least an hour before heading to bed.

  • Optimise your bedroom for sleeping
    Use relaxing fragrances to bring a sense of calm to your bedroom. Light a natural lavender candle in your bedroom an hour before bed, or whilst you relax and read a book. Rub natural sleep balm into your pulse points to truly encourage sleepiness.

Dress for all weathers

Autumn can be chilly, but it can also be pretty warm when the sun starts to shine through the falling leaves. If you’re heading out on an autumn adventure, make sure you’re prepared for whatever Mother Nature might throw at you:

  • Layer up!
    Simple but effective, with chillier mornings and evenings and warmer afternoons you might find yourself wishing for something a little lighter to wear. If you’re dressed in layers, it’s easy to adjust to the changing temperatures. .

  • Take a raincoat
    Obvious, but easy to forget on a beautifully sunny morning.

  • Have spares!
    Have some spare socks ready in your pocket or in the car boot - there’s nothing worse than having to put up with wet socks all day! Swapping wet socks for spares will help to keep toes warm and toasty. Give a little extra TLC to your feet by keeping some natural foot balm handy for when feet get sore and need a little extra care.
Be prepared

Who knows where your adventures will take you, and what you may come across! Be prepared by packing a few extra items to make your day a little easier...
  • Pack a flask of soup or your favourite hot drink to keep you warm from the inside-out
  • Take along your favourite lip balm to moisturise and nourish in brisk winds and cooler temperatures
  • Keep a tin of our Gwdihw Propolis 1st Aid Balm handy for any accidental cuts and stings that happen along the way!

Take time to recover

Taking time post-adventure is just as important as preparing yourself pre-adventure! Have a little me time by lighting a refreshing candle whilst you take a dip in the tub with some muscle soothing Magnesium Bath Salts with Lavender. Be sure to replenish your water levels, and eat a comforting, healthy meal to help the buzz of the adventure continue into the evening.

Do it all over again

And once you’ve recovered, you’ll be ready to do it all over again next weekend!