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Stay Grounded This Summer

Welcome to this fortnight’s Quest blog. We hope you’ve been enjoying the long, lazy summer evenings so far. Did you know that our summer holidays provide us with the perfect opportunity to practise exercises that help to ground and centre us? Well, in this blog we are giving you our top tips to help you stay rejuvenated and grounded this summer. Kids on school holidays? Fret not. We understand that for many, the school holidays can add to daily struggles as you try to juggle childcare with work and life in general. You can practise these exercises at a time that suits you. You could even get the children involved and teach them the importance of maintaining their well-being. So here are our top tips for staying grounded this summer:

  • Practice Mindfulness: Engage in daily mindfulness exercises such as meditation, deep breathing, or mindful walking to stay present and calm amidst the holiday chaos.
  • Set Intentions: Start your day by setting positive intentions. Reflect on what you want to experience and achieve during the summer, and align your actions accordingly.
  • Maintain a Routine: Create a flexible routine that includes time for relaxation, exercise, socialising, and personal growth. Having a structure can provide a sense of stability during the summer break, especially if you have children at home.
  • Connect with Nature: Spend time outdoors, whether it’s taking a walk in the park, going to the beach, or hiking. Nature has this amazing grounding effect and can help you feel more connected and at peace.
  • Limit Screen Time: Reduce your time spent on electronic devices and social media. Disconnecting from technology allows you to focus on your surroundings and engage in meaningful experiences.
  • Engage in Physical Activity: Incorporate regular physical exercise into your routine. Whether it’s going for a swim, practicing yoga, or playing a sport, physical activity can release tension and boost your mood.
  • Prioritise Self-Care: Take care of your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation, such as reading, listening to music, taking baths, or getting a massage or even some Reiki.
  • Practice Gratitude: Cultivate an attitude of gratitude by reflecting on the things you appreciate in your life. Keep a gratitude journal or share your gratitude with others, as it helps shift your focus to the positive aspects of your experience.
  • Set Boundaries: Learn to say no and establish healthy boundaries to protect your time and energy. Prioritise activities and commitments that align with your values and bring you joy.
  • Connect with Loved Ones: Spend quality time with family and friends. Engage in meaningful conversations, create new memories, and strengthen your relationships. Positive connections with others can provide a sense of belonging and support.

These tips are meant to guide you, just remember, everyone’s needs are unique. You can adjust and personalise them to suit your preferences and circumstances. Enjoy your summer holidays and make the most of your time to rejuvenate your soul and stay grounded and centered.

“Like a tree with deep roots, stay grounded in your spiritual essence. Let your branches reach for the heavens, while your roots remain firmly connected to the earth. In this balance, you will find true strength, resilience, and inner peace.”

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Self-Care

At Spiritual Quest we believe it’s important to take time to check in with ourselves. We understand that life can be busy and things can get in the way, so here is a gentle reminder from us to you, to take a little time today and reflect on your self-care. You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’ many a time. Think about it…from the moment we wake, we are continuously giving our energy to family, friends, work and life in general. If we don’t take time to replenish ourselves we can effectively ‘burn out’. The good news is that there are lots of things you can do to improve your self-care and overall well-being.


The Seven Pillars of Self-Care

We think the simplest way to look at self-care is to imagine seven pillars: emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, environmental, recreational and social. Each of these representing a different aspect of your life that needs to be nurtured. Let’s explore these a little more…

Emotional – Relates to your ability to acknowledge, process and reflect on your feelings, or matters of the heart. By strengthening your emotional pillar you begin to understand yourself better; giving you the strength to deal with set backs or challenges, as well as developing healthy emotional responses.

Mental – Mindset is everything! Creating a positive mindset through mindfulness techniques can have a significant impact on our stress levels. It can also increase our creativity and knowledge.

Physical – Probably the one that most people think of when they hear ‘self-care’. This pillar covers everything from exercise, nutrition, hygiene and sleep.

Spiritual – Something that we at Spiritual Quest are huge advocates of…your spiritual growth. It’s the practices that allow us to nourish our soul; giving us purpose, direction and bringing meaning to our lives.

Environmental – Our living and working environments can have a huge impact on our head-space. Take a look at your environment. How do they look or feel? If they are cluttered, there’s a good chance that’s how you’ll feel too. Take time to clear these spaces and it’ll help bring you the clarity you need.

Recreational – As we age, we often forget about the little things that used to bring so much joy. Taking time to nurture your inner child with hobbies and activities that re-energise, will help you escape from day to day stresses and allow you to enjoy the simple pleasures in life once more.

Finally, Social – Our connections with others are so important for our self-care. Building positive, meaningful relationships with people who ‘get you’, can have an overwhelming impact on your life. Surround yourself, as much as you can, with people who bring you a sense of self-acceptance and belonging.

Take a moment to reflect on the points raised above. Think about what your current self-care practice looks like and what pillars you think could do with a little nurturing. Next, we’ll talk you through some very simple ways you can improve your self-care regime.


How to improve your self-care regime

There are so many wonderful things you can do to support and strengthen your pillars of self-care. It’s about finding the things you enjoy and those you know you’ll be able to easily incorporate into your life. Below is just a small selection of the things we like to do at Spiritual Quest to support our self-care.

  • Daily meditation
  • Connecting with nature by going for a walk, or spending time in the garden/park
  • Gentle exercise – Qi Gong, yoga, swimming and hitting the gym are favourites here
  • Journalling
  • Listening to music
  • Bathing with Himalayan bath salts
  • Spend time on hobbies and interests
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Connecting to higher powers through spiritual and/or religious practice
  • Clearing the clutter – Let the spring clean commence
  • Eating regular nutritious meals and drinking plenty of water
  • Rest and getting a good amount of sleep
  • Disconnecting from technology and social media for a little time each day

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Here at Spiritual Quest we have everything you need to enhance your self-care practice from amazing well-being products to courses and workshops designed to inspire you to lead a more meaningful life. Take a look at these wonderful products and workshops we have coming up. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Pop in, browse online or give us a call on 01372 878 606 and we’ll be happy to help you.