6 Reasons to take a Summer Holiday and Healthcare Essentials

When it comes to looking after yourself, rest and relaxation should be at the top of your list. But with modern life being so busy, how can you justify taking a holiday when there is so much to keep on top of?

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1. You owe it to your body

Two of the biggest factors affecting your general wellbeing are heart health and stress levels. Taking regular holidays can help maintain your heart health – studies have shown that women who take fewer holidays, or no holidays at all, can be up to eight times more likely to develop heart disease (1).

Taking time out from your usual routine will help lower your stress levels and your blood pressure. High blood pressure and stress are intrinsically linked, and high blood pressure also puts strain on your heart (2). 

2. Sleep it Off

While some people feel that there is no bed like their own, hotel beds are often far more luxurious than the bed you have at home. Relaxation is the name of the game and sinking into a super soft mattress surrounded by Egyptian cotton is a guaranteed stress-buster. And of course, a good night’s sleep is linked to a healthy circulatory system and better cognitive performance.

3. Get the Vitamins You’re Lacking

Summer holidays often mean spending time relaxing by the pool or sitting on the beach. You need to protect your skin, especially in the warmest climates, but getting some direct sunshine every day can be extremely good for you. Without taking a vitamin D supplement or eating particular types of oily fish, your body can only get vitamin D by manufacturing it when your skin is exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D helps the body absorb minerals from your diet that are used to build healthy bones, teeth and muscles (3).

While you’re sitting and relaxing in the sunshine, your brain will enter an almost dream-like state, organising your mind and learning how best to perform your routine tasks. And daydreaming helps you to become more creative – you might even accidentally find a solution to that problem that’s been bothering you for weeks! (4)

“I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list.” - Susan Sontag

4. Other healthcare essentials

Your day-to-day health will need maintaining while you are away, so here are some other essential items you may need to take with you.

Shampoo & conditioner, bodywash, toothbrush & toothpaste, sanitary products: Some hotels will provide some of these items, but if you are unsure, you should take your own. These are the bare minimum absolute essentials that you will need to feel clean and fresh. Optionally, take dental floss if you use it. Be aware that there are limitations on the amount of liquids you can transport on aeroplanes, so check with your travel company or airline before packing large bottles.

Moisturiser & sunscreen: Warm weather can dry out your skin, it’s that simple – but blazing sunshine for more than 15 minutes can be one of the primary causes of skin cancer. You probably use a moisturiser as part of your daily routine anyway, and many sunscreens have moisturisers included. Don’t forget to use them – especially if you are going to be wearing a swimsuit!

Deodorant: Whether it’s a body spray or an anti-perspirant, you’ll be glad you remembered to take deodorant with you, especially if you are going somewhere warmer than your home environment.

Shaving equipment: Wherever you find hair that you don’t want it, you’ll need to be able to get rid of it. Disposable razors will be fine but check the size of any shaving lotion before boarding an airplane.

Medicines: You don’t have to visit a foreign country to get an upset stomach, so it is worth taking diarrhoea treatments with you wherever you are going. Additionally, a small first aid kit can be useful. Take items like paracetamol tablets, antiseptic cream, and plasters – just in case.

Beauty: If you want to look and feel your best, remember to pack your hairbrush, make-up, nail file, tweezers, and something to tie your hair up with if necessary. And don’t forget your perfume, as your favourite scent may be hard to find when you aren’t near home.

5. What if you forget something?

Make a plan so you don’t forget anything. Spend a day during the week before you leave giving your healthcare essentials a trial run – pack them up early, and only use products that you have packed for a day. The moment you think, “Oh, I need the….”, you’ll know you’ve missed something out.

If you can prove to yourself that you have everything you need, you’ll have no fear – no stress, no worry – about what you might have forgotten as you set off on your holiday.

6. A Summer Holiday is Good for You

Taking a holiday is great, but the result when you come back home can be even more beneficial. The break from routine that your body has taken, the good sleep, the pampering, the sunshine, will all add up. You’ll feel better about all the things you want to get on with at home and work, as your mind will be at peace and your body will be well-rested and ready for action. Simply put, if you want to have a great year, make sure you schedule a summer holiday in the middle of it!

 

Apothecary 27 Holiday Best Buys! 

Travel Size Dr. Bronner Soaps

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Travel Size Dr. Bronner Soaps, Great for shampoo, body wash, cleaning work sides. You name it, it’s suitable for. Great for taking on holiday. We stock peppermint, baby mild, citrus, lavender, almond and rose .

 

Viridian Travel Probiotic

Viridian Travel Probiotic could be considered if you’re travelling abroad. As a food supplement, take one capsule daily for five days before travel and continue for the duration of the trip. For general use, take one to two capsules daily, or as directed by your healthcare professional. See the short video to find out more.

Bio-Kult for Gut health and Gut Flora

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Bio-Kult offers a great probiotic for maintaining gut flora and gut health, the Advanced multi-strain formula is great for that, however, the Candea would also be good for travelling as it contains antibacterial and anti-parasite ingredients including grapefruit seed extract and garlic.

 

 

 

Sunscreen

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SHADE™ provides shade for the lips and face, all-natural sunscreen, safe, non-toxic, non-nano, unscented, organic, SPF25 - only 4 ingredients, great for sensitive skin. 

 

 

 

 

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For the body: Alba sun sprays have a range available in mineral spf35 and children’s spf50.

Alba Botanica Kids Sunscreen Tropical Fruit Clear Spray.

Broad spectrum sunscreen protection is easily applied with this air-powered, earth-friendly spray. Formula can be conveniently sprayed at any angle onto active, outdoor kids.

Lightly fragranced formula helps protect against sunburn and premature signs of aging. Hypo-allergenic, gluten-free, biodegradable, water resistant sunscreen spray. Free of oxybenzone, octinoxate, PABA, nano-sunscreens and Vitamin A.

Visit Apothecary 27 at 71-73 Weyhill, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 1H to purchase your holiday wellness and beauty products. 

 References

  1. https://www.framinghamheartstudy.org/
  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/stress-and-high-blood-pressure/art-20044190
  3. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/how-to-get-vitamin-d-from-sunlight/
  4. https://www.fastcompany.com/3046172/the-hidden-benefits-of-daydreaming