Warm up to some new ideas this month

Shepparton News - - WEEKEND LIFESTYLE -

Hello, July — we have a feel­ing you’re go­ing to be fun. We’ve col­lected an ex­cit­ing va­ri­ety of cre­ative, phys­i­cal, ro­man­tic and Ånan­cial things for you to try this July. If you’re feel­ing up to the chal­lenge, why not try them all?

CRE­ATIVE THINGS TO TRY Make your own bath bombs:

Who doesn’t love a beau­ti­ful, aro­matic and colour­ful bath bomb?

The only down­side is they can be quite ex­pen­sive to buy, es­pe­cially if you use them in the bath reg­u­larly.

But did you know that bath bombs are ac­tu­ally super cheap to make (and quite easy)?

There are plenty of recipes on­line, so Ånd one which sounds good for you and give it a try.

Take pho­tos of a beau­ti­ful land­scape:

Go on an ad­ven­ture to a beau­ti­ful place, such as a laven­der Åeld, a rain­for­est, the coast, a lake or river, a moun­tain­ous area, or a botan­i­cal gar­den.

Make sure you take a cam­era (or your phone) with you so you can take some pho­tos.

Use a mind­ful colour­ing app:

Mind­ful colour­ing can be a fun, cre­ative and calm­ing ac­tiv­ity to do and us­ing a mind­ful colour­ing app is a super con­ve­nient (and cheap) way to give it a try.

Search your app store and Ånd an app which res­onates with you.

As you colour, pay at­ten­tion to the dif­fer­ent colours and tex­tures and feel free to get cre­ative with your colour choices.

PHYS­I­CAL THINGS TO TRY Do some gen­tle stretches in bed:

Hop into some com­fort­able py­ja­mas and climb into bed, ready to do some gen­tle and re­lax­ing stretches.

A few great stretches to do in­clude re­clined but­terAEy, for­ward fold, legs up the wall, child’s pose, or you can hold your knees against your chest and roll from side to side to stretch out your lower back.

Al­ter­na­tively, you could Ånd a bed­time yin yoga class on­line or via a pod­cast to try out. Go for a hike: If you haven’t done much hik­ing be­fore, be sure to start with a smaller hike and go with a friend (or use a pop­u­lar trail).

You can Ånd plenty of walk­ing and hik­ing guides on­line for ideas about where to go.

Wear com­fort­able cloth­ing, drink plenty of wa­ter and pro­tect your skin with lots of sun­screen. At­tend a laugh­ing yoga class: Laugh­ing yoga is a fun way to ex­pe­ri­ence psy­cho­log­i­cal and phys­i­o­log­i­cal beneÅts, while con­nect­ing with other peo­ple and hav­ing a good time.

It might feel a lit­tle strange at Årst, but just keep your mind open and al­low your­self to let go. You’ll be laugh­ing in no time.

RO­MAN­TIC THINGS TO TRY Recre­ate your Årst date:

Sit down with your part­ner and re­call as many things from your Årst date as you can both re­mem­ber. Then, do your best to recre­ate it.

Go back to the same places, wear the same (or sim­i­lar) clothes, do the same ac­tiv­i­ties and most im­por­tantly, treat each other with all the ex­cite­ment and en­thu­si­asm you would have felt on the Årst date.

Go on a choco­late tast­ing ad­ven­ture:

Have a quick look on Google and Ånd a few dif­fer­ent choco­late lo­ca­tions to visit to­gether.

As you visit each place, try to seek out unique and in­ter­est­ing AEavours to try.

To make the ex­pe­ri­ence even more ro­man­tic, you can feed each other pieces of choco­late.

Camp out in the liv­ing room:

Carry your mat­tress out to the liv­ing room, per­haps even build your­selves a fort, then spend the night watch­ing movies, eat­ing popcorn or ice-cream, snug­gling and hav­ing a fun time camp­ing out to­gether.

FI­NAN­CIAL THINGS TO TRY Use an app to bud­get bet­ter:

Are you Ånd­ing it difÅcult to stick to your bud­get and build your sav­ings ac­count?

Down­load one of the many bud­get­ing apps avail­able and use it to keep bet­ter track of your spend­ing habits.

Iden­tify any ar­eas you could im­prove upon and an­a­lyse the out­come of your sav­ing ef­forts at the end of each month. Ter­mi­nate mem­ber­ships you don’t re­ally use: If you’re pay­ing a monthly mem­ber­ship for ser­vices you don’t even use, then it’s time to ter­mi­nate them.

Are you signed up to NetAEix, Stan and Fox­tel, but you don’t even watch that much tele­vi­sion? Choose the one you’re most likely to use and end your mem­ber­ships with the rest.

Sub­scribed to a few dif­fer­ent apps which charge you monthly? Again, se­lect your favourites and delete the rest.

Pay­ing an ex­pen­sive monthly fee at the gym but only go­ing to one or two classes? Maybe, you could Ånd a boot-camp which only charges you for the classes you at­tend. Buy your gro­ceries at a farm­ers’ mar­ket: Show your sup­port for lo­cal pro­duc­ers at a farm­ers’ mar­ket and you might even save some money. Be sure to take some carry bags, cash (in case there aren’t eft­pos fa­cil­i­ties) and your own con­tain­ers or jars to go plas­tic-free.

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