Life hacks facts

Tips, tricks and remedies that will change how you go about eve‰day tasks, for the beŽer.


Be prepared

Keep a few di erent cheeses, charcuteri­e, nuts, crackers and some prosecco in your cupboard for any impromptu summer gatherings – that way you’re always prepared for guests. (The Well Plated Cookbook by Erin Clarke)

Don’t forget to breathe

Overwhelme­d with Christmas stress? Take a minute to practice box breathing. Sit up straight, breathe in through your nose for four counts, hold for four counts, breathe out through your mouth for four counts. Repeat this for four to eight breath cycles. This simple act of inhalation and exhalation can help refocus your mind. (Murdering Middle Age by Dr Michele Cox and Maia Jackman)

Long time no sea

Check SafeSwim before you head to the beach to check the water quali— and conditions of your fav swimming spot. ( nd

Take a moment

Nature holds so much power and joy, which is why we go walking in the first place. On your next summer stroll, try and take yourself somewhere new, just don’t forget to stop and listen, be mindful of where you are and how lucky you are to be there. (Houseplant­s and Design by Liz Carlson)

Spruce things up

As scents, ®press and pine help stimulate breathing but also relax us with mild sedative qualities. If you can, opt for a real Christmas tree this year – the woody smell in your home will make you feel safe and comforted, and reduce stress levels – as well as automatica­lly looking gorgeous. (Tree Glee by Cheryl Rickman)

Ber‰ nice

Lots of summer sun gives strawberri­es the juiciest flavour. However, make sure not to overwater them, as if the soil isn’t draining between watering, the plants will rot. Planting them in small mounds will help make sure you get your summer berries just right. (Palmers)

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