The Leeds Festival is round the corner, and it promises to be the retreat you have been waiting for. Also, summer brings over 15 wellness festivals to the UK from July to September 2022. You can choose from an array of festival wellness options to help you get centred the rest of the year and to discover new ways to work on your holistic wellbeing. Music and wellness festivals go hand-in-hand to make you feel good.
Do you have your festival basics ready? Camping equipment, a pillow, toiletries, a lamp that charges with a USB port, the perfect outfits, and a variety of shoes (and a plastic cape!) in case it rains. Good! Now it's time to focus on your wellness checklist for the festival season.
1. Protect Yourself From Sun Damage And Dehydration
When you are at a festival, all you want to do is enjoy the music and the overall experience. It's easy to forget to drink enough water while dancing to your favourite bands or walking around the festival site.
Hanging out with your friends in the sun is awesome, but dehydration could become a serious issue. It can make you feel rough with headaches and dry mouth, and even cause you to faint - which of course, will put a stop to all the festival fun! Remember to take a water bottle with you and drink at least 2 litres daily to stay on top of your hydration during the upcoming festivals in 2022.
Now, let’s talk about the sun! Protection against high temperatures is a must, so keep a broad spectrum sunscreen in your pocket or backpack and reapply every four hours - especially if you are outdoors all day.
Lastly, don't shy away from hats. The wider the brim, the better for keeping the sun off your face. You don't want to spend the next months trying to reverse the damage caused by excessive sun exposure in a couple of days.
Bonus! The sun shines bright very early, but perhaps you don't fancy getting up at 5am. Include in your bag a quality eye mask. It will make you feel lush when going to bed and give you the option of waking up on your own time.
2. Why Travel Balms Are The Best For Wellbeing At Festivals
When it comes to being practical for the festivals, very few products compare with the ease of using an aromatherapy balm. Pocket-size and spilling-free, aromatherapy balms are the best solution to improve your outdoors experience immediately.
Dabbing the balm on your pressure points, such as the inner part of your wrists, forehead and back of your neck will create a sensory experience that can transport you to the "it's me time" realm, and keep you away from wafts of random smells.
Our favourite scent to help you tune in with your innermost feelings is the ESCAPE blend. It is designed to help you shift gears from what you "have to do" to what you "want to do", all through the sense of smell. This wellbeing essential is made to help you let go and enjoy the moment, wherever you are. If you want to boost that feeling at home, lighting a candle with the same scent is a terrific option.
Sleeping well may be one of the most challenging activities during your festival days. The noise outside, trying to find your best position while cramped in a tent, being too hot or too cold. Many variables can affect the quality of your sleep. Luckily you can keep a sleep aromatherapy balm by your pillow or sleeping bag, so you don't forget to apply it. It will calm you down and prepare you to sleep. It is a good idea to start using the balm before the festival; that way, you will have time to associate the smell with bed time beforehand.
3. How To Use Aromatherapy On The Go For Stress Relief
Attending social events outside your comfort zone can sometimes make you nervous. Perhaps the idea of having a bad experience in the unpredictable festival conditions can make you anxious, and you wouldn't be wrong.
Thousands of people letting themselves loose opens the door to the unexpected. Let's face it, the cool vibes of every festival fade away when you're eternally queuing for food, when you are in the middle of a crowd that forgot to pack deodorant (let's not mention the infamous toilets), or when you're done for the day and the noise makes it impossible to sleep. All of these are stressful situations that can take away from experience. So, don't worry. Festival stress is very common, and you shouldn't feel bad about it.
The easiest solution is to be prepared by having practical solutions for as many unanticipated events as possible. Aromatherapy, as a holistic healing treatment that promotes wellbeing, will help you navigate negative feelings during the festival.
Each scent is designed to enhance emotional and physical health in different moments of your day or of your life. That's right, aromatherapy is as diverse as you, and there is a scent designed for each of your desired moods. When you need to ease stress and anxiety, when you need to stay focused, when you need to improve the quality of your sleep, or when you need to feel loved.
So, no matter what happens at your festival of choice, having an aromatherapy balm in your pocket will aid you in being ready to navigate any stressful situation. You might as well carry a mini version of each travel aromatherapy balm to have options when you are away from home.
This option becomes a thousand times more attractive if your balm is also refillable and the packaging is sustainable. Music Festivals generate 23,500 tonnes of waste on average. This includes food waste, plastic bottles, abandoned tents and clothing. You can rest assured the balm you carry in your pocket is kinder to the planet.