Get back into routine for Autumn

The kids are back at school, the nights are drawing in, and the heat wave is well and truly over.

The transition from summer to autumn can be bittersweet — you've had a summer full of fun, yet you know winter is just around the corner and the thought of cold winds, jackets, hats and scarves make you feel just that bit grey.

Don't panic, just making a few simple tweaks to your routine will help you feel relaxed and ready to take on the colder months ahead.

 

Plan a few “catch-up” days

As soon as the holidays are over often we feel the need to head straight back into work and stress mode, but it’s worth planning a day or two of transition time to help you catch up with yourself.

Whether that means getting over jet lag or sorting that pile of washing that's been lying around for weeks, it will also make that big “to-do” list in your head a little less daunting.

 
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Get Social!

During the summer we tend to spend a huge amount of our time socialising, which is great, but that tends to be with people we don't see often, such as long-distance relatives and friends.

Getting back into a routine of meeting up with local friends, family, and social groups such as weekly yoga or Pilates class is a great way to help kick-start a more social normality again.

 
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Exercise and health check

There's nothing wrong with going a little off-track when it comes to holidays, which we're all guilty of.

However, it’s important to get back into a healthy routine as soon as possible as it helps adjust back to normality more quickly.

This doesn’t have to mean an intense 2-hour gym session every day — we know how tricky it can be to fit these things in and, let's face it, the thought of having to go to the gym on a cold drizzly morning after 6 weeks of sunshine doesn’t sound all that pleasant! Daily dog walks or a gentle jog on Dartmoor can be just as beneficial, especially when you get a routine going.

Getting back on track by taking daily vitamins and supplements will also help yourself and your families body to adjust and help build up the immune system ready to fight those dreaded winter colds.

 
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Refresh the house

With family holidays and long weekends away from home, the house becomes unused which can make the atmosphere feel a little stale. With the kids back to school, this is the perfect opportunity to give the house a bit of autumnal attention.

Incorporating flowers into your home is one of the easiest ways to transition into any season. Flowers such as Dahlias and Chrysanthemums are the perfect Autumnal flowers and will look perfect on any coffee table or mantelpiece.

 
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Get the right amount of sleep

Finally, this might seem like an obvious one, but it's super important to allow yourself a good amount of sleep every night to help regulate your pattern.

Not only will it provide you with higher amounts of energy, but a much calmer mindset too. We are all guilty of checking emails and social media whilst tucked up in bed, and it can leave us feeling worried more often than you might realise, making it harder to fall asleep. Disconnecting from technology one hour before bedtime allows our mind to start relaxing a lot more quickly.

So why not try swapping the phone for a good old book — we are currently loving Sarah Knight’s “You do You” book and a cup of Devonshire Tea Delightful Afternoon.

 

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Five Ways to Protect Our Bees

Here at Devonshire Tea, we love almost anything associated with the outdoors, especially when it comes to wildlife, however, it’s easy to forget how much of a significant impact they have on ourselves and the environment.

We would be lying if we said we didn’t have a soft spot for our Honey Bees. Honey Bees are awesome little creatures, known for pollinating a third of the world’s fruit and vegetables.

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However, over the past 5 years, there has been a dramatic decline in bees caused by many factors including toxic pesticides, parasites and intense agriculture farming. Every year on the third Saturday of August marks National Honey Bee Day and to mark the occasion we’ve curated five ways to help protect our bees…

 

1. Bee-friendly plants

Whether you have small or big plot to work with, there are a number of plants that can help benefit the bees. Herbs are a great place to start, easy to plant, look after and are a huge energy source for our bees. Certain herbs such as Chive, Sage and Rosemary being especially beneficial and perfect for the Summer into Winter months.

 

2. Stop Weeding!

Yes, you read that right! Many weeds such as dandelions are an excellent source of food for bees. In the colder months, these can be the only source of food and not just for bees but for many insects also. They might not look so pretty but they help the wildlife through the winter months and hey, you now have valid excuse to drop the weeding job!

3. Water

This pretty important and really easy too, especially recently with the drier months. Simply leaving a small bowl of water on a balcony on in the corner of your garden helps bees get all the water they need during the warmer days.

 

4. Buy Local

This might come as no surprise but here at Devonshire Tea, we are all about supporting and buying locally especially when it comes to honey, used as a substitute for sugar in our tea and on our morning porridge. When buying local honey you are supporting local beekeepers as well as their bees!

All raw honey, unlike pasteurised honey, comes straight from the hive is unheated, unpasteurised and undiluted which means it retains all the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and delicious flavour! We love Devon Flower Honey from From Field and Flower.

 

5. The fewer pesticides, the better!

Try to eliminate the use of pesticides within your garden, especially on the plants that attract bees. They are harmful to humans as well as bees and it’s known to be one of the main causes of the decline in bees.

 

Interested in finding out more ways to help protect our wildlife? Head over to www.friendsoftheearth.uk for campaigns and general information.

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Win an Afternoon Tea Hamper!

To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week we're giving away a wonderful Afternoon Tea Hamper from our friends at Devon Heaven.

The hamper contains everything you need for a classic Devonshire Cream Tea at home: award-winning scones and strawberry preserve from the Devon Scone Company, real Devon clotted cream from Langage Farm, and a box of our Blend Selection of teas. Also included is some traditional clothbound Devon cheddar from Quicke's, savoury biscuits from Hillside, and chutney from Otter Vale.

To be in with a chance of winning this wonderful hamper, just visit our competition page and answer the question correctly — good luck!

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Richard Heath