Written by Anna Byrne, July 2023 

From embracing nature to self-care, discover the meaningful ways we are reconnecting this month.

In our busy lives, it’s easy to lose touch with ourselves and the beauty of nature. Being constantly plugged in can make us feel antsy, anxious, and disconnected. But living in a fast-paced world filled with distractions means we often overlook the positive impact of spending time outdoors or putting ourselves first.

This month, we wanted to share simple ways to reconnect, rediscover joy, and find moments of peace. From embracing nature to expressing your style, our team has pulled together 14 simple actions to enhance our well-being and help us reconnect.

Sweet Indulgence
Remember those moments from childhood when the aroma of your favourite treat filled the air? Why not recreate the magic and take a tasty trip down memory lane? Dust off your recipe book and whip up a nostalgic dish that brings back cherished memories. Allow yourself a moment of pure bliss as you relish the sweet delight that brings a smile to your face.

Dress up
“Why wait for a special occasion to feel fabulous? Take the dress, outfit, or necklace you’ve been saving for a “someday” and elevate your everyday. How you dress can influence your feelings about yourself, so don’t hold back. Embrace your unique style and wear something that makes you radiate confidence.

Mindful breaks
We all know that spending time in nature is good for us – it can help boost our mood and lower our stress levels. Cultivate a mindful moment by stepping away from your usual surroundings and taking a lunch break outside. If you’re working from home, start your day with a refreshing “walk to work” by strolling around your block for 10 minutes before delving into your inbox. These simple acts of connecting with the outdoors help centre your mind, rejuvenate your body, and infuse your day with a sense of tranquility.

Gratitude Boost
In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s easy to overlook the small moments that bring us joy and gratitude. Take a pause and reflect on the things you appreciate in your life. Write them down or capture them in a photo. It could be as simple as the morning sun, a kind gesture from a friend, or the beauty of nature surrounding you. By actively acknowledging these moments of gratitude, you invite more positivity into your life and reconnect with the simple joys that often go unnoticed.

Outdoor serenity
Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life by embracing outdoor activities. Plan a leisurely picnic, find solace beneath the shade of a majestic tree, marvel at the ever-changing shapes of clouds, or bask in the breathtaking hues of a sunset. These simple yet profound experiences allow you to slow down, reconnect with the natural world, and find peace in the embrace of nature’s beauty.

Indulge in Self-Care
“In our fast-paced lives, making time for self-care is important, even if it’s just a small time slot in your day. Simple acts like lighting a scented candle, brewing a herbal tea and slipping into your favourite pyjamas help you reconnect with your well-being and encourage a healthy relationship with yourself to radiate all of those good feelings to others!” Katie Imer, Sussan Sleepwear Buyer

Embrace gardening
Spending time outside doesn’t mean enduring a half-day hike or venturing far from home. Embrace the beauty of gardening and create your own oasis right in your backyard or even your balcony. Growing flowers, fruits or vegetables provides a gratifying experience while boosting your mood and reducing stress levels. Witness Earth’s natural rhythms and reap the rewards of your green thumb.

Date Yourself
Amidst the demands of daily life, it’s vital to carve out dedicated time for yourself. Treat yourself to a monthly date when you prioritise your needs and desires. It could be a day filled with activities that bring you joy, whether exploring a new hobby, taking a solo adventure, or simply doing nothing. Find a cosy corner in a coffee shop and lose yourself in a captivating book or take yourself shopping.

First Nations Wisdom
Research and learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and their deep connection to Country to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of how you can care for Country and connect with the lands where you work, live and play.

Get creative
“Creativity is unique, offering yourself an opportunity to look beyond the ordinary and a break from the everyday. The outlet is a journey that allows you to share your world. This could be as simple as unwinding with a book or sketching a flower from the garden. Don’t worry about the end result; it’s the process that truly matters.” Imogen Owens, Sussan Print Designer – Sleepwear

Connect with Kindness
In our interconnected world, where distractions abound, a simple act of kindness can hold immense power. Take a moment to reconnect with the people who matter by reaching out to a friend you miss. Send a heartfelt text expressing your care and appreciation. By nurturing these connections, you bring joy to someone’s day and create a space for genuine human connection, reminding yourself of the importance of meaningful relationships.

Bring Nature In
Immerse yourself in nature’s joy by bringing a touch of Mother Nature inside. Whether it’s a bunch of fresh blooms by your bed or a new plant in your living space, the colours and scents will help create a serene atmosphere. Even a small touch of greenery can re-energise your surroundings and remind you of the beauty of nature.

Shop Sustainably
“This month, our Sussan team has been passionately reconnecting with nature and embracing our sustainable values, with nature serving as both inspiration and a guide for responsible choices. More than ever, we are prioritising materials that are kinder to the planet, including Australian Cotton, responsibly sourced wool, and eco-friendly viscose. By shopping sustainably, you can also lower the environmental impact, preserving the magnificence of the natural world for future generations.” Natalie Aardoom, Sussan General Manager.

Make a Difference
Reconnect with nature by making a positive impact on the world around you. One powerful way to achieve this is by supporting a charity close to your heart. Whether through donations, volunteering your time and skills, or using your voice to raise awareness on social media, you can actively contribute to causes that resonate with your values. By taking action, you not only reconnect with your compassion and empathy but also create a ripple effect of positive change, fostering a sense of purpose and connection with the broader community.

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