2020 started similar to some other 12 months, besides it wasn’t. Simply three months into the 12 months the UK was put right into a nationwide lockdown as a result of coronavirus pandemic, and every little thing modified.
The pandemic has impacted folks everywhere in the world, and in additional methods than one. And never simply folks, however companies, too.
While it was a troublesome time for a lot of, enterprise house owners had been compelled to assume on their ft and now, we’re seeing an inflow of latest companies that had been based by means of lockdown and now, not solely are they surviving, however they’re additionally thriving.
Victoria Cranmer, a journey and mindfulness knowledgeable and mum, based Aware Escapes all through lockdown after recognizing a spot out there for well-being retreats designed to assist shield each psychological and bodily well being.
She mentioned, “Originally of 2020, my journey enterprise Paradise Promotions was able the place it was anticipated to develop, and I had even deliberate to tackle extra workers. Nevertheless, that each one modified and the enterprise I had spent 15 years working so exhausting on, had come to an abrupt halt.”
The UK lockdown meant that journey was restricted, and other people had been unable to come back in or in a foreign country, making the whole journey trade stand nonetheless.
Victoria explains that she juggles working her enterprise with motherhood; “I’ve three kids, aged 12, 10 and 5. So not solely was I making an attempt to maintain my enterprise afloat, however I used to be having to step right into a brand-new function – a instructor.
“It didn’t take lengthy to understand that I used to be no instructor and the home felt like a stress cooker with no earnings and three kids struggling to adapt to the brand new regular.”
If that wasn’t tough sufficient, Victoria misplaced her stepfather in Might after a battle with most cancers.
“I had reached a degree the place I felt numb and I needed to channel all my grief and anxiousness into one thing way more optimistic, so I started to check for a diploma in mindfulness,” she continued.
Quickly, Victoria felt a brand new sense of calm, and started to spend her days gardening, portray and spending high quality time together with her kids outdoors of home-schooling.
2020 continued to be a harsh 12 months, and in August, Victoria misplaced her father, and it wasn’t lengthy earlier than the UK was struck with yet one more lockdown, additional crippling the journey trade and her enterprise.
She mentioned, “But once more, I felt just like the rug had been pulled from beneath me. The continued stress of being unable to pay the payments, mixed with my ongoing emotions of grief had been beginning to get the higher of me.
“This time, I used to be capable of attain into my device package and with the mindfulness practises I’d learnt, I diminished my ranges of tension.”
The emotional rollercoaster of the previous fourteen months has come at a detriment to Victoria’s psychological well being and well-being, and it wasn’t lengthy earlier than she created Aware Escapes.
“I mixed my ardour for journey and my expertise inside the trade, with mindfulness, yoga and a need to assist shield folks’s psychological well being by creating resilience by means of teaching.
“Aware Escapes provide plenty of retreats, with every luxurious vacation spot specializing in a unique side of discovering stability and focus.
“I needed to create a world the place folks can escape the stress and stress of day-to-day life, permitting them to discover who they’re and the place they actually wish to be,” Victoria explains.
Aware Escapes takes prospects to luxurious and emotive places that present the right setting to create a sense of calm and wellness. Aiding folks of their journey to seek out their rhythm, recharge their batteries and carve out what’s subsequent for them, our retreats provide a device that helps folks reside their best life.
With retreats held within the likes of St Kitts, Saint Lucia, Croatia, Mykonos, Austria, and the Himalayas, Aware Escapes focuses on subjects akin to thoughts and physique health, the menopause, creating inner-calm, teaching for fulfillment, and wholesome ageing.
Victoria mentioned, “Now that lockdown restrictions are easing and there’s mild on the finish of the tunnel with the journey trade lastly open for enterprise, I’m certain that everyone is in want of a bit solar on their pores and skin and a few much-needed downtime.”
“Mindfulness, meditation and yoga all positively contribute to a happier and more healthy life-style. While bodily well being is extremely essential, we mustn’t overlook to care for our psychological well being and wellbeing, too.”
For many people, the pandemic has created a heightened and long-lasting state of tension.
However now, because the world re-opens as soon as extra and we start to see a increase in financial progress, Victoria asks; “Do you have got the psychological and bodily assets? Can you dig into these to restart your online business, lead a workforce and handle that huge undertaking?”
If the considered working at full pace for the following two years appears an impossibility, then Aware Escapes can offer you your personal hand-crafted device package to permit you to be one of the best model of your self.
“With Nationwide Yoga Day proper across the nook, now is a superb time to choose up your mat and get stretching,” Victoria continued.
Aware Escapes has partnered with Midlands-based model company Champions (UK) plc to assist put the model to the fore of the UK market.
Matthew Hayes, managing director of Champions (UK) plc expressed his pleasure on the partnership. He mentioned, “This partnership has come at such a poignant time in step with the easing of lockdown and journey restrictions, and it’s nice to see companies enhance their deal with psychological well being and wellbeing observe the consequences of the final 12-18 months.
“We’re delighted to have teamed up with Aware Escapes and might’t wait to see the outcomes.”