Healthy Activities at Westbury Estate

Over the last month at Westbury Estate we have been talking a lot about health and wellbeing and exploring different activities that relate to this at No.7. Read more about this here

Over the last month at Westbury, we have been talking a lot about health and wellbeing.

We all have such busy lives, and especially living in a bustling city like London, it can be all too easy to forget to take a minute out and look after ourselves, both mentally and physically – and so this month, Westbury residents have been exploring different ways of squeezing in a bit of “me-time”.

The recent hot-spell may have been far from relaxing, but it did send No.7’s garden lavender into bloom, reminding us what a soothing and useful herb it is. Inspired by our own little shrub, we went ahead and made some lovely lavender bags.

This 3-ingredient craft was an instant hit – with a few spoonfuls of lavender wrapped up in a circle of fabric, and fastened with a ribbon, everyone at the session joined in. Before we knew it, we had a small army of little lavender bags ready to help us have the perfect night’s sleep.

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Overcome with the amount of lavender left over from our lavender bags, we all decided to indulge in a little beauty therapy, with some moisturising hypoallergenic homemade facemasks – the perfect opportunity to find a relaxing half hour to yourself. You can find the recipe card for how to make your own facemask here

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For the residents a little wary of craft and DIY, the third wellbeing session looked at Board Games as a way of finding a relaxing afternoon to clear your mind and relieve stress. Guest led by Edwin from the Clapham Library chess club, residents enjoyed revisiting classic board games over a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

…and the grand finale to wellbeing month! Following conversations from our skill swap on the Westbury Estate, we invited Alex, a Tai Chi instructor, to run a short session on the relaxing martial art. To the soundtrack of a month’s build-up of rain, Alex taught us the basic moves of Tai Chi and Chi Kung, leaving us calm and carefree.

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If you love board games, and missed out on the last session, Edwin will be back by popular demand on September 14th at No.7 – so come along and join us for a few games, and maybe even pick up our DIY face mask recipe cards, for ultimate relaxation!

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