The beginning of a new year is as good a time as any to start putting yourself first. Rather than thinking of it as indulgent, why not think of looking after yourself as a necessity to enjoying a healthy and happy life.
Whether we mean to or not, Christmas and the holiday season that surrounds it, is a time of excess and the occasional gluttony (third cheeseboard of the day anyone?). So we often look to the New Year to ring the changes and start as we mean to go on.
Thankfully the Isle of Wight and wellbeing go hand in hand, so you already have everything you could need at your fingertips to make some healthy changes.
Here are our top 5 reasons for why the Island is the perfect place for your New Year’s break…
1. Our climate
Yes, we are still in the throes of winter here just like everyone else, but our winters are milder and our hours of sunshine longer (cue smug face). Take full advantage of the winter sun with a warming walk across our countryside, exploring the downs and coastline on foot. Chances are you won’t bump into many folks.
We are quite a healthy bunch on the Island really. Whatever the weather, you will always find someone out walking, or riding their bike up a massive hill, cantering around the countryside or taking a dip in the sea. You might think that sea swimming is only a summertime pursuit, but in actual fact, it is really good for you in the winter too. Winter swimming is a refreshing, life-affirming and exhilarating experience that can have positive impacts on mental health. Just ask the ladies who swim in Freshwater Bay every single day!
Why not take the plunge, starting safe and slow (don’t just dive straight in, take it bit by bit) and we are sure you will enjoy it. Follow it up with a celebratory and well-earned hot chocolate on the beach.
3. Our food
The Island’s unique microclimate enables our soils and seas to produce unrivalled ingredients. A great way of getting maximum benefit is to eat locally and seasonally. By eating with the seasons, you are reducing the energy that is required to grow and transport the produce; supporting your local economy and, most importantly, the food you are eating is at its natural best, so tastier and more nutritious.
Many of our pubs and restaurants serve up wonderful meals made using Island produce; or you can cook your own thanks to our numerous farm-shops, filled to the brim with tasty, healthy and above all, local loveliness. Pay a visit to the Wight Taste shop onboard and stock up.
Feeling better applies to the outside as well as the inside. Yes, feeling good on the inside is most important, but who doesn’t feel better when they know they are looking tip top too. The Island has several spas that offer anything from a quick mani-pedi, to a full on day experience complete with massage, sauna and a light lunch.
5. Slow living
The Island invented it. Well, not quite, but we are certainly famed for our slower pace and more chilled out approach to life. You have to be when the reason you are late for work was due to following a tractor or waiting for a herd of cows to cross the road! Many of us feel that our lives are overly hectic or emotionally out of kilter, and are looking for ways to restore the balance. A trip to the Isle of Wight, taking some real time out for yourself, can certainly recharge the batteries and help you face the year ahead.
The Isle of Wight can offer far more than just a New Year detox, it is an accessible piece of paradise the whole year through. Why not consider the Island as the ideal place for your break in the summer, allowing you precious time away with the family, to escape the rat race and truly relax.
It doesn’t take too long to get here, but once you arrive, it certainly feels miles away from home.
*This article first appeared in Wightlife – our onboard magazine. Author: Lindsay Becker
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