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  • Self Care... Not Just For January

    By Danielle McKenna


    So, who else is already feeling like it’s the 74thof January? January; what a weird creature it is – the month that you are feeling most energetically and financially depleted, but the month you are expected to be your very best self.

    The minute the clock strikes midnight on the 31stof December, we are constantly bombarded by messages that tell us; plan the year ahead to make it the BEST one yet, start the diet that guarantees you the proportions of a Kardashian, slog it out in the gym daily – oh and by the way, can you do it all alcohol FREE? No, I’m sorry, I can’t actually . . . I’d like to wake up at the end of February. Night night.

    I have a controversial idea people, what if we give ourselves a break. What about we break that guilt stick over our carefully gym honed knee and throw it over our head. I get it, I get it all and the well-meant messages and as a life coach my trade is self-improvement, transformation and being your very best self. But sometimes I believe too many messages are damaging and cause us to procrastinate and feel less than. Even more so when we don’t stick to the faddy diets, the weird new Brazilian dance class or are feeling less than Namaste about our anorexic bank balance at the end of the month. We also need to let go of the ridiculous concept that January is the blueprint for how the rest of the year is going to pan out. Its simply not the case.

    In an ideal world, what I would like is for the people of the nation to give themselves a break and understand their worth so that they place self-care at the forefront of their minds every day, week and month of the year. I talk to my clients about self-care a lot, I believe it is the foundation from which everything in our lives flow – our physical health, our mental wellbeing, our relationships, and how we show up in the world. Like all new healthy habits these take time to bed, and, like a puppy for Christmas, self-care is not just for January.

    I understand that life is chaotic, usually time poor and we are all pulled in many directions by grown up (yawn) responsibilities, but if you want growth and to feel your very best, self-care is an essential part of that, and it doesn’t mean you have to totally overhaul your life. It is valuing yourself enough to make the time and to do the work which is a power move in itself.

    So, the first thing you need to know is that self-care does not need to be expensive. You can run yourself a lovely bubble bath at the end of a long day or get yourself out into nature by going on a walk in a beautiful setting. You can make sure that you find time to meditate or cook yourself a nutritious meal from scratch and kill two birds with one stone by inviting someone you love to share it with you. Sometimes I even tell clients after an evening’s coaching session to pour themselves a glass of wine and listen to some relaxing music to wind down (just don’t drink the whole bottle in the name of self-care please, the hangover is on you, not on me). Self-care means different things for each individual, so take the time to identify and do whatever it takes that resonates best as self-care to your heart and soul.

    If we are able to take this approach and make sure that we take positive steps in taking care of ourselves there will be no need for the January drama, the self-flagellation and for buying into anything that is setting us up to fail and therefore feel less than. When we feel like the best version of ourselves, we do better and kinder things for ourselves and for those around us which creates a beautiful ripple effect. If you can channel one thing in January, make it this; that   you learn to love and look after yourself as you would your dearest friend.

  • The Soul Enriching Sea

    Why is it that we sleep better by The Sea? Our skin is clearer, we have more energy and our Soul feels nourished.

    The benefits of being near the sea have been felt since the ancient times. What is now known as Thalassotherapy was practiced by the Greeks and Romans (thelassa meaning sea and therapia meaning treatment). The salt was used to exfoliate the skin and warm sea water baths to relax the body and mind. The modern day is seeing a return of these sea water treatments with experiences like flotation pods, where an hour in one is said to be the equivalent of an 8 hour sleep!

    The salt in the sea air is charged with healthy negative ions which accelerate our ability to absorb more oxygen, resulting in us feeling more energised. These negative ions also help to balance our serotonin levels, a chemical which is linked to our mood and our ability to guard against stress and depression.

    Natures sounds have a way of affecting a person in a different way to manmade noise. The beautiful flow of the sound of the wind, the rustling in the trees, even the sound of thunder feels exciting. The sound of the waves softly calms the mind with some saying that the sea has a similar sound to what a baby hears in its mothers womb. The slow eb and flow mimicking the rocking back and forth.

    Mother Nature feeding the Soul

  • Luxury Retreats Around The World

    If you’ve been looking for a getaway that is as much of a holiday as an opportunity to work on your well-being, a luxury retreat is the perfect solution. We’ve curated a list of our top luxury retreats around the world for you. Beautiful places where you can restore your Mind, Body & Soul in an unforgettable setting whilst having every whim catered to.

    Situated in Tecate, this fitness retreat and spa is set on a breathtaking 4,000 acres of mountains, meadows and gardens. It’s upscale and luxurious without being too pretentious, creating a comfortable and welcoming environment.

    With an amazing variety of activities you can nurture every part of you. The many wellness offerings on the grounds include inspirational lectures, therapeutic sessions, hiking trials and spa treatments, fitness classes including everything from Watsu and yoga to TRX and Pilates, Mindfulness, Treatments, the list goes on!

    We all know that what you put into your body is just as important as what you do the outside. To keep the holistic approach that the Ranch encompasses, it has an Organic Farm 2 miles up the road where the food you will eat is grown. Tours of the farm are available, proving how wonderful and transparent this beautiful place is.

    Set in a beautiful landscape is this incredible place that offers such a wide variety of treatments and services. It combines holistic natural healing with state of the art modern medicine.

    With our lives being busier and more hectic than ever Lanserhof offers services like Burnout Therapy, Detox, Energy Healing to give your mind and body the healing and love it needs. Alongside these are nutritional therapy, fitness programmes and so much more.

    The food is sourced locally, seasonally and is organic. With every piece of the puzzle thought about it would be hard not to come away feeling like a new person.

    If you’re looking for something more active then this place will be hard to say no to. With daily Nordic hikes lead by specialist guides, Mountain Trek say that they will transform you physically and mentally in a way like no other.

    Nestled in the forest you’d be staying in the 16 bedroom timber framed lodge over-looking Kootenay Lake and the Purcell Mountains with massage treatments to send you into a beautiful slumber.

    As well as the classes and spa treatments you’ll have access to a kinesiologist, a naturopathic doctor, nutritionists and an organic chef on hand to enhance you from head to toe and inside out.

    Whether your idea of relaxation is yoga, spa treatments, enjoying the great outdoors, or a little bit of everything, you’ll appreciate the holistic approach used at this luxury wellness resort in the Caribbean. Offering a mile-long beach and a thousand unspoilt acres, you can choose from rooms, suites or beach villas.

    Whether you sign up for a five-day yoga retreat or choose a less structured approach, your time at this stunning resort won’t disappoint.

    Guidance from their intuitive counsellor or a visit with an ayurvedic wellness consultant are just a small sample of the wellness offerings here.

    For something more active, consider diving or cycling. You can even bring the family along as they offer some great children’s activities.

    End the day with a sunset beach cocktail and cuisine that is as inventive as it is fresh.

    This meditative retreat situated on the coast one of the biggest natural conservation sites in Vietnam, Nui Chua National Park. What better place to renew your focus than a secluded retreat within untouched wilderness. Amanoi offers pavilions, residences, spa houses and villas with views of the sea or the lush national park.

    When it comes to spa and wellness, the lotus-filled lake in the centre of the resort sets the tone. Their programmes are designed to promote “profound change” and “a deep sense of inner peace”, with offerings focusing on detox and cleansing, mindfulness and stress management, and weight management and transformation.

    There’s a private beach with coral for underwater exploration and plenty of wildlife to appreciate as you cycle or kayak. Fuel your activities with the resort’s restaurant, which features Vietnamese food with plenty of fresh fish and vegetables hand-picked from their on-site organic garden.

    Some holidays are more stressful than they are relaxing, but when you visit a luxury retreat, the focus is on tranquillity and peace of mind.