"The Distinctive Life" presented by the Distinctive Collection

58 59 bhgrecollection.com | | THE DISTINCTIVE LIFE® Volume �� struggling to unplug as your wellness staycation begins. Just the act of turning off your phone’s notifications and stepping away from work emails will help reset your self-care intentions. If you are a regular practitioner, make a plan to spend extra time each day in your meditation suite, nook, or garden, focusing on breathwork or music therapy. If you are new to the practice, start by choosing short, guided sessions on recommended apps, like SoundMind. SAMPLE NEW FOOD Food tours can be terrific opportunities to enjoy new restaurants or cuisine. Travel + Leisure loves the notion of taking “a food tour of your city or somewhere nearby.” The magazine applauds “[signing] up for a professionally organized trip with a guide if available, or arrange your own tour with multiple stops for small plates or single courses at a variety of restaurants you’ve always wanted to try.” You may even want to set up classes given by local chefs known for your favorite cuisine. A new healthy dietary regimen may mean extra preparation, so make a plan early in your wellness staycation to gather fresh ingredients, create menus, and establish blocks of time for testing new recipes. If you are inspired to learn more, hire a personal chef to help you create a new plan to meet your healthy eating goals going forward. EXPLORE YOUR HOME CITY People can often feel stuck when they aren’t learning or trying new things. Work and family demands can make having new experiences challenging, but a wellness staycation is a perfect time to break the routine. InStyle suggests exploring your hometown; “Take a day to re-explore your city, from that charming new coffee shop to the most recent exhibit at the local museum.” You’ll be amazed at how good you feel after experiencing something new in a town that seems so familiar. Don’t be surprised if you are tempted to add hometown excursions to your weekends even after your staycation. GET MOVING Turn off (or down) your devices and get moving. Experts tell Health that a wellness staycation “should include one active element every day,” but that doesn’t mean trekking to the fitness center or spending your days in front of your MIRROR smart gym (although you certainly can add those elements into your plan). Instead, Mike Munro, a fitness consultant in New York City, suggests to Health that people try “a new hiking trail, or combining a hike with a midday picnic.” You can even have decadent picnics with all your favorites catered by incredible local restaurants, so all you have to do is pick them up and get ready for fun. Have you been tempted to train for a local charity event that aligns with your family’s philanthropic endeavors? Your wellness staycation may be the best time to start as Health reports that “several studies have demonstrated the link between volunteering and greater mental and physical health.” It’s a terrific way to feel connected to your world while advancing your healthier living plans. TRAVEL