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The latest trends in wellbeing

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Current wellbeing trends are designed to get you out of your daily grind and into the stillness and beauty of nature.   At Bawah Reserve, we offer a range of wellbeing activities that do just that:

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1. Forest Bathing

 

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Developed in Japan in the 1980s, the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, is a wellbeing trend that continues to grow – and for good reason. The Japanese have long believed that spending mindful time in nature benefits the body and soul. It’s now catching on with everyone from western physicians to British royalty.  British royalty

So what exactly is forest bathing? While it isn’t about literally hugging trees (although Bawah’s Well-being Manager Lisa Jones is into a bit of that herself), forest bathing at Bawah Reserve involves guided multi-sensory walks in the woods. We have 300 acres of untouched natural landscape. A mindful walk celebrates the beauty of our surroundings, the untouched natural woodlands and the flora and fauna that dwell within it.

"Even a small amount of time spent in nature can have a positive impact on yourhealth. A two-hour forest bath will help you to unplug from technology and slow down. Itwill bring you into the present moment and de-stress and relax you.” Time Magazine 

 

 

2. Floating Meditation

 

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Floating meditation rose to fame in 2016 as a way to use weightlessness to release mental blocks. A popular form of sensory deprivation, the practice – usually performed in tanks – helps to decrease anxiety and depression as well as improve sleep and reduce blood pressure. The concentration required for floating lends itself perfectly to meditation, and hence the combination of the two is a marvellous mindfulness match. There are no floating tanks at Bawah. We offer floating meditation the natural way – in the warm crystal waters of one of our ocean lagoons.

 

3. Free-flowing Writing

 

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In an age when using a pen and paper in any form is rare, free-form writing remains a top form of therapeutic expression. The benefits are numerous.

So how does it work?
Literally put pen to paper and, without thought, see what comes out. Writing down your inner
thoughts can free your mind and help you to see more clearly. At Bawah, we facilitate free-form writing sessions, giving you the space and time to see what will be unveiled. We then offer follow-up support and encouragement on your journey through written self-discovery.

 

4. Outdoor Art Classes

 

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Picture (excuse the pun) an art class set in a beautiful and natural environment with peace and quiet as your creative backdrop. Even those who aren’t artistically inclined are surprised by the mental release that one art session can bring. And art is about more than colour and composition; it’s scientifically proven to help manage emotions. Drawing, painting and working with textiles helps people deal with trauma and to work through their negative emotions. So let the creative juices flow, and see where the experience takes you.


5. Stargazing

 

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Can looking into the night sky really improve your wellbeing?

This was the subject of recent research by Coventry University, which found that stargazing promotes well-being through an “increased sense of flow through fascination and loss of time”. The research found that stargazing increased peacefulness and relaxation, leaving participants in awe of the natural
world. That latter is especially important as research at the University of California-Irvine shows that having a sense of awe causes us to behave more selflessly and with more consideration of others.

With very little light pollution to dim the experience, Bawah guests are promised a spectacular show of stars every night. Guests can participate in stargazing sessions on the jetty, on the beach or in the comfort of their suites. During the sessions, our activities team uses a Celestron Model NexStar 6SE telescope to locate constellations, planets and stars in the gorgeous, clear skies.

Each of these well-being experiences can be booked separately or as part of Bawah Reserve’s Journey to Calm wellbeing package.

At Bawah, well-being extends beyond your time on the island. We’re committed to ensuring your stay provides purposeful and meaningful change in your life. Learn more about our well-being journeys here: 

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