Restorative Power of Nature

30th March 2022

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Author: Locate Guernsey

The past couple of years has seen noticeable change in everyone’s mindset and lifestyle. Brought about by the coronavirus pandemic and with the revolution of working from home, taking care of yourself and your family, has become more important than ever.

Studies have shown that the benefits of spending time outdoors for just 30 minutes per day can reduce anxiety, stress and even quicken the health recovery process.

With an enviable work-life-balance and varied natural scenery, here in Guernsey it’s very easy to embrace an outdoorsy lifestyle, to enjoy the Island’s nature and clean fresh air. Whether it’s a trip to the beach after work, taking a bike ride around the coast at the weekend or trying an adventurous activity like coasteering for the first time, there’s no better time to turn over a new leaf this Spring to help boost your mood and overall health.

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Here are our top five activities to help you get well in the wild:

1. Kayaking

On a kayak, you can explore a different side to Guernsey including secret caves, secluded coves and shipwrecks which are usually inaccessible by foot; paddling away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life as you reconnect with the nature on our doorstep.

With Guernsey’s crystal-clear waters and over 30 miles of rural coastline, you can either explore with your own kayak or hire one from various beaches and bays across the island, such as Petit Bot or Havelet. Whether you choose to paddle along the South coast with its towering cliffs and sheltered coves or the West coast with its sun-kissed golden shores, there is coastline to be explored for all ages and abilities.

2. Stand up Paddle boarding

Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) is a water-based activity which is thousands of years old, but its modern roots were born from surfing in Hawaii. Although Guernsey doesn’t have the same waves to experience as Hawaii, the uptake in SUP by islanders increased exponentially during the pandemic; providing a great workout to develop fitness, core strength and releasing those endorphins, all whilst connecting with Mother Nature.

Beginners start off kneeling and soon have the confidence to try standing whilst paddling around a bay. For those who are super confident, Guernsey offers SUP Yoga and even surfing for the more adventurous SUP-ers, like in Hawaii!

3. Wild Swimming

Being an island in the English Channel, islanders have always had a very close connection to the sea. The beauty of being able to pop out for a swim during your lunch break or be at the beach within 10 minutes of finishing work is a true haven for water babies!

Whether you work in town and head to La Valette Bathing Pools at lunch or pop to the West coast for a sunset beach BBQ and dip, it’s easy to quickly wash away the stresses of the day and get caught up in the here and now.

4. Outdoor Yoga

During the warmer months, many islanders enjoy their usual yoga class with an outdoor twist. With classes taking place on headlands and beaches around the island, there is nothing more calming than practicing your pranayama (mindful breathing) with the sound of waves gently lapping the golden sands at sunrise.

5. Walking

There is no better feeling than the sunshine on your skin, smelling the fresh salty sea air and immersing yourself in nature along the many walking routes Guernsey is renowned for.

From coastal rambles to hidden Ruettes Tranquilles, walking is a great way to discover secluded coves, lush green spaces and historic points of interest dotted along the coast, to entertain and educate you along the way.

If you need some inspiration, why not download the new Visit Guernsey walking app which includes a variety of locations, difficulty levels and themes at locations all across the island.

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