The simple act of taking a walk in the woods has so much to offer, including incredible health benefits.
Let’s talk about all the amazing benefits that come with it. Not only is it incredibly relaxing and calming, but it has been proven to reduce depression and anxiety. Just being near trees or walking past them regularly can significantly decrease negative thoughts, thanks to the stress-reducing oils and oxygen they produce. This, in turn, will lower our cortisol levels.
And did you know that being surrounded by trees can also boost your immunity levels? It’s incredible!
The colour green, with its numerous shades, has been scientifically proven to be restful for our eyes. It’s so easy to focus on, which is truly beneficial for our overall well-being. Taking a woodland walk is a simple and natural way to improve your health. For the best results, it is recommended to go at least twice a week. By doing so, you’ll be able to notice how the trees and the surrounding fauna change over time.
On the Isle of Wight with lots of gorgeous woodland you will have a wonderful opportunity to truly connect with your surroundings. The Japanese even have a term for this called “Shinrin-yoku,” which translates to forest bathing. It’s all about connecting with nature and awakening all your senses. By noticing the sounds, scents, feeling the breeze, and thoroughly observing your surroundings, you can truly immerse yourself in the experience.
However, if you’re not lucky enough to have a forest right on your doorstep, fear not! You can still enjoy similar benefits by taking a walk through a botanical garden or a greenhouse full of flowers.
Even choosing to walk home through a tree-lined pavement can help you unwind effortlessly. So, let’s embrace the beauty of nature and take those walks in the woods. Your physical and mental health will thank you for it!
We can certainly make a woodland stroll part of your hen weekend package as it suits all tribes – it’s a great icebreaker or a lovely way to blow away the morning after cobwebs!
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Whether you want to escape the summer city with your besties and stay in a couple of beautiful tipis in a secluded location , getaway in Autumn with your significant other …. or maybe one of your chums has had a whirlwind proposal and you are tasked with organising a Hen-do THIS SUMMER! (I know, right?!)
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There’s been a lot said lately about mental health in relation to human contact.
It’s a big hurrah that a hug is cautiously back on the cards.
The Science of a hug
More most of us a hug brings feelings of safety, contentment and happiness. When someone receives a hug, the body releases the hormone and neurotransmitter, oxytocin, often times referred to as “the love hormone.” Increased levels of oxytocin have been attributed to happiness and the reduction of stress and anxiety. Well, yes please to that!
Perhaps it should also be noted that not everyone enjoys close personal contact and it has been interesting to read the other point of view – maybe it is a good thing that one can now politely decline without causing offence. Us huggers need to make a little ‘note to self’ to be a bit more aware of this. It’s cool! A non-physical hug can certainly be a thing …. The warmth of your dearest friends can shine through whether near or apart.
Zen the Hen
Spare a little thought when you are organising a hen event – not everyone knows everyone and there may be a couple of sistas who sit outside the main circle of friends. Wyldesistas weekends often include activities such as a relaxed craft or art session – the ultimate ice breaker and way for sistas to bind and get to know each other a little.
TIP: If you are planning a getaway or hen break with us and not everyone knows each other it may be wise to request that an icebreaker session is placed at the top of the list of experiences.
Finally let us share, with her permission, this lovely poem by Kent based poet Clair Meyrick
Hug big…hug good I know you’d hug me everyday if you could I missed our hug Whole body hug A not just anybody hug A somebody loved hug A wide open hug A tops of your fingers to my toes hug I needed a hug I missed your hug I would hug you everyday if I could.
So, we can’t really do a lot right now, but we can dream about what we would rather be doing. It’s important to have things to look forward to – to excite us beyond this smog of days that blur from one to the next. Before the pandemic there were a lot of experiences that we took for granted, and it has forced all of us to take stock of the important things in life…
Being social and able to spend time with more than one of your mates is one of the biggest things that we’ve been missing. WyldeSistas are here to make those longing dreams into reality with a range of tailored Island escapes. Our ethos, after all, is about getting together with the girls to make long-lasting memories in your own Island paradise. Check out our menu for your WyldeSistas girls-getaway…
Assemble the tribe!
Who are your Amazonian sisters? Who’s got the best campfire stories, remembers to pack the chocolate and who do you just plain miss the sight of? Your art group, your hens, your netball team – anything goes at WyldeSistas. We believe friendship and sisterhood are key factors to wellness and an enriched life; something we’ve all been desperately missing!
Pick from the unique accommodation
The team behind WyldeSistas – Owner Helen was also founder of one of the UK’s first glamping businesses, Vintage Vacations, but is more recently known for providing amazing eco retreats at Tiny Homes Holidays. Having spent 18 years working on tailored holiday experiences Helen and team are dedicated to providing distinctive holidays. You and the girls can choose from a truly distinctive selection of bespoke accommodations designed to suit a range of budgets.
There’s accommodation to suit all types of traveller, whether you’re a glamping chicksta, a true soul sista or an eco hedonista there’ll be something here for you and your crew. Choose from a selection of unique retro-styled heritage buildings, our range of glamping options or …….
The Mission; a converted tin tabernacle with hovering mezzanine bedrooms.
Scout Hall, as the name suggests this building was formerly an old scout hut equipped to sleep larger groups in style.
The Shack by the sea is the tiny seaside escape that provides a more boutique option.
Vintage Airstream Caravans, glamp in style in a restored Airstream caravan
British Vintage Caravans, Debbie or Gloria provide a lo-fi in style experience
Tipis and Bell tents, pitched in a beautiful location enjoy the outdoors.
Tiny Homes eco cabins; these geometric homes, each with individual architecturally stunning designs offer an eco-conscious option for the aspiring Greta Thunbergs and Mari Copenys among us.
New accommodation is regularly added to the books …….
The adventures to be had…
WyldeSistas is about having fun with the girls. It’s a package holiday with a twist; choose from a range of unique outdoors activities, crafty workshops and wellness experiences.
You can get in touch with your inner goddess and take part in a floristry workshop, then head back to the Tiny Homes for a movie night with your fave flick, popcorn and sweet treats.
Feeling outdoorsy? We’ve got tree climbing and paddle boarding, and if you’re feeling those creative juices, give the meditative art class and pottery painting a go. Once you’ve exercised your body and mind, wind down with a sound bath followed by a spa treatment.
Feeding the flock
As well as providing you with all the hot tips on local eateries (and places to get the drinks in of course!). We have a range of catering options that have been designed to suit a range of budgets and can be tailored for various dietary requirements. We do breakfast hampers that are included in all of our packages, so the most important meal of the day is covered. Book a self-catered BBQ pack and enjoy dining al fresco, or, if you’re not feeling the urge to cook, pick from our selection of homemade ready meals. Larger groups might like the option of hiring in a food truck for the evening, for which we have a number of recommendations.
We can’t wait to see our nearest and dearest and get back to living life to the full again, ever more grateful of the important tribe of people around us. Good times are coming again so indulge yourself in a little dreaming – get the girls involved over Friday night drinks on Zoom and why not plan your ideal WyldeSistas menu.