Health & Wellness: The Antidote for 2020
This past year has not been kind to any of us. So, as you prepare to bid 2020 adieu, make plans to welcome the new year with a healthy mind, body and spirit.
Been inside too long? Tired of the same four walls and computer screen? Miss being around other people? Getting a little soft in the middle? You are not alone. But, fortunately, there are ways to shake off the same old routine with some new and healthy habits. And Florida’s Historic Coast offers lots of ways to ease into a whole new attitude going into a brand new year.
Here are some ABCs for inspiration:
There’s no doubt that simply being in nature revives the spirit and reinvigorates the body. On Florida’s Historic Coast, you’re surrounded by nature. A hike through one of our many state parks provides an ideal opportunity to stretch those legs and strengthen your muscles. Try one of the many trails along the GTM Research Reserve. If you want to enjoy some native wildlife, like ibis, herons and eagles, Beluthahatchee Park offers visitors the space to truly get lost and immerse yourself in natural, unspoiled surroundings. And, the best part is, it’s easy to maintain safe social distancing outdoors.
Become a beachcomber
This one’s easy and free. Plus, no special skills are needed to become a beachcomber. Florida’s Historic Coast offers 42 miles of pristine beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. From Mickler’s Landing to Vilano and Crescent Beach, there are perfect spots to call your own for long walks along the shoreline. You might even uncover some unique shells and shark teeth. Take in the fresh salt air and let the ebb and flow of the waves wash away the stress. This time of year, beachgoers enjoy the brisk weather and ample space to spread out—or, even practice some early morning yoga with friends.
Cultivate some culture
A simple walk through the Historic District in St. Augustine is a lesson in history and architecture. Even from a distance, you can appreciate the Spanish Renaissance beauty of the Hotel Ponce de Leon, now Flagler College. From the grounds of the Castillo de San Marcos, it’s easy to see why the fortress still stands so proudly, constructed of local quarried coquina, unique to the area. And then there are the treasures of the Lightner Museum. In addition to its notable collection of cut and engraved glass, its latest exhibit of newly-restored stained glass windows is truly breathtaking and educational, as well as secure, with safety guidelines in place.
Surrender to the spa
It’s time for something completely different. A massage therapy using Himalayan salt stones, practiced for centuries, can enhance healing and wellness. While a float tank experience can reduce pain and stress. Both therapies are available at Salt Spa St. Augustine, a Zen oasis in the heart of the city. A trip to the Spa at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club offers more than 100 luxurious pampering spa services that will melt away your worries. The Poseidon Spa at the Casa Monica Resort & Spa uses earth’s simplest element, water, in treatments that renew and rejuvenate the spirit.
Of course, there are as many ways to relax and unwind on Florida’s Historic Coast as there are reasons to do so. This year, perhaps more than ever before, it’s important to take care of yourself and each other. We encourage you to do it safely and securely in a destination that offers great opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, with venues and attractions that practice strict safety guidelines for its visitors. And that might just be the antidote you need this year.