1. Dive into your winter rhythm
Nature slows down in the winter, slumbering under the cover of snow, so why shouldn’t we slow down also? The best thing we can do for ourselves is to base our rhythm on the rhythm of the seasons. And that means slowing down and enjoying ourselves! Doesn’t a nice stroll on the waterfront sound better than hectic shopping, preparing too much food and cleaning maniacally? But if it gets too cold for a walk, or if like me you dream of relaxing in the water, your best winter holiday destination will be the wellness in the gorgeous setting of the rocky Istrian coast, with the thematic whirlpools offered by the Istrian Relax Village.
2. Refresh your body
The heated spaces where we live and work in the winter are a benefit of modern life that we tend to take for granted, not considering the consequences of the changes that we expose our bodies to on a daily basis by constantly switching between heated and unheated spaces. Winter is therefore an excellent time for a slow, relaxing and deep spa manicure and pedicure, after which a gentle foot massage will heal your fatigue of everyday life. A luxurious peeling of the entire body offered by the rich wellness program at the Sol Garden Istra Hotel will restore for you the freshness of a spring day.
3. Prevent weight gain
As the temperature falls, we face a fierce hunger that only carbohydrates can satisfy. Due to a lack of sunshine and vitamin D deficiency, they are our way to increase our serotonin levels. It doesn’t help that in this time of the year we are traditionally encouraged to indulge in tasty, irresistible delicacies.
And while we all know that we can best repent our sins at the holiday table by fasting, spending time at the sauna and having good tea, we tend to forget that in addition to relaxing, we also need sports activities. Swimming in a pool with sea water and relaxing your muscles in a jacuzzi after a good sauna are the recipe recommended by the wellness centre of the Hotel Maestral Novigrad, in order to help you forget about winter hunger and cold.
4. Strengthen your immunity
What we miss the most in the winter is heat, and a good sauna will turn this need into a healthy activity: research shows that a stay in sauna stimulates the growth of red blood cells. But when it comes to bolstering your immunity, massage is still the king of wellness. Namely, 40 minutes or more in the capable hands of a good masseuse will not only relax you, but it will also raise the number of your red blood cells, which play a key role in the body’s immune system. This is particularly important in the season when the cold and the flu have their reign. As I like to try out new things, the Fusion Spa wellness center of the Meliá Coral Hotel in Umag is my favorite choice because of its special World of Massage and Rituals, which offers a whole range of massages, from Thai massage to sports and Ayureveda massage.
5. Remain optimist
The cold and the grey days awake in us laziness, illness, envy and melancholy, which are best treated by a stay in a sauna. Serotonin, the molecule of happiness, is particularly sensitive to body temperatures and loves the heat of the sauna. I like to recharge my batteries and restore my good mood at the wellness complex Casino of Hotel Mulino near Buje, because three types of saunas make me three times happier!