As we enter 2018, let’s resolve to start taking better care of ourselves and put our personal wellness at the TOP of our to-do lists. Let’s take a moment for ourselves and let 2018 be the “Year of Me.” We are certainly blessed in that our town offers many wonderful ways to unwind and decompress. From town sponsored educational programs to local businesses that cater to wellness, here are some ways to recharge your mind and spirit and start the new year on the right foot – right here in Washington CT.
Community Health and Wellness Events
As part of their focus on health and wellness, the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission is sponsoring a series of events that aim at improving personal wellness, as well as decreasing the amount of stress in our lives. The entire series is free and open to the public, so please consider attending these events throughout the months of January and February.
January 11th – You Are Not Alone: Improving Your Health
January 16th – Healthy Habits for the New Year (Gunn Library Event)
January 25th – Parenting Happy and Healthy Teens
February 20th – Yoga With Anne Hungerford
February 22nd – Drumming Class
February 27th – Mother Daughter Interactive Workshop
Find Your Om
One of the best ways to decompress is through the gentle movements of yoga. Washington Depot’s Valley Spirit Wellness Center as well as New Preston’s Ah Yoga offers a great selection of yoga classes that focus on releasing stress and calming the mind. Their skilled instructors catered to all experience levels and they will help heal your body and put your spirit at ease during every class. Both studios also offer mediation classes if you are looking for a moment to take a breath and center your mind.
If you are short on time, getting a massage or a healing treatment will help you relax and unwind for an hour. New Preston Wellness offers several different types of therapeutic massages that are sure to relieve your body’s aches and slowly calm your mind. But, if a massage is not your thing, try one of the acupuncture or energy healing treatments at Valley Spirit Wellness Center. Their practitioners are highly trained and will make sure you leave their studio feeling refreshed.
Curl Up With A Book
Nothing is better to slow down and relax the mind than getting lost in a book. Whether you are looking for a quick weekend read or a novel to really dive into, Hickory Stick Bookshop is the go-to place. From their wide selection of books, you are sure to find something that will captivate your mind and help you escape from any stresses in your life, even for an laid-back afternoon.
Be One with Nature
Getting outside and breathing in some fresh air is the ultimate way to relax. A walk through the quiet scenery at Washington’s Steep Rock Association’s preserves will definitely leave you feeling at peace. Our town’s natural beauty is on display at every hiking trail and the breathtaking views of the cascading landscapes and rustling waters will put you in a calm frame of mind.
Treat yourself to a day of pampering at one of Washington’s fabulous salons. If you are in need of a quick cut or some expert make-advice, check out Scott Bond’s The Byrde + the B in Washington Depot. Or, if you looking to add some color and refresh your style, stop by New Preston’s Salvatore Anthony Hair Salon. View all salons in town
Stay Tuned for More!
For more advice and tips, be sure to visit our blog next Wednesday. Throughout January, we will be posting a series of articles that will help you have a happy and healthy New Year!