Christmas is here at last, and we couldn’t be happier. After the big build-up, we’re excited to be spending some time with the twinkly lights and turkey, among family and friends, and of course, our lovely guests!
Following the big festive frolics, though, January is likely to be a bit of a come-down. With chilly nights, gloomy days, weeks until payday, things could be looking a little bleak. Well, they don’t have to. Here are five reasons why booking an unscheduled treat at Bournemouth’s award-winning Green House Hotel can beat the January blues…
More exercise and daylight
Exercising not only helps boost your energy levels and immune system, it also causes the release of endorphins – naturally occurring chemicals that make us feel happier. And the even better news is, it doesn’t even have to mean getting sweaty – a brisk walk is perfect and gives you much needed daylight, too. The Green House Hotel’s Bournemouth location makes it the perfect base for getting out and about, whether to explore Dorset’s golden beaches or to indulge in a spot of “forest bathing” and mindfulness in the New Forest (excellent for the mental health, apparently). Average rainfall in Bournemouth is also well below the national average. So whatever your choice of winter outdoor activity –walking, pony trekking, cycling – let the Green House Hotel help you arrange it and even provide you with a delicious packed lunch to take with you. Which brings us to…
Evidence suggests that good nutrition is essential for our mental health. That means keeping refined carbohydrates and processed foods to a minimum and eating plenty of fresh, wholesome produce including grains, oily fish and fresh veg. Good job, then, that Arbor, the Green House Hotel’s 2 AA rosette restaurant, offers a menu that is chock full of top-quality, organic, seasonal superfoods – and dishes that are all completely homemade. Whether it’s a simple, freshly made soup, a vibrant winter salad of beets and squash, a spiced red pepper quinoa or our super-fresh market fish and seafood of the day, our award-winning dining will leave you feeling thoroughly nourished and ready for anything.
Staying tucked up at home under the duvet can be tempting when it’s cold and dark outside, but being cut off from friends or family is likely to only worsen your mood. Face-to-face communication affects our brains in ways that social media just can’t, so you owe it to yourself to share some quality face time with your favourite people in convivial surroundings. Also, going back to work after a long break can be hard so a short change of scene or pace could help you stay in control of those stress levels. Whether it is a leisurely lunch or a weekend exploring somewhere new, a post-holiday break will lighten your mood.
All the mental health experts agree that poor sleep can impact negatively on your mood. Which is why our incredible beds at the Green House Hotel, Bournemouth’s most eco-friendly luxury boutique hotel, were two years in the making and are unique to us. Made by Hypnos, one of the UK’s leading bed manufacturers, they are made of entirely natural materials. The mattress covering is bamboo, one of the fastest-growing and most versatile of plants used in manufacturing today. Our pillows and duvets are hypo-allergenic, made of 100% organic feather and down, and the sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases are organic Fairtrade cotton. All this plus sea air, good food and our peaceful location are the perfect recipe for a weekend of restorative sleep.
Bagging a bargain
We appreciate that post-Christmas, money is tight. Which is why the Green House Hotel saves all its best bargains for our famous January flash sales. The best way to get the best deals first is to subscribe to the Green House Hotel newsletters here. We all know there is no high quite as sweet as bagging a bargain, so don’t delay, sign up today!