At the time of writing, the UK is in the middle of relaxing the third COVID-19 lockdown. These lockdowns have been hard for most, and for some, it’s been life-changing.

Adapting to the ‘new normal’ has been a struggle, but it is our physical and mental health that have really been affected.

So, as we emerge on the other side of these lockdowns, there are probably lots of things that you’re looking forward to doing. Seeing family and friends, going out to dinner, and going on holiday might be amongst the first few that spring to mind, but enjoying a spa trip should also be on your list.

In fact, the UK Wellness Retreat industry is expecting to see a spike in demand post-lockdown after new research revealed an 81% increase in online searches in 2020.

Why enjoy a spa trip after lockdown? There are actually a lot of great reasons why spa days and spa experiences can improve your mood and wellness, especially after a period of stress.

1. Our mental health is suffering

Lockdown restrictions and the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a huge toll on our mental health, leaving us more anxious and stressed than ever.

More than two-thirds of adults in the UK (69%) have reported feeling somewhat or very worried about the effect COVID-19 is having on their life.

Relaxing spa packages can go a long way to reducing stress and anxiety. In fact, studies have linked spas to improved physical health, better sleep, and a healthier quality of life.

Whilst a spa treatment won’t solve everything, it is a good way to instantly reduce stress and get on the road to feeling better and more normal. What’s more, we all deserve to treat ourselves after a year of lockdowns.

From full-body massages and facials to steam rooms and saunas, our state-of-the-art spa and our trained spa staff can help you feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

2. Our level of physical activity has dropped

Usually, we’d all be able to go to gyms, fitness classes, or take part in regular team sports. With social distancing and local lockdowns, these fitness options haven’t been available to us.

Whilst we can exercise alone, many people haven’t been able to effectively exercise without the encouragement, support, and social aspects that group exercise offers. Motivation can easily disappear, which means lots of us aren’t doing as much physical activity as we used to.

Exercise has been proven to be a natural way to lift our spirits, so incorporating some exercise into your spa experience is a great way to capitalise on its natural anti-depressant properties. Here at Northcote Manor, we have modern pool and gym facilities to help you sweat out some stress.

3. We’re eating and drinking more

Not only are we exercising less, but we’ve increased our calorie intake significantly since the start of the first lockdown.

This is because we’re at home (with the fridge) all the time, making it easy to graze constantly or have a few more drinks than usual. Coupled with the mental stress and worry of the COVID-19 pandemic which might lead people to stress eat or drink, this means that we’re eating more than we normally ever would.

Whilst there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a treat every now and again, getting into the habit of eating and drinking more than usual can lead to long-term health problems.

Studies have shown that spa breaks can help reset your mindset when it comes to health, fitness, and wellness, making you make healthier choices afterwards.

Even one full day of going to the spa can make you pay attention to your health and inspire you to eat better, do more exercise, and focus more on your mental wellbeing.

Post-lockdown wellness

As lockdown draws to an end, it’s important to put our wellness at the top of our priority lists.

Stress is not good for your long term health, and can even lead to insomnia, depression, digestive issues, heart problems, and skin conditions. Relaxation and exercise can help counteract the effects of stress, and there’s no better way to unwind than to enjoy a high-quality spa experience.

At Northcote Manor, we have a range of luxurious and relaxing spa treatments and tension-melting massages that can help rejuvenate you.

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