Since the lockdown is taking place that doesn’t mean you can’t plan your next holiday destination. Plus, the great thing about this destination is, its local. We don’t know how the economy will look after this shutdown, therefore, it’s important to support local tourism …why not do a tour hunt by travelling to one of the most beautiful, peaceful yet adventurous places inside South Africa without even worrying about your budget.
Speaking about 2020, I am pretty much sure that one of your new year resolution as a Girlboss was to most probably spend the money you work hard for wisely, so investing in travelling happens to be as good as investing in yourself. In my opinion… it’s not really about how ‘’top class’’ or as they say nowadays ‘’boujee’’ the place is, it’s about the wanderlust, curiosity BUT most importantly, the experience and memories that we create on that journey.
LOCAL IS LEKKER
Yea, yea, ‘’there is no place like home’’, well that is true but what if we actually thought of living life like someone left the gate opened? Living without the boundaries that fear has put around us and just living life with an inquisitive and open mind.
Gates happen to be a boundary between what ‘’could’’ be on the other side and therefore doesn’t only keep others locked out, but us locked in. Changing and opening our hearts when it comes to discovering new points of life is also living life to the fullest. To new experiences, adventures AND memories to be a startup as we enter this new decade.
As people, we are different and most definitely have different opinions when I comes to certain things like holiday destinations
BUT I would suggest that you put visiting the place where the sun rises, Mpumalanga in your bucket list. The reason I say this is because Mpumalanga happens to be one of those ‘’Undercover’’ provinces that most people relate to because they have’’ heard’’ about it but don’t know much when it comes to its beautiful and fresh breeze of nature that surrounds it. Situated in the Drakensburg escarpment in Mpumalanga is God’s window. With breath taking views, rock formations and waterfalls, Gods window happens to be a place worth travelling to. Just more reasons besides the hospitality of its people why Mpumalanga happens to be our paradise province.
Just in case you were worried about capturing the moments’ for the gram’, just keep in mind that the fact that the view from Gods window has galvanized and inspired a lot of painters and photographers from around the world, says a lot about the place and its views and should give you a little bit more excitement when it comes to visiting the nature reserve. Apart from this holiday destination being as exotic and wonderful as I have mentioned, one can LITERALLY see and observe the mountains and forests as far as they eye can see, basically it’s like looking at an infinity landscape, I know right. Their website also provides information about how viewing sites are provided along the length of the spectacular Blyde River Canyon including God’s window but for the best information about bookings, costs and other stuff, I do suggest you get your surfboard ready to surf on the Trip advisor internet website as they have the best information that would be suitable with the planning of your trip. There are also other fun activities you can try out such as hiking, taking walks, mountain and bike trails. For the best experience on an adventure trip as you are visiting God’s window, always try to do as the quotes always advise us, ‘’Get lost in the right direction in order to find yourself’’. What I’m trying to say is that when you are at a place like this, always make it a point to hike up into the clouds and the misty rainforest in order to have the most wonderful moment in your life. Just don’t get lost.
THINGS TO DO IN BLYDE RIVER CANYON
Other Blyde River Canyon activities include angling, boating, tours and trails. Blyde River Canyon activities on the Panorama Route include hiking, horse riding, white water rafting and kloofing. Visitors can also enjoy hot-air ballooning, fly-fishing, biking, tours and boat trips on the Blyde Dam.
You know the feeling of wanting to try something new but never had the time to do so? Or you did try something new, but you only did it for 1 or 2 days? You may have either gotten bored of doing it or you just lacked the discipline of continuing with it.
Well, as we are all currently under lockdown for the next 21 days to control the spread of Covid-19, we can learn a lot during this time. Try something new for 21 days and stick to it, even it is something big or small, it is completely up to you.
Here are some ideas:
- Doing yoga in your home
- Reading a couple of books
- Quitting smoking
- Home workouts
- Cooking different meals
- Trying a new diet
- Drinking more water
- Trying out a new skin care routine
- Not biting your nails
- Quitting alcohol
- Quitting cool drinks
- A short online course
Why specifically 21 days?
This is based on a long-time belief that it takes 21 days to fully form a new habit. According to research it apparently takes 21 days to form a new habit into your routine. Research states 21 days is the time required to for a new neuropathway to be fully formed in your brain.
Now the 21-day trial in some cases is claimed to be a myth, however 21 days is a comfortable time period to build and maintain a new a habit. You will either learn that is something you like doing or not.
Why try it for 21 days first?
Many people have low commit levels and therefore start procrastinating on developing new habits, new habits are meant to be good and bring you significant benefits into your lives. The idea of doing something may be overwhelming.
When you try something for 21 days, the task becomes much more manageable. If you think about it 21 days is just 3 weeks which is much shorter commit period than forever. Since you are trying something new you don’t need to commit beyond 21 days if it something you didn’t enjoy. Instead you can either go back to how you were doing things or try something new for another 21 days.
2.Great way to try new things
Let’s be honest trying something new really won’t hurt in anyway. 21 days is a great way to try something new, challenge yourself. Explore, see what you like and don’t like. Learn about yourself in the process as well. The whole point is to experience a new habit and to do things differently for 21 days and remember this is a trial so if you don’t like it do away with it and try something else.
3.Good way to build good habits
Remember you should be testing out a new habit that will be good for you. So as much as you are trying something new, it should be something that you will benefit from. This may be something which is good for your health, self-esteem, build up your confidence, reaching your goals etc.
How to succeed in these 21 days
- Research about your new task
- Spend some time mentally preparing yourself for your new task
- Track your progress during the 21 days
During these 21 days try something new and see how it works out for you. 21 days is a long time to do nothing. Make the most of it and remember trying something new doesn’t have to be a daunting task keep your tasks simple and achievable for you.
Eating to keep our bodies in their optimal condition should be something we do any way, but it is more important now with the coronavirus pandemic. Consuming too much sugar, alcohol, unhealthy fats all contribute towards our bodies losing equlibrium and making them susceptible to forming disease.
At this time we are dealing with possible infection of the coronavirus and as head for winter, we also have to contend with the influenza virus, so our bodies have to be in their best condition to fight off viral and bacterial infections.
Our best defence against the fast-spreading, highly infectious novel coronavirus is a strong immune system. Therefore, we need to be very mindful of what we put in our bodies. There are many contributing factors in attaining and maintaining a strong immune system, here I have suggestions on immune system boosting smoothies I have tried and recommend. They are immune system boosting because they contain fruit and vegetables with high Vitamin C content.
Eating raw fruits and vegetables is best for the body because none of the nutrients are compromised. Cooking and applying heat compromises nutrients in vegetables and fruits. The optimal temperature at which to cook wihout compromising nutrients varies vegetable to vegetable. So we may be eating vegetables that are compromised most of the time.
Blend or Steam
Blending raw fruits and vegetables and consuming them as a smoothie is one way to ensure we one nutrient-rich meal a day. The prices of blenders start from below R500.00. If one doesn’t have a blender, it is a good idea to steam vegetables. Steaming doesn’t require a steamer, which usually costs more than a blender. All that is needed is to add a little bit hot of water to the vegetables in a covered pot and letting them simmer for 5 min or less. Your vegetables will be crunchier and they don’t have to be cooked all the way through, but importantly they will retain much of their nutrients.
1. Green Booster
Let’s call this one the Green Booster, doesn’t sound tasty right? It’s actually not bad, you can always tweak the recipe to suit your taste preference. You will need:
- Spinach – Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Potassium, Calcium and fibre
- Apple – Fibre, Vitamin C and antioxidants
- Carrot – beta carotene for eye health, Biotin, Vitamin K1, Potassium, Vitamin B6
- Ginger – Good source of Vitamin C, Potassium, Magnesium and Vitamin B6
Antioxidants are substances which guard cells against free radicals, which are molecules produced when your body breaks down food. They are important because they delay or prevent cell damage. The human body really needs antioxidants. Vitamin A supports your immune system and is needed for eye health. Ginger is a flowering plant which has many healing properties. It is known for fighting common flu and colds. It also has powerful anti-inflammatory effects.
2. Orange Rescue
This smoothie is filled with immune boosting goodness. This smoothie is tasty. It’s a favourite at the moment. It is very tasty and filling.
- Carrot – beta carotene for eye health, Biotin, Vitamin K1, Potassium, Vitamin B6
- Ginge r– Vitamin C, Potassium, Magnesium and Vitamin B6
- Pineapple – Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Magnesium and antioxidants
- Banana – source of potassium, fibre, Vitamin C, Vitamina B6, Magnesium
- Lemon – high amount of vitamin C, aids digestion and hydration
- Tumeric – anti-inflammatory and antioxidants
3. Berry Delicious
This third smoothie is the most delicious.
- Apple – fibre, Vitamin C and antioxidants
- Pineapple – Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Magnesium and antioxidants
- Berries – Vitamin C, Manganese, Vitamin K1, Copper, Anti-Inflammatory
This smoothie protects against heart disease and boosts immune system. This recipe is really tasty and the berries add the little excitement to the smoothie making experience.
Let’s face it, the outbreak and prevalence of the coronavirus has brought upon significant changes in all of our lives. Change is not an easy thing to face and accept, especially when you’re not given a choice in the changing circumstances. Big, scary words are being thrown at us, a highly infectious and deadly global pandemic, national epidemic. So scary is this virus that we find ourselves in a national lock down! Apparently half the world is currently in one form of a lockdown, shutdown or slowdown!
This infectious disease has meant that we quarantine in our homes and maintain social distancing in order to protect ourselves and others from infection. As much as we have become accomstomed to our digital devices, we are actually being forced to spend much time alone, for 21 days! Yikes!
Life as we know it will probably change forever. People are nervous about work and business; it is impossible to clearly predict how things will change but we have to be ready for this change in some form or another.
We can express our worries and concerns forever and a day! I might have been headed to this frenzy myself, had I not been halted in my tracks by a post I saw on Instagram which read:
“We are in a forced slowdown. Take heed.
This is the time to focus, maintain, meditate,
rest and prepare.”
Here, during a global crisis, we can decide to be grateful to have time to take a break and reflect and get back on course. Because I know for sure, many of us were already on a habitual cycle, getting tired, and already off course when it comes to the meaningful goals we had set for ourselves. So this is how I am choosing to see this 21 Day Shutdown:
- I am presented with an opportunity to be still, to reflect and redirect my attentions and energies to the spaces often left neglected and unattended to in my life.
- I am being challenged to appreciate crisis moments for the opportunities that they present, to determine a level of calm in the unknown and changing times.
The 21 day lockdown we are now under confines us to our homes, placing us in isolation and forbidding unnecessary movement. Of course this is a new way of life for all of us, there’s an invisible enemy that we are encouraged to stand in solidarity against. It’s no doubt that it is a maddening reality but under the circumstances, we cannot lay blame to any one person or country but rather, we can all collectively do our best in working hand in hand with the government in helping to manage the COVID 19.
One word that particularly stood out for me when I read the Instagram post I mentioned; was ‘prepare’. No one knows what ‘new world’ the coronavirus is moulding and will leave for us to live in but in the spirit of not losing ourselves and staying connected, prepare for the next chapter of YOU.
I can share what this means for me and perhaps you can start reflecting on what ‘preparing’ looks like for you, realistically. Here we go:
- One of things that I started last year was a writing project that I intend to conclude this year. With life’s interjections, I haven’t put down much towards this project and in this time, I have committed to pick up where I left off and write more.
- Still in the vein of writing, I need to be writing more poetry and I anticipate an exciting visual project that I’m certain will flourish at the face of available fresh content from my side!
- I enrolled for a year-long spiritual course this year and due to life’s interjection too, I missed two classes which means I have some reading to catch up on and of course, I need to read ahead too!
- Also, I have this habit of reading multiple books simultaneously and often others are left unfinished so there’s that reading to do too. A friend lent me two books yesterday so quite honestly, I have my work cut out for me.
- Oh! And there’s a page in my diary of ‘2020 Commitments’ that I need to revisit and do right by.
That is what I have in terms of ensuring that I come out of this isolation with light and a good spirit. In between all of this, I also committed to exercise (I bought a skipping rope) and some good old meditation to still the heart, I started a 21-Day Meditation Journey today on Day 1 of the lockdown.
I hope that what I’ve shared helps you in guiding and determining what ‘preparing’ in your world entails. Please do share what you make of this season in our lives and how you are making the most of it.
In the meantime, keep safe!