With the ever-increasing pace of modern life, many of us are turning to the outdoors as a way of slowing down and enjoying simpler pleasures. Wild swimming is becoming an increasingly popular way to connect with Nature and enjoy a different way of being outside. We thought we’d see what all the fuss is about.
What is wild swimming?
The loose definition of wild swimming is any open water swimming, whether a lido or an ocean, but different people have different takes on the precise requisite for a stretch of water to be classed as ‘wild’. Basically, if you are under the sky, not a roof, you are wild swimming.
Who does it?
Anyone, from the young to the old, can wild swim, as long as you can swim safely. People of all ages have enjoyed splashing about in rivers, paddling in the sea or doing laps in the local lido for centuries – perhaps even as long as humankind has been walking we have been playing in water.
Why do it?
There are many benefits to be had from swimming in cool, open water:
- A sense of adventure
- Connection to Nature and the rhythm of the water, which can help you unwind and relax
- Cold water swimming burns more calories than swimming in warm water
- Boosts immune system
- Lifts the spirits as it raises endorphins
- Seawater has been used as a therapy for centuries (thalassotherapy)
- Boosts circulation and makes you feel alive
- Allows us time to play and slow down
- Relieves muscle aches
- It’s free (usually)!
How do I swim wild?
Safety is paramount when swimming in open water, especially if there are no lifeguards present or you are in an isolated area. The Outdoor Swimming Society website has a brilliant section all about how to stay safe, so make you check it, or something similar, out before you set off. You also need to check whether you are permitted to access a particular stretch of water, and what the water quality is like.
What do I need?
It’s sensible to take someone with you in case you get into trouble, but you really don’t need much kit. For very cold water you might want a wetsuit, but you can just take a decent towel (something lightweight and highly absorbent that is easy to carry). A flask of hot drink to warm you up is useful. A woolly blanket makes a great warmer-upper and later it can be somewhere you can stretch out on to enjoy the peace and the tingly feeling of having swum outdoors. For safety, a mobile phone and first aid kit is a good idea.
For more information
- Read: Waterlog by Roger Deakin; Watermarks: An anthology edited by Tanya Shadrick; the Outdoor Swimming Society’s website; Swell by Jenny Landreth; Leap In by Alexandra Heminsley
- Watch: The Invincibles; Lake Swimming Vacations USA; Swim Fast Masterclass in open water conditions
- For more on how to enjoy summer without it costing the earth, click here, and for more on simple living read this.
There’s been a definite spring-like smell in the air these past few days. The evenings are stretching a bit longer, the hens are laying more, wild birds are chorusing, bulbs are pushing stems gleefully up through the earth. It’s a time to celebrate renewal and rebirth, so we thought we’d give you 7 simple ways to herald in the new season. So sit back, pour yourself a cup of tea, open a window and drink in the beautiful spring.
If you checked out our previous post you’ll know that we are compiling three handy gift guides to help steer you though the madness of Christmas shopping. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaching we’ve hunted down some fabulous gifts that will add beauty to your home, and those of your loved ones.
Today our edit focuses on Christmas gifts for the woman in your life. Plus, we’ve got some super-duper discount codes for you to cut the cost of your shopping, as well finding some cracking gifts. I know, we’re nice like that.
With six new books out this winter covering the topic of ‘hygge’, it’s no wonder everyone is talking about it. But do we really know what this Danish word means, and how do we do it? Here’s where we come in. We thought we’d give you a quick explanation of hygge, and some simple ideas for how to bring it into your home, whether you live in Scandinavia or Seattle.
The word ‘hygge’ doesn’t have a literal translation, which is why it has proven tricky to explain to non-Scandi folk. It’s best characterised by feelings and mood rather than a direct object: think coziness, warmth, contentment and you’ll be pretty close. Hygge is something that we can all attain, regardless of wealth or background. It embraces the simple, gentle things in life and encourages us to notice with full intent the things we are surrounded with. It is about finding pleasure in the presence of soothing things, about connection with others, belonging and ritual.
The Christmas season is on and everyone is now starting to feel the pressure of choosing and buying Christmas gifts. And not only buying but picking the right ones – so not to repeat last year’s gift, so to suit the tastes of the receiver, so to suit the budget, so to make the receiver happy or so to make an impression
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To help you with ideas, we put together a list of ideas of what to give to whom. We count on it to give you inspiration So read on!