Timely re­minders

Good - - EDITORIAL - Carolyn Ent­ing, ed­i­tor carolyn@good.net.nz @good­magazi­nenz good.net.nz good­mag

Idon’t know about you but it’s about this time of year when I feel the pres­sure dial of life turn­ing up. When I shared this with a friend they told me about Kelly McGoni­gal’s TED Talk ‘How to make stress your friend’. McGoni­gal tells us how stress is not all bad, in fact it can ac­tu­ally be good for us – it’s our at­ti­tude to it that can make a dif­fer­ence. Stud­ies show that when you change your mind about stress, you can al­ter your body’s re­sponse to it. This has turned my think­ing around and I def­i­nitely feel bet­ter for it. To find out more about this see Natalie Cyra’s story ‘The Other Side of Stress’ on page 28.

Of course if you’re al­ready fraz­zled it is im­por­tant to take a break. Hav­ing al­ways read about yoga re­treats in mag­a­zines I fi­nally did one late last year – fly­ing to Niue for five days with Well­ness Re­treats NZ. To say it was trans­for­ma­tive is an un­der­state­ment. I lit­er­ally looked, and felt, like a dif­fer­ent per­son by the end.

What did we do? Yoga twice daily on a deck over­look­ing the ocean; ate healthy and de­li­cious meals; downed end­less cups of herbal tea; swam, hiked and en­joyed the stun­ning clifftop lo­ca­tion of Matavai Scenic Re­sort with a sun­set cock­tail. But most of all it was the dig­i­tal detox that took off the pres­sure. There’s no mo­bile phone cov­er­age on the is­land and only one-hour free wi-fi per day at the ho­tel.

I must ad­mit that on ar­rival that dis­cov­ery put me into a pan­icky spin but by day two I couldn’t get over how good it felt not to be shack­led to my phone.

It was the per­fect re­set and pro­vided the mo­ti­va­tion to add healthy habits back into my reg­u­lar rou­tine – you know, the ones that go west when you get busy and over­loaded – yoga, ex­er­cise, healthy food...

My trip to Niue also re­minded me of the im­por­tance of tak­ing time out for my­self and do­ing things that nour­ish the spirit. Dunedin is a place that does that for me. This Jan­uary was my 15th visit and I still haven’t seen and done ev­ery­thing I want to. Check out our In­sider Guide to Dunedin on page 59 and don’t for­get to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion to win a trip for two to stay at Lar­nach Cas­tle on the Otago Penin­sula. It re­ally is a mag­i­cal place.

An­other thing we fo­cus on in this is­sue is e-bikes which are rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing the way we get around for a lot of rea­sons. You can find our guide to e-bikes on page 34. Rid­ing an e-bike is not only good for the planet but for you too. In­ci­den­tial ex­er­cise has never looked so good!

Mat­apa Chasm Good ed­i­tor Carolyn Ent­ing at Mat­apa Chasm, Niue – her favourite place for a swim. Read more on page 54.

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