Your one-stop-shop for mindfulness…
How's the New Year, New You going? Maybe a trip to Rushden Lakes can help you out...
Mindfulness comes in all guises. It doesn’t have to be a full on meditation with a bath gong; it can be losing yourself for an hour in your favourite magazine, indulging in your hobbies like scrapbooking or journalling, climbing on your bike for a few hours in the great outdoors, spending quality time with your family (see below, it invariably includes food), or even just getting outside and walking the dog.
It’s still January; people are still struggling with their New Year’s resolutions and I think mindfulness can help. Instead of making huge resolutions you can’t keep, incorporate them into your EVERY DAY life and be more mindful about everything you do. Don’t cut out whole food groups, just try and eat a bit more healthily. Exercise more, but doing something you like. Take up a new hobby or pledge to read more books. The options are endless! You might not associate a shopping complex with mindfulness, but Rushden Lakes promises to help keep its shoppers on track with their healthy resolutions with a little bit of inspiration and a lot of encouragement (plus everything’s in one place).
My New Year’s resolution was to read more, so step forward Magazine Heaven; one of the best shops I’ve been in for a long while. They have literally any magazine in the world you want (or they can get it for you).
There’s also a lovely mezzanine coffee shop which stocks Tea Lab tea (a Northants based company no less)! I got lost in a few home interiors and travel magazines for quite a bit longer than I should (all in the name of work you understand)!
You might not think a cuppa makes any difference to your mind, but sitting down with your favourite brew and not picking up your phone for the next 10 minutes really does give you that moment of calm you might desperately need (this might not work if you’ve got 3 year old twins at your feet – which fortuitously, I don’t)!
Warmed up with a brew how about a brisk walk in beautiful surroundings (not normally associated with a retail outlet). We all know that Rushden lakes is set in The Nene Wetlands Nature Reserve, and it really is a great excuse to get out into the fresh air, and one that I undertake quite a lot with Muddy Paws.
Promising to hit the gym more or take up a new sport? Start your resolution right with a brand new kit (ahem, I am guilty of buying lots of kits and forgetting to work out). With everything from JD and Decathlon to Superdry and Runners Need, Rushden Lakes has loads of sporty stores jump start your fitness (plus free parking)!
Or, how about Alice Living’s newest collaboration of gym wear from Primark? The #Instafamous fitness guru, nutrition know-it-all, and washboard-abs Wonderwoman, doesn’t go around backing any old workout collection, ya know? So this year, if you’re prepping to go all out in the health and fitness department, pop to Primark.
If you’re not a massive fan of being in the gym, Rushden Lakes is home to Cotswold Outdoor and Mountain Warehouse that are perfect for beginners and experts alike in sports such as in cycling, running and hiking. Not a fan of fitness full stop? What about a hobby? Having a hobby has been proven to help people’s stress levels and even lower blood pressure. This could include keeping a diary or even just making a mood board for your new dining room; which can result in you getting into the zone where hours pass and you don’t think of your worries or pressures (Mini Muddy can pass hours and hours in Hobbycraft; and bleed me dry in minutes).
Not only can Rushden Lakes get you started with all of the above, but it can also keep you on track with eating healthy when you’re out and about. Whether it’s Bill’s delicious Glow Bowl filled with beetroot and quinoa (alas, I can’t eat quinoa, pah, first world problems), Wagamama’s Pad Thai Salad or a Leggera Pollo ad Astra from Pizza Express, there is something tasty (and healthy) at Rushden Lakes for even the pickiest among you. This week I popped to Bill’s which has a great lunch time menu 2 courses for £11.95 (and since the puds are around a fiver on their own, I think this is pretty good value).
I plumped for the vegan duck starter which is super tasty and VERY meat like. There are various options on the set menu to keep meat eaters, veggies and vegans happy, and the portions are very generous! And remember, mindfulness doesn’t say you can’t have a red wine or a G&T (as me and my companion did)! We simply enjoyed every sip, in the moment (we’ve got this mindfulness malarkey nailed).
It sounds very salesy but Rushden Lakes really does have a lot going for it (peak time parking issues aside, but I hear they are being addressed). With more than 40 stores and restaurants, plus the beautiful walks around the lakes; I reckon even the weakest of willed could adhere to some mindfulness and healthy living after a visit here (although in saying that the two Mudlets want to go to Five guys next week, so we’ll see how the resolve holds out ; )
Monday to Saturday: 9am to 8pm
Sunday: 11am to 5pm
Bank Holidays: 10am to 6pm
Please check with individual stores for full opening times as these may vary.