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This Is How Your Body and Mind Get Inspired in Lanzarote – the Beautiful Spanish Island

This Is How Your Body and Mind Get Inspired in Lanzarote – the Beautiful Spanish Island

If you’ve heard of Lanzarote, there’s a good chance you associate the name with sunburnt Brits and souvenir shops. But dig a little deeper into the history, geography and culture of this beautiful Spanish island, and you’ll find a holiday location that offers everything you want from a happy, healthy, and awe-inspiring break.

When you factor in affordable flights and all-inclusive resort deals, Lanzarote is also a great destination for physical and mental wellness holidays on a budget. If you need more convincing reasons, here are seven activities that could keep you busy during your stay…

1. Explore Timanfaya National Park

On the southwestern coast of Lanzarote, you’ll find Timanfaya National Park, a remarkable natural area sculpted by hundreds of years of volcanic activity. Enclosed within the park are the Montañas del Fuego, or Fire Mountains.

While the strange, alien landscape is largely bereft of plant or animal life, it offers a strikingly beautiful spectacle. Spend half a day or so in this stunning otherworldly place and contemplate the wonders of the natural world.

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    2. Take a Diving Tour of the Museo Atlantico

    Since 2006, British artist Jason de Caires Taylor has been creating underwater sculpture installations around the world. His most recent endeavour has taken place just off the coast of Lanzarote and is known as the Museo Atlantico – the central attraction being a piece called The Raft of Lampedusa, which depicts refugees on a sunken lifeboat.

    If you’re planning a trip to Lanzarote, make sure you set aside the time to get your diving or snorkelling gear and take a guided tour of these fascinating sculptures. You’ll be blown away by their power.

    3. Book a Yoga Retreat

    If you’re not already doing yoga, you should! With its gorgeous protected landscapes, stunning sea views and clear air, Lanzarote is the perfect place to practice yoga if you have already discovered its health benefits.

    The good news is that you’ll find plenty of retreats across the island that offer competitively-priced yoga sessions. The bad news is, you might never want to leave…

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      4. Marvel at the César Manrique Foundation

      Ask any Lanzarote native and they’ll tell you how important the artist and architect César Manrique was to the history of the island. Manrique was fiercely opposed to the over-development of Lanzarote and fought against the tide of concrete resorts in the 60s and 70s by building his own ecologically-sound creations.

      One of the most impressive thing is his house in the village of Tahiche, which was constructed in an area of black volcanic rock, using five lava “bubbles” to form a series of connected chambers. The foundation is open seven days a week to the public, and is free for children under 12. Just go for a visit, expand your mind and revitalise your spirits!

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        5. Swim at the Jameos del Agua

        No stay on Lanzarote would be complete without a trip to the Jameos del Agua. A natural volcanic cave system was adapted into a public complex featuring an auditorium, swimming pool, restaurant and garden with the help of César Manrique (we said he was important!). The whole complex is a delight to explore, but make sure you give yourself time for a relaxing swim in the gorgeous white swimming pool.

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          6. Sample the Local Delicacies

          If there’s one thing guaranteed to boost your mood and get you in the holiday spirit, it’s a gorgeous dinner with a glass of fine wine. Lanzarote is known for its excellent and diverse cuisine, but the real highlights are the fresh and healthy local delicacies: papas arrugadas (“wrinkled” potatoes), mojo (spicy pepper or herb sauce), and grilleddorada (seabream).

          You’ll also want to sample the island’s famous local dessert wines, preferably while eating a bowl of bienmesabe (sweetened almond cream). Consuming dessert and alcohol may not seem like an ideal path to physical and mental wellness, but a balance of moderation and enjoyment works wonders for the soul!

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            7. Unwind on a White Sand Beach

            Though Lanzarote is certainly the place to be if you’re seeking mental stimulation and physical activity, it’s also a place to let your body relax and rest, away from the demands of everyday life. The island is famous for its black volcanic sand, but some of the best beaches are the ones with white sand – Papagayo on the southern tip of the island being a particular highlight.

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            If you’re seeking a truly secluded experience, you might also consider the beautiful white sand coves of Caléton Blanco near Órzola, which are perfect for sunbathing and snorkelling. Just don’t forget the sun lotion!

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              Wherever you choose to stay on Lanzarote, remember that some of the most memorable holiday experiences are about getting away from the hustle and bustle, letting your mind forget about everyday worries, and spending time in gentle contemplation.

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              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

              We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

              We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

              So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

              Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

              What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

              Boundaries are limits

              —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

              Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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              Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

              Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

              Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

              How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

              Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

              1. Self-Awareness Comes First

              Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

              You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

              To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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              You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

              • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
              • When do you feel disrespected?
              • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
              • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
              • When do you want to be alone?
              • How much space do you need?

              You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

              2. Clear Communication Is Essential

              Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

              Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

              3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

              Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

              That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

              Sample language:

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              • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
              • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
              • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
              • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
              • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
              • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
              • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

              Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

              4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

              Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

              Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

              Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

              We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

              It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

              It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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              Final Thoughts

              Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

              Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

              Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

              The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

              Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

              Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

              They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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