With the warmth and sparkle of the festivities slowly disappearing behind us, January can be a difficult month for some, but working on your mental and physical health can potentially help combat the effects of this melancholy period. Our cover star this month, Robin Batchelor, owner of The Health Store, has some health-kick tips to get us started (p. 75)!
Isobel Ellul delves into yet another salient topic in our monthly Let’s Talk Real segment. With the advent of the pandemic last year, many of us switched into survival mode, adopting our own unique coping methods. Isobel encourages us to ‘let go, and go with the flow’, as we accept self-love, mindfulness, and self-care (p. 30).
One individual who has been doing her part in waging the war against disconnection caused by lockdown (and beyond) is Harriet Eaton, a student at Edinburgh University. Read about her Letters of Support, and her warming words of wisdom (p.35).
After the indulgence of December, I’m (almost) looking forward to eating something that is neither wrapped in gold foil nor made of chocolate. What better time to try out ‘Veganuary’? Lisanka Trinidad from The Kasbar reveals why she went to the green side, and gives us some tasty recipes to boot (p.63)!
I am itching to go on holiday; there’s only so many weekend jaunts to La Linea one can take. Hopefully, by the time you’re reading this, Covid has retreated and our fetters removed, allowing us to indulge in a much-needed trip. Chris recounts his attempts at getting from Oxford to Auckland almost entirely by land in the first of our Traveller’s Diary series (p. 79), and Pete reveals some of the hidden gems of the Spanish region of Extremadura (p. 58).
I am dubbing this month a tabula rasa; enjoy what is hopefully the start of a wonderful new year, enjoy a second chance to experience all we missed out on in 2020, and, of course, enjoy the issue!