A little slice of Indian Ocean heaven, Constance Ephelia is the picture perfect beach retreat that doesn't disappoint. Our journey to the Seychelles is not direct, and somewhat tiring but on arrival the WOW factor and immediate air of calm and relaxation out-weighs the jet lag.
In this new era, we constantly need to adapt to changing circumstances and leave our comfort zone to take bold risks. Applying yesterday´s solutions to today's problems no longer works.
Truly knowing something without judgement or old ideas getting in the way is a process. Yes we can have an intellectual understanding of something almost instantly, but that isn't enough to make actual changes in our lives. Intellectually understanding something is just the tip of the iceberg.
A design junkie's heaven, you're greeted by red ceramic tigers, crocodiles and cat buddhas, arty-farty mannequins with ski helmets and a double sided glass fireplace to defrost you as you enter.
Where does being human, having your physical, mental and emotional needs met rank in your infinite to-do list? How do we create a structure where these are prioritised? Who should come first?
Being a positive person doesn't mean you don't feel pain or that you learn to suppress it - that wouldn't be healthy or helpful. It's more about knowing that while you may feel terrible, that feeling will pass. It genuinely helps.
You'll step out of the lift and straight into a scented-candled oasis of calm and quiet. Set over two floors, the spa feels indulgently spacious, with huge changing rooms and relaxation areas.
Benefitting from a glorious natural surf break 500m offshore producing waves like something from an eau de cologne campaign, Shanti Maurice has one of the best views on Mauritius. The surf break has the added advantage of warding off cruise ships and megayachts - which for you and me, spells a blissfully quiet stay.
Monday is Red magazine's first #RedMonday, a focus on all positive things for mental health on the most trying day of the week. The idea is to make everyone in the office - along with all our Red family (readers, associates, colleagues, supporters) - to try out meditation, see if it might become our new healthy habit.
You would never accept a job where harsh comments and bullying were part and parcel of the job but it seems we expect celebrities to because they have a better life than the majority of us.
The passionate chefs, in the open kitchen (whom you will meet if you take a cooking class) are masters in - yep you guessed it... fusing flavours of Asia. Try rice paper noodle rolls, fresh seafood platters, grilled snapper and handmade noodles.
It's easy to understand why we struggle with the way we look. The prevailing idea that everyone can and/or should have a faultless physique, flawless skin, white teeth and boundless self confidence is corrosive to the majority who don't look or feel like that.
The cause is, unquestionably, a worthy one, and more than a hollow New Year's resolution this would be a real challenge - one that might produce benefits I couldn't foresee, both in terms of my wellbeing and vis-a-vis the expansion of my limited culinary repertoire.
Counselling isn't all lying on couches in dark rooms with pointed-nosed, sharp-spectacled counsellors. It's just talking. Talking with a professional who is trained to not only hear, but to actually listen, and offer some thoughts that are at this point in time, alien.
It all starts with changing your mindset - healthy people think positively about healthy, tasty food, knowing that it nourishes every cell in their bodies. They don't think of exercise as a negative thing - they find a way of moving that they enjoy.
You have probably imagined what would be possible if you did not feel fear, anger, stress, anxiety, or cravings. You have probably thought about the things you could achieve, the peace and energy you could have, and all the ways you could connect and contribute.