January is one of those things you either love or hate. After the fun and festivities of December are over, it’s easy to let the dark mornings and cold nights drag you down. If you need a bit of inspiration to get you through the month we’ve rounded up the best ideas to boost your wellbeing and nourish mind, body and soul.
Meditation hit the mainstream last year, as ever more people sought moments of mindfulness in their increasingly busy lives. If you didn’t pick it up in 2016, it’s not too late to try. You can find meditation courses across the country, or try the Headspace app if you’d rather give it a go at home. Fitting in a few minutes of quiet and contemplation into your schedule from the first few days of the year can really improve your mental health and productivity.
If sitting still isn’t your thing, then why not boost those endorphins with some outdoor activity instead. Exercising outdoors is not only better for your body (the cold helps you burn more calories), but the fresh air and beautiful scenery will free your mind too. Our #brandtotrust Wildfitness holds fitness retreats that help you reconnect with nature while getting a sweat on.
When it comes to physical wellbeing it’s important to take a holistic perspective, as diet, lifestyle and environmental stress can all take their toll on how you look and feel.
The combination of harsh weather, central heating and too much alcohol means your skin needs a little more nourishment at the beginning of the year. Start your routine now and you’re more likely to keep it going throughout the months to come. Give yourself a kick start with a visit to Lisa Franklin’s luxury clinic, offering facials and non-invasive treatments that combine traditional techniques with scientifically advanced products.
We’ll take a guess that trying to eat healthier is on your new year’s resolutions list for 2017? Don’t be too hard on yourself though, aim for a balanced diet that is truly sustainable rather than cutting out all the bad stuff. Unsurprisingly, Instagram is now our go-to place for food inspiration – follow Anna Jones, Sara Forte and Amelia Freer for healthy recipe ideas that will actually fill you up. For yet more inspiration read our recent Q&A with best selling author, chef and entrepreneur Jasmine Hemsley, one-half of the famous Hemsley & Hemsley sisters. A darling of the London food scene and leader in the contemporary wellness movement, Jasmine recently wrapped up onsite pop-up cafe East by West, hosted within our #brandtotrust Maiyet’s concept store.
Busy work lives and social commitments mean we often don’t take the time to think about what we really desire. Travel can give you this well-needed perspective on the world, giving you the opportunity to learn about other cultures and yourself along the way.
Found in the Maldives, the Soneva Fushi Resort is the perfect respite from your everyday life. This island idyll blends seamlessly with its outstanding settings, focussing on how you can enjoy the natural beauty while leaving no trace. Yoga sessions can help balance the mind, while a visit to the observatory for some star gazing may help you find your place in the universe.