We’re now well into January, and the dreaded Blue Monday will soon be upon us. It’s a make or break moment for many: the back-to-work slump is in full force, while our resolutions seem harder and harder to sustain (see our Six Secrets To Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions for tips). In order to banish the winter blues, try taking up some of these self care rituals that will have you feeling fresh and new in no time.
With so much indulgence over Christmas, it’s easy to neglect your me-time in January. A day of self care once a week will reward your mind, body, and soul while you get back into the work routine. 58 Lifestyle’s range of aromatic candles and harmonising bath and body oils provide the ideal combination of nourishing natural ingredients and relaxing scents to achieve inner peace.
Get your body moving
Find your mind-body connection again by joining an exercise class that’s new to you. Bold Bodies is a unique dance class based in North London, combining jazz and disco with ballet. Whether you opt for a life-affirming retreat in Italy or sessions closer to home, the team spirit and guidance from founder Diana Eugeni Le Quesne will keep you coming back for more.
Catch up with friends
January is a time for getting back into routine, and having caught up with everyone over the holidays, it’s easy to forget to schedule social events back into your calendar. Try meeting up with a best friend or two over a low-key coffee or drinks to give yourself ample time to catch up.
Invest in sleep
With the cold winds and short days, it’s a wonder we don’t hibernate in January. To get the most out of your sleep, consider investing in natural fibre bedding such as that of Penrose Products. Their luxury handmade alpaca fibre and sheep’s wool soft furnishings will keep you warm and relaxed through the wintry season.
Treat your skin
From the harsh outdoor elements to the drying indoor heat, winter can be tough on your skin. Find more than just skin protection with Be Genki’s range of organic skin and body care products designed to give you emotional balance, or if you’re looking to harness more energy, try Ila Spa’s Energy Spray for an Aura of Confidence.
Book a weekend away
While it may seem counter-intuitive to book a holiday straight after a substantial one, the thought of a getaway will keep you motivated through the drearier months. Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa makes for an idyllic weekend away: found on the edge of New Forest National Park, it combines picturesque grounds with five-star spa facilities spanning 12 treatment rooms.
After the season of giving, it’s easy to fall into a routine that overlooks the little things. Taking up an introspective activity such as focus journaling will aid in highlighting the daily positives you experience, and give you a source of positivity to pour over at a moment’s notice. Try jotting down five things that made you smile at the end of every day in a handmade Marina Vaptzarova notebook, made from the purest natural and sustainable raw materials found in Nepal.