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  • Kick your 2020 off with prioritising YOU and keeping healthy and happy over the winter

    You know that saying ‘start as you mean to go on’ that is so often linked with over-ambitious New Year resolutions which none of us usually end up following through with? Well, this year we want to give a new meaning to ‘start as you mean to go on’ which is a lot more fitting to how we’re all actually feeling at this time of year.

    Now the Christmas festivities are officially over and it’s cold and wet outside, we want you to join us in forgetting about your usual New Year’s resolutions, and focus on one thing – slowing down and prioritising your self-care to keep yourself healthy and happy this winter.

    Your mind and body are inextricably connected, and both need just as much kindness and care especially during wintertime. Nothing blooms all year! When it’s cold and dark outside, we take in less Vitamin D, our energy is lower and everything just seems that little bit harder. This is why it’s so important to slow down and start to put practices in place to protect and nurture our physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. Be kind to yourself!

    ‘Look down at your body
    there is no home like you
    thank you – Rupi Kaur

    This is something we’ve all been chatting about a lot at Brighton Lace HQ, so we decide to collate 10 of our favourite self-care tips and share them with you all.

    9 of the Brighton Lace team’s favourite self-care tips

    Daily affirmations

    Daily affirmations do wonders for your self-esteem and harnessing positive thinking has been proven to have powerful effects. So many of us are prone to negative self-talk. Lots of us (women in particular) often self-sabotage and block ourselves from reaching our full potential, miss out on opportunities that would be good for us and feel down about ourselves as a result.

    Positive affirmations can be as simple as changing ‘I can’t’ to ‘why the heck not’ or looking at what you perceive as your ‘flaws’ and saying well so what, this is one of the beauties of being human. Positive affirmations can help lower stress levels too. So next time your standing in the mirror in your lacies, we challenge you to give yourself a long hard look and say ‘I’m an incredible human inside out and out and I 100% deserve to be on this planet’’.

    Writing a gratitude journal

    Winter is notoriously a season where many of us feel blue as a result of the lack of daylight. If you’re feeling down in the dumps and you find yourself getting overwhelmed by the negative thoughts, then writing a gratitude journal could be a transformative practice for you. By focusing on the positives, we are able to increase happiness and reduce feelings of anxiety, stress and low moods. It helps us gain perspective and appreciate the little things in life. Gratitude journaling can really help prepare you for the rough patches in your life when they appear.

    Try and set aside a regular time for journaling and to check in with yourself. There are many ways you can do this. The easiest one to slip into your routine is to spend a few minutes in the morning or before you go to bed at night jotting down all the things you are greatful for in that moment. Our Celestial stationery is perfect for this especially the Lunar and Solis or Moonlight Cranes Notebook.

    Lunar & Solis Diary

    Unplugging digitally

    We all spend far too much time on our phones or on other digital devices. On average in the UK we spend 24 hours a week on our mobiles. Technology is great, but it doesn’t always have positive effects on our mental health and often stops us from being present in the moment. Influencer Venetia Falconer has invited everyone to do a weekly 48-hour detox at the weekend. You can find the challenge on Instagram @48hourchallenge.

    Instead of mindlessly scrolling and chatting to people online, why not try something else, we always find it amazing how much time is freed up when we turn off our phones. Brighton Lace favourites are writing poems, reading books, trying out new recipes, seeing friends and getting out into nature. This is also the time when Lou gets her best design ideas.

    Unplugging has also been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. Technology encourages us to be constantly switched on and connected which can be incredibly overwhelming. It also encourages us to multi-task which can be exhausted for our brains and also affect our abilities to concentrate. It can also help improve sleep quality too. Instead of staring at your phone before bed try journaling or reading a few pages of your book.

    Staying warm and cosy

    According to ayurvedic practises our internal cycles respond to the seasons changing which then results in accumulating symptoms so often associated with winter cold, heaviness, lethargy, slowness, lack of motivation and mucousy coughs and colds. There a few ways to combat this including keeping ourselves warm, which can help us combat certain illness. It’s important to make sure we are dressed up in a warm and cosy way – whether that’s in the day or in bed at night. This is one of the reasons we released our cashmere bras and knickers as well as our arm warmers. Wool is such an amazing material when it comes to temperature regulation.

    Our favourite way to stay warm has to be having a nice warm bath. Doing regular exercise also helps, even a brisk walk warms up our systems. And lastly embracing Hygge, keeping our houses at a stable temperature and curling up by a nice warm fire in layers and cosy blanket. Go on – join us in having a lovely soak in a hot bath before bed then put on our cashmere bra and curl up under your duvet.

    Eating healthily and nourishing our bodies

    Nourishing your body with wholesome, hearty foods full of nutrients is essential during winter. Throw ‘new year, new you’ fad diets out of the window’ and instead listen to your body and what it actually wants. We all deserve a balanced, respectful, healthy and joyful relationship with food and eating. Check out our favourite veggie recipes on our Pinterest board.

    In her book ‘Eat Up’ Bake Off star Ruby Tandoh talks about how amazing food is – it nourishes our bodies, helps us celebrate our successes (from a wedding cake to a post-night out kebab), cheers us up when we’re down, introduces us to new cultures and connects us with the people we love. And she couldn’t be more right!

    Make sure you’re getting lots of hot foods – like wholesome stews, curries, soups and pasta dishes, yum! Add foods like sweet potatoes, tomatoes, red peppers and citrus fruits to your meals as they contain vitamin C, which plays an important role in the immune system and energy levels

    Embracing mindful planning

    With life being so hectic and busy for a lot of us, it can be so hard to make time to slow down, reflect and have ‘me time’. However, it’s so important to find a balance, and one way to do this is to plan our lives mindfully, breaking down our schedules and factoring rest time and activities that energise our souls and make our hearts sing. Planning also helps us to feel calmer and stop our brains from constantly whirring.

    We have some amazing planners on our shop including our Cloudy Stars Wellness Planner and Celestial Stardust Daily Planner which make mindful planning so simple, whether you’re into yoga, meditation, pottery, rock climbing or singing, you can use this planner to help schedule more time for the things you love. The planners also give a space for a mantra for the week and also your reflective mood, this planner is a great way to document each week, helping you schedule in more activities that let you play and get creative and also reminds you to check in with yourself.

    We have a weekly and a daily planner. The daily planner is amazing if you want to struggle with anxiety as not only does it give you space to break down your priorities for the day, it also offers a section for the things that are making you anxious and how you can tackle them.

    Bathing in Epsom salts

    We all love a hot soak in Epsom bath salts, which we’ve found is a great way to ease health problems such as muscle soreness and help us destress They are a chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen. When Epsom salt is dissolved in water it releases magnesium and sulfate ions which can be absorbed by the skin – helping bodily functions. Most of us do not consume enough magnesium which is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body.

    Magnesium is also said to promote sleep and help you stay calm as it helps your brain produce neurotransmitters that induce sleep and reduce stress. Less stress and more sleep equals a happy and healthier you.

    When it’s cold out we can tense up and get achey muscles and baths help our muscles relax as well as our minds. Steamy baths also help cold and flu symptoms too. Take some time away and listen to a podcast that makes you feel good.

    Having a night in and spending time alone to recharge

    Forget FOMO (fear of missing out) and embrace JOMO (joy of missing out) – sometimes you just need to say no to evening plans and take some time out, to be by yourself and restore and revive. Being alone and comfortable in our own company is an essential part of our personal growth and development and helps give us more energy to get through the winter months.

    Being alone is definitely not the same as being lonely it helps clear the mind and also helps our relationships with others. When we spend time with ourselves it helps us better understand and truly value ourselves, which means we are better able to understand and value others better too. Our favourite night is sticking on Netflix and putting on our Organic Mineral Clay Face Mask powder with a Crystal Smudge Candle burning in the background

    Practising guided meditations

    Guided meditations are one of the best ways to de-stress and unwind. Have an overactive and stressed brain actually has a big impact on our immune systems because of the way it triggers stress hormones like cortisol. They’re a great way to get your first taste of meditation and are really helpful for minds that tend to wonder to master the technique.

    Many people choose to use mindfulness practises like meditation to manage stress, reduce anxiety and to cultivate peace of mind however there are also lots of other positive impacts on your mental, physical and emotional health that you may not even realise. Mindfulness practises like meditation can help you deal with all sorts of issues including insomnia, anxiety, depression, concentration, chronic pain.

    The best part about guided meditation is that you can practise anywhere – home in your lacies, on your commute to work or even at your desk. We find ours on Youtube or the Headspace app

    Embracing moon cycles

    Humans, especially women are believed to be inextricably connected to the cycles of the moon and the tides. We love using our new moon planner to help us sync with the phases of the moon during the lunar cycle, allowing us to connect with the moon’s energy and manifest some magic!

    Recording your intentions, feelings, reflections, and gratitude during the four main phases of the lunar cycle; New moon, First Quarter Moon, Full moon, Third quarter moon can help you reflect on your journey and feel happier and more harmonious within. That’s why we love our Lunar Magic Moon A4 Planner. The moon recedes, withdraws, and then renews each month and our bodies can reflect this in emotionally. So the more in tune we are with the phases and the effects they have on our mental health and energy levels the better we can harness the effects the moon has on us.

    We hope that these tips are helpful to you – find us hibernating, while we rest and restore until the spring and summer months come around and we feel ready to take on the world once again

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