Now that all the Christmas festivities have well and truly passed, and the winter chills seem to be indefinitely creeping in (for England at least!), it’s more important than ever to practice self-care and look after your mental and physical well-being.
January is naturally a slower time of year, and it needs to be like this because you can bet that by the time Spring arrives we’ll all be out and about being busy bunnies. As I write this I’m remembering that it’s okay to be quieter! I don’t need to ‘push’ myself to be productive, particularly after our super busy Christmas period! I’m making a promise to myself to take the time every day to be kind, to re-charge and to do some of those things that always get pushed to the side when things seem hectic.
Here are 7 of our favourite ways to practice self-care.
#1 Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness
Three things we should try and fit into every day. Yoga and meditation are the perfect act of self-care to start or end your day. They help you to transition into and out of work mode by allowing your body gentle movement and your mind to focus and relax. We also love using apps like Headspace, Calm or Insight Timer during a busy day for those moments when you need to disconnect and reset yourself. We also love the website Bright.
Because our lacies are made to be comfortable and to fit your natural body shape you don’t even need to take them off to do your favourite yoga routine – see the lovely Anna De Sousa as a shining example. If you’re new to Yoga and don’t have the time or confidence to attend a class, why not give YouTube Yogi Yoga with Adriene for a spot to bedroom Yoga practice.
#2 Get a good night’s sleep
Making sure you are getting enough sleep is essential to your mental and physical well-being and is one of the most important acts of self-care. We all need a lot more sleep in the winter and when the evenings are getting dark so early, our beds have never seemed so inviting.
Now the weather is getting a bit too cool to sleep in our lace sets, we love snuggling up in our luxuriously cosy lace vests. They came in a rainbow of colours, all manufactured in the UK and hand-dyed by us.
Our vests are so versatile – they are seamless and made from a soft stretchy diamond knit fabric. As well as being worn as loungewear or pyjamas, they can also be worn as a vest to layer over, or as a top in their own right. You get the feeling of not having to leave your pyjamas but still looking stylish and presentable.
If sleep is something you struggle with, we also recommend using sleep masks to help block out the light (watch this space for our new ones, launching with our sleepwear collection next month!). Add a few drops of aromatic Lavender or Chamomile essential oil to your pillow in order to have the optimal nights rest.
#3 Taking the time to relax
Prioritise ‘me’ time! Remember that doing relaxing activities is essential to help keep us more energised, motivated and positive.
Whether that’s taking a scented bath with your favourite music or podcast on in the background, reading a new book, doing a craft activity or taking some time to practise journalling it’s important to take some time in the evenings to unwind and relax after a busy day.
3 of our favourite podcasts to listen to while you relax include:
#1 One Girl Band – A podcast for female entrepreneurs and creatives who work for and by themselves, hosted by the wonderful Lola Hoad. This podcast is filled with real, truthful insights into running a small business and pep of purposeful and practical advice.
#2 Late Night Woman’s Hour – this late night sister to Woman’s Hour is hosted by Lauren Laverne and guests and is a frank, funny and intimate panel discussion discussing various topical themes.
#3 The Guilty Feminist – Comedian, Deborah Frances-White presents this hilarious comedy podcast alongside brilliant guests and a live audience discussing topics “all 21st-century feminists agree on” whilst confessing their insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that underlie their lofty principles.
Or you’re after more of a chilled vibe, try our latest playlist Sunday Mornings.
#4 Practising Hygge
Hygge, pronounced ‘Hoo-ga’ is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of cosiness and comfort that evokes feelings of wellness and contentment, helping you tackle SAD and get through the winter blues.
Meik Wiking who has written The Little Book of Hygge, explains: ‘Danes are aware of the decoupling between wealth and wellbeing. After our basic needs are met, more money doesn’t lead to more happiness and, instead, Danes are good at focusing on what brings them a better quality of life.’.
The essentials of making your home more Hygge are creating a warming atmosphere with candles, cosy blankets, a big jumper, warm socks, fairy lights and a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Try it out and see what you think!
#5 Get creative
We love crafting as this is a great way to practice mindfulness. It allows us to use a different part of our brain to achieve something beautiful. Let go of stresses and anxieties and just breathe, decorate, scribble and embrace lose yourself in the creative process.
We’ve compiled a board on Pinterest called Create – it’s full of little crafty projects for quiet evenings and weekends. From DIY terrariums to flower pressing and Wabi Sabi Japanese-style mending – there’s loads of lovely ideas to get those creative juices flowing.
#6 Fresh air and exercise
When it’s cold outside it’s tempting to want to stay inside, but there is nothing like fresh air to leave us feeling calmer and re-connected. Nature is a big inspiration and influence on our design process here at Brighton Lace. We love taking in the salty air on cold beachside mornings and stomping up Sussex cliffs to watch the sunset.
Being out in nature with the wind rushing in our hair makes us feel alive, helps us gain perspective and be appreciative of the world around us. Also getting your body moving, blood pumping and endorphins rushing is so important for our physical and mental health.
#7 Eating well
Food and the making of it is definitely an act of self-care, and one we greatly enjoy. We love big batch cooking in winter and cosying up on the sofa in our fluffiest jumper with a big steaming bowl of goodness. Our favourites are the Yummly Crockpot Lentil Soup, Deliciously Ella’s Simple Tomato and Mushroom Pasta and this Whisk Affair Tofu Red Thai Curry.
Eating delicious warm meals in winter that are nutrient-rich help boost your immune system. When a meal is hot it requires less energy to digest and aids gut health. Big batch dishes like the ones above are full of vitamins and minerals and are easy to make and heat up throughout the week – and ideal for tomorrow’s lunchbox too!
Good food not only feeds your body, but it also feeds the soul and leaves you feeling nourished and fulfilled.