If you’re anything like me, it’s feeling a lot harder to venture outside in these winter months and that combined with the world we’re currently living in, it feels like a never ending cycle. However, I’m really trying to kick that and get going when I can and so...here’s how I’m staying warm!
When I refer to warmth, I’m not solely talking about the temperature. I’m speaking about energy levels, your surroundings, your relationships, and so on. At the moment it’s vital to find lightness in these areas, and if you feel sluggish, it’s worth looking into where that dragging feeling is coming from, and taking small steps to overcome it.
The first step I take from rock bottom is getting comfortable, and focusing on my breathing for 5 minutes. Close your eyes, sit or lie comfortably, and count your breaths, in and out, to ten, and start again. Sometimes life is a little more distracting and your mind a flurry, and on these days, choose a guided meditation. My favourite app for this is Glo, they have an extraordinary assortment to choose from. A little bit more oxygen, with minimal effort, helps shift your outlook tremendously. If you’re feeling like being really cosy, add a weighted blanket and/or hot water bottle to the mix.
Secondly it’s important to pay attention to the lighting in your space. Your mood is relative to this, especially when it’s darker outside, and when these two factors are in sync there’s no doubt you’ll be looking towards a better day. For example, if you’re feeling tired, your laptop is glaring at you, you’ve still got a hell of a lot on your plate for that day, turn your lights on that little bit brighter or have a stroll in the sunshine! It’s not always about dimming your lights and creating warmly lit spaces. Our energy takes darkness as a signal to slow down. When you do want to slow down however, it’s definitely worth lighting a couple of candles, and dimming the lights to wind down. If you’re wanting to completely chill out, take some of these tips from my friend Natalie on how to give yourself the most luxurious face massage.
Pay loving attention to your fuel. Eating right is something I think we all find increasingly more complicated, especially when trends are thrown into the mix. Tailor your meals with foods that make you feel amazing that day and set you up wonderfully for the next. In winter, eat foods that support your metabolism, healthy fats, lots of protein, with a colourful assortment of veg. When I need to whip up something quick and healthy, I can always rely on these Five Flavorful Soup Recipes by Anna Jones. Remember, don’t pull the reins too tightly... I know I’m not speaking for myself here when I say chocolate genuinely brings me joy and I never deprive myself of it.
I think it’s also incredibly important to make sure that your friends and family feel loved during this time. There are so many incredible small businesses that can help us do just that. For many of us a delivery is the most exciting part of the day, so why don’t you treat your loved ones to the most delicious salted caramel brownies from Fran With A Pan or if you’re looking for a vegan option, head to Cake or Death.
Lastly, if you’ve got a pep in your step, our expert Kate suggests doing a round of Jumping Jacks to get the blood pumping and to get your body warm! Here’s a description of how to do proper Jumping Jacks below. Stand upright with your arms by your side and your feet around hip-width apart.
- Bend at your knees and jump up whilst stretching your legs and spreading your arms out and up into the shape of a star.
- Your feet should land wide apart and your arms stretched out, above your head.
- When your feet land, jump straight back up, reversing the move so that you land in the starting position.
- Do for 45 - 60 seconds
These are only a few things you can do to cultivate warmth, but they are my revitalisation when the dark and cold are getting to me a little more than I want.