By Darcy Rive
After the indulgence of the festive period, January often feels like a time of restraint, exacerbated by New Year's resolutions to eat better and lose weight. However, January is also a great time to try new recipes, begin positive eating habits and nourish your body - all of which are bound to make your January a happier and a healthier one. While the skies may be grey outside, nutritionist Amelia Freer's book Cook. Nourish. Glow. is full of recipes that will pack your plate with colour.
Getting active, getting your blood pumping and getting those endorphins flowing is the ultimate antidote to the January Blues. Whether you prefer to don running shoes, yoga leggings or a swimming costume like this classic cut from Calvin Klein, you'll feel happier and fitter after some exercise. And an added bonus, this one-piece looks as good on the beach as it does at the pool, so it's a great addition to your gym bag as well as your holiday case.
Scent has an incredible effect on our mood, with the power to uplift and energise us. This winter, we’ll be filling our homes with the invigorating fragrance of Neom’s Happiness scented candle. A beautiful blend of seven pure essential oils including neroli, mimosa and lemon, this candle helps to turn your home into a sanctuary and helps you to balance your emotions and feel more positive – just what we need, particularly this month.
With a December full of parties and late nights, January is the perfect time to treat your skin and brighten your complexion with a sheet mask from Starskin. Packing an intense mix of brightening cowslip, balancing purslane, tightening mallow extract and restorative gentian root, this mask supercharges your skin with vitamin C and nourishes your complexion when it needs the most TLC.
Lift your spirits on the gloomiest of days by injecting some fun and colour into your wardrobe. This Chinti & Parker sweater does just that. No matter how grey the weather or dark the evening, this statement slogan sweater with the word 'F.U.N' emblazoned across your chest is sure to put a spring in your step. Plus, it's one of those great pieces that you can pair with a printed midi skirt as well as a your pyjamas.
This month is a great time to start new hobbies and find new interests. Whether you want to fill your shelves with classic literature such as 'Sense and Sensibility' by Jane Austen (and why wouldn't you when the cover is this beautiful?), learn an instrument or start knitting or painting, finding something that you're passionate about will brighten every day - not only in January, but every day you do it.
Green tea has well-known health benefits, from improved brain function and fat loss to lowering the risk of cancer, all thanks to the nutrients, plant compounds and antioxidants found inside. Taking the time to make and enjoy a cup of tea, taking the time to have a moment to yourself, is one of life's simplest and greatest pleasures - especially when the brew is as delicious as this one from The Wolseley, renowned for its nutty taste and sweet notes of fresh pea shoots.
Your mood and mental health deeply affect your sleep, and vice versa, your sleep has a great impact on your mood and your mental well-being. In January, we see lots of encouragement to change our diets and our exercise patterns, but it is just as important to improve our sleeping habits to feel our best. This award-winning, natural, aromatheraputic Superblend of lavender, vetiver and camomile helps to calm both body and mind for a restful and replenishing sleep.