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4 Ways to Boost Your Wellbeing Before Winter

Posted by Caroline Archer October 1, 2016 | 3 min read

As the nights draw in and the temperature starts to drop, you may find you feel more sluggish and less motivated. Shoehorning in a few positive changes to your routine can make all the difference. Personally, I love cooking hearty suppers for my family – I find it’s a great way to relax after a long day, and also an easy way to nourish and support our bodies so that when winter hits, it helps us all feel more energised. Aside from cooking, there are plenty of other ways to improve our wellness and stay happy during the cold snap – I hope my tips below help!

Monday motivation

I use both my phone and a handwritten diary to keep on top of everything, and on a Sunday evening I write down all the things I want to achieve for the following week. During the week I then move the things I’ve successfully achieved into a separate ‘motivating’ list. This helps me to stay focused, and coming back to the list of completed tasks mid-week enables me to see the goals I have reached. I’m always sure to squeeze in some me-time too – you have to do this when you’re a working mummy! So, whether it’s giving myself a mini at-home facial or blocking out an evening to catch up with girlfriends, I always feel better for checking in with myself. I also make a point to check out Liz Earle Wellbeing for those healthy meals I mentioned earlier. I always find Liz’s recipes so inspirational, plus there’s a plethora of options to suit all palates, however fussy!

Sensible snacking

When the weather takes a turn for the worse, popping out for some fresh air at lunch can feel like too much of an effort, and comforting food starts to appear all the more attractive! The answer? Plan ahead! Fill up a Tupperware box with fresh, crunchy crudités like carrot and cucumber, and have on hand in your handbag or on your desk for when the snack attack hits. I also love to cook up a delicious batch of nut-laden flapjacks – they’re a slightly healthier alternative to something sweet, plus my girls love them!

Snooze and you won’t lose

I find the less sleep I have, the more likely I am to feel run down. To help me get a good night’s sleep, I love to create a relaxing bedtime routine. The bathroom becomes my sanctuary – there’s nothing quite like a warm bubble bath in candlelight. I swear by our Lavender & Basil Botanical Candle when I want to fully relax – it has the most divine aromatic notes that transport me straight to the fields of Provence, and candlelight baths always feel decadent!

Buddy up

While exercising on my own can provide a little me-time, I love to shake it up and pair up with a friend too – it means I’m less likely to forego a training session, as I’m more accountable. Combining a catch-up with some endorphin-boosting exercise also helps make the dark mornings and evenings more enjoyable, plus my skin always looks better when I exercise regularly. You just need to choose a running partner whose legs – and therefore stride – are similar in length to yours!

Caroline x