With shorter days and falling temperatures, it’s easy to feel more lethargic and find it harder to concentrate during the winter. Sleep can also be a problem and you may notice a difference in your appetite too.Read our top tips for preventing and beating the winter blues, and how to feel more positive when you just want to hide away.
Give Your Skin Some Love
Winter can take its toll on your skin. Dry, dull-looking skin is a common complaint at this time of year but with the right care, you can keep your skin looking healthy and gorgeous. And that’s pretty much guaranteed to give you a mood boost.
That’s why we were thrilled to include products designed to give your skin some TLC in our Retreat collection!
If your skin is feeling the harsh effects of winter, skincare products that contain soothing and moisturizing ingredients are an absolute must.
Even your make-up remover can help with this, especially if you use a product such as the Green People Gentle Cleanse Makeup Remover (with skin-soothing aloe vera, calendula, shea butter, and rose geranium). It's a luxurious way to take off your make-up — even mascara.
Exfoliation is another great move for lovely-looking skin.
The Calm Rose and Shea Butter Salt and Sulphur Scrub from The Salt Parlour (with calming dead sea salt, pink Himalayan salt, and rose oil) is a lovely way to gently remove dead skin cells to reveal the brighter skin underneath and give your skin a much-needed hydration boost. Use it 2-3 times per week to get the best effects.
Our Retreat collection was packed with treats that are perfect for relaxing evenings during the winter months.
A relaxing soak in the bath is the perfect way to stay warm and boost your mood — especially if you’re adding a couple of drops of the Saskia 's Flower Essences Breathe Deep, Seek Peace featured in the Retreat collection. It’s packed with a unique combination of flower essences to calm your mind, banish your worries and put you in the right frame of mind for a good night’s sleep.
We also included the Wild Source Apothecary Detox Bath Soak and the Meadow Botanical Wax Candle from Bloomtown UK. These are both perfect for using your winter bath time rituals to beat the winter blues.
Surround Yourself With People
It’s tempting to hide away from the world and snuggle up indoors when the weather but this can make you feel isolated and exaggerate the winter blues.
Social interaction can reduce anxiety and depression and help to keep stress levels under control.
Invite a few friends round, light a candle and indulge in our gorgeous Retreat collection for the ultimate in social interaction and pampering.
Stock Up On Vitamin D
It’s harder for your body to get vitamin D during the winter as there’s less natural sunlight on offer. Vitamin D isn’t naturally present in many foods and for most people, it’s a good idea to boost your intake through supplements.
We included the Better You Vegan Vitamin D spray in our Retreat collection for an easy way to get your vitamin D. Just spritz onto the inside of your cheek to get your daily amount quickly and easily.
Go Easy On Refined Carbs
Carbs are often a go-to comfort food in winter but they can be a factor in the winter blues. Refined carbs such as white bread, pastries, cakes, biscuits, and crisps are popular choices that can have adverse effects on your mood.
The initial burst of energy is quickly followed by a big slump. The change in your blood sugar levels can leave you feeling anxious and low.
Making sure the bulk of your winter diet consists of healthy, nutritious vegetables and healthy carbs such as whole grains, potatoes, and sweet potatoes is really important for balancing your mood in winter.
Indulge in Delicious and Healthy Rituals
Having a ritual can give you something to look forward to, especially when it gets dark early and the weather is miserable.
A mug of hot chocolate is warming and comforting on cold, damp nights — and if it’s rich in cocoa, it’s also heart-healthy!
Another cocoa-rich treat you can indulge in is a delicious piece of high-quality chocolate. We included the Purest Ecuador chocolate from King Monty in our Retreat collection. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and plant-based — perfect for everyone!
If you prefer herbal tea to warm you up and relax you, chamomile is a great choice. Our Retreat collection featured organic sweet chamomile tea from Joe’s Tea Co.
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