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After overindulging at Christmas, the start of a new year can be a good time for self reflection and change. We’re not talking about making big resolutions (you know the kind, the unrealistic ones that usually don’t last past January). Instead, we’re talking about making small changes you can make to your everyday life that improve your overall health and wellbeing.
With the cost of living crisis still very much on most people’s minds, it’s no surprise that we may be heading into 2023 feeling a little uncertain about our future, but taking this time to reset and start new wellness habits can help you feel in more control of your life.
Exercise and a healthy diet can help massively, but there are other steps you can take to take better care of you and your mental health. We looked to our Mumsnet forum for tips on what our users find helps them, and also looked at some of the latest trends for this year. What’s more, John Lewis has a huge variety of wellness products that can inspire and motivate better wellness habits.
From luxurious pampering products to gorgeous sleep aids, here are our top John Lewis wellness finds to suit a range of budgets.
1. Make time for yourself every day
“Definitely agree on fresh air each day, healthy food and yoga. Also taking time every day to do something for yourself like read a book, [a] bit of a pamper, learn a language, art or what I am currently doing is planning what I want to grow this year as it gives me hope.” Weepingwillows12
What better way to unwind after a busy day than with a bit of ‘me-time’? Whether it’s treating yourself to a cleansing face mask, or soaking in a luxurious bath with a book, doing something for yourself - something you enjoy - can be just what you need to help lift your mood.
Try to do something every day. With work and children, it can be hard to prioritise your own needs, but you are important too and you need to take care of your own mental wellbeing. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as it’s for you.
Unfortunately, with the rising cost of bills, lots of us are having to tighten our purse strings and that can mean no more treats, such as beauty treatments and salon visits. But there are lots of great products out there to give yourself a lift at home, without having to spend a fortune. Here’s five we think you’d enjoy…
Dr.Jart+ Pore.remedy™ Purifying Mud Mask
Price: £7 | Buy now from John Lewis
Relaxing with a face mask can help you unwind and get ready for bedtime, which can be really helpful if you struggle to switch off at night. Made with green mud and sea salt, this mask by Dr.Jart+ clears pores and leaves skin feeling smooth and bright. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and take this time to relax and switch your brain off from any stresses in your life.
Wanderflower Off Grid Digital Detox Set
Price: £35 | Buy now from John Lewis
Who needs the spa when there are so many amazing products now on the market! This digital detox set offers spa-inspired relaxation to help you switch off all your devices, find a quiet space to relax, and free yourself from noise and clutter. The cooling eye mask and ear plugs are especially great to help you lie back, focus on your breath and relax for as long as you need. Don’t forget the floral bath soak to complete your at-home spa ritual.
Amazon Kindle (11th Generation) eReader
Price: £84.99 | Buy now from John Lewis
Lose yourself in a good book and switch off from the stresses in your life. With this Amazon Kindle, there’s 16GB of storage and access to thousands of titles, so you will never run out of things to read. It has an incredible six weeks of battery life and we also like that it has built-in audible so you can take your favourite audiobooks with you everywhere, too! The screen has an adjustable light and is glare-free so it’s just like reading a paper book, even in sunlight.
2. Prioritise sleep
“Sleep - bed at the same time most nights and waking around the same time in the morning and I definitely feel better for 7-8 hours decent sleep.” GiveMyHeadPeaceffs
How much sleep we get each night can have a big impact on our emotional wellness. If you’re exhausted, you’re more likely to suffer from stress, anxiety, depression and you can struggle to focus at work and at home.
Whether it’s sticking to a nighttime routine to help you unwind or going to bed earlier, developing better sleep habits is a really effective way to improve your health and mental wellbeing. With more and more sleep aids filling the market, sleep will become a priority for people this year. So what products can help you feel more rested?
Rest Easy Weighted Eye Mask
Price: £15 | Buy now from John Lewis
If getting to sleep is your issue, weighted eye masks provide gentle pressure to help you feel more relaxed and drift off to sleep more easily. It also blocks out light so you don’t get woken by any street or sunlight creeping into your bedroom - this is important as darkness boosts sleep-inducing hormones. Made from polyester and soft satin, this eye mask feels super cosy and comes with a satin pouch for storage.
John Lewis Hi Pile Fleece Robe
Price: £39 | Buy now from John Lewis
Part of getting a good night’s sleep is your bedtime routine and how you wind down before bed each night. Get cosy in this dressing gown made from thermal hi pile fleece, which will also keep you warm on chilly nights - especially useful right now with the rising cost of energy bills.
OTO Power Drops 7.5% CBD
Price: £49 | Buy now from John Lewis
If you do suffer from bad sleep, these Power Drops by OTO can give you a boost in the morning to help you feel more refreshed for the day ahead. Made from CBD and combined with a range of vitamins, essential oils and botanical extracts, it has been designed to help with digestion, immunity and leave you feeling calmer. Simply place half a dropper on your tongue as part of your morning routine. However, do not use it during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
3. Embrace the great outdoors
“Definitely fresh air. I agree it doesn't have to be a power walk a gentle stroll is ok. I'm taking better care of my skin and it looks good.” hopeishere
Getting outside can do wonders for your mood. It’s thought that fresh air can help relieve stress and anxiety as it can boost feel good hormones. Many of our Mumsnetters recommend getting some fresh air every day to help you feel calmer and more focused.
With lots of us having to watch what we’re spending, it’s fair to assume we’ll be seeking free or affordable days out for the family in 2023. With so much beautiful parkland, countryside and coasts to explore, this could be taking a walk on a beach, going on a woodland adventure or enjoying a picnic with the family… Or it could simply be taking a short walk in your local area each day to help clear your mind. Here’s a few items to help you get outside.
Pixel Buds A Series
Price: £69.99 | Buy now from John Lewis
Pop Google’s Pixel Buds A-Series in your ears when you’re on a walk or run and listen to your favourite music, podcast or audiobook. You can listen to these wireless earphones for up to 24 hours with the charge case and they have been designed to stay firmly in place, so they shouldn’t fall out of your ear when you're walking or exercising.
They have easy-to-use tap controls and you can connect it to an Android device for asking Google questions and getting updates.
The North Face 100 Glacier Full Zip Women's Fleece
Price: £56 | Buy now from John Lewis
Keep warm when out and about this winter in this The North Face fleece - and as fleeces go, the Glacier is a classic. This zip-up version is made from special Polartec® micro fleece that is both lightweight to wear but still warm and comfortable. Thanks to its clever design, you can wear it on its own in milder weather or layer it up under your waterproof coat during chiller months - without worrying about sweating too much.
John Lewis Kids’ Polar Bear Trapper Hat
Price: £12 - £13 | Buy now from John Lewis
For family walks with the kids, keep their heads warm with this stylish yet cosy John Lewis trapper hat. With the sweetest snoozing polar bear face print at the top, this trapper hat is as adorable as it is practical. This should help keep the moaning to a minimum!
4. Make exercise achievable
“Walking. Took a couple of weeks to see the benefits. Walking is like a triple threat - you get fresh air and exercise for your physical health, it helps your mental health and if you listen to an audiobook or podcast you boost your knowledge too.” linerforlife
“Any form of exercise that you enjoy :) yoga, pilates, walking, dance fitness etc. I found joining classes at the gym really helped with structuring my free time.” Kat1953
Exercise is not just good for your health, it’s also a great way of enhancing your mental wellbeing too. During lockdown though, people realised that being active doesn’t have to mean taking part in a sport or doing an exercise class for an hour - especially if that doesn’t appeal to you.
Short bursts of exercise, such as a walk, are also really beneficial to your mental wellbeing. A brisk walk can help to improve your mental alertness, energy and mood. Lower intensity workouts, like Pilates, are becoming more popular, too, as they can help build up strength and get that endorphin rush without having to slog it out at the gym. Whatever you enjoy, exercise is hugely beneficial to your mental wellbeing and you don’t have to commit to a gym membership to reap the rewards.
Fitbit Inspire 3 Health & Fitness Tracker
Price: £69.99 | Buy now from John Lewis
Whether it's a walk, run or exercise class, the Fitbit Inspire 3 can help you track your steps, distance and calories burned. It lets you know how active you are throughout the day so you know when you need to move your body a bit more. It also monitors your heart rate during exercise to let you know when you are in fat burn, cardio and peak zones so you can keep track of your goals. Inspire 3 can also track your sleep (with Premium membership) too, so you can monitor how much rest you’re getting at night. A great tool for keeping you inspired.
ASICS GT-2000 10 Women's Running Shoes
Price: £135 | Buy now from John Lewis
A run can be a great way of clearing your head of the day's stresses and these ASICS trainers come with a gel cushioned sole and mesh material for providing comfort and breathability when out on a run. The trainers also provide plenty of bounce to help when out pounding the streets.
Adidas Techfit Long Gym Leggings
Price: £35 | Buy now from John Lewis
These aren’t just any old leggings. Adidas Techfit Long Gym Leggings help focus your muscles' energy to give you more power during a workout. They also absorb moisture to keep you dry when things get a bit sweaty! We also like that they have been made with recycled polyester so they’re kind to the planet too.
5. Sense mood boosters
“Candles! I have been buying lovely candles and light them in the evening (some days if it's dark during the day I light them) and they just make me feel calm.” 3kidsareenough
Scents have the power to be able to alter your mood and emotions, such as how calm and alert you are, help you feel more focussed and ease feelings of anxiety. For example, aromas such as lavender can help you feel more relaxed.
When a fragrance travels through your nose to your brain, it releases feel good hormones, which helps to improve your mood. Whether it’s lighting a candle, using a diffuser or smelling your favourite perfume, you can use your senses to improve your mental wellbeing and give you a more positive state of mind.
Neom Happiness Scented Candle
Price: £35 | Buy now from John Lewis
This candle by NEOM has been especially formulated to lift your mood. Part of the Neom Scent To Make You Happy™ range, its natural fragrance has been made from a blend of seven essential oils to help you feel more positive. So if you’ve had a bad day, light a candle and enjoy some much-needed me time.
John Lewis ANYDAY Ultrasonic Diffuser
Price: £50 | Buy now from John Lewis
You can get gorgeous fragrances at the touch of a button with this Ultrasonic Diffuser. It delicately releases the scent with a timer so you can choose how long you want it to diffuse for. However, it does have an auto shut off feature in case you forget.
The stylish natural design will fit in with any home decor and you can choose from seven colours of lights for adding a little something to the room.
Evolve Organic Beauty Miracle Facial Oil
Price: £30 | Buy now from John Lewis
Smell the beautiful scent of rose and vanilla on your skin every day by adding this facial oil by Evolve to your daily skin care routine. Suitable for all skin types, this light oil contains natural retinol and antioxidants to revitalise mature and dry skin. It is delicately fragranced and will leave your skin feeling nourished.
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