The Handbook
The Handbook

In Partnership With John Lewis

Our focus for this month, and next, is wellbeing. From the small changes you can make to  your routine at home, to the daily wins, and aspiring to bigger goals that give you a more solid sense of self achievement, here are all the ways you can work towards a happier and healthier you this year…

We’re all living through challenging times, and having to dig deeper to find our daily motivation. But the end is in sight and spring is on the horizon. Dedicating a little time to self-care now will ensure you’re at your best later, too. Here we look at the ways you can nourish your physical and emotional health from the comfort of your home. Whether that’s kitting you out for the physical, equipping you to nourish from within, encouraging mental wellbeing or supporting sleep – working self-care into your routine is the best way to help you stay fit and healthy.

1. Start With Quality Sleep

Sleeping well and waking up refreshed is the best start to any day. Working from home and increased screen time can make it even harder to switch off than normal. As well as avoiding artificial ‘blue light’, and late-night sugar fixes, there are other smaller changes you can make to your evening routine which can make a significant difference. Calming oils, the utmost in comfortable bedding – it will all aid your towards a solid 8 hours.

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MINERAL SleepTincture, 30ml

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2. Treat Yourself To An At Home Spa 

Whether you’re looking to unwind at the end of a busy work day, you need a break from the kids or you simply just want to feel like you’re somewhere else for a while, seek comfort through beauty rituals. From exfoliating scrubs, to pampering masks and calming candles – take time out for self-care and to enjoy life’s little luxuries. 

3. Create A Mirco Office 

Adjusting to working from home is a process. While the comfort of a sofa might seem novel, it does nothing for your motivation, or your back. Organising and decluttering can be therapeutic and it helps to have a desk space – even if it’s just the corner of a room – that inspires you and helps shift your brain into the right gear. 

Kate Spade New York A5 Initial Notebook, H

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The Little Botanical Desk Buddy Plant Gang

Price: £32
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4. Find Your Motivation 

Physical activities stimulate the release of hormones and boost your mood. Whether you’re well adapted to the worlds of health and fitness, or just beginning, having the right workout gear is your first step off the starting block. Yoga is great for mental clarity, and taking time away from a screen to really stretch has never been more important. And whether your pounding or pacing the pavements – fresh air is also vital to powering the body and mind. 

5. Invest In Comforting Loungewear

Loungewear has become a key part of our wardrobes over the past year. Once reserved for throwing on post-workout, it’s now our go-to from 9 to 5. It’s still important to get up and get dressed – working in your pyjamas is demotivating – and office attire is completely unnecessary, which is why cosy, comfortable sweaters and joggers are the perfect in-between. 

6. Nourish From The Inside

Being equipped with the right gadgets and tools can make meal prep and creating in the kitchen a much more enjoyable experience. From the ease of throwing everything in a juicer or blender, to airtight storage containers and beautiful bowls to enjoy your recipes in, the kitchen is the core of any healthy lifestyle. Boost your wellbeing and your homewares.

7. Get Advice From A Pro

Lastly, but definitely not least, you can also join John Lewis for a Virtual Wellness Weekend from January 22-24.

They’ve teamed up with brands like Aromatherapy Associates, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Lancome and Waitrose Cookery School to bring you nine events dedicated to helping you feel your best, inside and out. From a beauty masterclass with Lauren McDermott (@huntersandheels), to a cook-along where you’ll whip up the perfect Caponata, and guided meditation session for better sleep led by the incredible Kirat Randhawa, there’s plenty to get excited about.

Places are limited, so don’t forget to book your place. Tickets are free for My John Lewis members, and if you’re not a member yet, you can sign up, here.


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