there are a number of things I do to reclaim my sense of balance and give me the motivation to set new goals for the year ahead
STORIES · 31.12.21
Mindful Living | Sustainability
As we begin a new year, it is natural to feel a need to reset our bodies a little. Christmas is full of celebration, however busy periods full of late nights, rich foods and an altered routine can set our sleeping and exercise patterns a little off-kilter. When this happens, there are a number of things I like to do to look after my wellbeing, reclaim my sense of balance and give me the motivation to set new goals for the year ahead.
Meditation and yoga are two physical things I like to do that immediately make me feel grounded, energised, and more like myself. I was fortunate enough to travel to India as a young person and meet with practitioners and teachers. Since then yoga, meditation and breathwork have helped me cope with times in my life when I’ve needed to feel calmer and steadied. In January I will begin every day by meditating, and yoga when I can – even if only for a short while. Although the days are chilly, I try to make the most of any winter sunshine, and will wrap up warm to take my practice outside if I can.
When it comes to nutrition, I have always been of the opinion that ‘nature heals’, but it isn’t always easy to know how to put this into practice or where to start. I am so pleased that we have launched a new set of regenerative meal plans at Daylesford, that I hope will make it easy for anyone who may feel confused, too busy or simply uninspired to achieve their wellness goals. We have separated the plans into three categories, so whether those goals centre around your mood and mind, gut balance or reclaiming your glow, there is something for everyone.
i have always been of the opinion that ‘nature heals’, but it isn’t always easy to know how to put this into practice or where to start
It was important to me that the plans were as beneficial for the planet as they were for your health, so each contains a mix of zero waste, nutrient-rich both broths, ferments and plant based soups – all organic and made here on the farm. They also come with a selection of inspiring and nourishing supper recipes that have been developed by our in-house nutritionist Rhaya Jordan. These can be built into your cooking repertoire, and adapted to make the most of fresh seasonal produce. If you would like to learn more about our three or seven day plans, you can discover the full contents and perhaps order one online by clicking here.
Good, restful sleep is one of the most fundamental and important pillars of wellness, so I try to prioritise this in January more than any other time of the year. It is your body’s time to repair itself, and in order to do this we must respect the natural rhythms of our bodies. One of the ways I do this is by going to bed at the same time each night, building a routine that feels familiar and comfortable. Relaxing rituals before bed also help, so I try not to look at my phone or tablet screens, ensure the lighting in my bedroom is soft, and spritz my natural bed linen with a soothing lavender and frankincense pillow mist.
With just a few small changes such as these, it is amazing how many different areas of my life are affected – from my mood, and energy to my skin health. I hope they inspire you to prioritise your wellbeing too, giving you the best start possible as we begin a new year.