Your 9 Hottest Happiness Heroes
From going alcohol-free to the latest fitness wear collections landing in store for spring, these 9 endorphin-triggering treats are getting us through winter.
1. Treat yourself to some good-looking workout gear - If your leggings have run out of Lycra and your trainers are getting tatty you probably aren’t feeling as motivated to workout as you once were… Sweaty Betty’s new Flying the British Flag collection is the answer. Guaranteed to brighten up your workout, they have everything from running tights to sports bras so you can really look the part whether you’re learning to plié in barre or sweating it out in spin. sweatybetty.com
2. Choose the non-alcoholic option - Whether you’re doing dry January or not, there’s a new tonic in town for 2016 and we urge you to get on board. Called Seedlip, it’s the world’s first ever distilled non-alcoholic spirit and its distinct citrus and bark-based accents work in the same way as gin. Mix it with tonic, ice and lime for a sin-free G&T or add it to your virgin cocktails for an authentic but innocent kick! £29.99, Selfridges.co.uk
3. Embrace easy at-home bakes - Remember those cupcake making kits you used to get excited about when you were little? Well now there’s a healthy option on the table. Sweetpea Pantry has introduced sugar free mixes that include buckwheat, flax, quinoa and raw cacao as their main ingredients so you can literally have your cake and eat it. It makes a great family activity or is perfect when you want a homemade sweet treat but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. £4.99, sweetpeapantry.co.uk
4. Have a good tidy up - There’s some truth in the ‘tidy house, tidy mind’ concept and right now, cleaning up is totally on trend, too. Marie Kondo’s latest offering ‘Spark Joy’ delves deeper into the art of decluttering to unburden our minds. A cleaner home and work space will open up the doors to creativity and increased productivity. Sounds good to us, so we’ve decided to put this theory into practice and have enlisted the help of professional organiser Vicky Silverthorn (You Need a Vicky). Look out for a full review in an upcoming issue…
5. Go crazy for coconuts - Coconut oil, coconut butter, coconut milk, yoghurt, bread, water – you name it if it’s got coconut in, we’ve tried it. Including these new sparkling hydrators. Dubbed a natural energy water, POW Coconut & Lime blends natural coconut and kefir with lime for a low sugar, low calorie drink that only contains naturally sourced sugar. Great if you crave fizz but don’t want all the nasties, they’re a great little energy booster too. £1.49, Waitrose
6. Learn the art of massage - Going to a spa is a wonderfully indulgent experience and our Wimbledon Treatment Rooms are pods of true tranquility but if you can’t make it to Neom HQ, we’ve been loving this mood-boosting morning self-massage from Neom Therapeutic Massage Expert Kristen McKenzie. It’ll release built up tension in the scalp and promote circulation to help you start your day with optimism. We recommend using alongside your Daily Boost Face, Body & Hair Oil to double up on the uplifting effects.
Drop your shoulders so they’re not hunched up by your ears and slowly tuck your chin to your chest to stretch your neck. Place two or three fingertips on the back of your neck where your neck and shoulders meet. Press firmly and hold, then massage the area using a circular motion. Release when the muscle feels more relaxed.
7. Indulge in a takeaway - OK so it’s not officially a takeaway as you do have to heat the ingredients yourself but the Mindful Chef, a healthy eating delivery service, takes all the hard work out of whipping up delicious, nutritious dinners. Now with a new plant-based box if you’re vegan and veggie, ingredients fresh from Devonshire farms are delivered straight to your door along with a recipe card and everything measured out. With meals for one or two and up to three days of ingredients, it gets extra points for operating all over the uk. Mindfulchef.com
8. Make fun plans to look forward to - One event we’ve already diarised this year is the annual Mind, Body, Spirit Wellbeing Festival at London Olympia between 29th April and 2nd May. With a silent disco, wellbeing spa and a plethora of experts on hand giving presentations on subjects including face yoga, sleep deprivation, nutrition and mindfulness, you’ll walk away feeling inspired, rejuvenated and ready to tackle what the rest of 2016 has in store. Mindbodyspirit.co.uk
9. Keep your eye on the café circuit - With health and wellness firmly on everyone’s agenda it’s no wonder there are plenty of wholesome new eateries opening up across the UK every other week. Right now we have three on our to-do list. The new Detox Kitchen in London with it’s freshly made salads, frittatas and incredible smoothies; The Good Life Eatery who are about to open their third base in the capital this spring, and vegan hotspot GIVE Kitchen – a Liverpool based food delivery service that has been in such high demand since it’s launch last year it’s being forced to put down it’s roots and open a café. Our mouths are watering!