Get cosy with Lorraine Kelly... Her top tips for unwinding
THE FACE EVERYONE LIKES TO SEE ON SCREEN FIRST THING, LORRAINE KELLY HAS ONE OF THE MOST KILLER COMMUTES IMAGINABLE. JETTING BETWEEN SCOTLAND AND LONDON FOR HOURS OF FILMING, PLAYING THE PART OF MUM AND NOW OWNER OF HER OWN CLOTHING LINE, WE DISCOVER HOW SHE PLANS TO EMBRACE THE WINTER MONTHS AHEAD.
Nicki Wedgwood: Are you a fan of staying in and how would you spend your ideal evening?
Lorraine Kelly : I LOVE a night in, especially as the nights get darker and the weather gets colder. There’s nothing better than curling up in front of the open fire in our living room, lighting my scented candles, getting all cosy and watching a good film. My husband, Steve is a terrific cook, too and makes fantastic curries from scratch. I enjoy sitting with a glass of wine and watching him create a lovely meal. What we all need to do is give ourselves some breathing space. I am SO bad at saying no and end up with over full days and a packed diary, which can be very stressful.
NW: Does your daily routine change in autumn to cope with those dark early morning starts?
LK: It's a lot harder to get out of bed when it's dark outside so I do have a morning routine that I stick to. I get up and have half a fresh lemon squeezed into a little hot water, take a multi vitamin for my joints and always moisturise my skin thoroughly after I shower as the central heating can make it feel dry. I pop on comfortable clothes to go to the studio and always have a big woolly scarf on me for when it gets chilly. By this time it’s 5am and still dark so I have to have the light on in the car so I can read the papers on the way to work. When I arrive, I have either porridge with nuts, honey or fruit and a cuppa. As well as being lucky enough to get my hair and make-up done every day, my stylist, Tess helps me choose an outfit - when there's a change of season we obviously refresh my wardrobe and I've got some lovely new tops and skirts for the autumn.
NW: In our Neom Lifestyle Stress Audit, one fifth of women aged over 50 put their wellbeing as low priority, does this surprise you?
LK: No! I think we put ourselves at the bottom of a very long list - children, husband, family, friends, the dog – they all get priority. I’m just as guilty but I really do think it’s important to have some ‘me-time’, even if it is just half an hour in the bathtub with some gorgeous bubbles and scented candles. It's also incredibly important to take better care of yourself as you get older. I try to eat healthily, although at the weekends I fall off the wagon spectacularly, but it's all about balance - if you want a chocolate biscuit have one, just don't eat the whole packet at once!
NW: How do you cope when you feel your stress levels rising?
LK: I know I’ve pushed myself too far when I get mouth ulcers because it’s my body telling me to slow down. I find going to my Zumba classes three times a week are a fabulous stress buster because for that hour I don't think about anything else except trying to keep up with the instructor, Maxine and get the moves right! What we all need to do is give ourselves some breathing space. I am SO bad at saying no and end up with over full days and a packed diary, which can be very stressful. A phone call with my best friend Joyce is another way I like to de-stress as we just laugh our heads off. You can't beat a good giggle.
NW: Does your commute impact your work/life balance?
LK: I think I get the best of both worlds by having weekdays in London which is such an incredible, exciting city and weekends back home in Dundee where I can be with the family and go to the football to see Dundee United. I work on the plane and use the journey times to keep up with emails and research for the show so I don’t have to do it at home and sometimes Rosie picks me up at Edinburgh airport now she’s at uni and living there so we go for lunch or shopping together which is really good fun.
NW: Does your fitness ever slip during those cold, dark days?
LK: Well I still do my three Zumba classes every week and try to walk as much as possible. I love walking in the woods or on the beach near where I live, especially when the leaves are falling from the trees or it’s been snowing. It's hard sometimes to get out the door when the weather isn't so good and I can completely understand people putting it off until tomorrow but it's so important to do something to keep you in shape and feeling healthy and happy.