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The antidote to Blue Monday

How are you feeling today? We wanted to ask as it's officially the saddest day of the year... Yep, it's Blue Monday. Christmas is long gone, it's freezing cold and at least one of your New Year's resolutions will be broken by now. It's no wonder today has earned the reputation for being such a sad day. We've shared our five top tips so you can beat the January blues and get back to feeling more like you.

Go Slowly

Use today as an opportunity to slow down and take time to care for your skin at the start and end of the day. Start by gently cleansing your skin with our Balancer Oil-to-milk Cleanser, follow with a spritz of our prebiotic Reviver Hydrating Mist and finish with our Hero Facial Oil. By gently massaging our natural skincare into your skin, you can connect with your own sense of well-being. For an extra "boosted step" in your morning and evening skincare routine, enjoy a few drops from our Supercharged Boosters.

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Seek joy

We've all heard of Marie Kondo, well known for helping us find more physical and emotional space with her idea to only keep things that "spark joy". A radically simple concept - that works. So how about setting your intention and freeing yourself from excess products that don't align with your values; making positive choices which support your goals this year. Try keeping our multi-tasking Lip and Hand Balm on your bedside table or upcycling the amber glass bottle from our Body Oil as a single stem vase to brighten a corner of your desk. It's the small moments that can give the most impact in your day.

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Breathe deeply

Breathwork is an incredible way to feel centred and calm, instantly changing your energy. And on what is supposed to be the saddest day of the year, we could all do with unlocking the magic of the breath. Take a look at our interview with Richie Bostock where he shared a really helpful technique we can all practice each day, known as Box Breathing, originally developed by Japanese Zen Masters. Through a simple sequence of breathing exercises, it relaxes your nervous system and quiets busy thoughts. 

Get outdoors

Spending time in nature truly helps to restore both the body and mind. And in Japan they even have a special phrase for this: shinrin-yoku which means “forest bathing”, immersing yourself in nature for your wellbeing. If your home or office is near a park, take a short walk and feel your stress hormones subside and your immune system boosted as you experience the scientifically-proven and calming benefits of being in nature.

Practice gratitude

One of the best ways to lift your mood and ease any anxiety is to find ways to express your gratitude. It can be as simple as listing three things in your mind before you go to sleep, keeping a note in a journal or on your phone, or even having a gratitude buddy who you message at the end of the day with three things you're grateful for that day. Looking for a daily prompt? Discover our Affirmation Cards.

How will you be beating the January blues this Blue Monday? Let us know on social @bysarahlondon and tag a friend who would benefit from these tips.

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