Winter Wellbeing

Let’s be honest, January can be a tough month.


The twinkly lights and festive cheer of December get switched for grey skies and back-to-work blues.


And whilst some people are motivated by the new year and eagerly hit the gym and break out the kale, many of us find it harder than normal to function as the shiny, happy people we might be in Spring or Summer.

On damp days it can feel like the cold is seeping into your soul, and it takes extra effort to get out from under the duvet and embrace life.


SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) can be in full swing for those who suffer, and if you’ve been taken down by one of the winter bugs making the rounds, you may be feeling low on vitality.


But you don’t have to struggle through the month – some simple wellbeing tips can make all the difference.


Feeling SAD:



SAD is a form of seasonal depression that affects 2 million people across the UK, and 12 million across Northern Europe. If you find yourself experiencing persistent low moods, anxiety, tearfulness, lethargy, feelings of worthlessness, reduced sex drive, lack of interest in socialising or low self-esteem, then know that you’re not alone, and there is help available.


Reach out, see your doctor or preferred holistic practitioner, invest in a SAD light or light box – and whatever you do, don’t judge yourself for how you’re feeling, or try and tough it out alone.



Get as much natural sunlight as humanly possible (or at least fresh air even if it’s grey outside). If the sun so much as peeks out from behind a cloud, grab your hat and coat and hit the park. Get it while you can.


Sit near windows when you’re indoors, take a walk during your lunch break, and make sure you get outdoors at the weekends for a deeper dose of light.


An essential vitamin to take over winter is the “sunshine supplement” Vitamin D3 (combine it with Vitamin K2 for best effects). Oral sprays are the easiest and quickest way to get it into your system.




You know you should be fast asleep in bed by 10pm in order to get in your magical 8 hours, but just can’t resist an episode of that new Netflix series…then another…then another…


One easy way to feel better throughout winter is to cut down on screen time at night, especially two hours before bed. The blue light from screens messes with your release of sleep-inducing melatonin, leaving you too alert to get a deep and refreshing night’s sleep.


If you can switch your screen for a book, take a warm candlelit bath, or listen to an audiobook instead, you’ll soon find yourself feeling less groggy and grumpy in the morning.




If, like me, you consider slogging away on a treadmill to be a special kind of torture, then do it your own way. You don’t need to pay an extortionate amount of money to get fitter, happier and healthier either.

Find a type of exercise you genuinely enjoy, be it swimming, dancing, running, climbing or simply brisk walking. Try and exercise outdoors as much as possible for the added benefit of daylight.


Schedule in your exercise as a non-negotiable commitment, knowing that in winter it’s an act of self-care that can boost your mood and lift your energy levels. Focus on how you it makes you feel rather than obsessing over your weight or shape.






My take? Ignore all the confusing, contradictory and utterly disheartening dietary advice out there and listen to your body. Pay attention to what makes you feel good after you’ve eaten it, and what saps your energy.


Keep it simple with nourishing wholefoods, good quality proteins and plenty of water to combat central-heating dehydration.


If you keep reaching for sugary, processed foods then tune in to whether you’re comfort eating to combat the January blues, and/or for a deeper emotional reason.


Be willing to look at those reasons and take steps to improve the situations causing them.




Your environment can have a big impact on your sense of wellbeing, so make sure it’s a warm, bright, welcoming place to be.


Just walking into a home that feels like it’s giving you a hug can lift your spirits, so check you’ve got a cosy blanket for the sofa, add extra lights in any darker spots, and indulge in a gorgeous TLYCC candle that will infuse your space not only with its exquisite scent, but also healing essential oils.


Our BLISS candle or diffuser is perfect for dark winter days, with its uplifting blend of ylang-ylang, lemon, jasmine oil, cardamom, cedarwood and orange flower.


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