1. Get out more

Shin-Yoku by Dr Qing Li

Shin-rin Yoku (the Japanese art of forest bathing) is a fantastic way to get outside more and make the most of natural daylight. Get lost between the beautiful pages of this book, packed with stunning forest photography and insights into this traditional part of Japanese culture, and then lose yourself in the great outdoors.

2. Move your body

Leap In by Alexandra Heminsley

Exercise is proven to relieve stress, support sleep and release endorphins, our natural feel-good hormones. But when it’s cold it can be tempting to forgo being active for staying warm on the sofa. Alexandra Heminsley’s determination to become an accomplished swimmer, whatever the weather, is guaranteed to inspire you to connect with a mode of movement you enjoy, leap in and get moving.

3. Eat well

Mindful Chef by Myles Hopper and Giles Humphries

Throughout winter we naturally crave heavier, calorie rich foods, which although comforting, can contribute to low energy levels and weight gain. Myles Hopper and Giles Humphries show we can still enjoy hearty, tasty food from breakfast through to dinner with a collection of 70 healthy recipes. Each meal contains a maximum of ten nourishing ingredients, are gluten free, contain no refined carbs or sugars and only take 30 minutes to make!

 

 

4. Get some rest

The Good Sleep Guide by Sammy Margo

Hibernating until April might not be an option, but ensuring you get a good night’s sleep every night will help boost the body’s immune system, as well as build resilience to the effects of stress and anxiety. If you have a tendency to toss and turn, The Good Sleep Guide by Sammy Margo is full of great advice, from which sleep position will serve you best, to the best mattress to beat insomnia.

5. Brighten your space

Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee

In Joyful, Ingrid Fetell Lee explains how making small, powerful changes to our environment can help us lead happier, healthier lives. Update your space for winter with bright colours and plenty of plants to give your mood a boost.

6. Keep warm

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

The Danish art of hygge has been recognised as the magic ingredient to Denmark being one of the happiest nations in the world. Also known as “cosiness of the soul”, hygge is about creating an atmosphere where you can let your guard down and relax. Embrace the concept and share warming food with friends, curl up with a loved one, or sip a hot drink with The Little Book of Hygge to discover the many other ways to comfort and contentment.

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