Defined as the “practice of consciously doing things that preserve or improve your mental and physical health”, self-care can mean many things to many different people. Given how diverse everyone’s needs are, self-care really is anything that makes you feel good. And do you know what the best part is? Self-care not only means taking time out for yourself and making yourself feel good but putting your health first. From improvements in your physical health and self-esteem, to being able to better protect your mental health and your personal relationships, self-care is a vital part of leading a happy and healthy life. So why not take the time this month to indulge yourself in a little more ‘me time’? Struggling to know where to even start? Don’t worry, with our Grosvenor Wellbeing guide, we’ll show you exactly what you can do and where you can go for the ultimate self-care routine.
Work it Out
Whatever your fitness level—whether you’re a gym fanatic or complete gym sceptic—factoring in time in your day to move your body has incredible benefits for both your mental and physical health. Indeed, innumerable studies have shown that the act of exercising in fact stimulates the production of dopamine in the mind, and therefore helps instil feelings of happiness and joy. The best bit: these benefits are felt at whatever level of intensity and in whatever kind of physical activity. So, whether you fancy having another go at Couch to 5k, or a gentler Pilates session, you can rest in the knowledge that your body and mind will thank you for it.
And what would a good workout session be without good workout clothing? Full of stylish and affordable workout gear, Primark in Grosvenor Shopping Northampton is your one-stop shop for all your workout needs. From long-sleeved sweaters and sports bras to workout leggings and vest tops, Primark’s gym range will have you looking and feeling ready to take on those fitness goals. After all, what better way to work out those January blues than to, literally, work them out?
Food for the body and mind
When it comes to your health and fitness, it’s as important to pay attention to what you eat as to how you move your body. Indeed, given the general coldness of January, it’s in many ways more important than ever to nourish yourself with food that’ll feed your body and soul. Feeling a bit creatively uninspired about what to cook? Looking for some more healthy food inspiration? Or tempted to continue with your Veganuary challenges? Then, why not pop into W.H. Smith in Grosvenor and browse their latest cookbook selection? We promise you; it’s quite the selection: there’s the Bosh cookbook range for those interested in experimenting with plant-based cooking, Pinch of Nom for those wanting some delicious, slimming recipes, and Joe Wicks’s latest, amongst many, many more. That’s not all though: with W.H. Smith’s current January sale you could be getting any one of these tasty choices for a whopping 50% off!
Good haircare and skincare= a happy mind
We’ve all been there, trudging home after an ever so slightly exhausting day at work, wanting to relax before the next day. Now remember how great it felt when you took the time to run yourself that bath, put on that face mask and just unwind. Pretty heavenly, right? Although no substitute for good mental health support, taking the time to pamper yourself is a useful way for you to just check in with how you are feeling, physically and emotionally.
When it comes to skincare and haircare, Lush is one of the best places to visit. Whether you’re after a bath bomb shaped like a lobster, a new shampoo and conditioner set, or a soothing face mask, Lush will have you sorted with its predictably eclectic haircare and body care collection.
When in doubt, have a good old movie night
At times of feeling a little overwhelmed, it is often good to find activities that’ll take you, both literally and metaphorically, to somewhere new. Often, we don’t even need to leave the comfort of our own homes to do that. Not when film and TV buffs like HMV are around, with its extensive array of DVDs and pop-culture memorabilia. Whether you find your escapism in the worlds of the Marvel superhero movies, the halls of Hogwarts or the animated universe of the Disney Princess movies, film and TV are an amazing way for us to immerse ourselves in wonderful new adventures and stories. This weekend then why not treat yourself to a cosy evening in? Just get the popcorn and HMV will sort the rest.
No January blues with Waterstones
Has your New Year’s resolutions included a renewed commitment to staying off your phone? Then, why consider taking up a brand-new hobby during these long, winter evenings? From adult jigsaw puzzles to a range of trendy journaling books, Grosvenor’s brand-new Waterstones store is sure to find you that extra-special book which will soothe your mind and soul. With Waterstone’s current January sale, you might even be able to get it under budget! We’ll see you there.
Whatever self-care looks like to you, take the time this year to be kind to yourself. Whether you find exercising, eating or just enjoying a new book or TV show soothing for your body and mind, be sure to check out our excellent range of high-street stores for that all-important self-care essential.