If you’re feeling a little nervous as we start the new year, we don’t blame you. Borders are closed, restrictions are higher than ever and there’s a new variant of Covid-19 is already threatening to cause more havoc than the first one. It’s all pretty stressful to be honest and unfortunately thinking that it will all magically be over in the next couple of weeks is probably the fastest way to a happiness nosedive.
Our Instagram feeds are full of ‘so long 2020’ and a lot of good riddance-s but many of us are slowly coming round to the reality that unfortunately the pandemic isn’t going to simply disappear and the pop of a champagne cork or party popper and the usual mantra of ‘New Year, new me’ just isn’t going to wash this time. Whilst our expectations might be at an all-time low, that doesn’t mean we should have a pessimistic outlook. We should still make plans (within the guidelines) that we can and look forward to what 2021 is likely to bring, its important to remember not to expect it to solve all our problems.
That’s why we’ve put together some really easy ways you can safeguard (and keep on top of!) your mental health and wellbeing going into this new year to help you deal whatever still might (yet) be thrown at us! Learning to adapt and overcome is the key to us all getting through this, together!
TIP 1 | REFLECT AND REVIEW
People often say the definition of insanity is performing the same actions repeatedly yet expecting a different outcome. The lockdown(s) of 2020/21 certainly have us all feeling like it’s Groundhog Day and now is not the time to be haranguing yourself about what you did ‘wrong’. Now is simply a great time to identify patterns and improve on them going into 2021. Simple questions to ask yourself can be: What worked well? What didn’t? With this in mind, what do I want to do differently? These can be applied to basic things like a neglected skincare or diet and exercise routine or to larger things such as relationships with friends and family.
TIP 2 | THOUGHTS AREN’T FACTS
Those of you more acquainted with regularly practicing mindfulness techniques should know this one and once again its simple. Our thoughts are often overtake our mind and shape our feelings and if your head is filled of thoughts with ‘next year isn’t going to get any better’, ‘I don’t know what I’ll do if we go into another lockdown’ or ‘this is never going to end’, then you’re probably not going to feel great about going into the next 12 months. Unfortunately, as humans we are hard wired to take more notice of negative thoughts and feelings than positives but one way to hack the system when presented with these thoughts are to ask yourself ‘is this thought helping me?’. The answer most likely will be a firm no and it can provide the circuit breaker to head back to a more positive frame of mind.
Whilst we’re talking about negative thoughts, it’s also important to take a close look at what you allow into your safe space. That’s right BBC News and WhatsApp notifications we’re talking about you. If regularly reading content around the pandemic brings your mood crashing down, then be very selective with when and how you tune in. Keeping informed is particularly important right now but it doesn’t need to be thrown in your face 500 times a day. Your mind is a delicate thing, get protective of it.
TIP 3 | GET OUTSIDE
Often the trick can be focusing on what we can still do as opposed to what we can’t. Combing exercise (which can be as simple as a daily walk) and getting outside is proven to have a dramatic effect on your mental and physical wellbeing. If you struggle to get away from your actual (or working from home) desk, then schedule it in like any other meeting and stick to it come rain or shine. You’ll thank us!
Did you know you can in fact give your facial muscles a workout too? Yes, you read that right, keeping a youthful appearance is just as much about what you do with your face as what you apply to it. Whether it’s a stimulating self-facial massage or an ice-cold treatment Young LDN has got your facial needs covered from home. Up for a freeze? The Young LDN Cryo Ball Set needs a little bit of prior preparation to get started. Place your Cryoballs in the freezer for 24 hours before use. Once frozen, begin to massage your face by gently rolling in steady circular upward motions. In 5-8 minutes, you can have all the benefits of your very own at home-cryo facial to dramatically de-puff, regulate blood circulation and tighten the skin. Expect eye raising results and strangely therapeutic results, literally!
If you think your receiver would prefer their treatments a little more room temperature, the YOUNG LDN Rose Quartz Gua Sha & Facial Roller Set should be your go to. Not only does it look simply divine in millennial pink, but it packs a punch. Get both the benefits of the Rose Quartz Facial Roller (to help promote lymphatic drainage, improve skin elasticity, blood circulation, and relieve any facial tension) and the Gua Sha to promote define the contours of the face and detoxify. Top tip: roll the Rose Quartz Facial Roller over the exterior of the neck and shoulders for a deep release. You’ll feel like you’ve been to a spa in the comfort of your own home.
TIP 4 | USE YOUR TIME WISELY. DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE!
Again, another simple one but simply try to fill your (large) amount of extra time at home with doing things you LOVE that you can still do until restrictions are eased. We know many of you are beauty obsessives like us and if you think you can’t still indulge in some serious pampering sessions when the Studio is closed – think again!
If you’re a skincare fanatic and a fan of our epic facials in Studio, nothing says indulgent ‘me-time’ like a long skin-pampering sesh. Since we all have a lot more time on our hands, allowing yourself that luxury can be something that they treasure well into 2021. The dewy skincare ‘glow’ is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon and Dermaceutic’s Brighten Winter Skin Gift set is a high-performance tool kit for cultivating that visibly glowing insta-worthy skin. If you’re after some really impressive results? Then look no further as this set contains some of Dermaceutic’s most powerful ingredient combinations. These glow goodies include the Foamer 15 Expert Cleanser, which contains 15% Glycolic Acid to help promote cell turnover and clear congested skin. The C25 Cream is a potently packed Vitamin C antioxidant concentrate, perfect for added brightness and protecting against fluctuating temperatures. Topped off with the Derma Defence Cream which provides you with a daily defence against the elements and is packed with highly effective ingredients to keep you glowing all season long.
If you’re a fan of essential oils but need a bit of additional help in the relaxation department (we certainly do) then CBD may be your new favourite weapon. Much like the rest of our bodies, stress, and worry (which seem to be in ample supply now) can have a huge impact on the condition of your skin. We get stressed out, we produce more stress hormones which can then lead to breakouts and the cycle begins again. Additionally, stress can also contribute to a duller complexion. Over the last year, CBD oils have become one of the buzziest ingredients in skincare to help naturally calm this cycle and it can even help to regulate the body’s circadian rhythm – promoting a restful and fulfilling night’s sleep. CBD oil doesn’t only benefit the skin, far from it. By encouraging homeostasis (read: balance) within the body, CBD can improve our mood and combat negative emotions such as anxiety to help you feel more present in each moment.
With anxiety, stress and pain being three of the main causes of insomnia, OTO’s even got you covered at bedtime with the CBD Sleep Drops. With 10% CBD and a blend of botanicals to help you wind down and switch off. Simply release the dropper under the tongue after brushing your teeth and hold for 30 seconds before bed. Did we mention it’s also got a refreshingly minty taste? If you prefer your natural remedies a little bit more topical and easy access you can with the go with the OTO CBD Roll-On Oil. With two incredible scents: Amply (bergamot, bitter orange, and sandalwood) and Focus (rosemary, ylang yang and peppermint), there’s sure to be a perfect fit.