5 simple steps for a great new year

Another new, fresh faced year is upon us and with it brings good intentions and a chance to put life back on track. Whether you make resolutions or are resolute to stay as you are; with 12 new months ahead of us it’s natural to think of how you might like to spend them better. You may well let things slip back in to older, more comfortable habits as the year goes on, but maybe, just maybe, this time, the resolutions will stick.

Here are our top 5 tips to help you start 2019 as you mean to go on:

  1. Eat better

It’s not rocket science, but eating well consistently seems to be a tall order for some of us. Time and imagination are somewhat lacking first thing in the morning and it’s often easier to go without. Thankfully, technology is here to help aid our morning nutrition and give us a head start on our 5-a-day intake. The Tower 1000W Xtreme Pro Nutri Blender from Robert Dyas allows you to whizz up a variety of fruit, veg, nuts and seeds to make your own delicious breakfast smoothie in no time at all. Top tip; try using frozen fruits and a spoonful of turmeric powder for even easier morning prep and to prevent winter colds.

Robert Dyas – Pro Nutri Blender £39.99


  1. Get Active

Put down your phone, and get outside. It might be scary, it might be hard, but we all need to move more. Getting the right gear in the first place can help you to feel more confident if you are just starting out. Try these colour block panel leggings from Gap, made with performance cotton, they are super soft as well as breathable — you’ll want to go running just so you can wear them more often.

GAP – Colour Block Panel Leggings £39.95


  1. Keep Warm

As the saying goes, there is no bad weather, only bad clothing. Having the right coat for the winter can enhance any outfit and refresh your every-day look. A must-have for the new season is this vintage-pink pile coat from H&M; the soft pile and long length of this coat will keep you super snug whilst the block colour of ice-cream-pink will help you to stand out in this grey January.

H&M – Vintage-Pink Pile Coat £59.99


  1. Be kind to yourself

Taking the time to be kinder to ourselves is something we should all work to be better at. Whether it’s taking 10 minutes in the morning for quiet meditation or running yourself an indulgent bubble bath before bed, there are tiny things that we can do each day to be kinder to ourselves. Being kind to ourselves and our planet is a message that The Body Shop emulate. Their Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask is 100% vegan and infused with bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil. Perfect for restoring your skins natural glow after the damage caused by cold weather and central heating. Now go run that bath.

The Body Shop – Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask £17


  1. Freshen up your work-look

Going back to work after the long Christmas break can be a serious downer. This teamed with the cold, dark nights can really make January a blue time for some. It is said however, that looking good can have the power to make us feel good in return. When we feel that we are looking our best, our mood and self-confidence can be drastically enhanced – again, it all comes down to self-care. Having something new to wear for work could give you the extra boost to help you make it through to spring. We love this olive flannel suit jacket from French Connection paired with matching trousers, a roll-neck jumper and white pumps for an effortlessly cool, smart casual look.

French Connection – Olive Flannel Suit Jacket £159

And there we have it, our top 5 tips for the best year yet. Head down to The Clarendon Centre to find all your New Year-needs in one easy visit.