Live your best life in 2023 with these wellbeing fixes…
If you’re not a wild swimming enthusiast, it won’t be because nobody has tried to convert you yet. Being able to jump into cold water, whatever the weather, has become a badge of honour among urban women who are looking to feel truly alive, as enthusiasts will tell you endlessly. Sure, it has become a cliche: the Hampstead ponds are visited daily, after school drop-off, by hordes of women in dry robes seeking the endorphin rush that comes from plunging into unlikely temperatures and staying immersed for as long as you can without turning blue. If you haven’t got the bug yet, then maybe 2023 will be your time. And fashionwise, there’s an improvement on the dry robe in the shape of Wylding’s brilliant fleece-lined boilersuit, designed to wear over a swimsuit for ease of dressing and undressing in the cold.
Are mushrooms a cure for all ills? There’s still a lot for us to learn about the wide-ranging powers associated with mushrooms, but it’s plain that there’s a lot of potential uses for fungi. Dirtea is a new range of powders and super blends which accentuate the healing and transformative powers of mushrooms to offer the future of natural, functional nutrition for tangible health and wellbeing benefits. Sold as powders to mix into any drink, the blends can help to naturally improve immunity, enhance focus, boost brain power and progress performance, as well as restore a sense of calm, with delicious daily drinks which optimise your health and wellbeing. Ingredients include some of the world’s most scientifically researched functional mushrooms including Chaga, Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps and Reishi, as well as adaptogens, and ayurvedic herbs to offer a wide range of benefits in an instant. We have been slipping a spoonfull of Lion’s Mane mushroom powder into our morning coffee for some weeks now and can report a boost in concentration and focus. The powder is said to stimulate growth of the brain cells and can boost your memory, improve focus, and enhance your mood, whilst supporting digestion with its strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immune-boosting abilities. What’s not to like? Let 2023 be th year of the mushroom.
Yes, this is a real thing. Yoga with animals is a growing trend, and it’s not just puppies. There’s also goat yoga, alpaca yoga and even horse yoga. The idea is to harness the positive effects that interactions with animals have on our wellbeing. Interacting with animals – especially dogs, and puppies – can provide stress-relieving physiological benefits and help us experience a more positive range of emotions. Puppy Yoga London offers a variety of classes for all abilities, and it’s just as it sounds: a yoga class, with puppies. Cute, soft, cuddly and energy-filled puppies that bound around enthusiastically, jump on you as you balance in Downward Dog or snuggle into you as you attempt your Sirasana. Because adding a dose of cute to your pose can’t be a bad thing.
CBD is an appealing option for those who are looking for pain relief without the mind-altering effects of cannabis or other side effects related to some pharmaceutical drugs. Not only is CBD shown to relive pain such as nerve pain and back pain, but it can have a positive effect on anxiety, insomnia, PTSD and depression. Dawn Fable founded CBD range Press Pause for women, in response to what she sees as a female tendency to prioritse everything except themselves. She says: “Self-care rituals serve as a reminder that we as women deserve those moments of “pause” to recharge. When a woman takes charge of her well-being, she impacts everyone and everything she touches.” Her range of CBD supplements focus on hormonal, mental, physical and sexual wellness.