When the weather outside is frightful, taking time for you is so delightful…

It’s undeniable that self care can- and should be – prioritised all year round.

However, with Christmas approaching towards the end of a particularly challenging year, there really is no better time to focus on the wellbeing of number one; YOU!

Below is a list of recommended products from the team at Visit Newbury, all in the name of supporting local. All items have been carefully selected from local businesses across Newbury, perfect for that much needed self care this Christmas.

Books for Positive Wellbeing from Between the Lines

Get Out of My Head by Meredith Arthur and From Burnout to Balance by Harriet Griffey are practical books that help you to focus on the things that make you happy and encourage you to make positive lifestyle choices. Both motivating reads in their own right, read their synopsis on Between The Line’s website, to decide which will help to take you into a more positive head space, in 2021.

Home delivery available.

Blanket and Cushion from No. 96

This British Sheepskin heart-shaped cushion is the perfect accompaniment for snuggly TV watching and for cosy evenings on the terrace. Slip a hot water bottle inside and you’ve got a heated woollen cushion – what a luxury! Pair with this weighty 100% cotton blanket to help melt away anxiety as it drapes around you after a long day WFH, encouraging a restorative night’s sleep.

Home delivery available.

Ceramic Crafts from The Ugly Duckling

Channelling your inner-creativity is an effective way to combat stress and release positive energy into the mind and body. Painting in particular can help bring back those child-like feelings of self-accomplishment.

With this in mind, be sure to fill dark winter evenings and rainy weekends getting crafty by painting your own pottery from The Ugly Duckling. With over 20 different styles to choose from, visit their website to choose a style for you.

Click and collect available.

Scented Treats from B the Lifestyle Shop

…Because there’s no such thing as a wellness blog without candles!

And rightly so, particularly with this Raspberry and Peppercorn candle brought to us by Hobo from B the Lifestyle Shop. This hand poured candle gives you all the scent with no nasties thanks to its main ingredient; soy. For that real boutique feel, get your (winter) mits on this Hobo Fig and Cassis Reed Diffuser, to keep your entire home smelling like a dream- relaxation bliss!

Click and collect and home delivery available.

Orchid Thai Therapy from Suay

For a real luxurious treat, purchase yourself a gift card for an award winning Orchard Thai Message at Suay, so that you can book yourself in when you need it most. Right now you can also enjoy a free bottle of Suay’s 100% natural Rosehip Oil, (RRP £20)*, handmade right here in the UK. Additionally, Suay are offering free national postage with a card included for your own personal message. Mine reads: To me, From me…

*Applicable to orders of gift vouchers £40 and above in November and whilst stocks last.

Home delivery available.

Bath Products from Neal’s Yard Remedies

Does anything relax the mind and body quite like a hot bath?

Neal’s Yard Remedies offers natural and organic health and beauty products available for home delivery. Create Your Own Bath Oil 250ml, is a fragrance-free oil suitable for those with sensitive skin, or for those wishing to switch-up their bathing routine by adding their own essential oils. Add Lavender Bath Salts 350g, for that hotel-style bathing luxury.

Home delivery available.

Water Bottles from WHSmith

Feel good in your body and your lifestyle choices with these eco-friendly water bottles. Staying hydrated is key to keeping your mind active and staying focused, while using reusable plastics is vital to protecting our environment and oceans. Visit WHSmith online to choose a style for you and be sure to drink a minimum of 1.2 litres of water per day to keep in top form !

Home delivery available.

Sleep Mask and Mindfulness Scratch Poster from Temptation Gifts

Temptation Gifts offer a whole array of wellbeing-related gift inspiration. We particularly like this scratch-it style poster of mindfulness exercises, so that you can uncover something new to try each day you need a pick-me-up. Why not pair with this lavender scented sleep mask, so you’re guaranteed to feel calmer, right from the get-go?

Home delivery available.

Journals from Paperchase

When was the last time you kept a journal? School or College? Maybe even longer. Though many of us jot down a few thoughts on post-it notes here and there, and good thing too!

Putting your thoughts and feelings down on paper is proven to help reduce stress and provides a coping mechanism; allowing you to reflect on your thoughts logically. These two journals from Paperchase focus on two of life’s everyday challenges; balancing your work and health. Please visit their website to discover the journal that’s right for you.

Click and collect and home delivery available.

Yoga Classes from Living Saucha

Unroll your yoga mat and light some incense…

Living Saucha are live streaming yoga classes via Zoom, so that you can downdog from the comfort of your own home! Virtual classes can be booked through their online booking system with prices starting at £6 per class. Treat yourself to a set of 10 sessions for £50, to lower the cost to just £5 per session. All profits go towards supporting the freelance teachers, so you can feel good about helping out during your practice! Namaste…

To help you to support more local businesses this Christmas, please visit www.visitnewbury.org.uk/shop-local/ for a list of both independent and national businesses operating in one form or another throughout this lockdown.

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