Monday, 15 January 2018

Beat the Blues...

Blue Monday
So, Christmas is over, you’ve made and probably broken at least one new year’s resolution, the nights are long and cold, and you’re feeling a little blue…

Well, you aren’t the only one! It was calculated that Blue Monday (this year, January 15th) is officially the most glum and depressing day of the year. If you’re feeling a little gloomy today, here are a few suggestions on how to make your Monday a little less blue!

Spend time with your favourite people
After a busy festive period, it can be easy to get bogged down with the day to day. It’s important to stop and spend time with the people in your life who really matter and make you happy. Arrange a catch-up with friends, date night with your partner or a bit of extra time doing fun stuff with the kids.

Studies have also found that doing good things for other people makes us feel happier. Paying it forwards, and making other people happy also makes us happier, so why not treat someone special in your life? If you’re looking for that extra-special gift with a personal touch, Studio offers free personalisation on thousands of items, check out our range of personalised gifts here...

Take care of yourself too!
If you’re feeling a bit burned out this month, be sure to schedule some ‘me time’ – have a long soak in the bath, watch your favourite film or TV series, and if you’re after some serious rest and relaxation you’ve got the perfect excuse to book a spa day! We've got a huge range of health and beauty products for you to choose from here at Studio, so all you need to do is prepare to pamper! 

Eating well and exercising is also proven to boost serotonin levels and make you feel happier and more energetic. Even if you didn’t get off to the best start this January, it isn’t too late to make some changes. Check out our top tips for making healthy changes you can really stick to this year... 

Don't forget a great nights sleep will also do you the world of good and we have everything you need to create the perfect boudoir! From bedding to mattresses, we have it all at Studio. Shop our bedroom range here...

Get back to nature
It’s always tempting to stay indoors for most of winter, but being outside can really improve your mood. It might still be cold outside, but a brisk walk could be just what you need to blow away the cobwebs – just make sure to wrap up warm! Check out our range of practical and stylish winter coats here. 

Grab a bargain!
We all like a good bargain, don’t we? Retail therapy is a great mood booster, but if you’re feeling the pinch a little after Christmas don’t worry, our Blue Monday Madness has an extra up to 25% off a range of feel good products, so you can treat yourself without breaking the bank. Head over to between 6pm and 8pm tonight and grab yourself a bargain!

Friday, 5 January 2018

Health and Fitness - made easy!

Christmas is over for another year. The season of eating, drinking and overindulgence has fizzled out with the last of the prosecco, and your jeans are feeling a little bit tighter… right? Maybe you’ve already made a New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier and get fit. Or maybe you’re a bit sceptical of everything New Year, New You, since nobody ever sticks at that stuff anyway… do they?

This year, you can buck the trend of broken New Year’s Resolutions and failed January diets. It could be simpler than you think to make some easy and practical changes that you can really stick at!

Check out our top tips for a healthier you all year…

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring!
If you have plans for a New Year’s diet filled with plain lettuce and carrot sticks, you’ll probably fall off the wagon before January is over. There are loads of healthy recipes that taste amazing too. There are some great websites for easy tasty recipes, check out some here  Make sure you have all the right equipment for to make homemade and healthy food and snacks to keep you satisfied.

A blender is great for making smoothies packed with fruit and vegetables, and can also be used to blend homemade soups and sauces. 

A multi-cooker is a great alternative to the traditional slow cooker – you can still make tasty stews and one-pot recipes, but you also have the option to steam, boil, grill, fry and more!  

Fitness doesn’t have to be hard work!
Save yourself a twelve-month gym membership that you’ll feel guilty about not using, and invest in some home gym equipment. When it’s cold and miserable outside, you can get fit without leaving the house. Put on your best motivational playlist, or even catch up on Corrie while you work off those mince pies and turkey sandwiches.

Don’t forget, the little things add up. Even going for a quick walk at lunch, or taking the stairs can add up over the week. Getting a good night’s sleep also makes you less likely to overeat the next day. An Activity Tracker is a great way to measure how active you are throughout the day and keep track of your progress, plus loads of other great features like sleep tracking, alarms and notifications from your phone and social media apps.

This year, ditch the old track pants and baggy t-shirt stuffed away at the back of your wardrobe, because right now you have the perfect excuse to get a brand-new outfit.  Finding the perfect outfit can be a great confidence boost and there are loads of styles available, designed to look great and stand up to a range of activities – so get shopping

Healthy doesn’t have to mean restrictive!
Even if you’re on a health kick, you can still treat yourself. January can be a grey, depressing month and it’s easy to fall back into bad habits. Make healthier versions of your favourite treat meals by substituting some ingredients for healthier alternatives, or cooking your meals with less fat. An Air Fryer is a great way to prepare your favourite fried foods with little or no oil.

Instead of a Friday night takeaway, why not treat yourself to a relaxing soak in the bath or a home spa treatment? Reward yourself for all the hard work you’ve put in by kicking back and having some ‘me time’ –  without the calories!

If at first you don’t succeed… don’t be so hard on yourself!
It’s important to remember your quest to get healthier is a journey, and every little step forward is progress. Falling off the bandwagon with a packet of biscuits, or a few days off your new exercise regime isn’t the end of the world. As long as you keep going with a positive attitude, you can make 2018 your healthiest, happiest year yet!