As the threat of lockdown restrictions are rearing their ugly head again… visions of our planned cocktails dates and dinner parties are slowly fading into more of the same – nights at home with the family.

Let’s hope we can keep our plans! But if not, we’re determined to embrace this Xmas and make the most of it. It’s cold outside anyway, so put the fire on and pour some mulled wine!

No matter what the next few weeks hold – here 5 things we recommend doing to boost your mood:

1 – Listen to a Podcast

Podcasts are becoming so popular in UK – over 12% of the population now listens to one episode each week. If you haven’t listened to one yet we recommend trying Everything Luanna – two hilarious women who chat about their lives and topical stories of the week. Or if you prefer something more soothing, try the Calm App, it will bring some much need relaxation and serenity.

2 – Detox your body…. via your feet!

Feet are probably the least looked after part of our bodies and yet they are worked hard every day. Take a load off and indulge in an Epsom salts foot bath. Epsom salts have proven to help with relieving aches and pains, improving circulation, skin disorders. It will also give them a thoroughly good clean – as feet need! Detox Foot Pads are also becoming more popular – you stick them to the bottom of your feet overnight and remove in the morning. They are said to draw out impurities, particularly metal toxins. Whist the jury is still out on how much toxins are actually removed, one’s like Dr Entres Foot Pads with Lavender and Rose essential oils, also support pain relief and better sleep.

3 – Make your home smell awesome!

We love following @carolina.mccauley on Instagram for all her amazing house cleaning tips and tricks. One tip which we think is a perfect idea for making your home feel like a sanctuary, is to create a homemade Simmer Pot! Mixing different flavours and ingredients, then simmering it away slowing in hot water. It’ll create a delicious aroma that will fill the house. Carolina’s Candy Cane Simmer Pot is ideal for a few days at home this Xmas.

4 – Take 5 for some self-reflection

I don’t know about you but the last couple of years has made a lot of us step back and look at life a bit differently. Not being able to see friends and family, or have our usual routines, has forced us look inwards and be grateful for what we do have. As we head in 2022, we want to keep up some of those newer healthy habits and things we truly appreciate in life no matter what. Taking a few minutes each day to write down 2 or 3 things you are grateful for is a cheap but powerful way to boost your mood. Did you know that gratitude is great tool in fighting off anxiety. If that’s not really your thing, try reading something for a couple of minutes a day, Charlie Mackesy’s – The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse is a delightful, easy to read collection of illustrations and messages of positivity and kindness, that you can pick up and put down whenever you feel the need for a moment to yourself.

5 – Treat yourself to home-use Cryo inspired facemask!

If you have tried our CryoFacial™, you’ll know that the results are epic because they our technology works with your body’s natural scientific processes. Charlotte Tilbury has created a Cryo Inspired facemask for home use – perfect for when you can’t get that CryoFacial™ appointment booked or want to look amazing for last minute plans. This Cryo inspired mask is a reusable silicone mask that you freeze for 30 mins and then apply for 10 minutes, following application of the Magic Gel. You can (or get someone else to) massage the brow area of the mask as its filled with little metal beads, which targets acupressure points, leaving you not just looking fresh but feeling relaxed.

Whatever you end up doing this Xmas, have a good one and enjoy every single moment!

From all of us at Cryostar®, see you in 2022!

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