10 Ways to Support and Soothe You At Home

Our global wellness experts provide these wellbeing tips – from boosting your immunity, to elevating your mood – all which can be practised from the comfort of your own home.

1 – Spice up your Life – experiment with all those spices in the back of your kitchen cupboard. Ayurveda believes that including a variety of spices in your diet can help reduce cell damage. Dr Mathew, Ayurvedic consultant, Ananda in the Himalayas: “Start the day with ginger tea to strengthen and cleanse the upper respiratory tract. Use turmeric and black pepper in meals daily, to boost immunity and reduce toxins. Turmeric can be taken as a drink with almond milk or added to morning oats to prepare a nourishing golden porridge.”

2 – Stay hydrated – the best teas to strengthen the body’s immunity are those with caraway, cardamon, fennel or cinnamon. Dr Mathew, Ayurvedic consultant, Ananda in the Himalayas: “Staying well hydrated will keep the throat and mucous membrane moist, supporting its action as a good barrier to all microbes.”

3 – Prioritise exercise – tap into online workouts, from yoga to meditation. This one from Ananda in the Himalayas teaches the ‘Bee breathing technique’, which has a soothing effect on the brain and instantly calms. If you have access to outdoor space, exercising outdoors has even bigger feel-good benefits.

4 – Filter Your (Social) Feeds – it’s likely that self isolation will drive us even more online. But be selective about your feeds to protect your mental wellbeing – and for simple, practical tips, rituals and advice on improving your health, go to @katie_brindle on IG for her daily dose of wellbeing masterclasses.

5 – All About Balance – 70% of our immune system resides in our gut. Avoid excessive sugars, processed foods, red meat and alcohol. Hearty, fresh winter vegetables are packed with immune-strengthening goodness, so stock up on savoy cabbage, broccoli and brussels which are rich in vitamin C, as well as potatoes, lamb’s lettuce and spinach which are nutrient dense. Andreas Wolff, Chef de Cuisine at the Original FX Mayr: ”Revel in the abundance and diversity of freshly harvested winter veggies. Dive right in and give something new a try.”

6 – Less is more – there’s plenty of reasons why fasting is great for your health. Find out why and check out these six simple ways to fast at home from The Original FX Mayr.

7 – Check your zinc levels – Zinc is crucial for a strong immune system and as our bodies don’t produce it, we need to top up our supplies. It’s found naturally in seafood and shellfish (esp. oysters), ginger, nuts, peas, turnips, egg yolk, whole wheat, rye, oats, seeds, rice, lentils, pulses and molasses. Dr Karin Hamböck, Physician at the Original FX Mayr: “If your zinc level is low, take 30mg of zinc every night before going to sleep and not right after meals. Buy supplements here

8 – Invest in activities to keep you occupied at home – such as MasterPeace’s new At Home creative art kits, with remote support from an artist instructor – ideal for the elderly and vulnerable but suitable for all ages. Find out more here

9 – Embrace feel-good products – such as ilapothecary’s ‘Beat the Blues’ collection, a therapeutic, mood balancing, uplifting and happiness inducing blend. The ‘Beat the Blues Room Spray’ contains powerful essential oils for combating depression and uplifting emotions, and helps to create a peaceful and uplifting space. Price £29 for 50ml. More details here

10 – Nourish and protect with practical tools and rituals – using ancient Chinese wisdom, help support your immunity with the Hayo’u Method, where you can order online and watch free tutorials. Try:

  • Body Tapping – a simple, pleasurable, yet hugely effective way to support and maintain your immunity; the Hayo’u Tapper Bamboo has been specifically designed to support the circulatory system. “Ensure you tap the thymus gland, situated behind the breastbone, as it’s where T cells, which fight infection, are produced in the body. We’ve many lymph nodes in the abdomen, so it’s good to focus around this area too.” Katie Brindle, founder of the Hayo’u Method. See video on technique
  • Body Gua Sha – along with enhancing circulation, this is a great way to directly support the immune system. Firstly, it helps disperse toxins through increased circulation. Then as the blood is reabsorbed by the body it promotes an enzyme (HO-1) which is both anti-inflammatory and immune boosting. Gua sha offers a unique stimulation of the immune system through fascia and connective tissue. ”Start by focusing on the chest, neck and upper back because it helps to clear lymph, moves blood and reduces inflammation – which weakens one’s immunity. The lymph nodes and tonsils are all in that area, so this motion keeps them clear and working at full capacity. You want to look at gua sha as part of your overall, long-term strategy for ring-fencing your immunity. It’s a super simple and enjoyable at-home treatment.’’ Katie Brindle, founder of the Hayo’u Method: See video on technique

For further information, tips and consultations with our clients, please contact us at teami8@indigoeight.com.