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Lifestyle YOGA

Lifestyle YOGA:
tips from the Team for indoor living
SARAH

By January I really can’t face another board game or Netflix docu-drama or mini-series. Here are some of my sanity saving activities when stuck indoors:

Knitting – it’s a very nerdy occupation but you can listen to the radio, audio books and podcasts while you are doing it. It’s a screen-free activity for those wanting a tech detox. Knitting has proven health benefits too, calming anxious preoccupations and easing stress.1 It’s also been associated with a lower risk of cognitive decline and memory loss.2

Virtual clothes swap – I have a clothes swap group that offers a chance to clean out your wardrobe and give friends first dibs on any offering before going off to the charity shop. We’ve managed to keep this up during lockdowns, thanks to social media. Lots of funny banter and stories about pants and old hats. It’s a lovely way to stay in touch with my friends, and every couple of weeks everyone gains new threads, household treasures and even pot plants.

KATE

Throughout winter my feet turn into little ice packs attached to legs! So, at this time of year, I love making a foot bath in the evenings. Add hot water to a basin and sprinkle some dried herbs or a herbal tea bag to the water to infuse. This is especially helpful on days where you are struggling to slow down. Once your feet are in the tub – you’re not going anywhere! Great for the lymphatic system and warming you up on a cold day.

Hypericum is particularly appropriate for supporting mood during the winter months, when the weather and reduced light levels make it harder to exercise outside. If you feel low or anxious, downhearted or dispirited, with your joie de vivre flattened and melancholy claiming you for its own, then this bright, sunny herb may make a difference.

HAPPY HYPERICUM

Hypericum was originally called St John’s Wort because it was believed that the plant should be gathered on or about St John’s day (midsummer day) to obtain its maximum effect. This is actually when the plant comes into flower and is in fact the best time to harvest it. The fresh flower heads are the part that should be used, with the flowers ideally being processed as soon as possible after harvest, so as not to lose any of the volatile oils.

Hypericum is suitable to use so long you are not on any other medication. You may want to have its mellow yellow power as part of your armoury of defences against the winter blues.

Hypericum perforatum is not available in the Republic of Ireland.

Only the fresh flowerheads are used. The rest of the plant is mulched back down as compost.
Hypericum harvest in the A.Vogel fields
Alfred Vogel was a fan of the cheering effects of Hypericum perforatum.

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