Things to make life better and easier for you.
1 Opus clock, £79.99 (fragrance oils £3.99 each) from madebyzen.com
Make waking up in the morning a pleasure with the sensory experience on offer from the Opus alarm clock.
It incorporates the sound of bird song, gentle sunrise-mimicking light and the scent of a selection of vaporised oils, including the aroma of coffee. It also acts as a mini air purifier.
2 SuperBlizz waterproof snow boots with soft shearling lining, £175, from FitFlop.
Schedule time for a reviving walk during the holiday and it could inspire you to make it a regular habit in 2012.
Enhance the benefit by wearing FitFlop shoes or boots, which give muscles an extra workout. They claim to help absorb shock, lessen joint strain, and recreate the natural gait of barefoot walking.
3 Everyday pocket journal, £25, available in a variety of colours from Noble Macmillan.
Writing down thoughts, feelings or worries can lighten your mind, while recording positive moments or appreciations and then re-reading them in tricky times can be uplifting.
4 Quad massager, £9.99, from Boots.
Instead of confining a relaxing, muscle-easing massage to an occasional but expensive treat in a salon, invest in a hand-held, spot massager which you can use regularly.
5 Graze box, £3.49 including delivery, from graze.com
A regular supply of healthy guilt-free snacks could help keep your diet on track.
Graze’s new ‘light box’ can be filled with a selection of only the lowest calorie snacks ranging from 49 to 146 calories.
6 Bird window box, £95, from The Balcony Gardener (thebalconygardener.com)
Contact with nature enhances wellbeing.
A new window box, designed to accommodate a resting or feeding space for birds, as well as plants, could be the answer, especially if you find it hard to get out and don’t have a garden.
7 Sparrow & House key ring set, £10.50, from Cubic (cubicuk.com)
Little irritations and stresses all add up and can sap your spirits. Solve one common headache – constantly misplacing keys – by ensuring they’re always hung up in the same place.
8 Sleep kit, £12.50, from tisserand.com
Lack of sleep makes everyone irritable.
This kit includes bath and body oil plus a roller ball for massaging on pulse points, scented with a stress-busting blend of lavender, bergamot and ylang ylang.
9 Ruffle eye mask, £30, from Agent Provocateur.
Ensure there’s no light to disturb your slumber with this luxurious mask.
10 Bach Rescue Remedy, £7.70, from Boots.
This natural remedy is a relief for stress and anxiety. It’s world famous for quickly restoring inner calm and celebrity fans include Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston.