January 2018 Archive

Celebrate Scottish culture this Burns Night

25 Jan 2018 10:36:29

With Burns Night on the 25th January, we have some great ideas to help you celebrate all things Scottish!

With Burns Night on the 25th January, we have some great ideas to help you celebrate all things Scottish!

A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, the author of many Scots poems. The suppers are normally held on or near the poet's birthday, 25th January, more commonly known as Burns Night.

The first supper was held in memoriam at Burns Cottage by Burns's friends, on 21 July 1801, the fifth anniversary of his death; it has been a regular occurrence ever since. The original Burns Club was founded in Greenock in 1801 by merchants who were born in Ayrshire, and had known Burns; they held the first Burns supper on his birthday, the 25th January. Burns Suppers typically include haggis (a traditional Scottish dish celebrated by Burns in Address to a Haggis), Scotch whisky and reciting of Burns' poetry.

Standard order of a formal Burns Supper:

  • Piping in guests: A piper generally greets the guests, who gather at mix as at any party.

Bag Pipes

A traditional Scottish bag pipe

  • Selkirk Grace: All the guests are seated and grace is said, usually using the Selkirk Grace, a well-known thanksgiving said before meals that uses the Scots language. Attributed to Burns, because Burns was said to have delivered it at a dinner given by the Earl of Selkirk:

Some hae meat an canna eat,

And some wad eat that want it;

But we hae meat, and we can eat,

And sae the Lord be thankit. 

  • Soup Course: The supper starts with the soup course. Normally, a Scottish soup, such as Scotch broth, potato soup, cullen skink, or cock-a-leekie, is served.
  • Haggis: “Piping” of the haggis is where everyone stands as the haggis is brought in. It is usually brought in by the cook on a large dish, generally while a piper plays the bagpipe and leads the way to the host's table, where the haggis is laid down. The host then recites the Address to a Haggis.
  • Haggis

    Haggis with ‘tatties’ and ‘neeps’ and Scotch whisky

  • Main course: At the end of the poem, a whisky toast will be proposed to the haggis, and the company will sit down to the meal. The haggis is traditionally served with mashed potatoes (tatties) and mashed swede (neeps).
  • Other courses: A dessert course, cheese courses, coffee, etc., may also be part of the meal. The courses normally use traditional Scottish recipes. For instance, dessert may be cranachan or tipsy laird (whisky trifle), followed by oatcakes and cheese, all washed down with the uisge beatha, (Scotch whisky).
  • Closing: Finally, the host will call on one of the guests to give the vote of thanks. Then, everybody stands to join hands and sing Auld Lang Syne to bring the evening to a close.

Are you planning on having a Burns Night supper? We’d love to hear about it! Why not email us at community@cosyfeet.com and we’ll share it on social media.

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21 Jan 2018 09:00:00

Find the comfort you crave throughout the day with our range of comfy and cosy products...

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Hugs are good for your health

19 Jan 2018 09:00:00

It’s National Hug Day on 21st January so we’ve been looking at the benefits that hugging can bring.

National Hug Day, on 21st January, is an annual event that’s dedicated to hugging. The idea is to encourage everyone to hug their friends and family more, particularly at this time of year when we’re often in low spirits. As well as helping us feel close and connected to people we care about, research suggests that hugs can also deliver a host of health benefits.

Scientists found that the hormone oxytocin was released into the blood stream when you hold a partner or friend close. This lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and anxiety and can even improve your memory.

National Hug Day

The benefits of hugging:

Hugging can boost immunity

A study from Carnegie Mellon University in the USA showed that healthy adults who got hugs were less likely to catch a cold.  Researchers found that people had a reduced risk of infection after being exposed to a common cold virus if they felt like they had good social support in their lives and received more frequent hugs.

Hugging can lower stress

According to the same Carnegie Mellon research, having a hug before going into a stressful situation, such as a job interview, can help calm you down. It may even help you stay calm, cool and collected during the event.

Hugging can reduce depression

Hugging is critical to emotional well-being and helps release our own natural "anti-depressant," serotonin. This can help to improve your mood and boost your self-esteem.

Hugging may help lower blood pressure

The hormones that are released in the body after a hug aren't just good for your emotional health - they can also help your physical health. When someone touches you, the sensation on your skin activates pressure receptors called Pacinian corpuscles, which then send signals to the vagus nerve, an area of the brain that is responsible for lowering blood pressure.

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Cheer yourself up with some colour on Blue Monday

13 Jan 2018 09:00:00

Don’t feel down in the dumps. Why not brighten up your day with a pair of colourful shoes or socks!

Nicknamed ‘Blue Monday’, the third Monday in January is said to be the most depressing day of the year thanks to a combination of bad weather, high debt and poor diet in the aftermath of Christmas. Research however, has shown that introducing some colour into our lives is a great way to cheer ourselves up. So instead of feeling down in the dumps, why not brighten up your day with a pair of colourful shoes or socks! 

Paint the town red

Red is a colour that’s associated with energy and happiness. A little can go a long way so a pair of red shoes is the perfect way to brighten up an outfit.

Daisy-Mae

Daisy-Mae in Warm Red

Embrace the rich, warm tones of plum

A dignified colour, that’s perfect for any occasion, plum looks great teamed with olive green or grey. 

Adele

Adele in Plum

Enjoy a taste of spring

Put some spring in your step with a pair of floral slippers. Our Sarah slippers in Navy/ Pink Floral are made from a cool, cotton-mix fabric so they're great for feet that feel the heat.

Sarah

Sarah in Navy/ Pink Floral

Feel in the pink

Your feet will be tickled pink in a pair of our Super-soft Bed Socks. Ideal if you have poor circulation or cold feet at night, they have a loose top for extra comfort.

Bed Socks

Super-soft Bed Socks in Blush

A burst of sunshine

Not only are these sunny, yellow socks very cheerful looking, they’re also very comfortable! Thanks to the ‘no-elastic’ Softhold® top they won’t dig in or restrict your circulation. 

Cotton-rich Softhold® Socks

Cotton-rich Softhold® Socks in Maize

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Issue 73 - January 2018

10 Jan 2018 09:00:37

Discover our brand new catalogue - issue 73. Enjoy the winter in cosy comfort with our premium-quality products.

Click here to view our brand new catalogue - issue 73. Enjoy the winter in cosy comfort with our premium-quality products.

Issue 73 - January 2018

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Trade Point Magazine - January 2018

9 Jan 2018 12:00:35

Our Sales & Health Care Professional Manager, Emma Antonello, has been featured in the most recent copy of Trade Point Magazine.

Our Sales & Health Care Professional Manager, Emma Antonello, has been featured in the most recent copy of Trade Point Magazine. Click here to read the full article.

Trade Point

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Get outdoors and beat the January blues

6 Jan 2018 09:00:00

After the fun and festivities of Christmas, January can feel drab and depressing. Getting outdoors can lift your spirits and offers lots of other benefits too.

After the fun and festivities of Christmas, January can feel drab and depressing. Getting outdoors can lift your spirits and offers lots of other benefits too. 

Getting outdoors

Improves your mood

Going outside and getting some sunlight, even for as little as five minutes, can help drive away the winter blues. It’s a recommended treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which is sometimes called winter depression. Even if it’s cold and cloudy, outdoor light exposure can help lift your mood.

Green exercise, which is exercising in the presence of nature, is thought to have unique benefits that go above and beyond indoor exercise. As well as increasing the serotonin levels in our body, which improves feelings of well-being and happiness, spending time in green spaces can help decrease tension, stress and even anger. 

Boosts your creativity and focus

If you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with a new idea, try taking a walk outside. One study found that walking outdoors increased 81 percent of participants’ creativity.

In a separate study, in 2012, a group of backpackers were given a series of creative thinking puzzles. After they had spent four days trekking they were retested, and they performed almost twice as well which led researchers to conclude that nature has a positive effect on cognitive thinking.

Increase your levels of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is sometimes called the sunshine vitamin because it’s produced in your skin in response to sunlight. Ensuring that we get enough Vitamin D is vital as it has several crucial functions. As well as regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, it ensures a normal immune system function.

It’s also important for the normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases. If your body doesn’t get enough vitamin D, you’re at risk of developing bone abnormalities such as soft bones (osteomalacia) or fragile bones (osteoporosis).

Even on a grey and cloudy day, getting outside can help your skin create Vitamin D. 

Helps with sleep

Poor sleep patterns can be caused by a variety of issues, but they are generally regulated by something called the circadian rhythm.

Our circadian rhythms are naturally linked to the sun’s schedule. Apparently, spending too much time indoors can greatly affect our natural rhythms, and, as a result, disrupt our sleep patterns. That’s why routine exposure to sunlight in the mornings can help correct your sleep cycle.

Get kitted out for winter walks

Walking is one of the easiest ways to get some outdoor exercise. Cosyfeet has a range of products that are ideal for winter walking. Our 100% waterproof boots and shoes for men and women will keep feet warm and dry, whatever the weather. Specially designed to fit swollen feet, this footwear has a shock-absorbing, cleated sole which offers good grip underfoot so it’s ideal for walking the dog on rainy days. Choose from Minnie and Moose for women and Stanley and Livingstone for men.

Getting outdoors

Wearing the right socks is just as important as wearing the right shoes. Our Active Wool Seam-free Sock is a superb sock for walking. Stretchy and cushioning for comfort, it’s also breathable, anti-bacterial, odour resistant and great at absorbing moisture.

Make walking more comfortable with a specialist insole. Our Shock-absorbing CosyCushion™ Insoles are made from a bouncy, cushioning material while our Duosoft Plus Insoles are ideal if you have arthritis or very sensitive feet.

If you need a bit of extra support when you’re out and about, we’ve also got a good range of walking sticks and rollators in our Walking Collection. And if you’re planning on going for a longer walk, why not take the pressure off your knees with our Folding Hiking Pole. It helps increase your stability and reduces the impact of walking on your knee joints and legs. It also folds easily for carrying in your bag or rucksack.

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Able Magazine - January 2018

5 Jan 2018 09:00:00

Audrey from our Cosyfeet shop shows off the five-star award granted to our Frieda slipper by Able Magazine. Thank you Able!

Audrey from our Cosyfeet shop shows off the five-star award granted to our Frieda slipper by Able Magazine. Thank you Able!

Audrey

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Oapschat - January 2018

4 Jan 2018 09:00:00

We’ve just heard our Zara article is trending on OAPSchat! Thanks OAPSchat you’ve made our day.

We’ve just heard our Zara article is trending on OAPSchat! Thanks OAPSchat you’ve made our day.

Zara

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Get a free bottle of Rose Bath Oil when you spend £60 or more!

3 Jan 2018 09:00:01

Get a free Rose Bath Oil (RBHO) worth £15 with every order worth £60 or more! Enter offer code NLRBHO when prompted during the checkout.

Get a free Rose Bath Oil (RBHO) worth £15 with every order worth £60 or more! Enter offer code NLRBHO when prompted during the checkout. This offer expires at 11.59pm on Tuesday 9th January 2018. Terms and conditions apply - please see below*

Rose Bath Oil

*Terms and Conditions
To redeem this offer of a free bottle of Rose Bath Oil (RBHO) worth £15, simply add any item/s to your basket worth £60 or more (excluding postage) and enter the offer code NLRBHO when prompted. The free item will be automatically added to the order. This offer expires at 11.59pm on Tuesday 9th January 2018. Click here to view our Rose Bath Oil. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Offer only available on in-stock items. Only while stocks last. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time.

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