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How to hygge: Enjoy the Danish lifestyle trend at home

22 Jan 2019 13:20:00

With rumours of snow and colder chills to come, it’s no surprise we’d all love the chance to stay inside and snuggle up this winter. Dark days can affect your mood more than you may think.

Instead of just shutting the doors and wishing the cold away, why not prepare your home specifically for some special hygge moments and really enjoy the art of staying in!

Hygge (pronounced; hoo-gah) is a Scandinavian word and lifestyle trend revolved around the idea of being cosy, appreciating the little things and making your home an ideal space for relaxation.

Hygge is about keeping warm, feeling content, simple pleasures and creating special moments. This Danish trend can be the antidote to the stresses of modern life.

hygge

6 ways to practise hygge in the comfort of your own home:

  • Spark light and warmth through candles… 

Switch off the bright electric power lights and create a hyggelig (hygge-like) atmosphere at home by lighting candles. The natural light that emits from candles is softer and can make us feel much more relaxed.

  • Get cosy in blankets…

We all know keeping warm can help to fight off viruses and infections in winter but did you know, researchers have also said that wrapping yourself in soft blankets for warmth can beat low feelings and anxiety. Also, a big soft cosy blanket is very hygge.

  • Wear clothes that bring you joy and comfort…

Everyone needs a comfy pair of slippers. Our Purewool range was inspired by the Danish way of life – sink into an armchair wearing Bjorn or Frieda and your feet will thank you or team your favourite pair of pyjamas with our Extra Roomy Super-soft Bed Socks, made with luxuriously soft brushed yarn with a loose fit for extra comfort. These lovely soft socks can keep away the chill for a great night’s sleep.

Extra Roomy Super-soft Bed Socks

  • Relax and read a book…

Turn off the TV and embrace a moment of digital detox. Get lost in a world of fiction and cuddle up and read a book. If you’re a big fan of reading, enter our competition to win a National Book Token worth £50!

  • Put the kettle on…

Whether hot chocolate, hot toddy, mulled wine or a hot lemon water is the one for you. Drinking hot drinks is known to cleanse digestion and help flush out toxins. Ditch the diets for a special moment and enjoy those marshmallows in your hot chocolate.

  • Enlighten your sense of smell…

Smell is the most sensitive human sense. Whether you choose to light a fragrant candle, burn some incense or cook your favourite soup recipe – your sense of smell can really affect your mood and lifestyle. Adding a few drops of Lavender and Chamomile Slumber Mist onto your pillow at night can be very relaxing, smell gorgeous and send you off into a wonderful deep sleep.

Lavender and Chamomile Slumber Mist

You may be wondering, but why should one take time to hygge? Well, the Danish are always topping the polls and have been voted the world’s happiest nation – so, that sways us enough!

Now it’s time for you to embrace contentment, get your hygge on, appreciate what you have and cosy up in the comfort of your own home this season.

0 Comments | Posted in Cosyfeet Blog, Newsletter Articles by Elsie Brockway

Beat Blue Monday... with hugs!

16 Jan 2019 13:20:00

Monday 21st January is Blue Monday, otherwise known as ‘the most depressing day of the year’ – the third Monday in January has gained this nickname thanks to a combination of bad weather, high debt and failed New Year’s resolutions.

Did you know that Blue Monday is actually the same day as National Hug Day? So, there is definitely a way to turn around this Blue Monday lark into positivity. Research shows hugging can relieve stress and keeping warm can keep you well, which is especially good during this winter season.

3 health benefits of hugging:

  • Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which can heal feelings of loneliness.
  • Hugging can lift one’s serotonin levels which can elevate a mood and create happiness.
  • Hugging relaxes muscles to relieve aches and pains.

3 warm Cosyfeet slippers that hug your feet:

  • Elise – Enjoy the comfy cushioned footbed

Elise

This soft, adjustable bootee keeps ankles and feet cosy while the secure, touch-fastening strap adjusts to fit swelling. Colour shown: Wine Floral

  • Anna – Enjoy the wonders of wool

Anna

Luxurious 100% pure wool slipper with genuine sheepskin lining. Touch- fastening strap adjusts to fit swollen feet & ankles. Colour shown: Pebble

  • Dreamy – Enjoy cocooning your feet in warmth

Dreamy

Stay warm in our snuggly, warm-lined bootee, designed to warm and insulate, ensuring feet and ankles stay cosy. Colour shown: Loganberry

Find out more about our Extra-Roomy Slippers range.

0 Comments | Posted in Cosyfeet Blog, Newsletter Articles by Elsie Brockway

Enjoy a good story this January

4 Jan 2019 13:20:00

National Storytelling Week (26th January - 2nd February) is an extravaganza of storytelling which takes place in schools, churches, pubs, museums and theatres around the country.

National Storytelling Week (26th January - 2nd February) is an extravaganza of storytelling which takes place in schools, churches, pubs, museums and theatres around the country.

The week is run by the Society for Storytelling which was set up to promote one of the oldest art forms in the world. Storytelling is an age-old form of human communication: a way to tell others of our experiences, dreams, ideas and feelings, whether through the spoken word or in writing. 

Performance storytelling can be a powerful experience, both entertaining and moving. Story is also the traditional medium of communication from generation to generation, a tool for education and therapy. National Storytelling Week was conceived to increase public awareness of the art, practice and value of oral storytelling.

National Storytelling Week

To find out more, visit sfs.org.uk

Click here to enter our competition to win a National Book Token worth £50.

0 Comments | Posted in Cosyfeet Blog, Newsletter Articles by Elsie Brockway

Easy ways to improve your health

4 Jan 2019 13:20:00

Want to get fitter and healthier this year? We’ve got some simple suggestions to help you stay in tip top condition.

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions we make is to get fitter and healthier. We’ve got some simple suggestions to help you stay in tip top condition this year.

1. Try to get enough sleep

According to recent research, a lie-in could actually do your body some good.

In an experiment at Surrey University, researchers discovered that when volunteers cut back from seven-and-a-half to six-and-a-half hours' sleep a night, genes that are associated with processes like inflammation, immune response and response to stress became more active.

The team also saw increases in the activity of genes associated with diabetes and risk of cancer. The reverse happened when the volunteers added an hour of sleep.

Man and woman sleeping

2. Keep your feet warm

Have you ever been told that you need to keep warm or you’ll catch a cold? And did you just dismiss it as an old wives’ tale?

It’s been said time and time again that you can’t catch a cold by getting cold because they’re caused by viruses but maybe that isn’t the whole truth and there is some fact within the folklore.

According to a study back in 2005, having cold feet can undermine your natural defenses to colds and flu. Getting cold can lower the white blood cells of your immune system thereby opening the door to viruses. The study proved that people are almost 30% more likely to come down with flu when their feet are cold for just 20 minutes during flu season.

Bed Socks

See our collection of warm socks.

3. Get walking

According to a recent report, tens of thousands of lives could be saved each year in the UK if people simply walked more.

The Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support concluded in their “Walking Works" report that walking could transform people's health by decreasing the odds of heart problems and stroke as well as making a difference in conditions such as type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and many cancers.

If you don't walk already and want to find out how to get started, you’ll find lots of tips and advice on the ‘Walking for Health’ website at walkingforhealth.org.uk

Walking in the countryside

See our collection of walking products.

0 Comments | Posted in Cosyfeet Blog, Newsletter Articles by Elsie Brockway

Cosyfeet Competition - January 2019

4 Jan 2019 09:00:00

Win a National Book Token worth £50! Simply tell us your favourite positive winter memory in the form below and our favourite entry will be featured in our February newsletter and win the prize.

To tie in with National Storytelling Week (26th January - 2nd February), we’re offering you the chance to win a National Book Token worth £50. To enter, simply tell us your favourite positive winter memory in 100 words or less via the form below. The entry that we like most will win the prize. We will also feature your memory in our February newsletter. Terms and conditions apply.* Good luck!

National Storytelling Week

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Click here to find out more about National Storytelling Week.

*Terms and Conditions
To be in with the chance of winning a National Book Token worth £50, tell us about your favourite memory via the form above by 11.59pm on Saturday 2nd February 2019. Our favourite entry will win the prize. One prize available. Prize will be sent as an e-Gift Card via email. One entry per person. The winner will be contacted by email. Prize cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative. Prize can only be sent to a UK address. We reserve the right to withdraw this competition at any time.

0 Comments | Posted in Newsletter Articles, Competitions by Elsie Brockway

Crisis at Christmas

29 Nov 2018 13:20:00

This Christmas, Cosyfeet is donating 400 pairs of new socks to homeless people attending ‘Crisis at Christmas’ centres across London. The socks will be offered to users of the podiatry service provided over the seasonal period.

This Christmas, Cosyfeet is donating 400 pairs of new socks to homeless people attending ‘Crisis at Christmas’ centres across London. The socks will be offered to users of the podiatry service provided over the seasonal period.

Crisis is a national charity for homeless people. At Christmas, the charity provides companionship and support to alleviate loneliness and isolation, and to help people take their first steps out of homelessness.

Socks are an important part of foot health and are a constant need for homeless people who are often on their feet all day. At this time of year, it’s likely that the only pair of socks they own will be wet as well as worn. A pair of clean, dry socks won’t just provide them with comfort, but it could help prevent foot problems and even hypothermia.

For further information about the Crisis at Christmas campaign visit the Crisis campaign website here.

Christmas Socks

View our socks range here.

Click here to find out more about the Crisis at Christmas campaign.

1 Comment | Posted in Cosyfeet Blog, Newsletter Articles by Elsie Brockway

Enjoy Christmas calm with lavender

29 Nov 2018 13:20:00

The festive season can be a stressful time of year. Balancing the demands of shopping, cooking, family obligations and house guests can leave us feeling overwhelmed and tense.

An easy way to evoke feelings of calm and lower your stress levels is to use lavender oil. Lavender is known as a calming and relaxing herb and is frequently used for insomnia, anxiety, depression and stress relief. A study in the journal of Psychiatry Research found that when sniffed for five minutes, lavender oil decreased levels of cortisol, known as the ‘stress hormone’ in participants.

How to use lavender oil:

  1. Lavender oil is one of the few essential oils that can be used directly on your skin. For an immediate calming effect on the body, rub it on your feet, temples or wrists.
  2. A few drops on a cotton wool ball placed in a small glass bowl in a room will create a calming effect and has the added benefit of deodorising the room of any unpleasant odours.
  3. Try adding a few drops of lavender oil to your bath and soothe away the stresses of the day.
  4. Burning lavender in an oil burner is the most effective way to disperse its scent. Fill the top of an oil burner with water. Add one or two drops of lavender essential oil to the water. Light a tea light and place it underneath the burner to heat the water and oil so they evaporate as steam.
  5. Adding some drops of lavender to your pillow can help you relax, unwind and enjoy a better night’s sleep. Alternatively, you could use a spray that contains lavender such as our Lavender and Chamomile Slumber Mist.

Fresh Lavender

Click here to view our collection of lavender products.

0 Comments | Posted in Cosyfeet Blog, Newsletter Articles by Elsie Brockway

Cosyfeet Competition - December 2018

29 Nov 2018 09:00:00

Win a luxury Fortnum & Mason Christmas Hamper worth £100! Simply enter your answers to our Christmas quiz in the form below and a winner will be picked at random from the correct entries.

Win a luxury Fortnum & Mason Christmas Hamper worth £100! Simply enter your answers to our Christmas quiz in the form below and a winner will be picked at random from the correct entries.

This luxury Christmas Hamper contains:

Christmas Nutcracker Biscuits, 200g
King's Blend Coffee, 250g Tin
Assam Superb Tea, 125g Loose Leaf Tin
Wild Blueberry Preserve, 200g
Fortnum’s Fig & Fennel Chutney, 250g
Dark Chocolate Coated Coffee Beans, 170g
Strawberry & Gooseberry Preserve, 195g
Christmas Spiced Biscuits, 125g
Christmas Spiced Biscuit Filled Chocolate Bar, 75g

Click here to view a full list of ingredients and allergens.

To win this delicious hamper, simply enter your answers to our Christmas quiz in the form below by 11.59pm on Sunday 16th December 2018. We will pick a winner at random from the correct entries. Good luck! Terms & Conditions apply.*

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*Terms and Conditions
To be in with the chance of winning a luxury hamper worth £100, simply complete our Christmas quiz via the form on Cosyfeet.com by 11.59pm on Sunday 16th December 2018. A winner will be picked at random from the correct entries. One prize available. One entry per person. The winner will be contacted by email. Prize cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative. Prize can only be sent to a UK address. We reserve the right to withdraw this competition at any time.

0 Comments | Posted in Newsletter Articles, Competitions by Elsie Brockway

Doing our bit to help

2 Nov 2018 13:20:19

Pets As Therapy is our Charity of the Year. We’re raising money to help fund the important work that their volunteers and pets do to provide comfort, companionship and therapy to those in need.

Doing our bit to help

Pets As Therapy is our Charity of the Year. We’re raising money to help fund the important work that their volunteers and pets do to provide comfort, companionship and therapy to those in need.

One of the ways that we’re helping is by donating 25p for every pair of our bestselling Holly or Richie slippers that you buy this year.

Holly slipper

Richie slipper

Click here to find out more about our charity of the year, Pets As Therapy.

0 Comments | Posted in Cosyfeet Blog, Newsletter Articles by Josh Wainwright

Prepare your pets for firework season

2 Nov 2018 12:03:47

Many pets are understandably frightened of the bangs and flashes that accompany fireworks. Find out how you can help prepare them for the firework season.

Prepare your pets for firework season

Many pets are understandably frightened of the bangs and flashes that accompany fireworks. Find out how you can help prepare them for the firework season.

Preparing dogs

  • Help your dog by creating a comforting ‘den’ where they can hide. This could be inside a wardrobe or cupboard, or behind a sofa.
  • Pad it with old pillows and blankets to soundproof it. In the weeks leading up to firework season, give your dog access to this den at all times.
  • Give healthy treats and praise when your dog uses it to build a positive association.
  • Don’t force your dog to go into the den you’ve made if they prefer a different hiding place.
  • Use a pheromone plug-in nearby. Pheromones are scents that calm dogs but we can’t smell them. They’re available from pet shops.

What should I do on firework nights?

  • Take your dog for a walk well before fireworks are due to begin.
  • Keep doors, windows and cat and dog flaps closed.
  • Draw the curtains.
  • Play music with a repetitive beat to help mask the sounds.
  • Don’t comfort or reassure your pets, even though it’s tempting. They will feel your anxiety and so their fear will be rewarded and encouraged.
  • Never punish your pets. It’s not their fault they’re scared, and it adds to their anxiety.
  • Ensure your pets are microchipped, so if they escape from the home, there is more chance you will be reunited.
  • Let cats hide where they like – do not try to tempt them out.
  • Don’t pick up cats or restrain them if they are scared: cats prefer to control how they cope.

What should I do to help small pets and wildlife?

  • Partly cover hutches and outdoor cages with blankets so they’re more sound-proofed.
  • Make sure your pets have hiding places and secure areas where they can feel safe.
  • Give plenty of bedding – this helps keep noise out and provides a hiding place.
  • Ensure the bonfire is nowhere near any pets.
  • Hedgehogs may think an unlit bonfire is a great place to sleep. Build the fire as late as possible and disturb it around the bottom before lighting to let any wildlife escape.

How to help your pet long term

  • As well as helping your pet on the night, pets that are scared of fireworks and other loud noises can be treated for their fear using effective behavioural techniques. It takes time and patience but can achieve excellent results.
  • Tell your vet about your pet’s fear of loud noises. They’ll thoroughly check there isn’t a medical reason, e.g. thyroid disease.
  • Your vet may recommend behavioural therapy, or suggest referral to a veterinary behaviourist or a pet behaviour counsellor.
  • Behavioural therapy often uses a technique called ‘desensitisation and counter-conditioning’. Over time, this teaches your pet that loud noises are nothing to be afraid of. 
  • Sometimes medication prescribed by a vet is used to help with the behavioural therapy.
  • Owners sometimes ask vets to prescribe tranquillisers for their pet. Some drugs that were once popular are no longer used as they don’t reduce fear, just an animal’s ability to respond. This can make a pet’s fear of fireworks even worse.
0 Comments | Posted in Cosyfeet Blog, Newsletter Articles by Josh Wainwright
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