Cornwall Living 2017

Life changing

Amanda Winwood discusses a poignant moment in her life and gives tips to improve our winter health.

Have you ever had a life-changing moment? Mine was in 2008 when I went along to a ‘Moving Forward’ day run by the Mermaid Centre. I had been asked to go and show our range of organic skincare and provide massage and Reiki for the ladies attending.

It was inspiring and humbling at the same time. It gave me an insight into what people facing cancer go through, along with their families. I left the day with a sense of purpose and working with some great Trustees and volunteers, set up the Made for Life Foundation (registered charity 1138846). To date, we have provided support within Cornwall and beyond to over 10,000 people. By the end of October we will have run over six Made for Life events across the UK. The whole team get involved and find it hugely rewarding.

Volunteering and helping others has been shown to be hugely beneficial. It helps define who we are and gives us a sense of purpose. With winter drawing in, remember there is always someone out there who could do with some help and support – find something close to your heart.

Winter health

Along with the rest of nature, our skin changes as the seasons turn. With winter comes low humidity, which strips skin of its natural moisture, leaving it dry and more susceptible to damage. To protect your skin from the cold, turn to natural moisturisers with healing natural ingredients.

Make sure you approach winter with spring in your step. Here are some simple tips:

1. Body brush regularly to stimulate the circulation

2. Eat foods for vitality – fresh local produce that is warming

3. Moisturise regularly – paying attention to the hands

4. Get out and about – running, cycling, surfing or walking with friends (or head to the gym if it’s dark). This activity increases our immune system

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