2020 is here, and with every January of a new year comes a sense of motivation, goal setting, and that innate sense of wanting to kick start your year with a bang.
But what happens after January comes to an end? Studies show that over 45% of people fail to keep their “new year’s resolutions” by February.
For me, my priority is to ensure that any goals or habits I try and implement are sustainable and realistic. That means making small achievable healthy habits that will stick with me throughout the year and years to come.
1. Morning Routine
Establishing your own morning routine is extremely important for productivity. I personally find my days are much more productive when I have a structured morning routine. My morning routine takes approximately 15 minutes; it is an uninterrupted way I start my mornings off.
What does my morning routine look like?
Dry body brush
Jump in shower
Brush my teeth in shower
Jump out of shower
Apply body oil when still damp
Walk downstairs to kitchen
Have a big glass of water
Go into my room and apply my skincare
Put on my apple watch
After skincare, gua sha and rose quartz face roller for my face (this helps to relieve tension, allow my skincare to penetrate deeper and to reduce puffiness and inflammation) – I will sometimes listen to a news podcast during this to catch me up to speed with the world)
- Get changed
- Sit at desk – write to do lists, journal and check emails, look at phone.
You may not even know it, but you may already have your own little morning routine. By writing it down may help you to flow through your mornings with more ease and less stress.
2. Stretch More
Stretching is a great way to help relieve tension and increase flexibility, but it also can be a great way to rest your mind. I try and stretch either in the morning after I take my dogs for a walk, or after work. If you need something as simple as a daily calendar reminder to go off to remind you, schedule in your 5 minute daily stretch. Focus on opening up your hips and stretching out your legs.
It goes without saying, hydration is key. So many of us are walking around dehydrated, which can lead to you feeling tired and sluggish (amongst other things). A simple way to increase your water consumption is to place refillable bottles around your house and car. I love to fill up glasses and bottles in my fridge; that way when I open up my fridge it is front of mind.
4. Look After Your Skin
Looking after your skin, especially as we age is vital to ensure we are protecting our skin from long term damage. Prevention is better than reacting to skin damage, and in the long run, a good preventative hydrating skincare routine will save you money.
An SPF is essential to wear daily, as is keeping your skin hydrated.
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5. It is OK to say No
Something that took me a long time to master was saying no. It is ok to put yourself first, so don’t feel guilty for saying no to invites, or to things that may arise that don’t align with you and your needs. Start putting yourself first in situations, if you are simply feeling tired, notice that, and work towards resting and recharging your batteries.
6. Get Moving
Setting a goal to run every day or even make sure you go for a walk every day in my opinion is unrealistic. Life happens, weather happens. Instead, look at ways to move a little bit more. Park the car a little bit further away and walk that extra minute, take the stairs, look at trail hikes and make a day of it on the weekends. Find small changes to encourage your body to get moving that little bit extra.
7. Prep Your Meals Ahead
This is a biggie and can help keep your specific health goals on track. Find a day that works for you to prep your meals (and I don’t mean steam greens and cook protein). I mean make big batches of pesto, chia puddings, baked beans, pre cut veggies, hummus. Make in bulk, keep jars and reuse them. Stay ahead of your hunger cravings by having healthy snacks on hand and pre made meals that make you feel good from the inside out.
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