So, it’s January and how many times have you heard the ‘New Year, New You’ cliché already and we're only just half way through the month? After the Christmas binge you’re probably thinking you should make some healthy improvements? Well the good news is being healthy doesn’t have to mean boot-camps, fad diets or eating copious amounts of lettuce, small lifestyle changes can make all the difference. We think being happy and enjoying what you do is key and there are some basic daily habits you can introduce to help.
1. Increase your step count
There are so many ways you can be active as part of your daily routine and you don’t even have to set foot inside a gym. Take a short walk on your lunch break, pick the car park space furthest from the supermarket or simply walk up and down the stairs for 5 minutes. Make it a social activity, meet up with a friend (in line with Government guidance of course) for a natter or take the kids on a nature walk. Reap the benefits of being more active by releasing stress, clearing the mind, increasing your energy levels and improving your mood, what’s more it’s free! Grab some great home workout equipment and sportswear for men and women to help you keep moving.
2. Drink more water
It’s no big secret that water is good for us, but did you know drinking more water can help increase concentration, beat tiredness and even improve your complexion? Take simple steps to drink more water by making it part of your daily routine; have a glass when you wake up and one with every meal. Invest in a good reusable water bottle or have a water jug filled nearby to remind you. Don’t like the taste of water? Use a water filter or add slices of fruit or veggies for flavour.
3. Look after your mind
A healthy mindset is just as important as a healthy body so make time to invest in your wellbeing. Activities that improve mindfulness can be anything from reading before you go to sleep to taking a daily break from your phone. Writing a gratitude list can really help you to focus on the good in your life, start with 3 things you’re thankful for each day. Grab a notebook and get scribbling!
4. Eat healthy and don’t deprive yourself
We all know counting calories is a thankless task and certainly not enjoyable. Eating healthy food doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. Tasty smoothies are an easy way to squeeze some fruit and veg into your diet, you can even use frozen produce to save on waste. How about a healthy and hearty soup or stew fit for the whole family? Invest in a slow cooker, cook a large batch you can freeze in small containers for a home cooked meal in no time. Finally, don’t forget to treat yourself to the things you love, a bit of chocolate at the weekend, a slice of cake, whatever floats your boat! Grab your kitchen and dining utensils, gadgets and appliances and get cooking!
5. Practice self-care
It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life so that’s why it’s important for all of us to make ourselves a priority from time to time. Escape for a nice warm bath, light a candle and relax. We're loving WoodWick candles at the moment. Apply a facemask and listen to your favourite music or podcast or grab a blanket and snuggle up to watch your favourite film or TV series. Check out some of our favourite shows of the moment.