Are you looking to make a positive change in your health and wellbeing this year?
Sometimes we have the best of intentions, but the significant lifestyle changes we set ourselves seem remote and impossible. We lead busy lives and have to be creatures of habit, and if those habits are less than glowing? Somehow the weeks can slip by without us making a change. The truth is, the road to being a healthier person doesn’t have to be daunting. Make one small adjustment every fortnight, and you could find yourself much healthier by summer. Here’s where to start:
Begin Your Day With Lemon Water
The number one, easy to solve health problem that most of suffer from? Simple dehydration. Not getting enough water is one of the cornerstones of our wellbeing, and it can cause a host of problem, from mood swings to low energy levels, lack of concentration and more serious complications like renal issues. A lot of people have a habit of starting off their mornings with coffee, continuing with soda or alcohol and not monitoring their water intake throughout the day, This is such a simple thing to correct – buy a lidded glass mason jar, fill it up before bed, and drink it down first thing in the morning. Starting off your day with a hydration hit means you’re more likely to drink water through the day. Hot water with lemon is even better as it detoxifies the liver and supports digestion.
Stretch Before You Sleep
If we have a sedentary job, and we’re not getting enough range of movement during the day, we can store up musculoskeletal problems that get worse over time. A simple stretching routine before we climb into bed can help improve strength and flexibility, prepares your body for a good night’s sleep and promotes better posture. Find a simple stretching routine on YouTube to follow nightly.
Kick a Bad Habit
If you still smoke, drink too much or are eating too much refined sugar, you need to address the habit. But if going cold turkey has failed you in the past, consider substituting the habit you want to give up – a half-way house that makes it easier for you to get out of the habit. Love sugary treats? Try some low-sugar cake recipes that use more natural forms of sweetness such as apple juice or agave syrup. Quitting smoking? See if you can visit Vape Shop instead while you cut down. Too much alcohol? Limit drinking to the weekends only if being teetotal hasn’t worked.
Reach For the Sun Protection
If there’s one skincare habit you need to get into, it’s wearing a high-factor sunscreen daily. It’s the number one form of anti-ageing care, so make sure you choose a facial sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection. This will safeguard from both ageing rays and the ones that burn and damage skin and can cause skin cancer. Radiation still occurs through windows, so even if you work indoors, it’s a must. New face-only formulations are light and non-greasy and designed to be worn under makeup. It’s a 2 minute morning habit that could really make a difference.