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Getting back into the swing of everyday life is always hard after the Christmas period. That ‘fuck it’ mentality comes into play and sensible eating, exercise or self care regime goes out the window. You could be on your 8th tequila swinging naked from a chandelier but “fuck it it’s Christmas”!. Any healthy habits you had last year are out the window by now.
Eventually though the new year rolls around and work beckons. Dragging you deep into the depths of the worst month known to humanity. January. Ugggghhh. Dark mornings, even darker nights and nothing to celebrate.
Maybe though you can beat the January blues if you set yourself up with healthy habits right from day 1.
But what healthy habits?
Is there stuff you wanted to do last year that you put off again and again? I know I did. Starting my blog was one of them. I first thought about writing again back in February last year, but I gave myself excuse after excuse as to why I was too busy or too tired. Now I’ve started and I’m so annoyed with myself that I made those excuses. But how can you be more proactive? Keep a diary. I’m a sucker for new stationary and always use a weekly planner to help keep me on track. You have no excuse not to make plans and get them done! Set some goals that you want to achieve in 2020 and write them down. It keeps you accountable.
I’m not talking about getting a gym membership you’ll never use and buying some ‘skinny coffee’ that just keeps you running to the toilet 10 times a day. I literally mean get up and move. Modern life sees a lot of us sitting all day which makes us stiff and achy. Commit to walking upstairs instead of taking the lift. Set a timer to get up and walk away from your desk every 30 minutes. Try and get your 10,000 steps in each day. A lot of us, myself included, believe we do a lot more steps than we actually do. The best way to track is with a pedometer. I was so shocked when I saw how few steps I actually did every day.
If you’re really feeling like you want to throw yourself into it then you could look into a more rounded fitness watch like a Fitbit. Bare in mind that the calorie counting is not 100% accurate but it’ll give you a good base to work with if you’re interested in that. There are a ton of different styles all at different prices so there’s one for everyone’s budget.
Be kind to yourself
‘Blue Monday’ is a legit day every January and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is at it highest. If it’s something you suffer from it’s worth considering an SAD light which mimics sunlight, in turn causing increased production of the ‘happy hormone’ serotonin.
Remembering to be kind to yourself in January will set you up for the rest of the year. It doesn’t have to be something you spend a fortune on, although by all means if that works for you go ahead! It could be as little as allowing yourself an extra hour in bed at the weekend, taking some time to do a hobby you enjoy or just spending more time with the people you love. Being kind to yourself also leads nicely into the 4th healthy habit you need to have in 2020.
Don’t get sucked into the hype
There’s this whole hype in January around completely changing yourself, joining a gym, giving up carbs/alcohol/sugar/having any sort of life etc. Goal setting is great but not to the point where you bully yourself into doing things you don’t want to do just because everyone else is doing them! Wanting to better yourself is a great goal, but if the gym isn’t for you then find something else you like to do better. Swimming, running or joining a team sport are some other options. I have a post on exercising outside the gym if you need some ideas! I’ve also been enjoying the Fiit workout app recently which you can use at home, you can see my review here.
All i’m saying is do what you enjoy, you don’t have to give up anything you don’t want. Especially carbs, because carbs are life not the devil.
Get your 8 hours
Sleep is so underrated! The average adult needs between 6-8 hours of sleep a night. If you’re not getting that on the reg you’re going to be feeling and seeing the effects of it. Our bodies need time to rest and repair, especially if you’ve started a new year exercise regime. Make sure you’re doing all you can to get a good nights rest, including reducing caffeine intake later in the day, reducing blue light in the evenings i.e get off insta while you’re in bed! And try to go to sleep and wake at the same time to get your body into a pattern. If you struggle actually getting to sleep, there’s a ton of sleep aids you can try. My favourite is this Deep Sleep pillow spray which smells amazing. They also sell a bath soak as well if you want to make a whole evening of it!
I want you to spend time next year focusing on yourself. Those are healthy habits! Look after number 1. You’re not a bad person for wanting to do that and all of these little changes add up over time, meaning you feel happier and healthier. Spend less time on social media comparing yourself to others and more time with your loved ones who appreciate you the way you are. 2020 is all about you!