For many people, starting on a journey to better health can be a minefield. With so much varied advice floating around and myriad of products on the market, it can seem like a daunting undertaking. It definitely does’t need to be though and there are many easy ways you can incorporate wellness into your daily routine without the need to revolutionise your entire lifestyle.
Here are a few quick and easy tips to start nurturing a better “you”.
1. Start a morning ritual
There’s the old adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What you have for that breakfast is even more important. Sadly, a bacon sandwich and coffee doesn’t quite cut it. Starting the day with a hot water and lemon (with optional Manuka honey) or some WelleCo Super Greens is a great place to begin. Coupled with fibre-rich cereal or oats, or a smoothie packed with fruit and veg, and you’ll put be putting your best foot forward when you step out the door. Don’t forget your daily vitamins too!
2. Cut out the bad stuff
Most of us know what’s good and bad when it comes to diet, but it’s not all about weight control. Of course, eating lots of fatty and sugary foods isn’t going to do anything for your waistline, but have you ever considered what “bad” foods do to the rest of your body? Eating a varied and nutritious diet is essential for whole body and mind health. You should start by cutting out—or at least minimising—your intake of sugars and processed foods. Get in the habit of snacking on fruit rather than sausage rolls. I always keep an apple, some berries or a satsuma on my desk for that afternoon belly rumbling.
3. Find time for you
Life is hectic. We get it. Everyone is always on the go; the school run, work, laundry, cleaning and of course socialising! But never forget about you. It’s not rude or selfish to take some time out of the day for yourself. It can be anything as well. Going for a walk or a run. Doing some yoga or meditation is a real treat for your mindfulness. Or just light a candle, close your eyes and relax. Please though, avoid screens at this time. Watching an hour of TV really doesn’t count as taking time out. Allow your brain to wander and reflect on the day.
4. Set exercise goals
Lots of people “count steps” nowadays, particularly in the advent of smart phones and watches. There‘s a good chance you device is already doing this for you. Why not have a look and see if you can beat yesterday’s total? If running is your thing, try and go for X runs a week, or cover a certain distance. If fitness is more you, then have a target for press ups or sit ups. Whatever your goals, make sure they’re realistic and obtainable. If you keep missing your goals, you‘ll only end up disheartened and lose enthusiasm.
5. Get a good night’s sleep
Be honest with yourself, when was the last time you had a really good night’s sleep? One where you don’t wake up in the night and/or wake up feeling refreshed? Just like putting your phone on charge at night, sleep is your body’s opportunity to recharge. Make sure you have an hour before bed without screens, including the TV or your phone. Or at the very least, make sure your phone is on “night mode” if you have to use it. A mug of Sleep Welle calming tea and a gentle massage with some Magnesium Sleep Body Lotion will have you drifting off in no time. If you really want to treat yourself, have a nice relaxing bath and put some fresh lavender under your pillow.
What are your tips for getting started with wellness?