BY ABBEY PATTERSON
2020 is in full swing and like most of you, we are back to work ready for another big year – and even bigger decade!
Have you set out your priorities for the year, month, week, and even day ahead? The start of the year is a great time for new routines, as you’ve likely had a break to spend time with family and friends and reflect on what is truly important to you.
Your physical and mental health should always be at the top of your list, as it boosts your ability to focus on other priorities. We hope some of these small, yet effective, hacks help your day to day lifestyle and healthy decisions.
Drink more water.
Yes, you see this everywhere, but have you honestly given it a real chance? Drink at least 2 litres of water each day and you will be surprised at how much more energy you have. This is easy if you have a glass or two of water as soon as you wake up and carry a water bottle around with you all day (if possible). Set a reminder on your phone every hour to drink some more if you know you won’t actively think about it otherwise. If water doesn’t tickle your fancy, try soda water, or adding a slice of fresh lime or lemon.
Wake up earlier.
I’m not saying you need to join the 5am Club (although if you do, bravo!), however waking up even half an hour earlier than normal will give you time to do something for yourself, quiet your mind, and be prepared for the busy day ahead. Use this time to read, meditate, walk, do a loungeroom workout, spend time with your Partner, or just take your time with your morning routine. Stick with this for at least two weeks and reflect on your new healthy habit for your body and mind. If mornings are not a possibility for you, try setting aside this half an hour for any time of the day, just make sure there is no chance of distractions in this time.
Read The 5am Club (Robin Sharma) or The Miracle Morning (Hal Elrod) to dive deeper into how life changing morning routines can be. These books have genuinely made more than a few positive differences in my approach to life.
Plan your meals before you are hungry.
We have all fallen into the trap of being too busy to meal plan or prep and have chosen the unhealthy option or overeaten, but trust me, placing a spotlight on this will make a significant difference in how you feel. Instead of saying ‘I’m too busy’, say to yourself ‘What I put into my body is not a priority’. How does it feel? Use this as a motivation tool and when you do your meal plan make sure you follow through! Choose simple meals that you actually enjoy so you look forward to them and limit food court lunches and takeaway dinners for occasions that pop up unexpectedly, you’ll enjoy them more!
We are fortunate to have an abundance of lifestyle and wellness hacks at our fingertips, so keep your eye out for gems that resonate with you and share them with people around you. You never know who could use some inspiration.
Have an amazing and healthy 2020 and we can’t wait to see you smash every single one of your goals this year!