Automatically, when people even hear the word healthy living or think about adopting a healthier lifestyle their first thoughts are that it’s going to be difficult, time-consuming and expensive. The initial stages of anything new are going to be difficult before it becomes a natural habit, however, I think this is heavily dependent on your approach.
Rather than taking the all-or-nothing approach, I like to make small simple changes that are focused around self-care that will accumulate and have a massive impact on my wellbeing. Taking tiny baby steps is less scary than taking that giant leap that everyone seems to be geared up for at the start of the year, plus it’s more sustainable.
I’ve teamed up with Twinings again to share some of the self-care rituals that I have incorporated into my daily routine to help improve my wellbeing and has me feeling my best.
Morning Meditation Practice
After waking up the natural reaction tends to be reaching for my phone. I don’t know when I became so connected to the internet that it became my first point of call in the morning, but it started to worry me. Meditating as soon as I wake up and spending some time focusing on my affirmation cards has reduced this urge greatly. I feel much calmer without that digital buzz so early in the morning with all the added benefits of meditation too.
A Gift From Me to Me
I’m all for treating myself and showing myself gratitude now and then. I think treating yourself is such a healthy and positive thing to do and sometimes we can go months without doing it. Loving myself more and expressing that is one of my intentions in 2017 and buying myself a bunch of beautiful flowers is one way of manifesting that.
Remember treating yourself is not a privilege but a divine responsibility which can lift the spirits, renew your energy and make you feel fabulous!
Reconnect with Nature
I love being outdoors and this is something that I’m hoping to achieve more of in 2017, especially with a little boy who loves being outside and exploring. My Fitbit is really helping smash my 10,000 steps a day goal and stay accountable.
Upgrading to More Natural Alternatives
Last year I made a big push to upgrade my beauty regime to contain more natural products and I love that I’m nourishing my skin with less toxins. I now want to extend this further, and look at my food choices. My teas of choice tend to be chai tea or green tea, both of which contain caffeine. At the moment I’m enjoying Twinings Fruit & Herbal Infusions, which are 100% natural and are an easy way to feel good every day. I do love my morning cuppa, so switching to theses decaffeinated teas has been a simple way to upgrade to a more natural alternative.
Limiting my time on social media
Last year felt like I spent virtually half my life on social media. Considering that the majority of my business is online, trying to stay off it is challenging. However, the past few weeks I’ve been making a conscious effort to reduce my time on social media, with gadget free evenings and only allowing myself on social media at certain times of the day – I’m already reaping the benefits!
Creating a Morning and Evening Routine
I thrive on having a routine in place and already posted about the benefits of having a morning and evening routine. I like to have my routines written down on the notes app on my phone so that I can refer back to it or change it if needs be. Having an evening routine is highly beneficial to me as it helps to prime my body for sleep and my morning routine helps to ease me into my day.
Making self-love and self-care a prime focus of your healthy living journey is when the extraordinary happens. You start to realise the importance of looking after your mental health and being gentle with yourself, which ultimately shines on the outside for everyone to see.
What self-care rituals have you introduced into your routine to improve your wellbeing?
*Post commissioned by Twinings, but all opinions are my own.