With new beginnings in the horizon, I thought why not channel my inner zen a bit more this new year and be an improved version of myself. I don’t want there to be a new me this year, just a better me.
2018 was a rubbish year for me to put it lightly, so I’m determined to make 2019 a year full of happiness, health and love.
2018 wasn’t all bad though, there were some positives like educating myself on how to follow a healthier and more nutritious lifestyle. You are what you eat is such a true saying and since making changes to my usual exercise routine and diet, I’ve shed a few pounds and feel more confident within myself.
I want to continue with the same positive mindset this new year and I’ve decided to write this list of things I want to do in 2019 to not only to support my health but my mind too.
Drink More Water
You read and hear every wellness influencer out there exclaiming that water will solve all our problems, and yup, they’re right it does. We’re recommended to intake on average around 2 litres a day, which is easy enough to do and there are so benefits to drinking more water, including:
- Clearer complexion
Our bodies are composed of 60% water, dehydration will harm your skin. Drinking water helps to moisturize the skin, keep it soft and reduces wrinkles.
- Increases brain power and provides energy
One of water’s many benefits is an increase in brain power. Since your brain is made of 73% water, drinking it helps you think, focus, concentrate, and stay alert. As a result, your energy levels also improve.
- Boosts your immune system
One of the most common overlooked benefits of drinking water is a healthy immune system. And drinking water has been directly related to a stronger immune system.
- Promotes healthy weight management
Water aids in the removal of fat by-products and also help you feel more full. Not only does this act as a natural appetite suppressant, but it can also improve your metabolism.
Take Evening Primrose Oil
I’m moody, I’m hormonal and I’m a pain in the arse 80% of the time. Evening Primrose oil relieves premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms such as depression, irritability, and bloating so I’ve decided to give it ago. The vitamin also has other benefits such as helping clear up skin and improve overall skin health plus reduce high blood pressure.
Even if it’s just a few pages, I’m going to read every day before bed. Reading can help improve mental stimulation, is a great stress reducer and improve focus and concentration. It also tires my eyes out before!
Become More Organised
There is nothing more I hate in life than being in a rush! This year I’ve started a 2019 diary filling in dates I’m on holiday and when I have plans etc. I’ve also started hanging my clothes out ready for work on an evening ready for the following day and prepping my meals and snacks the night before. It feels so nice to have everything in order, I get such a buzz from not being in a state of stress before work every day like I used too.
Take Up Yoga
I’ve always wanted to try Yoga but never gotten round to taking it serious enough to find a local class and start it. I’ve found a class close to me and I’ve started watching YouTube videos for beginners. Yoga not only supports physical health but mental health too.
Keep Up With A Skincare Routine
Looking after your skin is SO important. About three months ago, I had a severe breakout due to changes in hormones! I’ve never suffered from bad skin until now and had no clue how to relieve the breakout until I put in place a specific routine with the correct products. I swear by Origins GinZing range which energizes, refreshes and restores skin radiance! In 2019 I’m going to continue to prioritize my skin!
Eat More Vegetables
I ate a lot of veg in 2018 to be fair but this is one eating habit I’m taking with me into 2019! Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories, they are also important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fibre, folate (folic acid), vitamin A, and vitamin C. Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke
Turn My Phone Off
I need a full digital detox! Learning to switch off my phone is something I need to be doing more off in 2019. I think I’m going to make a rule with my boyfriend to turn our phones off while we spend time together or after 8 pm or something like that and be 100% present with each other. Sometimes it’s good just to take a break from the world and live in the moment.
I’m the type of person who NEVER shuts up but barely talks about how I’m really feeling. I seem to have started to build up my problems and then just blow up when it all comes to a head resulting in stressing myself out. Talking more helps everything!
It’s recommended that adults should have between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best. Since getting a FitBit and being exposed to my sleeping patterns I was horrified at how bad I sleep at night, I’m SO restless! I get up on a weekday around 5:45 am so every second count’s for me, therefore I’m going to start going to bed earlier! When I get a good nights sleep I feel like a new woman.