1. Prioritize sleep
Sleep is so often overlooked, but it’s a key pillar of health! Aim for 7-9 hours a night, and make sure you implement some pre-bed rituals to set you up for a night of solid, deep, restful sleep! Think things like switching off social media by 8pm and putting away your phone, having a relaxing bath with Epsom salts, and taking some time to breathe deeply before bed!
A good night’s sleep makes you feel so much more energised the following day, and is so important for your body to be able to restore itself and stay healthy! Don’t underestimate the power of sleep!
2. Take time for yourself
Every single day, make sure to take time out for yourself. Even if it’s taking five minutes to throw on a face mask, or a few deep breaths in the middle of your day.
This is so important for your mental health and happiness. In our busy lives, we often forget to take time out to check in with ourselves and give ourselves some love, so it’s time to really focus on this!
3. Focus on whole foods
Eating healthily doesn’t have to be super difficult! Simply focus on eating a diet rich in a diverse range of whole foods! This honestly makes a world of difference to your health and how you feel. Plant foods such as fruit and vegetables are so rich in vitamins and nutrients, so prioritising these foods will leave you feeling fantastic!
But don’t forget, there’s always space for indulgences too! Healthy eating is all about balance!
4. Limit your caffeine intake
Aim to have just one coffee per day, enjoyed before midday. While we all love a caffeine hit, excess amounts of caffeine can lead to an increase in cortisol levels (our stress hormone), sending our body into fight or flight mode!
Ever felt shaky, wired or unable to fall asleep after having too much coffee? Avoid this by sticking to just one per day, early in the day so it doesn’t impact your sleep!
5. Don’t overwork your body!
While I absolutely advocate moving your body every day in a way that you love, make sure to incorporate rest days and low intensity exercise into your weekly routine! Overworking your body and pushing it too hard just leads to injury, poor recovery, and high cortisol levels!
Make sure to listen to your body and be gentle with it! You don’t need to smash out high intensity exercise every day! Instead, focus on how exercise makes you FEEL!
6. Drink more water!
This is SO simple, but has such a huge impact on your health! Divide your weight in half and strive for this amount in ounces, at the minimum. It will help your digestion, metabolism, immune system…I could go on forever!
7. Prioritise your relationship with food and your body – you’ll have this for life!
This relationship is so so important! It has a huge impact on your happiness, and it’s something you have for life!
If you work on healing this relationship and developing a really positive attitude towards food and your body, you will maintain this forever, and be able to enjoy food (even indulgent treats!) without guilt, knowing they are fuelling your body in other ways! Take time to work on this, never underestimate the importance of a good relationship with yourself!