As long as I can remember I’ve always had busy days juggling work, children, study, the housework, food shopping, and a multitude of other errands that us parents have to do just to keep on top of things. Over the summer the amount of jobs and endless tasks that we normally have to do usually gets reduced because we’re off work and we don’t have to adopt the same routine that we normally do, however in addition to that, the whole family have been keeping fit, eating much healthier, drinking more water, and getting the sleep that we all need. I must admit the sleep that we’ve been getting has been usually well into the morning as we’ve been staying up late playing games and generally just enjoying one each others company.
But now we’re back to it I knew that in order to maintain a healthier lifestyle we needed to adopt new habits and routines. This meant to going to bed earlier and getting up earlier. For the first few days back at work I fell into bad habits, I skipped lunch because I was busy attending meetings and instead filled up on sweets and cakes from our shelf of shame. As a result of it, I started feeling tired my skin started getting a spotty again and I knew this was as a result of the food I was eating and the lifestyle had fallen back into. I knew this because over the summer my skin had been clear and I felt like I had lots of energy.
A few days into this I knew and needed to make a sustainable change so I started going to bed earlier and was asleep by 10 p.m. and was working early with our puppy usually from about 5 a.m. onwards. So I flipped my day upside-down and instead of going to bed late early and I was able to go for a walk with our dog if I had a little more energy and I was able to have a healthy breakfast starting the day as I had done on holiday. On holiday you have a lot more time to do things like this and you can take things at your own pace but obviously I’m not going to have a lifetime of being on holiday so I needed to find ways to be able to sustain these new lifestyle habits. One month in and I’m still adopting these habits and I’m reaping the rewards my energy levels are much higher, I feel more alert and awake and I feel proud of the achievements that I’m making everyday. I’m also taking the time to be healthier by exercising, nothing too strenuous, but anything is better than nothing.
So if you’re ready to make some lifestyle changes can I encourage you you to take five simple steps and I promise you you will reap the rewards;
1) Drink plenty of water throughout the day – it sounds like a cliche but I’m now having between 2 to 3 litres of water a day and I’m feeling the positive benefits. My skin is clearer, my eyes look healthier, and I have more energy.
2) To go to bed early – For me, I need to be asleep at 10 p.m. in order to be able to maintain this healthy lifestyle but I’d rather be up early because I can get some jobs done and get ahead of the day. Sometimes I answer a few emails or do some exercise, you can do whatever it is you want to but take some time for you too. It’s a great time of day to meditate because everything is silent, the house is quiet and the tribe are still in bed.
3) Fit in some exercise within your week – ideally it’s recommended about three times a week but I’m trying to do something daily even if it’s just a walk with the dog or perhaps a slow jog or even just a little yoga to stretch out my body and I feel so much better as a result of it.
4) Eat your five a day – the experts now say that in order to support a healthy lifestyle we should be eating 7 pieces of fruit and veg a day. I have been trying hard to do this, especially for the boys but I know I’m guilty of not completing the task every day. Though, I know that when we all do eat our 5(or 7) a day, we feel much better for it.
5) Be good to yourself and do all of the things that you enjoy – after all life is too short to be anything but happy!
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