1. Have more “me time”
Sometimes get so wrapped up in the day-to-day we forget to do things for ourselves. Remember to take some time for yourself, whether that’s to read a book, go for a walk or take up a hobby. You’ll feel much happier having had that “me time”.
I bet you made a New Years Resolution to be healthier and get moving more to shed that unwanted weight? Have you already broken those goals and it’s only Feb? Well it’s not to late to start over, we’re only human and slip up from time-to-time but its important to brush yourself off and continue moving forward with your goals.
The thought of exercise can be daunting, sometimes it feels like a chore! Take the time to plan in your weekly workouts, realistically you only need to exercise 3/4 times per week which doesn’t take up a lot of time. Aside from weekly fitness I try to stay active each day, whether that be taking the stairs instead of using the lift or walking to the shop rather than driving. Little things can make a huge impact overtime.
If you want to get more active but hate the sight of gyms like me, give another activity ago. I took up Pole Dancing as it’s great way to stay fit. So many people are realising the benefits of pole fitness, why not give it a go? You may love it!
3. Save money
We all say that we’re going to save a few hundred each month but somehow we spend our money on clothes, food and random bits and bobs. If you don’t have anything to save for it’s easy to think you don’t need to put anything away. The best way I’ve found to save is to set up a savings account and have a direct debit each month, set a minimum to go in and at the end of the month if you still have money in your account transfer the remainder over.
If you’re extremely bad at saving you could open a locked savings account, these accounts can be locked from 6 months to 5 years I believe. You’re unable to withdraw during this time and you gain interest on your money.
4. Disconnect from technology
We’re surrounded by technology 24/7 especially if like me you have a desk job, sometimes it’s good to disconnect for a day or even a few hours. Put your phone down and have a conversation face-to-face instead of over text.
Travelling is one of my favourite things to do, exploring new and wonderful places while experiencing new cultures, what could be better? I have so many plans to travel from South East Asia, Canada, America, the list goes on and on! I know it’s a cliche to say that travelling changes you but it can have a huge impact on how you see the world afterwards.
Book a plane ticket and get yourself somewhere you haven’t been before, enjoy a new experience and love the adventure. I went travelling for a year to Australia, New Zealand and The Philippines. What an amazing experience it was, I learnt so much about myself and different cultures. It’s an experience I intend to repeat.
6. Learn to love your body
I rarely hear people speak positively about their body, mainly focusing on all the aspects they consider “wrong” or “ugly”. I’m not going to lie, I was like this but now I’ve come to appreciate and love my body. Let’s face it, you’re going to be in your body for your entire life (without the use of plastic surgery, of course), why not learn to love it?
I find most women complain about their weight, if you don’t feel comfortable, change something. Focus on what you’re eating and introduce (if you haven’t already) a fitness routine. Making small changes to your lifestyle can have a huge impact on the way you feel on the inside and outside.
7. Understand what you’re putting in your body
Healthy eating … a subject so many claim to know about yet barely understand what it is. I’m no expert but I know the basics. Eating healthy is fairly simple, avoid anything processed, use alternatives such as coconut oil instead of olive oil for cooking and prepare your meals for lunch at work, that way you know exactly what ingredient are included.
Last week was the start of lent for which I have given up chocolate and sweet things, so far I don’t have any strong cravings but I’m only on day 5! If you want to stop a bad eating habit why not give it up for lent? It’s not too late to start.
8. Stop chain watching Netflix
I’m guilty of this, I love a Saturday afternoon Netflix marathon but I’ve had a realisation that I’m being extremely unproductive. Get up have a shower, get dressed and do something. Whether that be to read a book and education yourself or to go out and spend some time with family and friends.
9. Learn something new
Have you ever had ambitions to learn to play the piano or perhaps a new language? Well, just do it. Last year I was inspired to learn French, I enrolled on a night class and studied for 10 weeks. I learnt so much and was able to string sentences together and have small conversations.
These days there are courses for everything, have a Google search for something of interest and see what local colleges and Universities have to offer. You may be surprised how much you enjoy it.
10. De-clutter your life
I recently had a big clear-out due to moving house and had a realisation that I own way to much stuff! Why do I need 10 photo frames, 4 vases and 5 canvases for a bedroom?! After I’d finished going through everything I managed to get rid of 35KG of clothing and 5 bin bags of old books, toys and other odd bits.
Have a look around your house and see what you haven’t used in the past 6 months (Obviously I don’t mean all your decorative belongings, I mean things you have no use for) put it in a bag and donate to charity. You’re doing a good deed while de-cluttering! You’ll feel amazing getting rid of unless items, I know I did!