5 Steps To a Healthier You

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You don’t need to wait for a new year to focus on being a healthier version of yourself, you can make the changes to your lifestyle right now.

Here are 5 great ideas to put into practice:

1. Eat More Plant-based Meals

An initiative launched over a decade ago by Paul, Maru and Stella McCartney – Meat Free Monday encourages people to incorporate more vegetarian meals in their diet.  But this isn’t about joining a celebrity fad, plant-based meals are actually very good for you! According to Harvard University, a Mediteranean style diet that features plant foods, with only a small amount of meat per week, is associated with longer life and reduced risk of several chronic illnesses.

2. Digital Detox

Exposure to blue light (from technology) can be detrimental to sleep and also our capacity to relax and in a world where many devices are part of our daily lives.  A digital detox means you will have more time to connect with loved ones without the interruption of social media. It can also reduce stress, increase rest and help with posture issues such as “text neck”.  Create a technology-free day for yourself and your family and establish a cut-off time at night so you can unwind.

3. Move Your Body

Movement can really improve mood.  Ever woke up in a funk, or had days full of irritation and stress?  Get that body moving. Whether you hit the gym or decide to do a home workout, moving your body will boost your vibe.  Not only will you get fitter and stronger, you’ll also feel less stressed and more productive throughout the rest of your day.

4. Sleep

For us mums, it can sometimes feel like we just never get enough sleep and that there is always something to get done before we can go to bed.  But, a good night’s rest is crucial to heal and detoxify the body as sleep is when your cells replenish and your brain resets.  

According to The Sleep Health Foundation, about 40 percent of Australians don’t get adequate sleep, despite sleep being more important than diet and exercise.  

Aim to get seven to nine hours sleep a night.  Reading, listening to a night meditation, limiting screen time 30-60 minutes before bed, or drinking chamomile or peppermint tea can help prepare you for a good night’s rest.

5. SCHEDULE “ME TIME”

‘Me time’ is so important as it’s an antidote to stress.  If your ‘me time’ always gets pushed aside, schedule it in your diary and honour that commitment.  Your time could be spent by doing something as simple as enjoying a coffee in the sun, or kicking back on the couch with a good book.

Enjoy your life and live it to its fullest. Now is always the best time to start taking care of yourself!

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