So the end of January is here, the first month of 2018 is over, 11 months left of the year to create and maintain the best version of you that you can achieve. Here’s a list of things that you might have in mind or just to think about when building yourself up…This post is just to highlight the different things we can all do to improve our health – emotionally and physically. Here’s a few ideas that might help:
Foods you eat (balanced diet)
Trying to maintain a healthy balanced diet; including elements from all of the food groups and trying to stick to set meals and meal times. Some tips from NHS and the government: 1. Eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables a day, 2. Base meals on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates. Choose wholegrain where possible. 3. Have some dairy or dairy alternatives (such as soya drinks and yoghurts). Choose lower-fat and lower-sugar options. 4. Eat some beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other protein. Aim for at least two portions of fish every week – one of which should be oily, such as salmon or mackerel. 5. Choose unsaturated oils and spreads and eat in small amounts. 6. Eat foods high in fat, salt and sugar less often and in small amounts. 7. Drink plenty of fluids – the government recommends 6-8 cups/glasses a day.
These tips will hopefully help me out a lot as I am not the best at forming balanced meals.
Lifestyle choices you make (daily choices, goals, ambition, motivation)
I consider myself to generally be quite a positive person but I do have a lot of struggle motivating myself to do things e.g; work, go gym, tidy up my room etc but if we can all increase our motivation and ambition then we might find doing things easier. I’ll hopefully be doing a post soon on All things positivity, goals and mindset which will include all the daily choices we make to better ourselves.
Exercise Habits (gym, running, dancing)
I am quite an active person (studying dance and all) however I do like to try different types of exercise e.g. Gym, Running, Yoga etc something that isn’t my norm. NHS say the average 20 year old should do “at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or brisk walking every week” OR “75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, such as running or a game of singles tennis every week” AND “strength exercises on two or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms)”
Supplements you take (vitamins, dietary supplements, amino acids)
I personally don’t take any supplements however I have used Berocca before and have seen the benefits but I have a mindset of not trying to rely on the things I take alongside my daily routine. I do need to do a lot more research into these type of boosters as I feel I could benefit using them.
Habits or routines that lead to your emotional well-being (self care, mindfulness)
Recently I’ve been really getting into the idea of mindfulness and self care rituals and routines that I’ll take time out of my week to complete in order to recenter and freshen myself up.
I’m making a conscious effort this year to reinvent myself and become the best version of myself I can be, what about you?
Thanks for reading!