It seems like every year at this time, we are inundated with New Year’s resolution plugs and motivational quotes that will inspire us to become a better version of ourselves for each passing year.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the feeling of a clean slate; a fresh 12 months ahead to dream big and kick some major butt in the life-goals department. But, the idea of a massive overhaul seems so unrealistic. No wonder so many people fail at their New Year’s resolutions in the first month!
This parody video is hilarious and proves my point exactly!
So, I wanted to share just a few simple tweaks you can make each day to boost your health and happiness. Done consistently over time, these steps will help amplify your overall wellness and see you obtain your optimal health.
5 SIMPLE STEPS TO A HEALTHIER 2016
- Drink Smarter :: Rather than being intimated about chugging back 8 glasses a day, start simply. Begin each morning with a mug of warm water and lemon. I like to use a drop of Lemon essential oil* in my water for its purifying and cleansing properties.When you go out for a morning coffee, order a glass of water as well so you can sip on it after your coffee. As much as I love my coffee, it is super dehydrating for our bodies. So, replacing with water is key. Or how about when you want some juice, dilute half the glass with cold water instead. I find it’s still nice and tangy, almost more bearable than the sugar rush of a full glass of OJ.When I’m out and about running errands, I always take a full water bottle with me to sip on. I don’t recommend using the generic plastic bottles from the supermarket as the plastic isn’t doing your body any favors. Buy yourself a cute reusable bottle that is easily portable and fun to drink from!
- C.C.C. It :: When you have a negative thought or complaint run through your head, Catch It, Challenge It and Change It! Our thoughts create our reality, so it’s empowering to become the master of your own thoughts. Rather than viewing life through a pessimistic or skeptical lens, change your view and live from a place of gratitude and thankfulness first. I recently saw a post from author Elizabeth Gilbert about the Gratitude Jar. Liz has a large clear jar that she keeps in her living room next to a notepad and pen. Every evening before bed, she writes down the best thing about that day—maybe an experience that brought her joy, something she is grateful for or a person that touched her that day. Then, at the end of the year, she goes back through and reads all the beautiful memories of that year. What an amazing idea, yet how long does it take to jot down a quick sentence? Definitely something I want to implement this year!
- Move More :: I’ll be honest with you. I have an infant which means I don’t have a lot of spare time on my hands. Which then equates to the fact that I don’t get out and exercise very often. Yeah, yeah we all hear, “just set aside 10 minutes a day”. But sometimes I can’t even find 10 minutes to dedicate to structured exercise. So, rather than throwing in the towel all together, why not move your body more incidentally. Take the stairs rather than the escalator, park a few yards further from the entrance of the store, take the dog out to pee and walk around the yard while he ‘does his business’. All these little instances of movement add up and your body will feel better for it.
- Eat More Color :: We all know fruits and veggies are healthy options for our diet, but how many times is it easier (and tastier) to reach for the chips and dip or granola bar? The Western diet is hugely lacking in ample fruit and vegetables. Colorful foods are extremely high in antioxidants and vitamins our bodies need to thrive. Rather than getting bogged down with “needing 2 – 5 servings” just start simply. Walk the outer rim of the grocery store first and fill your cart with some produce that catches your eye. Having it in the house is half the battle won! Some of my favorite snacks are built from fruit and veggies: apple and nut butter, carrots and hummus, berries and greek yogurt, celery and cottage cheese, cherries and dark chocolate. Fruit and veggies are extremely hydrating, which will also help you achieve step #1!
- Add 15 :: Take fifteen minutes from the end of the day that you usually spend watching mindless TV or browsing Facebook and swap it for sleep. Many of us are sleep deprived or lacking adequate rest. Now, I know from personal experience that it’s not always that easy to sleep when you want (eh em, I’ve yet to sleep through the night in the 6 months Rafe has been here on Earth!) But, going to bed just that little bit earlier will ensure that your body is winding down for a good quality snooze. After a few weeks of your new bedtime, then try moving it forward another 15 minutes until you are sleeping at least 8 hours a night. If you have trouble switching off the brain chatter or staying asleep at night, there are some beautiful, calming essential oils to help facilitate restful sleep. I love massaging Cedarwood, Lavender and the Calming Blend on the soles of my feet and over my heart before I fall asleep. I give my baby, Rafe, a nightly massage using these oils to promote good sleepy vibes!
So, there you have it. My 5 simple steps to a healthier, more balanced YOU! I’d love to hear in the comments what you think of my suggestions. Or maybe you have some simple steps to add to the list!
Here’s to an amazing year ahead,
- Please note that not all essential oils are created equally. If you want to learn more about the brand I personally use and trust, shoot me an email and we’ll chat!