And so, another year begins. Another 365 days of life. There will be moments of happiness, sadness, frustration, anxiety, boredom, nothingness, excitement, jealously and all the other feelings we feel from day-to-day. Whilst navigating these day-to-day feelings, many of us are trying to achieve greater ‘satisfaction’, ‘happiness’ and ‘success’ in a world that is rather topsy-turvy.
At the start of the New Year, many people dedicate some time to think about what they hope the following year will bring.
More often than not, on most peoples ‘resolution list’ there will be things like ‘getting a little healthier’ and ‘not being as stressed’. Now, these are all great things to aspire to, but exactly how do we achieve them?
The catch-cry to my blog, and the way I feel about life in general, is that ‘making small changes in our lives can make a big difference to our health and well being’. Just imagine, if we could all make and maintain one small change to our life for each month in 2018.
This year, I am hoping to regularly blog some ‘small changes’ ideas that can be incorporated into various aspects of our daily lives . Many of these ideas may not interest you or be applicable to you … but then …. they might ….
So, for the beginning of 2018, a few small changes ideas, for improved health …
1. Taking a little more time out for you – an extra 60 minutes each week of dedicated ‘me’ time.
- So this means, if you currently don’t dedicate any time to yourself each week, you now have an hour each week of “you-time”!
- This is your time to do whatever it is that helps you to relax and feel a little more grounded.
- For example, reading a book, going for a walk, visiting a local park, having a coffee with a friend, doing yoga, going for a bike ride, phoning a friend to catch-up.
- If you have young children and find it hard to achieve this, organise this ahead of time with your partner/friend/grandparent.
2. Eat more vegies – Incorporate one more vegetable-based meal into your weekly menu
- For example, an easy stir fry, salad, dahl or soup.
- Fresh is most definitely best for our bodies, and incorporating fresh and seasonal vegetables into our diet can improve our health.
3. Be physically active for an extra 30 minutes each week (ie. one more day of exercise than you are currently doing)
- Our bodies are meant to move to keep our energy and blood flowing. Too much sedentary time leads to things in our bodies getting ‘stuck’ (both emotionally and physically).
- Remember being physically active doesn’t have to mean jogging or going to the gym. It can mean swimming, playing sport with your kids, walking on the beach, yoga, bike riding, and so on.
4. Technology time-out
- Many of us spend a fair bit of time scrolling through social media, news websites, or blogs on our phones/tablets. Whilst it can be fun and interesting, it can also not be great for our mental health.
- Some ideas for technology time-out
- Having a technology-free day each weekend.
- Cutting down your time on technology by ½ an hour each day (this may also help in achieving small change # 1 and #2!).
- Don’t take technology into your bedroom at night.
Until next time ….
Yours in good health,