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12 TIPS FOR LONG TERM HEALTH & HAPPINESS
As a new year begins, our motivation is higher than ever to set new goals & reach them! January is typically treated as a month of restriction & unsustainable health goals. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s to undo, relearn many of our habits & to practice more self-love! Let’s flip the January narrative and instead of following the new year, new you mindset, adopt a mantra of: new year, healthier & happier you!
In 2021, learn to channel your motivations into more sustainable objectives, rather than goals that are not suitable in the long run and bad for your mental health. Instead of focusing on restriction, think of these tips as what you can do more of and have more of!
Here are 12 easy tips that actually work for long term health & happiness!
12 Healthy Tips for a Happier You
1. Eat 50% Veggies
Put more veggies on your plate, half of your plate should be brimming with veggies! Focus on whole foods, sustainably sourced & locally produced if possible. We like to follow the alkaline lifestyle, check it out here. Instead of narrowing in on what you cant have, focus on what you can have!
2. Be Good to Your Gut
For a better mood, better immunity & better digestion, give your gut a chance. 70% of your immune system lies in your gut and 95% of your serotonin is produced in your gut, learn to love it better here.
3. Be Present
Practice gratitude, consciously count your blessings & express your gratefulness. It’s good for the brain & soul by reducing stress held in the body. Mindfulness goes hand in hand with gratitude, turn inwards and be mindful of how you speak to yourself. This year, add in more time for yourself and your mental health. I discovered the free meditation app, Insight Timer this past year and it has been game changing for my stress & anxiety.
4. Be a Goal Getter
Do you make goals at the beginning of the year, but by February you’ve already lost sight of them? We’ve been there. This year, is going to be different. We’ve got the perfect guide to help you set & reach those goals, for good. You have to ask yourself a few questions to get to the core of your goals and the most sustainable way of reaching them. No matter how small or large your goal, remember to dig deep: get started here!
5. Hydration is Key
Drink more water, do it right now! Add some benefits to your water to spice it up. We love using the Curtonic Anti- Inflammatory Turmeric Tincture to boost our immunity one sip at a time. Staying hydrated is such an easy thing you can do for your body, don’t forget it!
6. Listen to Your Body
Don’t deprive yourself. If you’ve really got a craving for something indulgent, find a healthy substitute and listen to your body. If you’re craving chocolate, it means your body might be low in magnesium. Have some dark chocolate! Your cravings have an underlying message, pause before you indulge, and listen to what your body is asking you.
7. Get Your Beauty Rest
Sleep & do it well! Start small and then add more steps to your routine. Such as reading, meditating, sipping a calming tea, and diffusing sleepy time essential oils. Whatever works for you, build up to a routine that suits you best. Sleep is just as important as nutrition and movement, yet most of us prioritize it least. Remind yourself that your sleep is sacred. This is the year for more & better sleep!
8. Block out the Noise
Sit down to eat without your phone, no TV, no distractions. And whatever you do, don’t watch the news! When your mind is absorbing negative information, your body interprets it as a threat and goes into fight or flight mode, which will wreak havoc on your digestion and not to mention your mood. Be present when you’re fuelling your body! It will thank you by absorbing & digesting nutrients better.
9. Lush it Less
Limit alcohol consumption. Rather than doing a dry January, reduce your consumption to 1-2 days a week, so once February comes around you don’t over do it. But if you want to do a dry January, go for it! Do whatever works best for you. Keep in mind when you do opt for a glass, follow the 1 for 1 rule: one glass of wine, one glass of water. Your body will thank you in the morning…
10. Take a Break
Give yourself a break. Disconnect & be mindful of your social media consumption. Get that screen time down! Even though we’re past 2020, every year presents its own new challenges. When things feel out of control, finds ways to reconnect with yourself. I use this breathing exercise to ground myself: Inhale for 6 counts, hold for 4 and exhale for 8, continue for as long as you need. This year, find relaxation practices that truly bring you joy & remember, don’t be so hard on yourself!
11. Love Your Movement
Find an exercise that you love, do it daily & try to get some fresh air when you can. Whether its through a low intensity pilates class or high intensity workouts, to just walking your pup, move your body! This Express Arm Sculpt takes less than 15 minutes and is a great way to release tension in your body. After moving your body be sure to let it recover well with Nourishing Protein & thank it for how strong it is afterwards.
12. Normalize Emotions
This is the year to truly learn to feel your feelings. Don’t ignore or push them down, they will only cause more distress in the long term. Here’s how to feel your feelings: identify the emotion and where you feel it in your body, place your hand there and begin taking deep breaths. Try to understand the emotion, why it makes sense that you are feeling that way. Give yourself the compassion for experiencing this difficult emotion. Instead of saying “I’m sad” think of it as, “I have sadness in me”. This creates awareness and separation, you aren’t the emotion, you just experience it.
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