Hands up who always starts the year with the intention of setting goals for their health, whether it's about losing weight, a detox after an indulgent Christmas and New Year, vow only to have salads or commit an unrealistic number of times at the gym? We’ve all been there.
There is no harm in wanting to refocus and wanting to set goals for a healthy diet and lifestyle in the new year, but most of us tend to set really big goals that aren’t sustainable and achievable.
Instead, could you embrace the idea of taking small imperfect and consistent actions that will get you much further in the course of the year than intensely doing too much in one month then absolutely nothing for the rest of the year. Just taking these small actions often result in more. That 1% daily adds up to a 365% change over a year right!
These small imperfect and consistent actions are what I like to call healthy habits, where you get back to basics and get that down pat first to achieve true wellness, longevity and vitality. These basics, like drinking water, sleeping enough hours, eating wholefoods are all things we know we need to do, but sometimes do not do them consistently instead preferring to reach for the shiny wellness gadgets that we think will help us get to our health and wellness goals quicker.
You see, often what you think is the easiest thing to do is also the easiest thing not to do.
So if you need to get back to basics, what do you need to look at?
The foundations of wellness
From here, building small healthy habits in each foundation that is stackable against something you are already doing in your day makes these habits much more achievable and sustainable. Here are my top six healthy habits to set yourself up for success right from the start of this journey that are impactful, easy, simple and fun!
What's one small basic thing you can start doing today to improve your health and wellness?
Today, I’m sharing my healthy ‘wellthy’ gift guide, a roundup of my 15 favourite wellness products that I personally use myself or is on my own wishlist!
Gifting anyone on your list or yourself health and wellness for the coming year is such an amazing way to show them how much you love and appreciate them.
Since wellness can take on so many forms, there’s no shortage of healthy gifts out there so to speak. This year’s TWK gift guide though isn’t just about a wellness trend, it’s about investing in your health and creating a new lifestyle set in healthy habits and the gifts to support it, making it easier for you or your loved ones to put themselves and their health and wellbeing first.
I am sure you have heard many people say ‘make sure to get your 7-8 hours of sleep each night’. The problem is that just doing that isn’t enough! You’re still waking up feeling tired, sluggish and frequently exhausted during the day, your mind is slow and foggy and you are unable to fall asleep at night even though you are exhausted.
Good sleep is not just about the number of hours you sleep but more about making the hours you do sleep a remarkably restful, restorative and rejuvenating sleep – a term called sleep efficiency.
Poor sleep efficiency does not just decrease your energy levels and increase daytime sleepiness and fatigue but also affects your immune system, stress hormones, metabolism, memory and mood. Studies have shown that even partial sleep deprivation has a significant effect on mood. Sleep does not only affect mood, but mood can also affect sleep. Can you relate to a time where you might have been more anxious than usual and found it hard to get to sleep at night?