January has rolled around, which means you can finally take a breath after the holiday madness.
That’s not to say December isn’t great, but it’s no secret that things can get a little crazy, from last minute Christmas shopping to ensuring the Christmas dinner is ready on time for all your guests.
Late nights, comfort eating, and one too many cocktails can all take their toll, so don’t be surprised if you’re feeling a little sluggish right now.
The good news is that with a few lifestyle and mindset changes, you can easily get back on track and start to feel healthier, more energized and happier than you’ve ever felt! Make 2019 your year to shine!
In this this article we’ll touch on our top daily habits that can really transform your life and help you recuperate and re-energize after a hectic festive season.
Step 1: Mental health is just as important as physical health
There’s so much focus on being physically fit: just take a scroll through #fitfam on Instagram and you’ll see all the posed photos in the gym. But what about what’s going on in your mind every day?
Our internal dialogue can really dictate our life and how we feel every day. Our thoughts are what shape our mood after all. Doubts can creep in, even when you think you’re at your best. So, how do you stop those negative thoughts from sneaking in?
By making it a priority to focus on your mental well-being this year, along with your physical well-being, so you can feel good, instead of just looking good.
Check out these books geared toward helping you improve your mental health and lifting your spirits so you can stop worrying about money and other common worries, and start focusing on what’s really important.
Step 2: Clean up your diet
Happiness starts from within. Literally!
Every single thing you eat has an impact on your mood, either positively or negatively depending on your food of choice.
Inflammatory foods will reduce good bacteria in your gut, which will lower serotonin and dopamine levels, which are the happy chemicals in your brain.
Fresh, antioxidant-rich and nutritious foods on the other hand, like leafy greens and healthy fats, will help to flush toxins from your system, reduce internal inflammation and boost your mood.
Give it enough time and soon you’ll start to feel like a whole new person!
Step 3: Treat yourself to a spa day at home
Take one day a week (Sundays are often popular, but choose any day that works best for you) and treat yourself to an at-home spa day.
If you don’t have time, even just indulging in an ultra-moisturizing body butter, like the range of scented and unscented body butters from CaLoveCo., or soaking in the tub for a few extra minutes can go a long way toward helping you to chill out and reduce stress.
Be sure to choose all natural products, like ours, so you don’t have to worry about exposure to toxins and can rest assured that your skin is being infused with real nutrients for healthy, glowing skin!
Step 4: Don’t feel guilty for saying no
Sometimes we try to say yes to everything that comes our way, without stopping to think that we aren’t superheros and as human beings, we have a limit as to how much we can realistically take on.
When we try to take on every task that comes our way, we put ourselves at risk for burnout, which can then result in anxiety, increased stress and even depression.
It’s important to learn to say no, without feeling guilty. If saying no is hard for you, as it is for most of us, here are some steps you can take to strengthen your “no muscle.”
Your mental health is precious, so be sure to nurture it and give yourself the love and attention you absolutely deserve.
Step 5: Step out of your comfort zone and say yes to new opportunities
It’s just as important to say yes in the right circumstances as it is to say no in situations that will not serve you.
Often we let fear take hold and stop us from saying yes to things we really want to do. We are afraid to step out of our comfort zones, but that’s where true growth and incredible opportunities lie.
Don’t put up walls in your mind to stop yourself from doing the things you are passionate about. Remember, at the end of the day, you are your own worst enemy. So, try and start breaking down the roadblocks you have erected by saying yes a little more often. If you need a little help getting started, take a look at these five steps to breaking free of comfort zones.
We hope this article has inspired you to take charge of your overall well-being so you can enjoy your best year yet!
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