Happy New Year lovely people, we trust this finds you all feeling upbeat and rested? Here in the UK, unless you’ve had your eyes and ears closed for the last week or so, you cannot fail to have been bombarded on all fronts by all sorts of detoxes/ diets/ cleanses/ fasts/ body blasting/ gym bunny/ ab revealing shenanigans which seem to have been devised to make you feel rubbish about yourself and a total failure. Often this advice doesn’t even come from nutritionists or qualified PT instructors but the fact that some vague celeb loosely ‘endorses’ it means it must be ace…err, sorry but no. This time last year, we wrote about our feelings on this very topic and infact re-posted our thoughts earlier this month. (http://t.co/SfaNiGtu5j) So, we are going to buck the trend and publish a little manifesto for 2015. Here we go, in no particular order…
- Everyday is a fresh start, so start it with a purpose, even if that purpose is simply to not hit ‘snooze’ or drink an entire mug of tea whilst it’s hot!
- All bodies are good bodies, look after yours, treat it with kindness, nourish it well and it will look after you: you’re pretty amazing, don’t forget that.
- Move your body daily, doesn’t have to be a workout, just get out and fill your lungs with fresh air with the added bonus that it will clear your head too. Choose an exercise format you actually enjoy so that you look forward to it rather than dreading it.
- Focus on the good, positivity shines out and rubs off on others: ditch the draining negative vibes.
- Look for the good in others, chuck those compliments around like confetti, everyone needs a lift sometimes.
- Laugh and smile more – it’s the cheapest medicine (cheesy but true, try it).
- Ask for, and offer, help. You may be wonder woman, but even she needs a hand some days. It’s not a sign of weakness, it’s the polar opposite.
- Learn to say no. Don’t be swayed, if you can’t or don’t want to do something, say so: you do not have to justify yourself, you’re a grown up.
- Cherish your family and friends, an unexpected ‘hello’ text will always bring a smile here, try it, it’s lovely to know someone is thinking of you.
- Always make time for those who make you feel happy to be alive and are always there when you need picking up off the floor and cheering up.
- Enjoy the small things like cuddles, good coffee, sunshine, good books, a leisurely soak, an awesome workout…
- While we love a list here, planning can only take you so far (or waste so much time if you are in full on procrastination mode – coloured pens anyone?!): planning is only effective if it is combined with actually doing!
- Make time for yourself: it’s not selfish, it is essential. Choose your ‘recharge’ and action it: reading, yoga, a long bath, a run, crafty pursuits, music….
- Don’t compare yourself to others, especially online – it’s all curated! Everyone has foibles and down days, we are unique, embrace your individuality.
- Go on adventures – not necessarily to far flung places, take yourself back to being a child by exploring your local countryside, reengage with nature, use your imagination.
- Be grateful for what you have: we all have moments of green eyed envy, but flick on the news and be thankful for the troubles you don’t have.
We would really love your feedback on this – it’s always good to share – will you be taking stock and trying some of these suggestions out? Do you have some you think we should add? Let us know!