THE WELLNESS SERIES: five healthy habits you don’t need to wait until the new year to start

Let’s cut through the crap.  I’ve been a bit indulgent and, with lack of a better word, lazy, of late.  Now that silly season has well and truly begun with all the madness that comes with it there are some habits that I’m dying to bring back to the daily routine to help keep the sanity.  So as much as this is for you, this is for me too – I need that kick in the butt to get back to good things.

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  1. Body brushing.  I LOVE body brushing but it’s one I’ll admit that I do not doing enough.  It’s so good to slough off your dead skin cells, move toxins through and out of the body and also minimises water retention and cellulite.  Time poor?  When body brushing, focus on the movement of the brush and the feeling on your skin, try not to think about the length of time it takes or what you have ahead of you in the day and you’re also doing a form of meditation.
  2. Meditation.  Another important healthy habit that neglect.  We all get so busy to the point where we feel we can’t fit the truly important things in, or rather our priorities of what is important are skewed.  I can tell when I have forgotten to meditate for a while, I’m on edge and restless even if nothing stressful has happened.  The recommended amount per day is 15 minutes but fitting in any time that you can each day has to be some sort of win.
  3. Exercise.  I have a love hate relationship with exercise.  I’ve had time off following surgery and even though I’ve enjoyed having an excuse not to, I know I need to get my butt into gear.  I live my summer in bikinis and ain’t nobody gonna like the jelly I’ll be rocking if I don’t start moving.
  4. Reading.  Reading provides so many benefits – it stimulates the mind, expands your vocabulary, reduces stress, builds knowledge and improves your memory.  I feel it also has another bonus unsubstantiated by research – it’s good for the wallet – the more time I spend reading, the less time I spend online shopping.
  5. Sleep.  Sleep used to take priority but lately everything seems more important.  Having a clean house, TV, vibing to music for an unreasonable amount of time, anything and everything seems to be more important than getting those 8-9 hours of shuteye.  Necessary to recharge the batteries to face another day, focus on getting the rest you need.

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