5 Ways to Reboot Your Life for 2018 and Start the Year Feeling Great!
There’s are a few things I’ve done and habits I’m going to try to keep up with throughout the year which I know help me feel more healthy, organised and less stressed – so I thought I’d do a post about them in case they could help you too!
- Monthly Digital Detox:
I don’t mean staying off my phone for a weekend, I’m talking about how we have so much online/digital clutter in our lives nowadays!
What with hundreds of junk emails, a ton of photos on our phones and online diaries to keep up with, I find digital stuff can so easily make you feel mentally cluttered.
I went through my emails and camera roll and had a damn good clear out over Christmas (I got rid of over 10,000 emails!!) and it felt so satisfying hitting that delete button.
- Habit – Now I’ve done the hard bit of having the huge clear out, I’ve set a recurring entry in my calendar for the end of each month to do a quick cull of emails and photos to help keep on top of things from now on.
- Healthy Eating – Meal Planning & Supplements:
I know pretty much everyone goes on a mad health kick in the New Year but I’m not doing that – it just sets me up for failure, I am however going to try and be more organised:
- Meal Planning.
I’m just as guilty as many with sporadic healthy eating, but the one thing I absolutely know helps me eat better is if I plan meals properly and have the right sort of things to hand when I get hungry. It’s when I’m starving and don’t have healthy snacks that I eat rubbish!
I find meal planning saves me time and money, as well as helping me stick to more healthy foods because if I keep popping out to the shops, I will usually end up buying things I don’t really need or shouldn’t really be having!
Habit: I’ve got a weekly planner desk pad where I put most of my to do lists for both work and home and I’m just going to start putting my meals at the bottom of it, so that during the week I don’t have to really think about what to cook… and if I plan it a week in advance, I will also know exactly what I need to buy when I do the food shopping.
I’ve created a simple Weekly Planner for you which you can download below:
I’ve been vegetarian for years so you would think I already eat plenty of vegetables, but where I’ve been so busy recently I’ve been eating a lot more veggie junk food than normal, like frozen sausages and burgers which you can just throw in the oven!
Also, although I didn’t go mad over Christmas, I ate quite alot of wheat which my tummy doesn’t like unfortunately, so I’ve started to feel really bloated and sluggish … so I’ve started having a Greens Powder recently, which has all sorts of plant goodness in it and gives you a good dose of nutrients without having to eat a load of extra veg (although I am going to do that as well!) and it has digestive enzymes which calm your tummy and flush out the toxins that cause bloating apparently – so that’s great news for me.
What I like the most about it, is it doesn’t taste bad! Its got a neutral flavour with a light hint of spinach if that makes sense – so I was very pleasantly surprised because I’m a real wimp with anything that tastes remotely ‘green’ and I’d tried a different green powder last year that had tasted so, so bad I just couldn’t stomach it at all!
I can drink this powder on its own with just water, no need to try to disguise it in a smoothie – but you can add the powder to one of those if you prefer!
Its got ginseng and green tea in it as well which is meant to give you a bit of extra energy and I’ve definitely been feeling a bit brighter and lighter since I started drinking it so I’m going to make it a regular thing.
I also have a few different vitamins/supplement tablets which I often forget about, so I’m also going to start having them again too.
- Habit: I’m having a Lean Greens drink after my breakfast each morning and I’ve set a daily alarm on my phone to remind me to take my vitamins at lunchtime.
I definitely find writing lists about the things I want do and achieve help me feel clearer, calmer and more positive.
I’ve got a nice new notebook (am a big stationery addict) and I’m going to jot things down in there as usual – but this year I’m going to set myself specific 3 monthly goals and revisit them at the end of each quarter because I find it’s so easy to just let things slide and lose focus when normal day-to-day life kicks in isnt it?!
Something else I saw a fellow blogger has been doing and thought was fun, is to make a seasonal bucket list i.e. a few things you want to do this spring, places you want to visit etc, so I’m going to give that a go and will be putting them in my book too.
Habit: I’ve written my first lot of goals and Winter bucket list, then set a quarterly reminder in my calendar to look at them to see how I’m getting on and then think up my next bucket list!
- Make Up:
Having a clutter free home helps my brain stay that way too!
I’ve got a ton of make up, but probably only use 10% of it on a regular basis. I keep everything in acrylic drawers and containers, so in theory it should be really well organised but the reality is it’s often in a jumble so I’ve gone through and had a good declutter!
I also got every single make up brush out and gave them a good clean. I know you’re meant to do it regularly but sometimes it’s a couple of months before I bother and they can harbour all sorts of bacteria that you then spread onto your face – grim!
Habit: Dare to delve to the bottom of that make up bag and clear out anything that’s out of date, falling apart or running out. Then give your brushes a good clean!
- Wardrobe Blitz!
Having a pile of clothes in chaos or a wardrobe full of stuff you don’t like or can’t wear just feels rubbish!
So following on from Makeup is my wardrobe and you might remember me writing about this last year – how I had a massive clear out and totally reorganised mine. I wrote a free download about that and how it helps you define your personal style.
It’s worked really well for me, so I only needed to have a minor tidy up – I had a small pile of stuff waiting to be folded up and put away that I’d been too lazy to deal with over Christmas.
So if you’d like to start 2018 off with all your lovely clothes sorted out (and space created for new things of course!) check out my free download that gives you some simple steps to make your wardrobe really work for you and your lifestyle. You can find it here:
And that’s it, personally I really don’t find it helpful to go too overboard with resolutions and tons of goals to try to achieve because it just puts me under pressure…. But by having the house well organised, a few basic routines set up and a regular clear out to keep on top of things throughout the year definitely feel happier and healthier !
What do you do to keep life in the control? Feel free to share any tips!
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