Our health’s so important, but as a parent with a whole lot going on it’s not something that I focus on. Life can get so busy, so it makes sense that we’re not usually our top priority.
This month though I’m making a commitment to myself to work on some healthy habits. I thought I’d share them with you and hopefully give you some ideas, as a reminder that you’ve gotta look after yourself too.
Wake up earlier
Such a simple idea but boy is it a struggle some days. When you have a toddler that’s teething, or something that you’re anxious about, sleep can be a hard thing to find and it makes waking up early that little bit harder. It doesn’t help when it’s so dark and cold either (thanks Winter!).
Here’s the thing though – once you start waking up earlier it becomes easier. The first few days are a struggle and you might wonder why you’re doing this, but I’ve found that getting up even half an hour earlier really helps my productivity. Today for example – as I’m writing this it’s 7am, I’ve put Ottilie back down for a snooze (fingers crossed!), and instead of catching an hour of sleep I’m up on my laptop writing and working through emails. If you struggle to find time in your day for a project or hobby you love, getting up early is the perfect way to squeeze it into your schedule.
Take better care of your skin
I used to be TERRIBLE for not taking my make-up off before going to sleep. I’d wake up in the morning with dull skin, smudges of mascara under my eyes and wonder why my skin was always awful but never made the commitment to that one simple task. Forget a skincare routine as well – the chances of a moisturiser or cleanser making it to my skin were almost zero.
Now I’m not that far into my healthy habits yet, but this is another one that’s having a huge impact for me. If you suffer with bad skin or maybe you’re struggling with your confidence in your appearance, try introducing a few small steps to take better care of your skin. That might be making a commitment to removing your make-up and applying a moisturiser before heading to bed, or even just drinking more water to keep your skin hydrated. I’ve found that this is a habit that can be quite fun too, and a great way to treat yourself to a bit of luxury by investing in a product that’s both great for your skin and makes you happy.
If you have a holy grail skincare product or routine I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
We all know that what we eat has a major impact on our physical health and fitness. It impacts the way you feel and your mental health too, so if you can commit to improving your diet it can do wonders for your everyday life and your future.
This habit will mean different things to different people. Whether you’re coming from a place of doing it to improve your health, reach a healthier weight goal, or maybe a lifestyle change, eating healthier can be as broad or as specific as you like. It might be that you want to introduce a better variety of fruits and vegetables to your diet, so you start making smoothies or exploring a local fruit market to see what’s available. Maybe you struggle with portion control and you want to commit to reducing your portion sizes as a first step. It doesn’t have to be a huge commitment – starting small is still starting.
This is a habit that I know is going to take me a while to adjust to. I have a terrible diet and there’s no overnight fix, but you know what that’s okay – some things do take time and it’s important to balance your physical health and your mental health too. I think that’s an important thing to remember, especially if you find yourself feeling guilty about indulging in a pizza with a movie or celebrating a little too hard at your best friend’s birthday party. Try to look at it on a bigger picture and commit to becoming healthier over weeks and months and it becomes much more manageable.
Prepare for the day or week ahead
I’ve found a big difference in how I feel about my day when I’ve spent some time planning it all out. Whether that’s making a to-do list the evening before or waking up early and just running through the day in my mind before everyone else wakes up, it definitely reduces my stress levels.
There are so many ways to get your life organised and preparing for tomorrow, or maybe the week ahead every Sunday evening, is a great way to feel more in control of your everyday life. It’s especially useful if you have children heading to nursery or school, because that morning rush is busy enough as it is – knowing that you’ve already prepared their uniforms or packed their bag takes one thing off your to-do list.
Try it this weekend – dedicate some time on Sunday to planning for your week ahead and let me know if it works for you!
Become more active
This ties into eating more healthily – we know that the two combined are what we should be aiming for to stay healthy and fit. Getting more exercise may seem obvious, but it’s something a lot of us don’t fit into our daily lives. There are lots of reasons why we might not be as active as we want to be – maybe we can’t find the time, have nothing to wear, no childcare, and so on. Sometimes it’s just not a priority – and that’s okay.
Joining a gym or exercising regularly might not be on your to-do list, BUT it’s still important to stay active. That might mean walking the school run once a week instead of driving, or taking regular breaks from your desk if you work in an office. I’m comfortable admitting that I definitely spend too much time sat down on the sofa or at my desk, which is why I’m committing to becoming more active. If you don’t do much exercise or it’s not an area you want to focus on right now, becoming more active is a great goal to work towards instead.
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What are your healthy habit commitments?
If you’ve been thinking about changing your lifestyle and making a commitment to yourself to become more healthy, I’d so encourage you to give it a go. Breaking down those big goals into smaller steps really does help, and holding yourself accountable gives you that motivation to keep going. Do it for YOU and to improve your physical health and fitness, or your mental health and happiness, or both.
I’d love to hear about your healthy habit goals in the comments – and think of this post as a reminder to take care of yourself and carve out some time in your week to improving your health and wellbeing, because you’re important!