A real good night’s rest is the ultimate means for ‘resetting’ your body (and mind) to full function, reducing cortisol levels and stress. Head to bed half an hour before you intend to sleep; the Sleep Council say '39% of people who are in the habit of reading before they go to sleep, sleep very well'. Try that. Then aim for 10 hours of shut eye. Bliss.
Yawn. I know, you hear it all the time. No committing to ‘eight extra glasses a day’, or tallying up your intake on a post-it. Just make it part of your routine. For me, a nice-looking water bottle was all I needed to keep me gulping the good stuff. Aside from the body-functioning-properly benefits, you’ll feel more awake and energised. I can confidently say we all need that right now. Fill up your bottle (the colder the better) and enjoy.
See, told you this would be easy. The simplest trick of all – heading outside. Sure, leaving Real Housewives for a burst of the outdoors can be tricky, but your soul will thank you for it. Staring at a computer screen all day long can cause eye strain (computer vision syndrome is a thing), and increased tiredness. Take an hour out of your day for a burst of fresh air, see your friends, chat with your mum, it can improve your mood and mental wellbeing.
Juice cleanse, no. Grapefruit diet, nada. No white carbs, behave yourself. The key to a healthy January is a happy one. Stop with the pressure, and eat what makes you feel good. If that’s kale, bonus. Important distinction here: if Dry January, Veganuary, or signing up to the gym, works for your mental health, do it! It’s the pressure of conforming to the trends of others that’s bad news for everyone.
Move about. Whether it’s to wake you up in the morning, or to escape your office desk (any excuse), a good old stretch decreases fatigue, and helps blood to move through the muscles. When you’re feeling physical or emotional stress (caused by things like no milk in the work fridge), stretching will relieve tensed-up muscles. My favourite? Stay seated, put your hands on your lower back and lean backwards. Hold it for five. Ahh.
Not necessarily every day. Not necessarily kind-words-spoken-to-a-mirror, or spending tons of cash. Just a treat. For me, that’s a gel manicure, or Facetiming my family for a really long time. For you it could be the same. Or binging Netflix. Or alphabetising a book collection. Or slathering on a facemask. Whatever it may be, take some time to do it, and enjoy an all-round cheerier start to 2019.
Six ‘detox’ ideas that don’t involve giving anything up this new year
This year, let’s think less about ‘giving up’, and more about embracing new stuff (not sipping cider vinegar). Simple things, like breathing in fresh genuine air, without the pressure of committing to ‘meditation’. A walk in the park vs. an hour sat in silence. A juicy glass of water vs. no wine for two months. ‘Detox’ gets your attention, but these six simple things will leave you feeling great.
By Rachel Spedding
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