For me, I always feel a sense of relief, when the second week of January is underway, there always feels like there's a lot of pressure to 'do' rather than simply 'be' (and we're called human beings for a reason, right?).
I always find the start of a New Year an odd one. In some ways, I see it as a way to reflect on the previous year and ask yourself if you need to make any changes in your life.
However, I believe every day, and, in fact, every moment, is a time you can start afresh.
You don't have to wait till January rolls around. If it does give you that extra boost, then great, but you can make changes to your life anytime.
I believe big lifestyle changes are BS (yes I said it). Who can suddenly eat three healthy meals a day, work out seven times a week and drink gallons of water? AND most importantly, make it a long-lasting, sustainable habit…
Last year, I read Atomic Habits by James Clear and decided there were goals I wanted to reach long-term but I couldn't keep consistent or stick to the changes.
So, from the basis of Clear's book, I've implemented my healthy habits by making them manageable (small and doable), I've nicknamed these micro-habits. Then, as Clear suggests 'stacking' them, which means slotting the desired habit into part of your already formed routine.
For example, before bed, I always get into my pjs, brush my teeth, and read. But I wanted better gum health and fewer breakouts, this meant I needed to start flossing and doing a skincare routine. So this is how my evening routine looks now: I get into my pjs, wash my face, put on a serum, brush my teeth, put on my moisturiser, floss, and get into bed with a good book.
It may sound like a lot more, but it probably only adds 2-3 minutes to my routine. Once you're in the habit of doing something, you don't even need to think about it, it almost becomes reflexive.
And to be honest, sometimes I don't feel like it. But I consider ‘future me’ and that 3 minutes now is worth huge long-term gain - clearer skin (more confidence) and better gums (no more irritation or pain).
I know how hard it is to start something new, let alone keep consistent, it's so difficult to motivate yourself when you really don't want to.
That's why in my NEW app there are 3 live yoga classes per week. When you join a group of people every week, it helps you stay accountable and fits into your evening routine. As soon as you notice the benefits, you won't want to skip them, even if you feel demotivated.
ALSO, you can stack the desk yoga videos into your routine, for example, every time you boil the kettle and do a 5-minute video, or join your Teams meeting (camera off!) 5 minutes early, or even at 3 pm every day, when you hit that mid-afternoon slump, take 10 minutes to energise with a meditation without even leaving your desk.
The possibilities are endless!
The app is already jam-packed with desk-based yoga, mat-based yoga and challenges, there are over 100 videos on there from 5 minutes to an hour, depending on your mood, location and needs.
What are you waiting for?
Make a long-lasting change today that future you will thank you for.
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