5 Ways To Start 2020 & How To Incorporate These Habits
A new year always brings a feeling of a fresh start. We often feel more motivated and inspired this time of year, so, while these feelings are high, why not start the year with a change in mindset to help you have a clear vision of the intentions and goals you want to set up for 2020. Use these 5 ways to start 2020 as a roadmap to set yourself up for more health, happiness, clarity, and fulfillment.
1. Create a healthy morning routine
I’m a huge believer in morning routines. How you start your day matters. Choose ONLY feel-good things in the morning – movement, meditation/journaling, eating a low sugar high protein breakfast, not looking at social media, or checking emails before breakfast. Allow this time of day to set you up mentally, so you FEEL good, focused, energized and balanced.
Activity: Create some healthy morning rituals to help you shape your day.
2. Move your body
Make this a commitment to yourself! You don’t need a fancy gym membership to achieve this. Just focus on moving your body daily, ideally in the morning. Research has shown a positive impact on mental health exercising first thing in the morning has. Even if it’s just 20 minutes, go for a walk, jog, or do some yoga or stretching in your living room. You’ll never regret it!
Activity: turn on some fun music and get your blood pumping and flowing.
Write a list of boundaries that you will not tolerate this year, or write a list of things that you know don’t serve you and stick them on a mirror or your refrigerator. This could be: not checking your phone first thing upon waking, not checking your emails before breakfast, eating lunch and dinner at a table (away from technology/distractions), taking a lunch break daily, committing time to communicate with your partner daily, moving your body for 20 minutes every morning, eating a protein rich breakfast daily.
Activity: write down a list of things you will no longer tolerate this year.
4. Create a healthy sleep routine
If you don’t already, start to prioritize sleep like your life depends on it, because it actually does. Research shows we need at least 7-8 hours of good quality sleep daily to function at our best mentally and physically. Remember, lack of sleep can contribute to a wide variety of health struggles like weight gain, hormonal imbalances, low energy, increase cravings, mood changes, increased inflammation, forgetfulness.
Activity: Set a “get into bed” time, put a reminder on your phone about this if you have too to ensure you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
5. Schedule in 10-15 minutes daily to yourself
Whether that is to meditate, journal, manifest, read, take a bath, go for a walk around the block. This time is essential to help you slow down, clear your mind, be in the present moment.
Activity: Get out your phone or diary, find a time of day where you can commit to 10-15 minutes for yourself, diarize it. This could be waking up 10 minutes earlier than normal, when you get home from work or before bed.
I hope you all have a wonderful 2020! If you want to take your health to the next level, learn how to eat for your body, get over bloating, constipation or any gut-based issues, increase energy levels, reduce sugar cravings and balance blood sugar, this is your calling – get in touch with me today to find how how I can help you, or book in a consultation right now. There is no time like the present to get on top of your health. I’ll give you the tools to take charge of your health and educate, motivate and inspire you about how to live your best life.
Hi I’m Natalie, a Registered Clinical Nutritionist, health influencer, blog writer & recipe creator. My own health complications prompted me to make positive diet & lifestyle changes, revitalize my health leading to a career change from the corporate world to nutritional medicine. I believe in a wholefoods approach to good health, focusing on simple strategies for modern, busy people.