Spring is here, which means brighter mornings, warmer days and some fresh energy. This is the perfect time of year to change-up your daily routine with some new healthy habits. We might be in the final quarter of the year, but there’s still time to make a real difference to how your 2016 shapes up.
Wellness can be a pretty overwhelming topic – we get that. From the latest superfoods you should be eating and hippest workout trends, to the advice from experts which changes every day… staying on top of it all can seem impossible. But it doesn’t need to be so complicated. Sometimes, the smallest adjustments to your day-to-day habits can make a huge impact on your wellbeing.
Here’s some of our favourite positively simple ways to step up your wellness game:
Take it outside.
Whether it’s a morning walk to the train station, or taking your lunch outside, getting at least a few minutes of fresh air each day will boost your mood and relieve stress. Plus, those valuable rays of sunshine will give your body a dose of Vitamin D that it probably hasn’t had for few months!
Make it simple: Incorporate a 15-20min walk into your morning or evening commute – but don’t forget the SPF, even on cloudy days. Check out Eco Tan’s range of natural, organic sunscreens.
The colder months can wreak havoc on our skin, hair and nails, so now is the time to think about giving back to your body with some vital nourishment. But we’re not talking about a day at the spa: there are plenty of easy, at-home care routines that you can try.
Make it simple: Try dry brushing for 10mins before your morning or evening shower to increase circulation, promote detoxification and slough-off that dry winter skin.
Eat more fibre.
Fibre is hugely important to a healthy diet – and most of us aren’t getting enough. Make an effort to get your daily serve of fibre (about 25g) to promote heart health and digestion, as well as keeping you full of energy and less likely to reach for that tasty (but naughty) 3 pm snack.
Make it simple: Try adding chia to your breakfast smoothie or sprinkle into your lunch salad – one Chia Booster provides 6g of fibre.
Drink more water.
It’s nothing new, but water is a health essential. Getting between 1.5-2 litres per day will make an enormous impact on your digestion, skin, hair, energy levels, metabolism… the list goes on.
Make it simple: Invest in a quality water flask and try adding fruit and herbs to make drinking water more fun! We love Fressko’s beautiful fruit-infuser water bottles, pictured here with watermelon and rosemary. This clever thermos will keep your fruit water cold in summer, and fruit teas hot in winter.
There’s a good reason why some of the world’s most successful companies include mindfulness in their employee wellness programs: it has been scientifically proven to increase productivity, reduce stress, and provide a long list of emotional and mental health benefits.
Make it simple: Incorporate just 10mins of mindfulness practice a day, and you will notice the benefits almost instantly. There are plenty of excellent, free online guides available to help you on your way – the Headspace app is one of our favourites.