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My Top 3 Life Hacks to a Healthier, Happier Life

Updated: Aug 2

We often fall out of routine over the Summer and it’s easy to slip into bad habits. Now that September is here let’s take a look at how we can get back into good habits, and prioritise our wellbeing to achieve a happy and healthy life.

Here are my top 3 tips:

1. Prioritise SLEEP

2. Find an Exercise Activity You ENJOY

3. Fuel your SOUL

Prioritise SLEEP

This has been intuitive from a young age – from a child I could make the connection between waking up feeling rested and energised from a good night’s sleep vs feel groggy and lethargic after a bad one – and I knew which one I preferred! We’ve all heard the statistic that we need 8 hours sleep, but do we actually get that? Be protective of your time, schedule your 8 hours sleep in the diary and be strict with it. How many times do we get caught up in a Netflix series or Instagram scrolling when we really should be putting the technology down and getting some shut eye – your body will thank you in the morning.

Find an Exercise Activity You ENJOY

We all know the benefits of physical exercise, there is no denying its importance to keep us both physically and mentally well. However, just because someone tells you this, doesn’t always mean that it’s going to happen. No amount of enthusiasm is going to keep you doing an exercise that you don’t enjoy for a long period of time. For me, exercise is such a stress reliever, it’s part of my mindfulness practice. The key I’ve found is to find a sport or exercise that I enjoy – so that I look forward to it and make sure it’s in my schedule. Don’t be afraid to change it up, if an activity gets boring after a while, be proactive and find something else – maybe there’s a rock climbing wall down the road, or a rowing club you can join, don’t wait for opportunities to come to you – go find them.

FUEL Your Soul

Your mindset is impacted by external factors, surround yourself with people that fuel your soul, instead of those which feel draining. This is not restricted only to people you spend time with, but also content that you consume; for example podcasts you listen to, the shows you choose to watch on tv and the articles you read about online. You can tell the difference between an activity which fuels vs drains you, coming home from meeting a friend – do you feel uplifted and nourished or drained and exhausted. Choose wisely and surround yourself with those who lift you up.

If you are looking for a healthier, happier life, join me for the 10 Week Movement & Mindfulness Programme. A journey from stress and overwhelm to connection and calm, via yoga and mindfulness, for full details please visit Next programme starts 26th September.

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