And so, the adventure begins
Happy New Year! we hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to all that 2016 has in store… we know we are! And so, our adventure begins once more. And what better way to start the year than with a good old clean up? Let’s revamp your body, mind and soul. Let’s create new paths to travel down. Let’s clean up for the new year!
Clean your body…
Chances are, you succumbed to the odd treat over the festive period. And why not? We’re all human and we all deserve a blow out now and then. But if you’re anything like the majority of the population right now, you might be wishing you hadn’t! But don’t fret over it. Draw a line under the past, and make TODAY the day you change it all. There is no need to ‘detox’ either (unless you want to) as even little changes can make a difference. Start with:
- Dropping the sugar from your cup of tea.
- Swapping sugary sweets and cakes for healthier alternatives. Snack on nuts and fruit instead.
- Drink more water.
- Get out and get moving more.
Remember that what you put into your body shows on the outside too, so if you’re feeling less than your best now is the time to put that right.
Treat yourself. All those late nights and lazy mornings are hard to get out of once work starts back again after Christmas, and sometimes it can be a struggle getting back into the swing of things. So be kind to yourself! Take a long bath, apply a deep conditioning mask to your hair, and maybe book yourself in for a manicure. Here are our top three pamper session ideas for the new year:
- Soothing foot soak. Your feet are often the last thing you take care of, but winter can be really harsh on your toes. Treat yourself to a soothing foot soak with 400g epsom salts, 65g bicarbonate of soda, and the zest of one lime. You can also add 3-4 drops of peppermint essential oil. Combine all ingredients together and add a spoonful or two to warm water as and when needed. Bliss!
- Coconut hair mask. You know we love coconut! Combine 6 tablespoons coconut oil (melted) with 1 tablespoon of honey and mix well. Apply to the hair and leave for 15-20 minutes. Rinse well and wash as normal.
- Lip scrub. Your poor chapped lips will love you for this! Mix half a teaspoon olive oil with half a teaspoon granulated sugar in a bowl. Then add a drop of vanilla extract and mix well. Apply to the lips and gently exfoliate for a few minutes. Hello super soft lips! Finish with a soothing lip balm.
Clean your mind
Meditation is wonderful for de-stressing and finding inner peace, but it’s not everybody’s cup of tea. Find something that helps YOU to relax, and rid your mind of the day to day grind. This time just after Christmas is the perfect time to establish new relaxing routines that will see you through the rest of winter. Whether it is an adult colouring book, a jigsaw puzzle or a brisk power walk. What you do to clear your mind isn’t important. But it IS important that you take time out to do it, and make it a priority for 2016.
Here are three tips to help you re-focus your mind and start to make good on your new year’s resolutions:
- Be honest. When it comes to your goals, aspirations and intentions for this year, make sure you are honest with yourself. Do you really want to run a marathon, or do you think it’s something other people want you to do? I know it’s a generic example, but the principle remains. Make 2016 a year for YOU. Don’t try to live up to someone else’s dreams. Be honest with yourself about who you are and what you want, and make sure you tell yourself you are a step closer evert day.
- Set small goals, and take smaller steps. Lots of people tend to think in terms of goals for the year, but you’re more likely to find success if you work month by month, or even week by week. And make sure your small goals involve plans for you. So if your goal for this week is just to have an hour to yourself, then that’s fine. It’s something you can achieve, and you know you’ll feel better for it too.
- Be confident. Know that you are doing the best that you can and that you will succeed.