We are now half way through January and I’m wondering how many people have already broken those New Years resolutions to go to the gym or on a run every morning before work. I don’t know why but we seem to think at the end of the year we should start off by putting pressure on ourselves, whether that is to do with hobbies, work, diet or exercise. So instead of putting unrealistic expectations on yourself, make smaller changes for a healthier lifestyle
Reduce screen time 
Vision Direct says that reducing the amount of time spent using a screen will give your eyes a break and help you to avoid eye strain that leads to dry or uncomfortable feelings.

It will also help you sleep better, as using a screen late in the evening can mean it’s harder for your body to relax before drifting off. A longer sleep will help your eyes to rest and recuperate so you can start the next day feeling fresh. 

Get an early night
According to The Sleep Council adults between 18-65 need 7-9 hours sleep and over 65s need 7-8 hours. I am totally lusting after Neom Organics Perfect Nights Sleep Scent to Sleep range. It has been specially formulated with natural fragrance to have a relaxing effect on the mind and body. It consists of 19 essential oils including lavender, sweet basil & jasmine, to help you relax and prepare for sleep.
Increase your exercise
I’m not talking about joining a gym or going on a running mission but if that’s what you want to do, go ahead. I’m thinking instead of using the lift, use the stairs. If you use a bus, get off a stop early and walk the rest of the way. The NHS have some fab 5 minute workout suggestions and a 10 minute workout too
Get into a routine
With the short Winter days it’s so hard to get any sense of routine as most of us leave for work in the dark and return home from work in the dark, and getting into a structured routine helps with the low energy.
Healthier swaps
Making some simple swaps with what you eat and drink can make a big difference to your health throughout the year. Even if you dont want to completely swap, you could alternate with your choices. If you are a big tea or coffee drinker. you could switch to decaff. Rather than having white bread all the time, you could switch to wholegrain. Swap full fat dairy to low fat, whether that is full fat milk to semi skimmed milk or full fat butter to a lower fat spread.
Focus on the positives
It is so easy to focus on everything that is going wrong but make sure you remember what is going right as well. Take a couple of minutes each night to think of something that made you happy that day, your mind needs looking after just as much as your body
Did you make any resolutions? Have you any tips for living healthier?x
Realistic steps to a healthier you this year

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20 Comments on Realistic steps to a healthier you this year

  1. Emily Richards
    January 14, 2018 at 10:23 pm (5 months ago)

    I’m definitely going to be introducing at least one of these to my routine a week! I’m also learning to embrace self love <3

  2. Bethany
    January 15, 2018 at 11:05 am (5 months ago)

    I couldn’t agree more with all that you sai, so so convincing might just try to include one of these into my new year,

  3. Helen Costello
    January 15, 2018 at 11:29 am (5 months ago)

    Great aims here. Sleep is the one that we are trying to focus on at the start of this year.

  4. Rhian Westbury
    January 15, 2018 at 5:22 pm (5 months ago)

    These are all things I want to do. I’m definitely keen on more sleep and having some time away from screens as I spend far too long around them now x

  5. Joanna Davis
    January 15, 2018 at 7:40 pm (5 months ago)

    I am actually trying to include more exercise into my daily routine this year. Waking up an hour earlier and going to the gym to swim definitely makes a difference in my levels of energy and my general health.

  6. Christy
    January 15, 2018 at 7:51 pm (5 months ago)

    Some excellent simple steps here to focus on self-care. I love the manta focus on the positives.

  7. Sarah Bailey
    January 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm (5 months ago)

    These are some great steps, I absolutely love the fact you have thought about ones where you could do simple swaps without having to give things up. I definitely need to try and get more sleep I’ve been going to bed later and later these last few weeks.

    January 16, 2018 at 10:25 am (5 months ago)

    Interesting and simple to implicate ideas to taking steps to be healthier. I need to do a few especially going to sleep earlier.

  9. Lynne Harper
    January 16, 2018 at 1:26 pm (5 months ago)

    Im working really hard on trying to improve things with me this year and that includes looking after myself more and taking timeout for me:) x

  10. Kara
    January 16, 2018 at 2:22 pm (5 months ago)

    My resolution is to drink more water. It is working so far but not enjoying all the toilet trips LOL

  11. dearmummyblog
    January 16, 2018 at 9:26 pm (5 months ago)

    We need to take more screen breaks and go to bed a bit earlier, hard when you’re a blogger though 😉 Going to try though x Great tips

  12. lisa prince
    January 17, 2018 at 3:23 pm (5 months ago)

    im really trying this year and so far im doing well to eat and drink more healthier

  13. Dannii
    January 17, 2018 at 4:35 pm (5 months ago)

    Lots of great tips here. Reducing my screen time is one of my aims for this year and I am actually going to go on a little digital detox soon.

  14. Afshan Nasim
    January 17, 2018 at 5:57 pm (5 months ago)

    Definitely need to do some of these, especially leaving the mobile when at home or before bed. It really distrupts sleep. Staying positive is also key, as we grow, old we worry more, so need to stay calm. Great tips!

  15. forkwardthinkingfoodinista
    January 17, 2018 at 7:10 pm (5 months ago)

    I need to reduce my screen time, as I always seem to be on my pc or phone – Sometimes I can actually feel the eyestrain x

  16. secretplussizegoddessblog
    January 17, 2018 at 8:23 pm (5 months ago)

    Brilliant post! I am already trying to put some of these into place, however I just can’t seem to get an early night….. there just isn’t enough hours in the day to fit everything in!

  17. leahxl
    January 17, 2018 at 8:30 pm (5 months ago)

    I need to start getting in to a better routine, with a full time job and my blog and vlog and all the extras I rarely get in to a better sleep routine. I should make time. Thank you for this post x

  18. Louise x (@withlovefromlou)
    January 18, 2018 at 2:20 am (5 months ago)

    I definitely need to reduce my screen time and start eating healthier this year. I moved out of our family home back in October and I’ve been eating so much crap since. I think it was a comfort thing to start with, but now it’s just getting me down as I have loads of spots and stuff that weren’t there before!

    Louise x


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