Five Healthy Changes I Want To Make
So I’ve just got back off my summer holiday and I’m feeling a little… lethargic. A week in Cornwall in this lovely hot weather with plenty of scones, pasties, ciders and my dad’s portion sizes every evening. It’s been gorgeous, but while I do feel well-rested, in the same breath I feel ready to get some green stuff down me and sharpish. I’ve been feeling this way for a while and thought my week away was the perfect time to bring everything to a raging crescendo and make a few little resolutions when I got back. Here is my plan of action.
When it comes to exercise, I have little bursts of resolve and enthusiasm. This time, I tell myself, this time will be the time I see it through and make it a habit; maybe even end up looking fantastic and fit with that wonderfully clear skin and the glow of someone doesn’t spend too much time indoors.
In the past, I’ve found that exercise is actually really good for my mental health, so being more active will be good for more than my physical fitness. I enjoy running when I force myself to go; I use the Couch to 5K app from the BBC which gives you a gradual, easy-going running schedule to stick to three times a week. Little Pinterest challenges like the 30 Day Squat Challenge (remember when that was a thing like five years ago?) are also simple to stick to, and I’ve also thought about finding a yoga class or something that I can go to every week!
Eat a little better!
As a young female in modern day, I of course have a complicated relationship with food. Further details are probably more suited to a separate post but here’s the gist: when I’m anxious, I either eat nothing at all or eat everything but the kitchen sink. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’ve not been in the best headspace as of late, which means comfort eating has become a bit of a habit… lots of cheese, chocolate, salty snacks and £3 meal deals for lunch everyday.
The thing is, I like eating healthily. I love fruit, veggies, salad and don’t like the feeling of greasiness you get after tucking into a Gregg’s pasty or McNugget Share Box. The solution really is simple: I just need to eat a little better. Preparing my work lunches in advance and limiting my cheese intake will be a good start.
Drink more water!
For some reason, I’m really terrible at drinking enough water. Everything else, fine — tea, coffee, Pepsi Max, fruit juice, wine, beer, gin — fine! — but actual water? Bit of a problem, apparently.
It’s another example of something where I just have to suck it up and do it and quit whining. Especially in this heatwave we’re having, you’d think I’d find it easy to get two litres of liquid in me (ew). I have the Waterlogged app, which helps you keep track of your drinking, and a big 2.2l water bottle that I need to remember to take everywhere with me. Hopefully when I’m exercising more, I’ll be thirstier!
Get a little more sun!
I’m almost a year into my first full time 9-5 office job, and I’m beginning to understand why adults always seemed so grey and tired when I was a child. Spending my working day indoors somehow makes me tired enough to need to spend the rest of my evening indoors, and on my days off I like to take advantage of my access to daytime television and somehow manage to wedge in two or three afternoon naps.
Getting a little more vitamin D in my life will hopefully be quite easy. Doing a bit more exercise will obviously get me outside more, but I’m lucky enough to have an entire hour’s lunch break that I can use to get a bit more fresh air! I could even do a bit of power-walking to shoehorn some more physical activity.
Practice body positivity!
I’m not mad about my body at the best of times, but when I know I need to be a little bit healthier, it’s even more of a challenge to be actively happy about it. It’s hard to look in the mirror and feel even a shred of positivity about what I see.
However, I do try to remind myself that the most important part of my body isn’t how it looks. It’s what it does. All 24 years of my life so far, even the years when I’ve actively hated and abused my body, it has functioned for me and looked after me and somehow refused to give up on me.
I’m hoping that these resolutions will build some healthy habits to have me feeling a bit brighter before long.
What healthy practices would you recommend?