Easy Ways To Up Your Wellness

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Health goals you’ll actually want to keep.
Laura Collins
13 Feb
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From practises you’ve never quite gotten around to starting, to low-effort changes to make now that’ll improve your life in a big way.

Easy Ways To Up Your Wellness

Advice
Health goals you’ll actually want to keep.
Laura Collins
13 Feb
Share:

From practises you’ve never quite gotten around to starting, to low-effort changes to make now that’ll improve your life in a big way.

Start meditating

We’ve been hearing about the benefits of meditation for years now, and a quick search of the App Store reveals there’s no shortage of downloadable gurus to carry around in your pocket. It’s easy enough to get started, but we find it’s sticking with the practise that’s hardest to do. Millennials have been dubbed ‘Generation Anxiety’ because we’re all so permanently stressed out, so consider setting aside ten minutes each day to sit in silence as an investment in your wellbeing. Find a friend who is keen to learn too, and commit to doing it once each day – being accountable to someone else means you’re less likely to give up. We love Headspace for the don’t-think-just-do approach, though if you want more variety, try Insight Timer.

Go green

Killed one or two plants in your life? Don’t worry, us too. But we’re positive that this is the year you’ll become a total green thumb. Not only does greenery look great – at your desk, in your living room and along your window sill – it can help clean the air in your home. Our pick of the best, and least kill-able, air-purifying indoor plants are golden pothos, snake plant and aloe vera. Get thee to Bunnings!

Go green

Killed one or two plants in your life? Don’t worry, us too. But we’re positive that this is the year you’ll become a total green thumb. Not only does greenery look great – at your desk, in your living room and along your window sill – it can help clean the air in your home. Our pick of the best, and least kill-able, air-purifying indoor plants are golden pothos, snake plant and aloe vera. Get thee to Bunnings!

Discover dry brushing

We won’t lie to you: dry brushing can be pretty uncomfortable at first. The technique involves sweeping a natural bristle brush along your skin in long, upward movements, and it’s great for exfoliating rough skin and nixing toxins from your body. Don’t worry if it’s too painful to brush your whole body straight away – start by brushing up your legs to your belly button each morning before you jump in the shower. You’ll feel awake and energised in a snap.

Switch to matcha

If you’re not already on-board, you’ll at least have spotted matcha – an ancient Japanese powder made from ground green tea leaves – at your local cafe. Once the domain of wellness warriors and inner city hipsters, matcha is now practically mainstream. Celebrate by switching your afternoon flat white to a matcha latte and you’ll get the caffeine hit with an added dose of nourishing, skin-loving antioxidants.

Switch to matcha

If you’re not already on-board, you’ll at least have spotted matcha – an ancient Japanese powder made from ground green tea leaves – at your local cafe. Once the domain of wellness warriors and inner city hipsters, matcha is now practically mainstream. Celebrate by switching your afternoon flat white to a matcha latte and you’ll get the caffeine hit with an added dose of nourishing, skin-loving antioxidants.

Book a boxing class

Celebrities are always talking about how much they love boxing – for it’s high-intensity, cardio and strength-training combination, and ability to vanquish stress and tension. We like it because it’s a kind-of all-in-one workout that only lasts 45 minutes. And hey, if it’s good enough for Gigi Hadid, we’re willing to give it a shot. Sign up to a boxing class with a friend and jab-jab-uppercut your way to a healthier, happier and more relaxed you.

Take a detox

Statistics show that every morning, half of Aussies aged between 18 and 24 can’t go more than five minutes without checking their phone. Some of us are guilty of checking our phones more than 200 times per day, and we spend hours on end scrolling through our social media feeds even though we know we’ll be left with an icky feeling afterward. So why do we do it?! This year, commit to detoxing from your tech addiction. Start small; try leaving your phone outside your bedroom before you go to sleep so that you can’t reach for it upon waking, or leave it in your bag when you’re out so you can give your complete attention to the person you’re with (they’ll appreciate it, and you’ll feel good too). Take your first step here.

Take a detox

Statistics show that every morning, half of Aussies aged between 18 and 24 can’t go more than five minutes without checking their phone. Some of us are guilty of checking our phones more than 200 times per day, and we spend hours on end scrolling through our social media feeds even though we know we’ll be left with an icky feeling afterward. So why do we do it?! This year, commit to detoxing from your tech addiction. Start small; try leaving your phone outside your bedroom before you go to sleep so that you can’t reach for it upon waking, or leave it in your bag when you’re out so you can give your complete attention to the person you’re with (they’ll appreciate it, and you’ll feel good too). Take your first step here.

Laura Collins
Writer

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