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|3 Jan|4 mins

How to Be a Better You This Year

Because 2018 is your year
Lucy E Cousins
3 Jan
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There’s nothing quite like a new year, a birthday, or a break up to make you reflect on your life and think, ‘How can I be doing this better?!’.

And while you might feel like making some pretty drastic changes, sometimes all you need to do is try some new healthy habits to get you back on track. Not only could they help you find that elusive work/life balance, they might also remind you of what’s important for your happiness.

So, where do you start? Well, we’ve asked some of Australia’s best health and fitness experts to give you their top tips for being a better version of your (already amazing) self.

1. Be Still. More often.

In a world where being busy has almost become a personality trait, pro-surfer and Bert’s Bees ambassador Sally Fitzgibbons believes that taking time to regroup and recharge is the key to balancing stress. “I have this great love for movement so I challenge myself to be still. Just still,” she says. “I practice being present. Stillness and recovery helps me unwind.” Sally recommends a daily routine of deep breathing every morning, reflecting on the day ahead and taking time out to meditate.

2. Drink more.

...Water, that is. Between Old Fashions and long blacks, it’s pretty easy to forget all about hydrating our bodies, but according to nutritionist Zoe Bingley-Pullin, not getting enough water can affect us more than we think. “Just 1-2% water loss can alter our mood and cognitive function,” she says. “And we often mistake dehydration for hunger, which leads to overeating.” Luckily, this can be easily fixed. Zoe says it’s a good idea to start and end the day with a large glass of water, and purchase a water bottle to keep on your desk.

3. Bribe yourself.

We all know that exercise improves sleep, helps us deal with stress, reduces anxiety, improves mood and increases confidence, but it’s often the first thing to fall off the radar when we’re busy. So Lysn Psychologist Danielle Cantlon suggests that the best way to combat fitness fatigue is to bribe yourself.

“Schedule exercise at the time of day you're most likely to get it done without competing distractions,” she says. “Then partner it with something enjoyable.” Danielle suggests this could be a workout with a buddy, a coffee afterwards with friends, or watching your current Netflix obsession.

4. Don’t overthink it.

Healthy eating doesn't have to be complicated. Naturopath Hayley Stockbridge says the key is being realistic. “Aim to eat as nutritiously as you can 80% of the week, so the 20% of the time that you may be caught out, it won't affect your overall nutrition,” she says. Her top healthy eating tip? Always make enough food to have leftovers. Put effort into food prep a few times a week and make sure there is enough that you can enjoy the meal over the next few days. Oh, and say goodbye to 3pm snacks from vending machines.

5. Create your sanctuary.

While it may see relatively unimportant, psychologist Gemma Cribbs believes an uncluttered, tidy bedroom encourages better sleep and relaxation. “If we don’t sleep well, we can feel overly exhausted, overwhelmed, irritable and agitated,” she explains. “Before bed, we need to be in a state of rest and relaxation and so our bedrooms need to be an environment that lends itself to this.” Gemma suggests reducing clutter, having clean sheets and keeping the room tidy. It might just help you get that epic sleep you’ve been dreaming of, and stop you losing your cool.

Advice
|3 Jan|4 mins

How to Be a Better You This Year

Because 2018 is your year
Lucy E Cousins
3 Jan
Share:

There’s nothing quite like a new year, a birthday, or a break up to make you reflect on your life and think, ‘How can I be doing this better?!’.

And while you might feel like making some pretty drastic changes, sometimes all you need to do is try some new healthy habits to get you back on track. Not only could they help you find that elusive work/life balance, they might also remind you of what’s important for your happiness.

So, where do you start? Well, we’ve asked some of Australia’s best health and fitness experts to give you their top tips for being a better version of your (already amazing) self.

1. Be Still. More often.

In a world where being busy has almost become a personality trait, pro-surfer and Bert’s Bees ambassador Sally Fitzgibbons believes that taking time to regroup and recharge is the key to balancing stress. “I have this great love for movement so I challenge myself to be still. Just still,” she says. “I practice being present. Stillness and recovery helps me unwind.” Sally recommends a daily routine of deep breathing every morning, reflecting on the day ahead and taking time out to meditate.

2. Drink more.

...Water, that is. Between Old Fashions and long blacks, it’s pretty easy to forget all about hydrating our bodies, but according to nutritionist Zoe Bingley-Pullin, not getting enough water can affect us more than we think. “Just 1-2% water loss can alter our mood and cognitive function,” she says. “And we often mistake dehydration for hunger, which leads to overeating.” Luckily, this can be easily fixed. Zoe says it’s a good idea to start and end the day with a large glass of water, and purchase a water bottle to keep on your desk.

3. Bribe yourself.

We all know that exercise improves sleep, helps us deal with stress, reduces anxiety, improves mood and increases confidence, but it’s often the first thing to fall off the radar when we’re busy. So Lysn Psychologist Danielle Cantlon suggests that the best way to combat fitness fatigue is to bribe yourself.

“Schedule exercise at the time of day you're most likely to get it done without competing distractions,” she says. “Then partner it with something enjoyable.” Danielle suggests this could be a workout with a buddy, a coffee afterwards with friends, or watching your current Netflix obsession.

4. Don’t overthink it.

Healthy eating doesn't have to be complicated. Naturopath Hayley Stockbridge says the key is being realistic. “Aim to eat as nutritiously as you can 80% of the week, so the 20% of the time that you may be caught out, it won't affect your overall nutrition,” she says. Her top healthy eating tip? Always make enough food to have leftovers. Put effort into food prep a few times a week and make sure there is enough that you can enjoy the meal over the next few days. Oh, and say goodbye to 3pm snacks from vending machines.

5. Create your sanctuary.

While it may see relatively unimportant, psychologist Gemma Cribbs believes an uncluttered, tidy bedroom encourages better sleep and relaxation. “If we don’t sleep well, we can feel overly exhausted, overwhelmed, irritable and agitated,” she explains. “Before bed, we need to be in a state of rest and relaxation and so our bedrooms need to be an environment that lends itself to this.” Gemma suggests reducing clutter, having clean sheets and keeping the room tidy. It might just help you get that epic sleep you’ve been dreaming of, and stop you losing your cool.

Still looking for inspiration? Discover the alternative fitness resolutions that will get you moving in 2018.

Lucy E Cousins
Writer