Tried, tested and incorporated!
I happen to adopt bad habits at the drop of a hat and when it comes to the good ones, it’s like going to war. Get it? I can gulp down kitkats all day long but my body seems to repel salads and other greens.
It took me a long long time to get my life (shit) together (not all of it though!). I decided to make some changes to my lifestyle and it was hard work but it did help.
So let’s enlist…
- Morning routines.
So basically all I used to do was wake up 45 minutes before work and frantically choose outfit for the day, gulp down some tea, shower and reach work 10 minutes late.
I won’t lie; I did the exact same thing for almost a year. I never had time to work out, read or eat breakfast and I could easily blame this on being a doctor (I am so busy blah blah blah).
Incorporating a morning routine changed my life to a great extent! Honestly. I will do a separate post on my morning routine.
- Work out.
I am not a gym person. I started small. I realized the importance when I was resuscitating a patient and was myself breathless!
Taking care of your body is important, not just to look slim and sexy, but to be healthy.
I started with long walks, and then researched workouts for beginners (YouTube my safe haven) which could be done at home.
Initially I noticed I was feeling fresh and energetic, slowly noticed changes in my body.
Exercise releases endorphins, the happy hormones.
- Mind games.
Stop comparing yourself with others, seriously stop it!
No two people look alike (except twins). Each and everyone have their own individual style. Own it, develop it.
You don’t have to participate in the rat race. Have your own pace. Right things happen at the right time. It took me a long time to realize it, but now I have a competition with my own self.
Make a list of goals you would like to achieve, even the silliest ones, write them down. And keep them where you can see them daily. Like a vision board. You will be subconsciously motivated. Tackle one at a time. Take small steps.
Trust me it takes time, but you will be closer to achieving them.
- Eating clean.
Well I like all things sweet and greasy. This was one of the most difficult to act on. So as my strategy goes, I started small.
From 5 chocolates a week to came down to 1 and then slowly once I in two weeks.
Do not try and become a vegan or keto diet enthusiast in a day.
Identify your most unhealthy diet and cut them out slowly.
What makeup does to your face, eating clean does that to your body.
- Skin care.
From sometimes forgetting to wash my face to developing a routine took ages. But now I see the results.
However tired you maybe, wash your face before bed time. Or at least use micellar water. Moisturise.
To make things easier, I keep my night face and eye cream on my night stand so I can just apply them while under lazing under the sheets.
- Be good, do good.
Sounds like the bible, doesn’t it? Well not trying to preach. I am not a saint, nor am I some perfect miss goody good.
The way I try and incorporate this habit is, I try to be positive and have kind thoughts towards people. For example, I see a person that I am not particularly fond of; I try and think something good about them. The more you have good thoughts, the positive effect it will have on your mind and body.
If you see someone needs help, and if you are very well able to, why not! Try it for a day or two, doesn’t necessarily have to be every day.
I hope this makes a difference….
‘We are what we repeatedly do, Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit’ – Aristotle.
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