Surviving the new year – Holly’s health corner

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to 2019 and the 1st blog of the year. I hope you all survived the busy Christmas period and are all settling in to what will hopefully be a great year! If you joined the chat on Facebook you’ll know I sent out tips and tricks to help you stay calm over Christmas and now I want to share with you some things you can do this year to help improve your life!

As most of you are aware 2018 was a very difficult year for me personally and I’m grateful to be seeing in the new year with positivity and a lot more self care. It’s easy for us to look ahead for the next 12 months and plan ahead but not all things go to plan all of the time. So below are some things you can do to get the best out of your year!

1.Set yourself a goal.

Not all New Years resolutions need to be made to start on the 1st January. A lot of the time we say we are going to eat healthier, go to the gym more or give up smoking. And by the evening of the 1st we’ve already done what we believe we shouldn’t do. Change your thought processes and rather than giving something up completely why not give yourself a more realistic goal?

Rather than saying “I’m not eating bad food ever again” say instead “I’m going to swap some bad food with good food”

Instead of pressurising yourself into giving up smoking immediately. Getting stressed out and buying a packet of cigarettes 2 days later say “Every other cigarette I have I’m going to try and drop”

Thinking in this way makes our goals more realistic and much easier to manage. They’re easier to get back on track if you do have a slip up and can ultimately make you change habits much quicker. Once you’ve got the hang of ‘cutting things down’ instead of ‘cutting them out’ then slowly and surely you can end them all together!

2.Go with the flow

We can plan and plan and plan every step of our lives and yet some things pop up and throw our devoted structure of course. Try to remember life throws curve balls at us (often the worst times) yet some how we always manage to get through them. Keep a plan but nurture the needs that arrive when and if they happen. Don’t expect bad things but also be prepared for them! This way you’ll be able to tackle the more difficult parts of the year a lot more logically and head on.

3. Look after you.

2019 should be the year for you. Along with every year that comes along. The thing I hear the most as a beauty therapist and also the thing I say to myself is “I just don’t have time”.

It’s hard to fit time for ourselves when we have so many other things that need doing or other people to look after but as I have said in my blogs before WE are the most important people in our lives and our health should come first above everything else.

When you find a free half an hour do something you love. Not something you feel you have to do. The clothes washing and washing up can wait a few hours. Read a book, go for a swim, watch a movie. Anything that YOU find calming and relaxing is what you really NEED to do.

Get yourself a massage. I guarantee if you suffer from anxiety and depression massage is one of the best ways in which you can relax and keep calm. It gives you that break, relaxes your body and re sets your mind to tackle the days ahead.

“We can’t make more time, we can only take more time”

My biggest and most important realisation in 2018 is to “take the pressure off”. We are all unique and wonderful in our own ways and trying to be someone who we think we should be just doesn’t work and ultimately makes us miserable. Love who you are. Enjoy what you have. Be grateful. Laugh. Love and enjoy ❤️

Good luck to everyone on your 2019 journey! Feel free to share your experiences with me and where you’re headed in the next 12 months! You can achieve anything you set your mind to.

Holly

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