I’m a firm believer that mental and physical health are of equal importance, so I want to look after both of those things better than I have been doing in recent years.
2018 has already been one hell of a year, and we’re only in mid-February! From leaving my full time job to Toby’s current chicken pox-induced quarantine, we’re really craving some time to look after ourselves and be fighting fit for the year.
Last October I ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon, and yet physically I’m at my worst fitness levels outside of pregnancy for years. I had really wanted to do the Royal Parks Half again this year, but sadly didn’t get a place in the ballot, so I need to apply for some different races. My aim is 3 runs and 2 fitness classes per week (albeit home fitness because I don’t have a gym nearby!).
If you’ve ever wondered how to get more energy, exercise may not seem like the logical solution, and yet it genuinely does wonders for your all-round health and wellbeing. I always feel so energised after a run!
I’ve recently removed (most) dairy from my diet, so am now technically a dairy free vegetarian. Not quite vegan, but close! My IBS symptoms have reduced drastically and if I do sneak some cheese into my meal then I feel awful for the rest of the day.
I’ve been doing Intermittent Fasting; so eating my daily meals within an 8 hour window each day and fasting the rest of the time. I generally eat between 10am and 6pm so it’s not a big deal, and I’ve heard so many great things about this way of eating. I like that it’s a lifestyle choice so isn’t some sort of quick fix that results in yo-yo dieting.
Ha! Because my children don’t believe in the sanctity of sleep…
To be fair, Toby and Martha both sleep reasonably well overnight and are up between 5-6am, so it’s not too awful anymore. The issue is that I struggle to shut down when my own head hits the pillow, so I’m trying lavender, digital detox, journalling, and mindfulness to help my brain stop overthinking life when all I really need is some rest. The Boots wellness site has some great tips about getting a good night’s sleep, as well as other healthy living advice.
I wrote about my vitamin D deficiency a while ago, so it’s really important that I keep up with my supplements to help ease the symptoms I experience. One of the main things I struggle with is a lack of energy, and keeping my vitamin levels up helps a lot with this.
I wear make up every day, but lately it’s been more ‘slap on whatever I find first’, and less about using the products that suit me the best. I’m also awful for leaving my make up on when I go to bed *runs and hides*. I know, I know, it’s so bad.
I’ve started using more vegan make up, and choosing my products carefully based on my skin type and colour. I now need to find a skincare regime that suits me, and I also want to look after my hair and nails more – including treating them to the odd manicure and hair cut!
I’m very lucky in that I am surrounded by so much love. My husband, children, family, friends – it’s amazing and I know that making more time to appreciate having these people in my life will make all of us feel good.
So there we have it, this is how I plan to boost my health and wellness in 2018! I’d love to hear what you do to look after yourself, so let me know in the comments below, or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.
** This post is a sponsored collaboration with Boots, but all thoughts are my own **