It's happened. My body has succumb to the start of term lurgy - and it hurts! So it seems even more relevant right now to pop up a post about the ways to slow down, chill out a bit and find a better balance in life. You know, treat yo'self and all that.
Sleep well | I'll be honest, sleep is never a problem for me. Did I tell you about that time I slept through an ambulance coming to the house and whisking Nick off to hospital...? I can sleep through pretty much anything, but the tricky part lately is getting enough of it. I like to switch off at around 9:30 and start to unwind, yet I've found myself dithering around and not actually settling down to sleep until gone 11. Not a big deal to some, but I'm a monster if I don't get enough shut eye....it's definitely linked to well-being for me!
Eat right | Clean eating is the eternal struggle for me. Life's too short to not eat chocolate! My waistline is much less defined these days and I'm determined to get back on track. I suffered with terrible bloating a couple of weeks ago and the OpticBac probiotics One Week Flat course of live cultures was a godsend. Full disclosure, I was sent these to review, but discovered them after asking for help on twitter and was literally days away from investing in a packet myself. They're for use in cold water, so are the perfect choice for non-hot drink drinkers (tongue twister!) like me. The only other detox/de-bloating drinks I'd seen were herbal teas so I'm glad to have found an alternative. They don't flavour the water (yay!) and are only slightly detectable. A week later and I was fitting back into my jeans again. Don't expect wonders, but they certainly helped.
Move more | I exercise for the sake of it, and I don't think I'll ever be the sort of person who enjoys exercise. That said, there's no denying how good I feel when I drag myself to the gym, surpass my expectations and realise I haven't been thinking about anything for the past half hour or so. As well as my regular Body Balance classes I've started spinning recently and will be upping my game to two classes a week soon.
Me time | I was speaking to Lizzie about this a couple of days ago - how I feel like reading genuinely enriches my life. I don't really watch all that much tv and tend to put YouTube videos on for background noise when I'm pottering about the house. With reading though, I feel like I've accomplished something when I finish a book and love the way it brings people together. I always make sure I read before I go to bed and credit this to helping me feel much more content generally!
Do you have any tips for feeling more grounded?