Healthy living

Quit carbs forever. Workout seven times a week. Give up fun. Sometimes it seems like New Year’s resolutions are simply setting us up to fail. Instead, let’s stock up on smiles rather than dusty exercise equipment and fill the year with lists of tah-dahs rather than to-dos. To make happiness a habit, pick one or two positive changes that will help make (your already fantabulous self) the best you possible. Here are a few ideas to inspire you:

Be Kind to Your Mind

  • Practice Mini-Meditations: All you need is a spare 30-seconds. That’s it! Whether you’re sitting in the car, walking the dog or queuing at the shops, take the edge off of everyday stress by pausing, breathing deeply and focusing on the moment. Or create a positive mantra and repeat it throughout the day. Or write a journal. Or gaze at the stars. There’re a million little ways to become more mindful with no fancy preparation needed.
  • Keep a Gratitude Jar: We get so caught up worrying about the things we lack that we often forget to say thank you for the things we have. Learn to count your blessings by jotting down one thing you’re grateful for every day or rope the whole family in and take turns.
  • Do a Daily Good Deed: Small or big, being an everyday hero is easy. From emptying loose change into a charity box, paying for someone’s morning coffee or giving a compliment (they cost nothing!), good deeds really do make a world of difference. And remember, kindness is contagious, so spread the love.

How to be happy

Take Care of Your Body

  • Loosen Up in The Morning: Never get out of the wrong side of bed again with an easy wake-up workout. Don’t worry, there’s no need for trainers, your slippers will do! Simply stretch your arms above your head, touch your toes and shake out any aches from sleeping in a funny position to get the blood flowing and your body primed for the day.
  • Try Tennis Ball Foot Therapy: Bring an end to nagging joints by taking the time to do a regular self-massage. Forget the flashy equipment, one of the most effective body massager tools is the tennis ball. Gently roll it underfoot for a few minutes in the evening and relax those overworked tootsies.

Make Your Home A Sanctuary

  • Maintain Your Bedside Table: Your nightstand is the backbone of your bedroom but a space that tends to get neglected. Make it your mission to keep your table from getting cluttered by limiting its contents to only night-time necessities, such as a bedside lamp, book and catchall tray for your watch, earrings, bobby pins and other bits and pieces. You’ll sleep more soundly, promise.
  • Bring the Outdoors In: What do all the happiest homes have in common? Plants and lots of them. Not only do they instantly brighten a room by they also improve air supply and reduce stress. Indulge in a little interior horticulture with hanging plants draping down from high shelves, a vertical succulent garden or even a tiny tabletop greenhouse.

House plants

Look After the World

  • Practice Eco-Friendly Laundry: If you’re looking to live a greener lifestyle, why not consider changing your laundry routine? Start by hanging your washing outside rather than whacking up the heating or using a dryer, it uses less energy and leaves your laundry smelling fresher and feeling softer. You could also swap chemically detergents for an eco-friendly option. Our favourite is Wilton London as their formulas are made from naturally derived ingredients and are biodegradable to boot.
  • Start Composting: Help lessen the amount of food waste dumped in landfills by throwing it onto a compost pile. For tomatoes the size of grapefruits, roses fit for a royal garden and bin bags left alone by foxes, composting requires three ingredients – browns such as dead leaves, branches and twigs, greens like vegetable peelings, fruit scraps and coffee grounds, and water. Have a look online for tips and tricks on how to supercharge your heal, it’s an art form to master!

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