It is getting warmer and summer is definitely on its way! A new month and season is a great time to set new goals and challenges for yourself. I always advise my patients to set, small achievable goals, rather than something too big, which your unlikely to continue or isn't realistic.
Some examples of goals:
- Going for a walk at lunch time
It doesn't have to be far but getting out at lunch time can help mentally refresh you and make for a more productive afternoon, not mention fitting in some exercise to your day.
- Having a smoothie at afternoon tea instead of a processed, sugary treat
Smoothies are an easy way to up your daily intake of fruit and vegetables. My go to smoothie is spinach, frozen berries, banana and water.
- Going to bed before 9pm
Many people do not get enough hours sleep per night. Sleep is vital for survival and getting a decent nights sleep should be a priority. Try going to bed earlier and getting 7-9hours per night.
- Drinking more water
An easy way to up your water intake is by having a glass on your desk or carrying a drink bottle with you.
- Taking up a new hobby
Not all goals need to be health related. A new hobby could be a great way to unwind, make new friends or learn something new.
- Spending less time using social media
Try only checking social media a few times per day. Remove social media app notifications so they don't constantly pop up on your phone.
- Eat more green vegetables
- Getting off the bus a few stops early or parking further away from work to fit some exercise into your day
- Drink less alcohol
- Have healthy snacks on hand
Goals that are simple and small are more achievable and can be something that turns into a habit. If you 'fall off the wagon' don't punish yourself, just start again. Once you achieve one goal, add in another goal or challenge.