Lifestyle choices can be the determining factor on how we feel about ourselves. Whether that’s mentally or physically.
So I wanted to give myself a little bit of a body and mind make over.
With some simple changes I want to get myself in a clearer head space, which ultimately leads to a happier and healthier body.
So here are my 10 ways to a healthier body and mind.
People underestimate the power of walking, myself included. But by taking the time to spend at least 20 minutes outdoors everyday come rain or shine, it will boost serotonin levels in the body as well as activate muscle groups that I wouldn’t use while sat on the sofa.
20 minutes isn’t that long, and if it’s a nice day this is an easy task to complete. On those days where it’s not so nice I need to still make sure I get out and walk to help refocus my mind and give myself time to think.
I do love to read a book. And this is something I want to make sure I continue giving myself time to do. Sometimes I can go a few days without reading anything, but really there are more than enough hours in the day to find a few spare minutes to read a couple of pages.
Reading definitely opens up my creative mind and I love getting absorbed into great storylines.
If you want to know what I’ve been reading make sure to check out my end of month round ups.
3. Cut back on coffee
And not just coffee, but English breakfast tea as well. With the exception of green tea, I only want to allow myself one caffeinated drink a day. All other tea I want to either be green or herbal.
Twinings have recently launched two new ranges that are perfect for keeping me on track.
Their Twinings “Freshly Picked Taste” herbal teas are inspired by the British country side. So while English breakfast tea might be off the market, at least the English country garden is there to take its place!
With flavours such as garden mint, meadow camomile with fennel and root ginger I’ll be able to keep my taste buds from craving anything else.
Luckily green tea is so good for you that the caffeine content really isn’t an issue. The good far outweighs the bad. And thank god that’s the case because I still need my caffeine, but at least it’s as good as can be!
The Twinings “Steamed Green Tea” is made using a centuries-old Chinese method of steaming the green tea leaves making the favour much milder than you might be used to. It comes in plain, lemon or jasmine flavours.
I personally like the taste of green tea anyway, so this is a nice easy transition for me.
4. Homemade cooking
I’m certainly not going to give up eating food out, but when I’m at home which is majority of the time I’m going to make a conscious effort to cook all our meals from scratch.
I like buying food in its basic form from the supermarket, and using the natural flavours and textures to create dishes. That way I know there’s nothing added to the food I eat, or the food I give my son.
If it can’t be bought in its raw state it’s not coming home from the supermarket.
I’m a big believer in throwing out things that are no longer needed. I frequently walk to our local charity shop and bring a few items with me each time including books, toys, household goods and clothes.
Trying to get Mr London Mum to part with any of his things though is impossible and it’s so frustrating. He’s an absolute hoarder!
Decluttering is so important though. Not only does it make everything look nicer but there’s less to tidy up and clean so it makes life less stressful all around.
6. Collagen supplements
Now that I’m in my 30’s I have been looking more into the various way of how I can successfully maintain my youth for that bit longer. Consuming hydrolysed collagen seems to be one solution that I’m keen to test.
As your body ages, the production of collagen reduces dramatically. This results in the ageing process. While we can’t prevent ageing there are some studies that show you can slow it down.
Active Gold Collagen is a drink shot which targets fine lines, skin ageing, hair loss and also helps support muscle repair and cartilage damage.
While vanity is one reason to drink this, I also suffer from diastasis recti after having my son, so I’m always trying to reconnect and repair the muscles that have been damaged by his birth size.
It’s so important to put time aside to really give your body some attention. Because I have diastasis recti there are many exercises I can no longer do because it’ll actually cause me more problems and discomfort. Having split muscles luckily is the worst of my condition, however many women also suffer with additional problems such as prolapses or leaking during exercise.
I follow a programme called Mutu and I’ve been using it on and off since I had my son, it helps deal with all those post partum issues.
I can not recommend it more highly and the support from the other ladies following it too really does help spur you on.
It’s given me my confidence back and allowed me to reignite my clothing passion. I never thought I’d get rid of my post birth belly!
8. Learn to say no
There’s something so liberating about saying no to something you don’t want to do. Don’t feel obliged to give up your time for something you really aren’t excited about.
Saying no is a skill that definitely needs to be learnt, and when you learn it suddenly life is back in your hands to do with as you want. You control your life, no one else does.
Don’t underestimate the power of sleeping. I am not a morning person, I never have been. I’ve had to train myself to go to bed at night to make sure I’m not groggy and hating life in the morning, as having a toddler means having an alarm clock.
Sleep helps repair, nourish and rest a weary body and mind. It also helps to tackle the fat layer around your stomach, so if you are like me and have a stubborn paunch get your rest in and watch it melt away. Easier than hitting the gym right? 😉
10. Have fun
Doing things you enjoy is the best way to achieve a healthy body and mind. Nothing is more beautiful and enchanting than seeing a happy person.
Feeling in a rut with your toddler? Go to a trampoline park and play dodge ball with them or take them to see nature at its best- it is bluebell season after all.
Why not book yourself a holiday so you have something to look forward to? Or treat yourself and buy that one thing you’ve been lusting over, or learn that new skill you’ve been wanting to nail for ages.
The world is your oyster, if you don’t live it you just miss it.
Take advantage and be the best version of yourself in body and mind as possible.
Do you have any tips for a healthier body and mind?