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5 steps to a new you

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change”

Jim Rohn

 

We all know that it’s all too easy to get stuck in a rut. Being in our comfort zone is where we feel safe; it’s our little haven away from the world. However there comes a time when we find ourselves struggling to squeeze into your jeans, had enough of our usual hair do, or we’re suffering from a lack of sleep.

All these elements of our lives combined might drag us down until one day we wake up and realize that the time has come to make some changes, radical ones sometimes.

Here are 5 steps to a new you that have been proven time and time again but worth repeating because we benefit the most by putting them to work immediately.

1) Fill up on more fruit and vegetables

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If you’ve got a bad habit of filling up on unhealthy snacks and convenience foods, now’s the time to make a change. On most days, you should be aiming to swallow at least five portions of fruit and veg. To help with this, try ditching your morning coffee in favour of a fruit-filled smoothie, or swapping your mid-morning biscuit for an apple or tangerine.

2) Get moving

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Did you know that as well as lowering your risk of major illnesses like stroke, diabetes and heart disease by up to 50%, getting enough exercise can help to boost your self-esteem and mood, and it can also lower your risk of stress and depression? You don’t have to be in the gym night and day to up your activity levels either. Simple steps, like getting off the bus a stop earlier than usual, or taking the stairs rather than the lift, can help you to burn more calories.

3) Stop smoking

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If you smoke, now’s the time to stop. As well the major health benefits that we all know about, quitting the habit could improve your skin and delay the appearance of wrinkles. It could also mean whiter teeth and it might even boost your fertility. One option is to make the switch from traditional cigarettes to e-cigs.

4) Catch up on sleep

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Many of us struggle to get a good night’s kip from time to time, but regular sleeplessness could be putting you at an increased risk of obesity, heart problems, diabetes and depression. It may also be taking its toll on your immune system. To up your levels of shuteye, make sure you have a comfy bed and a relaxing night-time routine. You might also benefit from cutting your levels of caffeine, and make sure you steer clear of big meals before you hit the hay.

5) Have a style makeover

Last but not least, if you’re tired of how you look, arrange a style makeover. Perhaps a new hair cut would make a welcome change, and maybe your wardrobe could do with a revamp. Take your friends on a shopping trip to get their input. What about some new makeup like the Becca ultimate coverage complexion makeup? Don’t shy away from trying new looks!

Taking steps like these could help you discover a happier, healthier you.

 

How often do you make changes to your life?

What drives you to do them?

Or perhaps you content the way it actually is?

Share your stories with us!

 

Until next time!

Tashi Delek, All the best.

Karla 🙂

 

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