New year’s resolutions can be a little overwhelming as we put so much pressure on trying to stick to, often unrealistic, goals we’ve set ourselves for the year ahead. We prefer to look at January as a clean slate and a time to pick back up our healthy habits that we may have dropped the ball on slightly over Christmas.
- Cut down on screen-time
The majority of us conduct some or all of our work on computers and then scroll through our phones at night. This is often worse around the Christmas period with an increase in online shopping. Technology is a crucial part of our modern, daily working lives so trying to cut devices out completely would be pointless. Instead, try and remember that we control it, not the other way around.
Set yourself screen time breaks throughout the day to help give your eyes a rest and this will hopefully help to develop healthier screen habits. Alongside this, try and have blocks of non-screen time whenever you are able to. This will be a lot easier to achieve outside of work so set yourself an hour or two on a night to read before bed instead of scrolling on your phone or watching TV. Start small with half an hour blocks and build this up or have some days where you barely use a device.
- Improve quality of sleep
One way to do this is to eliminate any artificial blue light late on an evening. This is to allow our brains to tell our bodies to release melatonin, the sleep hormone, which helps us to fall asleep on a night. Wearing blue light sleep glasses filters out up to 63% of the overall blue light spectrum which allows you to watch TV, catch up on emails or play video games without sacrificing your sleep.
Another way to help is by adding grounding into our bedtime routines. Adding an earthing sheet or pillow case to our bed can help to improve the quality of our sleep by reducing pain, stress and resynchronise our circadian rhythm.
- Spend more time outside
The benefits of being out in nature is hugely underestimated. Getting out and about gives you exposure to natural sunlight which not only helps to regulate our circadian rhythm for a better sleeping pattern but it also helps to regulate our mood.
Heading out for a walk, jog or even a hike can have a calming affect as it usually means we’re away from screens, work and notifications. It can give us the time to bring some peace, clarity and balance back into our lives which can lower our cortisol levels resulting in less stress and a calmer mind. Even better if you do these activities barefoot so that you have direct contact with the Earth. Although if going barefoot is a step too far, there is a range of earthing footwear and accessories to help keep you grounded when outdoors, whilst protecting your feet at the same time.
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