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Five Simple Tips for a Better You

By Sophie–

Sometimes I feel that applying and trying to maintain the most simple lifestyle improvements can be the most challenging! I know that many of us often try to overcomplicate things, and instead of focusing on the basics, we focus on things like fifteen step skincare regimes (or maybe that’s just me!) Anyway, I’m here to remind you of a few of the easiest improvements that you can make! The following are my top five lifestyle tips. Hopefully you’ll find it super simple to incorporate them into your lifestyle (if they’re not already a part of it!) So far this year I’ve really focused on these and have found that they’ve made huge improvements to my day to day life, for one they’ve definitely increased my energy levels!

Tips to Better Yourself

1) First up: Make Goals

This is super easy and can even be a fun thing to do! All you need to do is think about all the things you want, long-term and short-term, and how you can achieve them! It’s normal to have certain periods of time where you lose track of what you’re really trying to achieve, and become guilty of letting day to day life just take over. Don’t let that last too long! Thinking about your goals and working towards them (however gradually) is the first step in achieving.

2) Create Routines

For my own ease and convenience when it comes to workouts, skincare, meal prep, or even just upping my social media game, I find that routines really help me! Some people are just born procrastinators and I know that if I don’t have a set routine for certain things, then I’m likely to put them off for the foreseeable future. Scheduling time to work out or make healthy lunches means that I’m much more likely to actually just get it done.

3) Get a Good Nights Sleep

I need a decent amount of sleep every night to function the next day. Of course, you may not, and I’m not telling you to go to bed early every night. However, making sure that you get a decent amount of rest will help you to look better, feel better, and be better. Turning my phone onto ‘do not disturb’ at least half an hour or so before I go to bed really helps me. A relaxing bedtime routine (without electronics and the blue light from all of those screens) will really help you to gain a better quality of sleep.

4) Drink More Water

I know. Groundbreaking stuff. You hear that you need to drink more water from everyone! Your Mum, your friends, your Doctor, the Kardashians… the list goes on. Water helps with healthy skin and higher energy levels, it can help you lose weight (next time you’re  bored and think you are hungry then grab a glass of water and you may be surprised), the benefit list of drinking more water goes on and on. The NHS advises us to drink 1-2 litres of water per day, the more active you are, the more water you should be drinking. Setting a reminder on my phone to drink a glass of it every few hours really helps me to remember to fit it in. I find that goals throughout the day help too. I aim for a litre before lunch and a litre throughout the rest of the day.

5) Check Your Vitamins and Diet

Now, dramatically improving your diet isn’t something that I would put under the ‘simple tips’ category. It’s not simple. It’s hard work, it takes a lot of will power and it takes a lot of time and effort too. Small changes here and there are simple though. I try to incorporate more fruit and veg into my diet as and when I can; I like to snack on fruit throughout the day to try and hit that magic number five (which is also a challenge that I set myself). Another simple tip is this: If you’re not getting enough nutrients from your food then check out vitamins. I’ve been taking various kinds (but only one a day) for a few months now, and I’ve really noticed an improvement in the health of my skin, hair and nails. I’m not saying that these are the only priorities, but packing the right amount of vitamins into your diet somehow can only be a good thing!

Some of these tips you may already live by, all of them you will probably already know, but hopefully they have given you a little reminder to ingrain the very basics before heading into more complicated improvements. Either way I hope that you’ve found them helpful.