Challenge yourself to break some habits
Celebrity Fitness is dedicating our blog posts this month to the International Women’s Day (8 March). In conjunction with the theme – #ChoosetoChallenge – we will focus our posts this month on pushing and challenging you to be the best version of yourself!
We all want to be better versions of ourselves, but you know, it’s pretty hard work. Sometimes, no matter what we do we just seem to be stuck in a rut. Maybe it’s not you, but the habits and routines that you have internalised for such a long time.
Studies have shown that a big part of our daily routines are not actually choices we consciously make but habits that we have gotten used to. Tweaking our old habits to lead a better and healthier life – both physically and mentally – is then key. Perhaps then we can truly embody the wise words of RuPaul and #loveyourself.
Flex those routines
Doing away with bad habits isn’t the same as just breaking your routines. In fact, some routines are really important for you to improve yourself. A good morning ritual sets the tone for the rest of the day, while a good evening routine helps ensure a good night’s sleep. Start off calm in the head but energised in the body – try some visualisation exercises to set the tone for the day onwards. Then, before you sleep, make sure to give your mind time to settle down before closing your eyes.
Thank you, next
Okay, so you’re not Ariana Grande thanking your ex but you can be you being thankful for the day that has just gone by! Gratitude can be a really powerful tool to focus on where you are in life and what you have achieved. It also brings some positivity into a sometimes-dreary day – remember what they say, it takes less muscles to smile than frown. Build time into your evenings to write down what you’re thankful for each day – you might be surprised to learn that science has shown that this habit can help you feel and even eat better! Gratitude – now that’s a diet we should all get behind.
It’s all about me
Yes, you’ve probably heard all about how self-care is important and already practice it – whether you make some me-time for yourself, zone out in a bath or just read a book. #boringggg The thing is that self-care on its own is often not enough – what is more important is how often you make the time for yourself. So yes, this is a good habit that needs a tweak by adding more of it into your regular schedule.
Save the best for last
Sometimes when we have a delicious meal, and there’s something on our plate that we like the most, we would make sure that it’s the last thing we taste. This is the same for life too! When we have to do things we don’t like, it tends to create a lot of stress and anxiety. The longer you wait, the more of a toll you’re taking out on your body. Change the way you approach these things and bite the bullet to get it out of the way. And if it’s particularly difficult, the amazing feeling you’ll get from completing it will boost your spirits to take everything else on. Happy vibes all around after that!
21st century life is completely focused these days – whether at school, at work or just lazing around at home when we’re constantly staring at our screens. Give your eyes (and mind and body) a break! Deal with the FOMO by reminding yourself that the content online are infinite – you will always miss something so what’s another couple of hours a day for a social media detox. Taking regular time outs can help alleviate depression and anxieties. This also brings us back to the first tip above – turn your screens off way before you sleep so that you have a better night’s rest and are able to tackle the next day as your best self.