Time for you

Do you have any time for yourself?

I mean after you’ve cooked, cleaned up, done some chores, meal prep, the list goes on!

How would you feel about making you a priority, even if it was only 5 or 10 minutes a day.

5 or so minutes sounds and feels more justifiable than a day off or a spa break, it doesn’t feel so guilty.

Let’s get that life balance back by making time in your day for you to do something that you enjoy doing.

If you find it beneficial make a list so you can clearly see what you have going on and what areas you can juggle things in order to get that well needed me time.

Here’s how to make that list:

1) Grab a piece of paper.

2) On one side put all the things you do for others.

3) On the other side put all the things you do for you.

4) Objectively look at the lists and see where the life balance is weighted.

5) Start to make an agreement with yourself on how you can release some of the things for others to lighten your load and make space for you.

All the best
The YourStyle Team

Posture

Posture is so important in our everyday lives and I think we take it for granted.

Muscles and bones work together and if they aren’t being held the correct way it can cause pain and damage to them.

The spine can become stiff and fixed in position causing pain or spasms.

There are many ways to improve your posture for instance move around regularly so you’re not stuck at your desk all the time.

If you are at a desk ensure your feet are flat on the floor and weight is even through both hips and your back is straight with relaxed shoulder that are back.

When standing weight should be even through the hips on both feet with a slight bend in the knees so they are not locked.

Learning to hold your core in and breathing is a simple and great way to help tone your stomach, it won’t get you abs but it will help the muscle tone.

Finally a Pilates class is great for that full body toning and will aid you in maintaining a good posture.
 
All the best
the Yourstyle team.

Less haste

Modern life is so hectic, we always seem to be a rush, whether it’s to work, the coffee shop or the gym.

Does it make you feel better by rushing?

Is it effective in any way?

Here’s a thought why not get up a little bit earlier and take your time to enjoy your breakfast or that morning coffee or if that’s not your thing get out in the fresh air and enjoy being outdoors.

It’s not a big sacrifice, 10 minutes out of your day to do something you enjoy.

Give it a go!

All the best
the Yourstyle team

Time for me

Trying to find some me time.

Me time you ask? Yes, that’s exactly how I feel, what is me time?
Everyone is ‘busy’ with something in their lives, often feeling overwhelmed.

How can you be at your best if you’re tired, demotivated or just bogged down with daily life?

If you could step outside of yourself, almost like looking in a mirror at yourself, at how you look and feel.

What would you say to yourself?

“Wow, look how tired I look!

”How can I get more energy?”

“I didn’t realise my mummy tummy was so bad!”

The list could go on! Even if you can steal ten or fifteen minutes out of your day to do something just for you that you enjoy, be it a quick walk out in the fresh air, sitting down to drink that hot tea or coffee that went cold earlier because you were so busy or having a nice long bath or shower with your favourite products, sitting or lying down to do some meditation or reading a book.

If you do manage to get any extra time, let us know how you got on and what you did to take some “me” time.

Join our free Facebook group for lots of hints and tips and a bit of extra support

https://www.facebook.com/groups/getmoreactivesupport/

All the best
the YourStyle team

Get some more H20

How many of you are actually drinking enough water?

Our body is made up of about 60% water so it’s important to keep hydrated to maintain and support the various functions the body requires water for, for example aiding digestion and maintaining body temperature.

Drinking water is a great way to help you eat less too.
By having a glass of water 20 minutes before a meal can help you feel fuller.

Water is boring I hear you say!
Let’s make it more interesting by trying some of the following:
1Adding fruit slices
2Using a favourite cup or glass
3Get a water filter
4Try sparkling water
5Use an app to track your drinks
6Brew herbal tea and let it cool and add some ice

You can also increase your water intake by eating water rich foods such as watermelon, courgette and grapefruit to name a few.

All the best
the YourStyle team.

Stress

Let’s talk about talk stress.

How many of us feel stressed or recognise when our bodies are trying to tell us that we’re stressed?

Stress can manifest itself as a headache, a rapid heartbeat, aches and pains, stomach and bowel issues, insomnia, frequent illnesses and lack of sex drive.

Limit alcohol and nicotine and caffeine.
Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants so will increase your stress levels rather that help them.
Alcohol is small measures may provide a temporary relief to stress but ultimately alcohol acts as a depressant.
Try having caffeine free drinks such as herbal tea and water to stay hydrated.
When your body is hydrated it will cope better with all aspects of life.

Adrenaline and cortisol levels can become elevated when the body is stressed so exercise is the perfect way to counteract its effects.
If you can’t get to a class or the gym take a brisk walk or run up a flight of stairs.

Getting more sleep will help relieve stress but if your stressed you’ll most like have problems falling asleep or staying asleep.
Try to limit phone use and watching tv at least two hours before your bedtime.
Make your bedroom an appropriate space for sleeping so no tv or bright lights and keep them temperature between 16-18 degrees for optimal sleeping conditions.
Try to relax before going into the bedroom by having a warm bath or doing some mindful colouring.
Guided meditation can also help alleviate stress and help you to fall asleep.
Aim for the same bedtime so you have some consistency so that your mind and body are in a predictable routine.

Talking about your stress is extremely beneficial, be it to a friend, colleague or stranger it helps put things into perspective.

Writing your thoughts and feelings down on paper can help ease the burden of the stress but can help identify triggers and possibly help you find a way of coping.

Managing your time and making lists can help bring order to your life as well as prioritising important tasks over things that can be done at a later date.

We often try to fit too much into our lives and over commit to things in order to keep others happy.
Putting yourself first and saying no will ease pressure and give you sense of control.

Join our free Facebook group for lots of hints and tips and a bit of extra support

https://www.facebook.com/groups/getmoreactivesupport/

All the best
the YourStyle team.

Mind and body balance

Do you know what makes you happy and is it beneficial to you?

Taking care of your body by fuelling it correctly and taking part in physical activity go hand in hand but do you ever think about your mental wellbeing.

Being stuck in a rut won’t help you, be it your eating habit or your exercise habits.
We need change in order to grow, that means taking risks, getting out of the that comfort zone.
Set yourself a more challenging exercise goal, smile or talk to a stranger.
Taking certain risks can be rewarding and healthy.

We often take life too seriously, we need to laugh more!
Watch a funny film, watch some YouTube clips, play charades anything that will get you laughing.

Negative thoughts can eat you up, ruin your self confidence and cause anxiety so try to practice challenging and replacing negative thoughts.
Thoughts are not fact we have to remind ourselves of this, instead of thinking “this is hopeless” or “I’m no good” replace those thoughts with “I feel I can do no wrong” or “this is really going to happen”.

Practicing be thankful for things can change your whole outlook on life.
Gratitude for your job even if you don’t really enjoy it at the moment, there’s things you can be thankful for like your sunny office window, the friendly people you work with.
We can always find a reason to be grateful.

Let’s try and practice some of this things to get that balance.

All the best
the YourStyle team.

Running away with your thoughts

Let’s talk about exercise.

Have you set realistic attainable goals for yourself?

A new year often signifies a new you or new regime that you must stick to.

Have you set a rigid goal that isn’t really achievable with your current work life balance.
You won’t become and athlete overnight or drop two dress sizes in a month or get a six pack or have an amazing sleep every night.

Try a small amount of activity during your day, start your day with 5-10 star jumps when you get up, go for a walk during your lunch break and take the stairs at every opportunity.
Small tweaks like this done regularly are more achievable and you won’t feel you’ve let yourself down if you’re not ready to run a marathon by the end of January!

15 minutes a day could help feel better bringing harmony to both mind and body.

Once you find something you enjoy doing you will find it much easier to commit to and if you have a friend to do it with too you’ll be more like to succeed.

All the best
the YourStyle team.

What time is it?

You’ve had a busy week at work and you have the choice to see some friends or do something just for you, which option do you choose?

Having some me time by catching up on the tv series you’ve been watching, reading that book you started last month, enjoying a soak in the bath or going for walk.

Whatever you decide it’ll be good for you, it’s your time to reset and recharge.

Having me time or alone time is beneficial for a happy life balance.

Why we need time for ourselves:
* Gives us space for rediscovery
* Resets our brains
* Helps us relax
* Allows time for deep thinking
* Improves concentration
* Improves our relationships
* Makes us more productive
* Aid in problem solving

Make sure you are having enough time being sociable too as this will help you feel connected by enjoying activities with others.

All the best
the YourStyle team.

The power of protein

How many of us actually eat enough protein, do you know what the recommended daily amount is?
On average a woman should eat around 45g per day and a man 55g.

Don’t be put off if you don’t like eggs or you don’t eat meat as they are not the only sources of protein.

Let’s take a look at what else contains protein:

* Nuts and seeds
* Eggs
* Fish
* Lean meat
* Poultry
* Soy products
* Diary products
* Beans
* Pulses
* Protein powder

Here’s what having enough protein can do for you:
* Help you sleep better
* Lose weight
* Lose fat
* Keep you feeling fuller for longer
* Get stronger

Why not make a few tweaks to your current meals to see if you make a difference to your workouts or your waistline.

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All the best
the YourStyle team.