Many people start the year determined to improve their health and well-being but lockdown this year made it harder than usual. So, to try to maintain motivation and all our January 1st healthy resolutions, we asked the team to share their best health and self-care tips in their daily routines.
Healthy eating tips
“As someone who’s been much more focused on my diet in recent times, I have become more aware of the fibre in my diet. Advice says we should look to consume 30g of fibre a day1, which is not that easy to do on a Western diet! So my health tip is to be aware of the different ranges of foods that are high in fibre, including wholegrain cereals, oats, berries, broccoli, peas, nuts, and potatoes.
“As a vegetarian, I end up eating a lot more carbs than protein, so I’ve decided to include more protein in any shape or form in my diet (obviously veggie-friendly only)! I have been cooking different recipes that include lentils or protein meat substitutes which keep me feeling full without the extra carbs!”3
“I have become a professional smoothie maker during lockdown. I like fruit but never feel in the mood to eat it, so I’ve found that making a smoothie every morning is the best way to keep my fruit and veg intake high.
It is no secret that fruit and veg are incredible sources of nutrients, promote high energy levels and are great for overall health. What’s even better is that smoothies take no time at all to make, keep me full until lunchtime and have me feeling energised during these colder months.”
Boosting immunity tips
“At the end of your morning shower, turn off the hot water and experience the rush of cold water. It takes a bit of getting used to, and plenty of courage to start. It gets easier!
Apparently, according to recent BBC programme4, even the initial shock to the system can stimulate the brain with the cold-water effect being good for the cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems. Giving you an immune and metabolism boost (fat burning!) and better mental health. Give it a try, if you’re brave enough…”
“My health tip is for working parents who have children at home. Lock yourself in the bathroom for five minutes; hide and breathe slowly. Then come out feeling revitalised.”
“Since there’s no choice about spending more time at home, I’ve put more effort into making sure the environment I spend the whole day in is as welcoming as possible. That’s how I’ve become obsessed with candles! I now have them in every room.
I find that being surrounded by natural light improves my mood and releases the tension that accumulates during the day. I highly recommend them, especially during dinner or a relaxing bath.”
Keeping fit tips
“This year I’ve promised myself not to grab my phone or any other digital device for the first hour after waking up. Instead, I’ve switched to stretching and cycling. I definitely feel more relaxed and uplifted now that I resist the temptation to check my notifications! It’s also helped with my light-sensitive eyes feeling less dry and blurry throughout the day.”
“At the start of lockdown, I did loads of running – of which I was really proud and made me feel incredibly good about myself. I felt a huge improvement in my fitness but also my mood, but then I broke my ankle and had to stop… So, from then my health tip is to get your wife to do your walking challenges for you!”
“My healthy tip (forced by now having a dog) is to go for a walk every morning immediately after getting up. It helps me to fully wake up before starting work. I then walk him another two more times throughout the day which improves both our health and wellbeing!”
“My tip is to stretch as soon as I get up in the morning. I become cold easily, especially in winter, so it gets the blood flowing to my extremities and warms me up for the day ahead. Stretching also helps wake me up, not just physically but mentally too, and as someone who lives by to-do lists, ticking this off early means I’ve had a great start to the day!”
We hope you found our team-tips useful and enjoyable! It’s good to remind ourselves that our health and well-being should always be a priority. After all, the greatest wealth is our health!