What Are The Habits We Need To Keep?

What Are The Habits We Need To Keep?

Ok, the holidays are over, and 2019 has kicked in quickly – a third of the year has gone! If you are tired and feel like you need another holiday, maybe it's time to implement some good habits to restore your energy and mindset.

After Damien writing about the habits we want to alleviate, now gorgeous Helen Robinett has written a fabulous article below to ensure you make the most of your year, and life, with her top seven habits to keep.

To maintain some balance in my life, what I know for sure is that I need to practice certain things every day. I use the word practice because that's what it is - a practice.

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When my practice slips, I don't function so well.  My wellbeing suffers, and this impacts my energy, focus and relationships.  I don't know which ones have the most significant impact or why.  All I know is that together it all works.  I met a colleague for coffee recently in my gym gear, after a spin class.  We had a chat about the benefits of exercise in warding off depression. There is plenty of evidence to prove that it works.  Of European descent, he feels the black dog descending in autumn as the seasons change in the southern hemisphere. During our conversation he committed to getting back to some exercise.

I’ve had my challenges with the black dog over my life.  I’m a slow learner, and I’ve discovered some strategies and practices that work for me to overcome this.  And I’m the first to admit that we are all different, so what works for me may not be exactly the same as what will benefit you. My most important thing is that I like to keep things simple. 

Here's the 7 daily habits I'm committed to:

Sleep - Menopause has landed and made herself at home in my body for the time being.  Sleeplessness was a side effect I was not enjoying.  It was common for me to be wide awake at 4 am cleaning out the pantry or preparing a meal, ready to turn on the Thermomix at a decent hour.  Now, I have a lovely sleep regime that is serving me well.  I am exercising my will and staying in bed using meditation and body relaxing strategies when my mind is overactive.  It was tough going for a few months, but well worth persevering as now I’ve been sleeping well and waking refreshed on most days.

Exercise - I no longer have to think about it.  It’s a practice that occurs every day.  It is a combination of Fit 45, spin, yoga, Pilates, walking and weights.  It happens in the morning or early evening, usually at the gym and sometimes at home or in the park.  I keep it flexible, with the commitment to move every day for 45 minutes, which is a practice that keeps my mind, body and emotional wellbeing in good stead.  Very manageable and I love it!  I’m in my happy place with this one.

Meditation - First thing in the morning, I allow myself the gift of waking slowly and mindfully, breathing and reading a meditative text. This takes up 10-15 minutes of my morning before my feet hit the floor — and I have a similar practice in the evening.

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Journal - I write at night. Sometimes I vent, other times I reflect on the day, review what worked and what needs improvement, what and who I’m grateful to or for.  I never read it, I just put it down in words.  This practice sets up my sleep routine.

Hydration - I keep a one-litre jug of filtered water infused with fresh herbs, cucumber or lemon, whatever I feel like really.  It gets refilled and I measure it so I can monitor my intake.  I’ve noticed that if I’m tired, it generally has something to do with my hydration levels.  Steel water bottles are great for the car.  They keep water cool in summer and herbal tea warm in winter and I have different sizes to suit what I’m doing.

Nutrition - Balance, good fats and all things green.  It needs to look good, be tasty and colourful to keep my interest.  Six months ago, I quit sugar and flour.  After being diagnosed with an autoimmune condition, my specialist directed me to drop weight.  I took action, which has allowed 10 kilos to melt off my body, and I found some muscle tone underneath! After only one month all sugar cravings subsided. I would not have believed it was possible!

Nature - I need time in it every day. I t might be trimming my roses, picking at my succulent garden or extracting a weed.  It may be a walk in the sun or rain, as long as I get out.

80% of the time, I reckon I’m on track.  20% of the time I’m not.  I’m human. I stuff it up too. It seems I’m a work in progress! 

If you would like to make some habits part of your everyday life and see the difference it can make, you don’t need to start with seven.  Choose from my list or make your own for what suits you for your needs and goals.  Then make the commitment to yourself that you will do this – for you.  Don’t worry if you lapse every now and again, just keep working at it and soon you will find your habits are ‘second nature’ and easy to fit into your day.

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Carolyn (Caz) Rowland is a fashion designer at Cazinc The Label, model, lifestyle blogger and professional Image Stylist. Caz is also a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching.  Caz is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.

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