We don’t need to tell you that chocolate is a hard habit to kick. Giving up the “not so healthy” things we love is hard. But there’s an easier way than going cold turkey – switching habits. Replacing is far easier than removing as it gives us something positive to focus on, rather than a gaping hole in our routine.
So, in the spirit of self-love here are our top tips for easy healthy switches you can start today.
Switch the 10-minute snooze for a 10-minute meditation
Rather than hit snooze for the third or fourth time, ease into the morning with a short meditation to help clear the mind, reduce stress and feel happier about what the day brings. Even if you’re a night owl, just ten short minutes is a small sacrifice for a healthier you. For a little help to get you started, you could try downloading a free app like Headspace to your smartphone and you’re good to go!
Switch the abandoned gym membership for a 15-minute HIIT at home
If you love the idea of exercise, but in practice never get around to it, then maybe HIIT is for you – it stands for High Intensity Interval Training. It’s great cardio, you don’t need any equipment and you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Hit the mat in the morning when your willpower is strongest and tune into a free YouTube workout.
Switch fruit juice for actual fruit
Who doesn’t love a glass of orange in the morning? But did you know some fruit juices have as much sugar as most fizzy drinks? Swapping the juice for a portion of fruit reduces your sugar intake and has the added benefit of vitamins and fibre. Try pre-cutting your fruit or veg into batons to make them more convenient and snack-able. Crunch!
Switch your working lunch for 20-minute stroll
It’s manic, you’re on deadline and another working lunch is on the horizon. It sounds counterintuitive but taking time out can actually help you get more done. Research shows just 20 minutes break can improve your decision-making ability, creativity and energy. Even better, get outside and top up your vitamin D at the same time.
Switch your shop-bought lunch for a home-cooked feast
Step one, invest in some quality Tupperware. Step two, cook a little more than you need for dinner, leaving a perfect portion for lunch tomorrow. Think of the ingredients you can trust and pennies you can save! This simple switch is super easy and because you’re not going to the shops, you’ll probably spend less money on things you don't need. Win-win!
Switch to products that suit your skin’s needs
Many of us don’t think twice about the products we use in our daily skincare routines, especially if we’ve been using them for years. But, skin changes over time and can become more sensitive or irritated by certain ingredients.
These days, effective natural-based formulas are available for most of our everyday products, including deodorants or anti-perspirants, and can be a more soothing option for those of us with easily irritated skin. Soft & Gentle has an aluminium free deodorant range formulated with natural plant extracts, including bamboo powder and sage essential oil, is it time to take a look at your bathroom cabinet too?
If you want to make the switch to a natural deodorant to be kind to your skin, look no further than our aluminium free range, made using natural plant extracts and Sage essential oil.