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Small habits to transform your lifestyle

By Sophia Lowery


Now that January is over, a lot of our new year's resolutions are going down the drain. However, with these healthy habits there’s no better time to start than right now. We don’t have to completely reinvent the wheel with these lifestyle changes, we just need to adjust tiny habits in order to feel more motivated and productive. The key is to start small. It is important to consider what you actually want to achieve when forming these habits. Do you want to wake up earlier, build a morning routine, exercise more, spend less etc.? From this we can determine what we can adapt in order for the goals to become habits. Let’s live the Labeca lifestyle together! 


Wake up an hour earlier.

This doesn’t mean joining the 5am club. All you need is an extra hour or so to make room for some down-time before your busy day ahead! You could use this time to enjoy your skincare routine, to read for 20 minutes, write in your journal or to make time for a proper breakfast. You will feel brighter for easing yourself into the day instead of dashing around with a half drunk coffee and a single bite of toast as fuel for your morning. Your body clock will soon adjust and you’ll find yourself naturally waking up at this time in future.

Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning.

Rehydrating your body in the morning has many proven benefits. Not only is it great for your skin but it’s also the ideal way to kickstart your cognitive function. You will also find that it will boost your energy levels more than your first cup of coffee might. This is also an effective way to improve your overall water intake for each day, a suggested 2.5 litres a day is the goal. So while your kettle is boiling for your morning coffee or while waiting for your toaster to pop - grab a glass and start the day with a body cleanse. 


Exercise each day.

From mental performance, to physical health - the benefits of exercise are endless. And the simplicity of getting some fresh air has such a positive effect on your day. Exercise doesn’t have to mean training for a marathon or weightlifting for hours on end, it can simply be a wander to your local coffee shop, a 15 minute walk on the treadmill, or a quick jog to the park and back. Exercising doesn’t have to be strenuous. Plan time to go for a stroll, whether that be in your lunch break or before you start your working day. Not only will it clear the cobwebs in your mind but it gets the body moving and releases endorphins to reduce stress. 

If you don’t feel like getting out but know you’d benefit from it, find a way to make it more attractive. Maybe treat yourself to a takeaway coffee to accompany your walk, or you could walk in the direction of a shop to pick up your favourite magazine - find whatever it is that makes you feel more motivated to get up and go!

Build a routine.

Having structure to your day builds a more organised schedule and provides time to complete everything you need to. This can also benefit those who struggle with time management