This week I’m delighted to welcome Philippa Taylor as my guest blogger. Philippa is one of the happiest most cheerful women I know. She genuinely has a great big grin on her face every time I see her! I asked if she would share her secrets! Philippa told me that there were no secrets just a few simple ways to feel fab!
Have You Binned Your Resolutions Yet?
Traditionally January is the month to make resolutions (most of which will be binned by the end of the month). We are also deluged with endless ‘new year new you’ articles in the media.
Personal development is something which should, in my opinion, be part of your everyday life and not just for January. Do you want to boost your wellbeing in the long term? Then follow some simple ways to feel fab rather than making wholesale changes to your lifestyle.
Simple Ways To Feel Fab Starts With Self-Care
Part of personal development is recognising that you need to look after yourself properly first. It’s no accident that you’re advised to put on your oxygen mask first before helping others on a plane!
Put together a range of simple ways to feel fab. You’ll create your own wellbeing routine made up of easy-to-follow healthy habits. These might include: daily exercise, spending time with good friends, eating well and sleeping enough.
As a working mum I don’t have the headspace or the time to follow elaborate wellbeing plans. I look for simple life hacks which will have a significant impact on my daily life. These hacks must enable me to get as much out of life as I used to decades ago!
For those of us who are of a certain vintage, we may find our levels of wellbeing have declined over time. If your to-do list doesn’t shrink at the rate it once did, chances are your wellbeing levels need a boost. A recent survey says that Brits believe that you stop being young at 35 and start being old at 58. This is not a huge window of time to be middle-aged! We all age at vastly different rates. Some people are much older or younger than their biological age.
Wherever you are on this spectrum, there are a number of simple ways to feel fab which you can put in place now:
According to research by the Sleep Council, nearly half of us are getting just six hours sleep or less a night. Jason Ellis, Professor in Psychology at Northumbria University and Director of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research has these simple tips for better sleep:
- Check that your pillow hasn’t reached its sell-by date and still gives your head and neck the support you need.
- Test your pillow by holding it out longways in front of you. If you’ve got pillow droop, buy a new one!
- If you can’t sleep, try a taxing task such as counting backwards from 1,000 rather than counting sheep
- Turn off all your electronics so there isn’t any blue light in the room.
- Don’t have a clock facing you when you’re in bed or you’re likely to clock watch
- Leave at least two hours between exercising or having a bath and going to bed so that you have a chance to cool down which will aid sleeping
- Regulate your liquid intake before bedtime so that you avoid nocturnal bathroom visits
- Choose your mattress carefully – you spend a third of your life in bed so take care and time when selecting a new one
Find the activity that you love and you’ll never exercise a day in your life.
Take a moment and think about the things you love. Are you sociable and enjoy being amongst people? Activities with a strong social element like Nordic walking, running clubs and Bootcamp would likely appeal to you.
Prefer something a bit more dance-related? Zumba, Jazzercise, Ceroc, Ballroom or Hip-Hop classes would be straight up your street. Fancy something quieter? Pilates, yoga or stretch classes would fit the bill.
Simple ways to feel fab when you want to treat yourself include a bath with your favourite book, a glass of wine and some candles. Or why not enjoy a long walk in the countryside? Invite good friends over for a nutritious and healthy supper.
There’s no need to spend lots of money on pampering or expensive evenings out when small treats will give you the life-affirming lift you need.
Private healthcare companies offer pricey medical assessments. But most of the time the lifestyle and diet advice you end up with is just common sense.
Keep up to date with important medical appointments. Do not skip appointments for: a smear test, breast screening, eye test or dental hygienist appointment. Speaking to your doctor if you feel run down, are simple ways to feel fab and stay healthy.
5. Your Body
Stop yo-yo dieting by taking control of what you eat. Keep an honest food diary for a week, writing down everything that you eat and drink. By the end of it you should be able to see where you’re wasting those calories. A study shows that the ages at which we are most susceptible to putting on weight start at 38 for women and 44 for men so it makes sense to monitor your calorie intake to still enjoy a little, not a lot, of what you fancy!
Have you ever cut open an apple and seen it go brown? The apple’s oxidised after being exposed to oxygen in the air, causing a rapid increase in its ageing process. Oxidative stress occurs in humans with every breath we take. When we breathe we take in oxygen which creates free radicals (unstable molecules that can damage the cells in your body).
Antioxidants are chemicals that help protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals. In modern times it is argued that the effects of oxidative stress have never been greater as we live in increasingly polluted environments, live stressful lifestyles and medicines/prescription drugs are widely used.
As we age, our bodies naturally produce fewer antioxidants to neutralise the damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals damage cells so, over time, whatever organ those cells belong to isn’t going to function quite as well as it should. For example, collagen gets weaker and as a result, your skin gets more wrinkles. A simple way to feel fab is to lower your oxidative stress levels by taking take one Protandim tablet every day, which is clinically proven to trigger the cells in your body to naturally increase the production of antioxidants. Better sleep, better energy levels and better recovery are the most commonly reported benefits of taking Protandim.
7. Wellbeing Review
I’d like to share an exercise with you that may help you evaluate which areas of your wellbeing would benefit from a 2017 reboot. I’d like you to choose a year which, with 20:20 hindsight, saw you
at being at your wellbeing peak: perhaps it was the year you got married, went travelling or were successful in something you enjoyed doing?
Got one? Good. Mine is 1999 when I was 38. I was representing GB in dragon boating so was as fit as a butcher’s dog, working in a PR agency in a role I loved, and looking forward to getting married the following year. Or I could have chosen 1983 when I was 22. I was in my second year at Uni and was enjoying reading for most of the day (I did an English degree!), rowing for my college and partying more than I ever had before, or since come to think of it!
Take a few minutes and jot down some notes on how you felt then. Leave the list and go back to it another time and complete the Now column.
The simple ways to feel fab which you can put in place now to boost your wellbeing may jump off the page at you or you may want to ask a friend/wellbeing expert for some advice. The most important thing is that you recognise which areas of your life need a boost and then action the simple ways to feel fab on a daily/weekly basis.
Summary Simple Ways To Feel Fab
Finally although I can’t turn the clock back for you, I hope that this simple exercise has highlighted some areas of your life which you can revisit. Furthermore if you keep it simple you stand a chance of sticking with it.
Thank you for reading. If you’d like to check out more simple ways to feel fab, please visit my blog with guest posts from a great selection of experts (including Carol of course!) and my website. You can also find me on social media: