Spring has sprung – time to take advantage of the longer days and the sunshine, to develop some positive, supportive, healthy habits. We’ve pulled together here four Sunday habits to spring clean your health and ensure a productive week ahead.
1. Invest an hour getting organised
Although spending time on a Sunday reviewing your calendar and prioritising your tasks for the week ahead doesn’t sound like the sexiest weekend ritual, research has shown that taking a few moments to do this simple planning can help clear the mind and reduce worry. Knocking off some simple tasks, as well as doing a load of laundry and organising your work clothes for the week ahead, is a healthy habit that will create a more efficient working week. Done first thing, it will free up the rest of your day for complete R&R.
2. Fill your plate with healthy food
It’s all too easy to skip breakfast on a lazy Sunday, and to hit the wine or beer early afternoon… We all know this impacts our food choices and vitality for the rest of the day. Consuming rich, heavy food and alcohol on a Sunday can sink you into a food coma that can carry over into your Monday, leaving you feeling lethargic. Start your day with a warm lemon water and be sure to fill your plate (or smoothie) with greens to keep well nourished and energised. Set yourself up for a working week of healthy lunches by cooking a large batch of soup, vegetable curry or roast vegetables on a Sunday afternoon.
If you’re exceptionally pushed for time during the week, organic delivery boxes from local companies can make your week that bit easier, and give you the confidence that you’re feeding your cells with clean, in–season, produce from nature’s bounty.
Here are some of our favourites:
Or you can visit our neighbours Wholefoods House on Queen St to pick up some seasonal, organic produce.
3. Add meaning
Doing something especially fulfilling and with purpose on a Sunday can make you approach Mondays with a much more positive outlook. We all have to get things done over the weekend, but scheduling a meaningful activity can recharge your mental and spiritual batteries. Attend a yoga class where you check in with yourself; connect with a friend or family member to help them out with a task; or go for a walk in nature. Approach Monday feeling full of gratitude, inspired accomplished.
4. Set yourself up for a good night’s sleep
A good night’s rest on Sunday is the best way to ease into the madness of Monday. It will improve your stress resilience, give you in a more optimistic outlook, and leave you feeling alert, focussed and ready to tackle a productive week. To get the most out of your sleep, try to leave at least 3 hours between your dinner meal and going to bed. Keep stimulants low, and minimise screen time from at least 2 hours prior to bed is key to quality sleep. You’ll also notice an improvement in your sleep quality after a decent amount of exercise during the day; preferably in the morning.
If you have any concerns with your sleep onset, sleep maintenance or sleep quality; or even just need some recipe and meal-planning inspiration, we are here to help!
Feel free to call us for a consultation on 02 8007 4275, or to find a consultation time that suits on our booking page here.