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4 Ways to get your 2019 off to a flying start!

4 ways to get your 2019 off to a flying start!       
With 2018 now in our rear view mirror, many of us look forward to ringing in the new year as time for change in 2019. Perhaps it’s finding a way to stick to your fitness and health goals, or striking a balance between work and time spent with family and friends.

However, more often than not, many of us will turn to rigid regimens to achieve our goals, leading to fast-food binges, or feel they’ve over-stretched their social calendars, leading to stress.

However, at Top Ryde City, we feel health and wellbeing should be about your heart, mind and body to really reap the benefits of a balanced and healthy life.

Here are five ways you can make a step towards achieving your New Year’s goals without all the sacrifices, leaving room for a few indulgences along the way!

So, you’ve made the first step towards health and fitness and have invested in a brand-spanking new blender (for all those delicious smoothie bowls and soups), and you’re setting the alarm an hour earlier to go for a sunrise jog each morning.
Soon enough, you discover your health goals impact on your social life. Family meals have become double the effort (because you have to cook separately), and you don’t even like to jog!

The secret is to strike a balance. Health should be about compromise, not sacrifice.
Instead of bidding a firm farewell to all your favourite treats, educate yourself on choices and take baby steps.

Why not indulge in a meat-free or low-fat day a week, and work from there? This way, you can even get the kids involved by including them in your healthy options (even letting them choose which vegetables are going into your lentil-based ragu).
For an added dose of health, venture down to your local health food store and tantalise your taste buds with an array of seeds, spices and powders that not only taste great but have amazing benefits for your body.

And for those who don’t care for morning jogs, try a gym class, or arm yourself with a variety of sports equipment for the ultimate, at-home, exercise session.
Remember, if you enjoy what you’re doing, you’re more likely to stick to it.

The road to health isn’t just paved in diet choices and fitness goals. A significant component of feeling great is self-care.

Wellbeing is something many of us struggle with, as it seems impossible to make time for your family, let alone yourself when schedules become gruelling.
However, it is essential to allow yourself some reprieve from the daily grind. The best way to achieve this is to consider ‘me time’ like an appointment that you have to schedule in and stick to a few times a week.

Book yourself a pedicure, or attend a yoga class. Allow yourself an hour of reading in your favourite chair, or indulge in an at-home facial.
There should always be room for a little retail therapy to update your wardrobe, followed by a trip to your favourite café where you’ll sip on your latte, phone in pocket, allowing time to melt away.

People aren’t islands and being social with those you hold nearest and dearest can help lift your mood, clarify your thoughts, and break the mundanity of an all work and no play cycle.
In the same way that you need to make time for yourself, it’s also beneficial to schedule in time, throughout the week for others. After all, healthy relationships need as much love and attention as your hobbies and work goals.

Plan one night a week for a family night and gather the troops for a home-made meal. Make time to call a relative or friend once a week.
Even better, plan a day for socialising. You’ll be surprised at how a quick catch up with your friends over coffee, or watching a movie with your family can perk up the spirits. You could even kill two birds with one stone by booking your best friend in for a gym session. You’ll be surprised at how easy that third bicep rep becomes with your closest ally by your side.

An important rule of thumb when embarking on a journey of self-improvement is to consider your surroundings. After all, nothing can grow in cluttered or stagnant environments!

There is no greater time than the start of the year to spring clean your home or upgrade your interiors. Best of all, it doesn’t have to be a taxing and time-consuming enterprise.

An easy way to de-clutter your space is to place your winter clothes in storage and invest in some storage solutions for items that you may need but don’t use often.

For fresher interiors, add a splash of colour with new throw pillows, plants, new lamp shades, or even paint a wall a vibrant hue to add a splash of colour to your room.

Soon, you’ll find even small additions will create significant changes to your living spaces.

Still stuck on where to begin? Here’s a list of shops and vendors to get you started on your 2019 goals.

For the ultimate dose of health:

Retail therapy:

For your next glamorous haircut:

For all your nail care needs:

For the ultimate skin care session:

For storage solutions and great additions to any space:

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