Health & Wellbeing

My Back to Basics

February 19, 2017

When I hit rock bottom last week I hit rock bottom. Exhausted. Tired. Achy. Anxious. I went to the Osteopath and my back and neck were all kind of crinkled. He actually asked if I had been moving house I was so out of whack. So much so that he has put me off doing any hard core exercise until Wednesday. So this weekend it was back to basics. Lots of sleep, meditation and walking. I did a massive online food shop and meal plan today. I’m going back to basics this week of what I know boosts my immunity and mood.

Here are my back to basics for getting back on track.

1. KI

I am absolutely no nutritionist, so do not take these without medical advice, but my lovely energy healer got me onto these babies a couple of years ago. Think Olive Leaf on speed. They boost your immunity and energy and just leave you feeling so much better. I’ve started taking two a day at the moment, then will reduce to one.

2. Less Digital Time

I don’t know about you but when I am feeling crap I spend hours on the internet with endless, soul destroying scrolling. Not doing what I should be doing like catching up on blogs that I like and reading about inspiring places I want to travel but endless scrolling and comparing. How did she get so thin, how do they afford that, why didn’t I get invited to X, blah blah blah. Shit that I don’t have time for when I am happy and fulfilled and busy with life and not dead on the couch. It is a road to nowhere. So Facebook, you are now off my phone. Instagram with the cute cats can stay. Horray to finally starting the Elena Ferrante series instead.

 

3. Meal Planning (No alcohol)

Essential to my healthy living and being my best me, is meal planning. If I don’t spend an hour or two on a Sunday, ordering my food, cooking up a few salads and snacks, then the week is half over before I know it, and I haven’t even started. Alcohol is also off the cards for the next little while. Makes me feel good for about two minutes, then shit for the day after that. WHY AM I SO OLD I CAN NO LONGER DRINK?

4. Getting moving Before Breakfast

This is one of the good habits I have taken from my Weight Loss Program… moving before breakfast not only is a massive kick for weight loss, but also a massive mood boost. 6000 steps before breakfast is something I want to keep up in Bali as well. So back on the wagon, as of tomorrow. Walking or yoga or moving or something to get the day kickstarted.

5. Sleep  

Still feel like I’m catching up from the bug, so 8 hours sleep is what I need minimum to regain my focus and energy. On Thursday and Friday I literally think I slept for about 12 hours each day (don’t hate me people with children! I wasn’t right.) Sleep is my best friend on the road to wellness.

What are your back to basics? 

Any tips you can share with me? 

Here is to a better week ahead! 

Much love,

Ashleigh

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  • I’ve got back in to reading – I’m trying to read 101 books in 1001 days as part of my list. It’s so relaxing. I spent much less time online over the holidays and it was such a refreshing change. I’m with you on the exercising first thing, letting those endorphins free is the best way to start the day. These are all top tips and I hope they work their magic and you feel fantastic very soon. I don’t have kids but am still so envious of your 12 hour sleep 🙂

  • Hugzilla

    Man, I can not break that habit of mindless scrolling. I took a couple of digital breaks while on holidays in Jan and it was the best feeling ever. I was present. Undistracted. I READ ACTUAL BOOKS. And then we got home and I’m back to the same mindless habits…

  • Hope you’re feeling more the thing soon!

  • Love all these positive healthy changes. We’ve started a reading routine before bed and I love it. If I’m feeling a bit stressed or even if I have a spare few minutes, I’ll also pick up my book during the day, so much more satisfying than mindless internet surfing or watching trashy TV!

    Also am with you on the walking, it’s been so hot, I’ve swapped my morning runs for morning walks, and time permitting it’s something I want to keep up. Also I’ve set myself a goal of 10,000 steps a day (and so far I’ve only fallen short once!)

    I hear ya on the vino. I love wine but it doesn’t love me as much as it used to. I’m trying to cut it out on weekdays and cutting back at weekends. I’ve started making my own iced fruit tea and chucking in some chopped fruit. Pour it into a wine glass with a load of ice and it’s just like you’re having some fancy cocktails, only it’s better for you 🙂

    Hope you feel as good as a unicorn dancing on a rainbow this week. Onwards and upwards!