This is a paid post in collaboration with Superdrug and POPSUGAR.
As 2017 came to a close I was doing a lot of reflecting. Reflecting on how the year treated me but more so on how I treated myself. Shocker: not very well.
On the most basic level I neglected myself. I wasn’t eating enough, drinking enough, I wasn’t exercising, and I really suffered for it. It was a tough year, so I can’t be too hard on myself, but I know it’s time to take better care.
A New Year brings hope and promise, for brighter times and better habits. With last year’s negligence in mind there are a few very basic targets I’ve set myself for 2018.
This is something I’m terrible with. I know how important it is to stay hydrated, so it sounds ridiculous, but I have never been fond of drinking water. I have to have something with flavour. I drink a lot of tea and squash, but I really need to substitute for something with less sugar (for my teeth more than anything). Luckily for me Superdrug have just launched their new Some Body range with three zero-sugar/aspartame-free drinks. My personal favourite is the Mojito sparkling water, it really does taste just like a Mockjito (my go-to). I have been guzzling it down happy as Larry so this should make staying hydrated much easier.
No More Smoking
I’ve never mentioned this online because it’s a terrible habit that I’m not proud of and I don’t want to glamorise it. I’ve been smoking for six years, on and off, sometimes a little sometimes a lot but way too much over the last three years. It is difficult to quit, I have tried many times before but I’ve never felt as compelled to stop completely as I do now. I’m going to try my very hardest to make 2018 onwards smoke free (I’ve managed the first 5 days- so that’s good, but I am very snappy ((sorry Sam)). If any of you have any tips or advice on how to give up for good, please let me know!
By eating well I don’t mean eating clean. I mean making sure I eat enough and keep a good balance of different foods. I have a tendency to get lost in my work and forget to eat- I think we are all guilty of this from time to time. Keeping snacks at my desk is a great way to remind me to nibble throughout the day, Sweet and Salty Popcorn is my current desk side favourite. In an ideal world we would get everything we need from our food but often life isn’t ideal. Vitamin supplements and super-food blends are a great help when you don’t have the time to eat as well as you want to. I’m going to try my best to feed myself well this year, and try to remember to take vitamins when I’m busy or travelling lots.
I have a bit of a toxic relationship with exercise, I must admit. I either seem to completely overdo it or not do it at all. Over the last year I have only been to my gym a handful of times. I’ve still been paying my monthly membership which makes me shed a little tear every time I think of that dead money. I’m always cautious because I don’t want to go back to being obsessed with the gym, it’s not healthy. I want to start this year fresh and start going to the gym a couple times a week and just allowing it to be a part of my lifestyle without being consuming.
Other Vegan products in the Superdrug range include:
Superdrug’s new range has a fantastic collection of vegetarian and vegan products, and refreshingly their message isn’t about weight-loss and restrictions but instead it’s about self-care and self-love. Encouraging you to be hydrated, nourished, energized, to be the best version of yourself. That is definitely a message I intend to keep with me to 2018.