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It’s what you do consistently that matters
Our new life in Aus!

Well, 2016 is almost done and about to move into the history books.  

Whatever your perspective, as a unit of time, the year 2016 has been a year of change and transition on so many levels.

From a personal perspective, the year started with me living in London and working for a global organisation, and ended with me transforming many aspects of my life by moving to Sydney and deciding to devote more time to my passion of helping to make the world healthier, one person at a time.

The great thing about a new year is that it gives you an opportunity to start afresh, set new intentions, write new goals that build on your experience and learning from the past.  The future does not need to look like the past.  
In this final edition of Healthy Habits this year, here are some habits and practices that have served me extremely well during this hugely transitional year:
1. Pump your body with nutrients
Green juice

Whatever nutritional theory you buy into, one thing that they all have in common is the belief that greens are good for you in so many ways. However eating a big plate of kale, spinach and broccoli may not be you or your children’s favourite thing, and even if it is, have you munched your way through all of those greens recently? It takes quite a while. Instead of all of that effort, throw all of the greens and some fruits into a blender and drink, flooding your body with nutrients. 

Equipment & skills needed: a blender like a vitamix or magic bullet, greens & fruits. Here’s my favourite recipe.
2. Track your spend

Study after study shows that financial worries are one of the biggest source of stress in our modern world, directly impacting our physical and mental health, our performance and our appearance. However, as my big move to Australia has taught me, it’s so easy to accumulate things we don’t really need, and waste a lot of hard-earned cash in the process. Research shows that people who use cash to buy, as opposed to a credit card, spend less as seeing the money go down clearly helps people to consider the value exchange. Tracking your spend every day for a week will give you a good insight into where your money is going so that you can make difference choices and put yourself on the path to financial freedom. 

Equipment needed: an app like Spend Tracker, plus the discipline to track your every purchase.
3. Move your body
Ladies exercising

My dad, who is nearly 80, has got into the habit of going for a daily walk along the seafront where they live in the UK. Moving your body and getting into the fresh air delivers massive amounts of benefit to both your physical and mental health. No time to walk, then try to incorporate walk and talk meetings into your day which work particularly well for one-to-one meetings. Need to make phone calls?  Even better. You can walk and talk on the phone perfectly well. Try it.

Equipment needed: shoes, coat, phone.
4. Make the space to sleep
Lady sleeping soundly

Of all of the tools in the wellbeing toolkit, the one that many health gurus claim to have the most impact on wellbeing and performance is sleep, and not just how long you sleep,but also the quality of the sleep. Travelling back and forth to Australia from London over the last few months, has really messed up my sleep patterns, but now I am finally settled here for a while, I’ve got back into the habit of going to bed at the same time every night and having a bedtime ritual.

Equipment needed: a bed, a book, and a sleep tracker such as Beddit
5. Review your week

Towards the end of every week, a good habit to adopt is to review your week and decide on the 3 good things that happened (don’t forget to celebrate), the three challenges your experienced and your priorities for the week ahead. This whole process could take you less than 30 minutes, but the benefits to your wellbeing and success are significant.

Equipment needed: The discipline to make the time, and a tool such as an old school diary or one of the many planning apps available. In the work environment, a great app I have been using with my team is Motivii.
Take the 5 Day New Year, New Habit Challenge

Whatever new habit you choose for yourself, here’s a 5-day challenge for you.

Pick one new practice from the above list, or elsewhere, and commit to sticking with it for just 5 days.  After the 5 days, review the impact the new practice has had on your life. You then decide what to do next.

Need help? If you want ideas of how to improve, Tweet me @rawenergy100 and we’ll work out a plan together.

Alternatively, invest in one of the Raw Energy Busy People Books:

From all of us at Raw Energy, we wish you peace,
happiness and health for 2017.


With very best wishes

Founder & CEO
Raw Energy

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