Ruby Pryde - Dec 21 2020

Fail To Prepare and Prepare to Fail

It goes without saying that failing to prepare is preparing to fail, especially when it comes to your health.

As a team of people who are always on, we understand just how taxing a big week or weekend can be both physically, mentally and emotionally. Completing simple, everyday tasks seem just that little bit harder, and you appear to have a shorter fuse than normal. It’s something we all experience from time to time, but may find significantly more challenging during the festive season.

With the end of 2020 and beginning of 2021 fast approaching, we wanted to hone in on how to maximise what you put into every day, so that what you get out is ten fold.

How to prepare, so you don’t fail.

Write It Out

Let’s start with the basics.Have your weekly schedule written out.

Never underestimate the power of getting ‘stuff’ out of your head and onto paper. Whether it be physical paper or the electronic kind, that’s really up to your personal preference.

Imagine for a moment that its the wee hours of the morning (when you should be well and truly through your first cycle of REM) and you are tirelessly doing your own head in with what needs to be checked off your to do list, as well as thinking about how in the world you’re going to find the time to actually get any of it done? Don’t worry - we’ve all been there.

After what seems like a lifetime of tossing and turning, you finally decide that enough is enough, and you begin to write it all out on a notepad next to your bed. And then poof, just like that, your mind is at complete ease.

Well, that’s what we mean by the power of pen to paper. Write out your schedule, make it look pretty (because #aesthetics) and stick or file it somewhere where you know you can easily refer back to it throughout your day!

Schedule in ‘you’ time as an actual meeting or appointment.

No matter the time of year, self care should be a non negotiable. It’s oh so easy to disregard ‘you’ time when under the pump. So adding it into your schedule means you will be more likely to stick to a self care routine. Whether it be a walk, a workout, heck even sitting down with a cup of tea (or a wine) for 10 minutes will do the trick.

And the best part about adding it into your schedule as a ‘meeting’? Well, when people ask if you’re free - you get to say you're fully booked! No questions asked and no overhanging guilt. Sorry not sorry!

Up your vitamin and/or supplement intake.

Now this is by no means a long term solution - but, we’re totally here for a boost of extra body lovin’ support in times of need, and silly season is definitely one of those times.

Your body works incredibly hard to ensure you are taken care of, but when push comes to shove and the demand for energy is higher than usual, your body will begin to use up your reserves.

The term, ‘save it for a rainy day’ comes to mind here. Which, for one week or weekend, would usually be no problem. But during this period of constantly having our fingers on the buzzer, it can begin to catch up with us. So sprinkling a little extra fairy dust on your daily routine will help to keep you fighting fit.

What are some that we suggest?

We have touched on a couple in our previous blog posts, but we have added some extra here too.

- Vitamin C for immune support
- Magnesium oil for better sleep and reduced stress
- Greens powder for assisting in alkalising and detoxing the body
- Adaptogens or medicinal mushrooms (considered a whole food, winning)
- Minerals for assistance in cell regeneration

And for the perfect vitamin and electrolyte boost for 'on the go’, try our very own scientifically formulated solution, The Daily. 

Prepare your clothes and food the day (or night) before.

Hold up. Are we in primary school again? No no like, we’re not kidding.

The way you start your mornings set the tone for the rest of your day. And whilst we’re all too familiar with running out the door with a barely ironed shirt and a half eaten piece of toast, it doesn’t necessarily have to be this way.

So what do we suggest? Get yourself organised the night before - even if you come home late from work, dinner or drinks. Set your clothes out for the morning, pack your bags, prepare any food you need for the next day and then set your alarm 5 or 10 minutes earlier than usual. Not only does this allow ample time for you to hit snooze (seems only right to factor that in), but it means that when you walk out the door in the morning, you’ll be in a blissful state of zen, rather than a chaotic and somewhat traumatised mess.

Hot tip: If you aren’t already, start making your bed each morning. Whilst often overlooked, making your bed has been proven to help set the tone for the kind of day you want to have. A small task like this can feel like a major accomplishment, putting you in a better mood and creating a more enjoyable space to get ready in.

Workout to energise rather than empty the tank.

Work smarter, not harder.

As mentioned, our bodies are really working overtime right now to keep up with all that’s going on around us. Whether you have a big week at work, a big weekend filled with Christmas catch ups, or simply are just inundated with things to do, the one thing we don’t need to be adding into this mix is a bunch of workouts that are going to leave you feeling worse for wear. Not that we aren’t in full support of your commitment to your health and fitness, but might we suggest a little tweaking?

The last thing your body is needing (or wanting) during an emotionally, mentally and physically draining time, is a gruelling sweat session. You know the kind where you can barely breathe for 44 minutes out of the 45 minute class, perhaps followed by two days of struggling to sit on the toilet? Yep, we are referring to those ones. Whilst they can be beneficial here and there, try and avoid them if you’re set in for a crazy couple of days.

And whilst we’re definitely advocates for slowing down to speed up, don’t take this as the green light to ditch all of your workouts.

Instead of your usual ‘empty the tank’ sessions, consider opting in more walking, yoga, pilates, stretching and swimming. Not only will you enjoy these slower and more gentle based activities before or after a busy day, but you will actually be energising your body as opposed to depleting it.

So with this in mind, you can (and absolutely should) get on with your silly season.