Following a busy Christmas break at home in London, doing all those chores which stack up – tidying the winter garden, clearing my bathroom full of products, filing those piles of paperwork, and trying to keep my 16-year old focused on GCSEs – I put together my 5 tips for a more positive 2017…
SET A PERSONAL CHALLENGE
It’s interesting how your perspective on the rest of the year changes if you plan a personal challenge now. Planning it now means that you’ve already got a focus - on training and preparation. Last year in October, I cycled over 450km across Burma for The Genesis Research Trust Charity. It really was an incredible experience - I met amazing people, saw amazing places and understood more about this brilliant charity’s research and life-changing work. In fact, I’m doing another bike ride in Madagascar this year - better get on my bike and get training! Come on, you can do it!
I love a good clear out, it always makes me feel so much better. I often have to remind myself that I spent 18 months living out of a rucksack while travelling the world in my 20s - you really don’t need that much. Simplify everything. My mother’s mantra was, “If in doubt, throw it out!” which is a good philosophy to follow. Also, this year, cancel all hard copies of bank statements and bills that still clutter your in tray - you won’t have to do your filing, will save on paper and will get back some valuable time and space.
My husband has bought a family multi-charger so that all phones are charged downstairs to enforce our “no phones in the bedroom” policy. My 16-year old is defiantly resisting and my 12-year old sneaks his under the covers. I have to say that I used to sneak my radio under the covers when I was 12 so I understand, but smartphones are so much more intrusive. Watch this interview with Simon Sinek to see how the digital world is affecting young millennials - fascinatingly worrying! Anyway, as I have been working on ELEMIS’ growth in the US, I have had to be even more disciplined to switch off from the digital world a few evenings a week and engage with family, do the bedtime reading or just get some much needed time to myself.
WINTER BATHING & BEDITATION
In the morning I practice “beditation”. I laughed when I first heard about this but now, I set the alarm 10 minutes earlier and then practice meditation for 10 minutes. Well, I try to – I’m not going to lie, I am having a little trouble with this one but the intention is there! Also, I try to take 5 minutes twice a week at the end of the day for deep abdominal breathing whilst in the bath (with Pro-Collagen Marine Mask on of course). Recently, I’ve been using our soon-to-be-launched Calm Bath Elixir. It’s part of a simply incredible new range and I’ve been so happy to test and refine these formulations for over two years. I can’t wait for these to come out to share them with you.
DON’T FORGET TO EXERCISE
I honestly believe that exercise keeps all lurgees at bay. In all my years at ELEMIS, I seem to have avoided all those winter bugs and I put this down to exercise and fresh air. Every week I try (and the emphasis is on ‘try’!) to do 2-3 things – gym, swim, a walk or pilates. In 2017, I need to make more time to do this.