Our health and nutrition columnist Tazmin Proctor gets us New Year ready.

Have you heard of the saying ‘The greatest wealth is health’? This is a saying that is not only very close to my heart, but I’m sure a lot of your hearts too.

There is such an abundance of pressure on us these days to have successful careers, be perfect parents and to always look impeccable. The pressure is real!

I was a single parent to a new born and a 2-year-old, simultaneously running 3 businesses. Picture a hamster in a wheel. Well, that was me! I wanted to succeed for my children, but in doing so, stress got the better of me and I was forced to re-evaluate my life. I realised that I did nothing for myself day to day, week to week or even month to month. Does this sound familiar? Are you constantly running around after your children, your partner, running a business and trying to hit targets in work? How often do you make time for yourself?

You must make yourself a priority. I did it for myself, and I am now coaching hundreds of people to do the same. The results and change in their lives has been phenomenal.  I urge you to be a little more selfish in 2018 as not only you, but everyone around you will reap the benefits. Your work load will become easier as you will be more focused and productive if you have spent time unwinding from a hard week. Parenting will be more enjoyable as you will have more energy to play with your children. Your relationship will also flourish because you feel more attractive and confident if you have had some ‘you’ time.

Here are some tips for a more selfish you in 2018:

Plan the day ahead – set your alarm 30 minutes earlier so that you have a clear mind to do your morning rituals. Whether it be affirmations, meditation, yoga or just a coffee in peace. This is a great way to set you up for your day.

Plan your meals – if you prep your meals the day before or plan what you are eating the next day or week then you are less likely to opt for the wrong food choices. Keep your food nutritious, colourful and varied, this way you can absorb all the powerful vitamins and minerals, which will not only keep those extra pounds off, but will also keep you healthy.

Get your heart pumping and your endorphins flowing. Try to exercise at least 4 times a week, even if it is for 30 minutes. Do an exercise class with a friend or go for a jog with your partner, you are more likely to keep up the routine if something is booked and you’ve arranged to go with someone.

Treat yourself! Whatever it may be that makes you happy, make sure you set some aside some ‘me’ time. Whether you enjoy shopping, going for a spa treatment, maybe a night out with friends or just sitting in a quiet room reading a good book and listening to music – do what makes you feel best.

Make looking after you your New Year’s resolution for 2018.


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