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Creating your ideal life

It’s that time of year where many of us have said our goodbyes to the previous year, and are designing goals and resolutions for the new decade (it’s totally a new decade – I KNOW). What’s on your list for 2020? How many goals do you have on that list, and how attainable are they? I’ll bet there’s a couple written down which will highlight the need for better self-care. Or just any kind of self-care. Many of us have a bit of time now to stop and think….what worked for me this year? Am I exhausted and in need of several months off, as opposed to a couple of weeks? It’s interesting that so many of us have healthier aspirations in January. We’re full of the desire to ‘be good’, which usually involves more exercise, less junk food, more sleep, less stress and more time for ourselves. And regular massage or acupuncture treatments with trusted health care professionals :) If you’re anything like me, my new year’s resolutions are normally two pages long with tasks that would make superwoman roll her eyes. So this year, I’m positing a radical idea (and this is pretty deep folks, so prepare yourselves): “Create a life you don’t need a holiday from” (Told you it was deep) I know you’ve probably read this somewhere before, but I saw it recently and it really spoke to me. This concept surpasses the grueling exercise regimes, celery juice and self-denial. It also challenges the “good” and “bad” labels, which are relative terms that can put a lot of pressure on us to behave in certain ways. This phrase doesn’t use guilt as a motivator. Many of us have to work in order to make a living, look after our families or just feed ourselves. But a change in mindset can have massive effects in our lives, and why we do things. Where am I striving to get to? Is it just Friday afternoon? Could I wake up energised and fluffy tailed? Do I want to actually love my job, not just turn up when I have to? There’s also that phrase “Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life”. Do you agree with this? I love what I do, my team and my clients, but I have to say that it’s still bloody hard work! In his book “Own the day, own your life”, Aubrey Marcus challenges this statement too. He says that rest is rest, and work is work. If you’re looking for a good place to start adjusting some patterns in your life, this is it. It’s an amazing read. Aubrey goes through your entire day and describes what to do in order to squeeze out the very best of it. He begins with what to do when you first wake up, what best to eat throughout the day (more specifically what’s good to eat, and when), your ideal exercise routine, what happens when you get home, how you can relax and how to get the best night’s sleep possible. This book was a huge game changer for me. It’s not preachy or condescending, just very down to earth, funny and quite unconventional in its suggestions. So in keeping with the theme, I invite you to think about what your ideal life would look like. It could be a really small change, like taking the stairs instead of the lift, or walking a different way to work. Little changes such as these can cause massive change down the road…creating a life which is happier, healthier and more ‘you’. If you decide to dedicate more time to your physical health, remember that the Prana team are here for you – whether it’s a massage, acupuncture, or you just want to have a chat about where to start. We’ve been there and understand how challenging those first steps can be. Have an AWESOME January everyone! Mya :)