And so the last week of the year has happened. And what a year it has been, especially with our #HealthyHabits2017 challenge, integrating a new habit every single week, even while on holiday.
The point of this challenge has been to try out things that are supposed to be good for us that we could turn into habits. We were to try them out for a week each, each task was to be easy to implement, and see what resonated and felt good. Some things were more successful than others but the enjoyment of them is totally subjective so we wrote about the health benefits as well as our own personal experiences of these things. It's been a wild ride into the world of living a healthier life and even if all 52 habits haven't stuck by trying these things out we've improved our lives a fraction and have successfully implemented some things that make us feel great while figuring out what felt like waste of time.
This last habit of the year is to reflect on how we've done, because looking back is important for learning for the future.
And so how did it finally go?
We've tried things that are good for the body: flossing, drinking lots of water, stretching, walking, sleeping. And things that are good for the mind: writing letters of gratitude, reading, smiling intently, saying no and writing bucket lists.
The thing that came out during the research for these posts is that pretty much everything in our list here will help out with stress in some way. And stress causes a lot of bad suff to happen in the body especially if you're running on those feelings for a long time. So literally everything here is well worth doing for that aspect. But what are the things that have stuck?
Well drinking lots of water has. Before this challenge I personally would survive of tea alone and barely drink water. The benefits I've felt from drinking water have been incredible. I feel fresher, my skin is usually happier, and the uncomfortable process of needing to pee every five minutes dissipated when my body got used to it.
All the active challenges like try a sport or exercise you've never tried before, or go swimming meant that I had to go outside of my comfort zone of just walking the dog and actually get more active. This has had a bigger impact and I've started exercising more in general which has been good for my wellbeing overall. I feel more confident and happier in my own body because of it.
Food wise, trying veggie or vegan for a week stuck and I've now been vegetarian for seven months. Again it's a personal choice, but anyones diets will benefit from having more fruits and veggies incorporated into them. I've also incorporated more fermented food into my diet because I forgot how yummy pickled cucumber was!
Things like writing a bucket list, or keeping a happiness diary, or reflecting on what I'm grateful for have also stuck because it's a good idea to keep these things in check. Taking note of the things that make you happy, the things you want to achieve and making sure you make the most of these things that add value and make a life worth living.
While not everything here is a daily habit to put into practice, all of them are worth doing every now and again in terms of wellbeing. If you decide to incorporate some healthy habits into your own life we hope this list provides some insight and helpful information as to why these things are worth trying yourself. We've set ourselves up in a good position this year and we're looking forward to a healthier 2018 and hope you are too. Happy New Year and lots of love from us at Sagitta.
If you want to see how we did here are all of the habits:
Week 50: Look after someone else's health.
Image by Alisa Aiv