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Finally – the kids are back at school, which means ‘Mum New Year’ has officially started. You’ve been juggling your own responsibilities with running after the kids all school holidays (while they lived their best lives, mind you) which means you haven’t had any ‘me’ time. That ends now.

If you’re in need of a major reset (or even just a minor refresh) then listen up. There’s no time like the present to focus on your goals, set your intentions and make small changes to ensure this year is your best yet.

Here are a few ideas…

Cull your wardrobe

This time of year – after the extravagance of Christmas, the frenzy of the Boxing Day sales and spending more time at home – always makes us feel indulgent. It’s hard not to notice just how much stuff there is around us, and how much we seem to accumulate. With too many clothes, even getting dressed in the morning can be the source of a lot of stress. Whether you’re avoiding opening a drawer or door for fear of a clothes explosion or sick of wasting time staring at all of your clothes and still lamenting that you have ‘nothing to wear’, you’re probably due for a wardrobe declutter. It can be a daunting task, but these tips will help. Click here for your ultimate guide to clearing out (and then organising) your wardrobe.

Let go of old habits

Your ‘spring cleaning’ ritual shouldn’t end with your closet – the start of a new year is a great opportunity to dust off old behaviours and release thoughts that may have been burdening you, too. Write down three things that haven’t been serving you well – it could be a bad habit, a negative relationship or a mindset towards something in your life – then let them go. It’s like a reverse New Year’s Resolution: instead of adding more things to do, work out what you’d like to leave behind. It could mean saying goodbye to late nights working, negative self-talk or all the excuses you’ve made for not trying that passion project or new hobby you’ve been thinking about. Click to find out more.

Get moving

Meditation and yoga practice are two important ways to help you detox not only your body, but also your mind. The best part is, you don’t need much time to dedicate to them. A simple five or 10-minute stretch in the morning will work wonders for your body, as will a quick meditation before you start or when you end your day. Other kinds of movement – walking, swimming, cycling, whatever you enjoy most – will improve your circulation and help you get active after a sluggish holiday period. The key is to find movement that you enjoy, not pushing yourself to do whatever will burn the most calories.

Say goodbye to toxic stress

Stress is toxic to our bodies – so toxic, in fact, that it can poison your body and mind to the point where you are totally incapacitated. Imagine how stressed you’d feel then?! It is estimated that sixty to eighty percent of all visits to GPs are stress related, including fatigue, headaches, inability to lose weight, mental health issues, insomnia, digestive problems and so many more. For a fresh start, make a list of all the stressors in your life, from most to least stressful. Then target your top two stressors and work out a way to reduce the impact they have on your life – even if it’s only a small change. When you’ve eventually mastered that, tackle the next two. This could be a practice you target every quarter, or whenever you’re starting to feel overwhelmed.

Nourish yourself from the inside out

‘You are what you eat’ doesn’t just apply to our general wellbeing, but also to our skin health. Our skin is the first line of defence against environmental intruders such as pollution and UV irradiation, and it’s busy supporting the body’s electrolyte balance, regulating temperature, absorbing substances and excreting waste. Nutritionist Rick Hay says that exposure to the sun and excess sugar are two of the strongest premature ageing agents – instead, eat ingredients to keep your skin healthy and glowing. Fatty fish, such as salmon, is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids that keeps skin supple and moisturised, reducing inflammation, while sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene which keeps your skin healthy by acting as a natural sunblock, among other things. Also try broccoli, green tea, avocados, red capsicum, tomatoes and turmeric. Click here to find out more.

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