Smug therapy is good for the soul > The new year is well under way and all around your friends are giving up on their resolutions. How you have to hold back your ‘told you so‘ thoughts! Your smugness has a feel good factor, albeit you have to overlook that you did not fail because you did not try. Be careful though, as there are warnings of a smugness epidemic.
But maybe it is not too late to try a few lifestyle changes of your own – in secret of course. Fashionable is building self-awareness through things like meditation. According to the self-help gurus, self-awareness is the ability to recognise and understand your moods, emotions and drives. Building it can play a crucial role in improving mental and physical wellbeing.
By understanding your feelings, motivations and behaviours in more depth, you can begin to act more consciously in order to make better choices for yourself.
The trouble is that it sounds too self-righteous! Much better to revolutionise your life with something more tangible, such as yoga, running or lifting weights.
A gut feeling about health
Much less exhausting is fostering a neighbour’s dog. Cheaper than starting a gym membership or a pilates class, which statistically you will abandon within a month or so anyway. A dog is more of a commitment and walkies are compulsory and a free passport to fitness.
But instead of finding ways to walk off the pounds, it is much easier to stop putting them on in the first place. Diversity is the key, so aim for at least 30 different plant-based foods per week. That is because plant-based diversity has a key role in good gut health.
Status quo therapy
Yet we all know that, however good all these lifestyle changes ideas seem, they are just wishful thinking. Life has to go on and it is far easier to go with the flow. Procrastination and the status quo are so beguiling!
Much better to go to bed and leave all this talk of change to another year. “And as it happens, sleep is about the best therapy you can get,” says Tonic’s sleep therapist.
“Even being mildly deprived of it – five hours a night – can affect a range of cognitive functions, including decision making. There are lots of things you can do to get a better night’s sleep, from avoiding caffeine too close to bed to having a consistent bedtime.
“But my top tip is to stop using electronic devices like phones and laptops well before bedtime, or at least put on a filter that blocks the blue light in them.”
Sweet dreams and enjoy your smugness therapy.