Spring Clean Your Body & Mind

by georgia hartmann

Women’s Health Expert

Since having my son, Otto, the importance of maintaining my own health has amplified. Whilst I spent the first 40 days postpartum resting, recovering and bonding with my baby, it’s now time (this piece was written 7 weeks postpartum) to boost my vitality; not only for my own health but for that of my family.

So join me in spring cleaning the body and mind. Commit to 28 days – whether that looks like the start of a new month or tomorrow morning (preferably the latter – let’s just get sh*t done).

Throughout the 28 days, commit fully to the following five principles:

  1. 30 minutes of movement every day. Do what works for you. The idea is to get your heart rate up without you feeling completely fatigued at the end of it. I will be opting for a combination of pilates (Fluid Form at Home) and brisk walking on the beach (because I love it).
  2. Wholesome meals. This is not a diet. We are simply focusing on nourishing our bodies with wholesome, real food. Avoid all processed sugar, limit coffee to 1 per day in the morning, and avoid alcohol. Also avoid any foods you are sensitive to.
  3. Hydrate. The same hormone that tells you you’re hungry also tells you you’re thirsty. Keep yourself well hydrated by drinking 3L of water per day. 
  4. Rest. As a new mum, I am well familiar with sleep deprivation. So if you cannot get a full, uninterrupted 8 hours each night, add naps in during the day (as many as you can). You will notice a huge difference in your energy and mood with just a 20 minute nap.
  5. Get fresh air. A huge part of this spring clean is decluttering your mind. And we know that stepping outside has profound benefit on your mood, stress response, and immune function. Tip: take your exercise outside.

Accountability is key

To keep you on track for the 28 days, here is your Spring Clean Printout. Print it out, stick it front and centre on your fridge, get yourself a thick Sharpie, and tick each day as you follow the above principles. 

by georgia hartman

Women’s Health Expert

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