Our tips to make 2018 the Best Year Yet

If you’re anything like us, 2017 flashed before our eyes. We’re pretty sure that 2018 is going to be the same, if not even faster! It’s too easy to get caught in the whirlwind of life, without actually taking a moment to stop and look at where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re going. We have put together a few things we’ll be doing to make 2018 the best year yet.

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Set Achievable Goals

All the discussion around new year goals and resolutions of course is motivational, but the questions is, how many people stick to the promises they make to themselves? We’ll be happy to make it halfway through February sticking to what we thought would be our new way of living. The problem with all these promises, restrictions and changes is that if we don’t stick to them and fail, it can make us feel pretty down in the dumps.

Taking time to sit down with a cup of tea and building a plan of action is not just therapeutic, but it will take some of that lingering new year weight off your shoulders. Write down your big goal for 2018 at the top of your piece of paper. Underneath it, write down five smaller goals that you need to do to achieve it. Then set each of these smaller goals a deadline and you may want to add some bullet points of how exactly you will achieve them.

These smaller goals seem much less daunting and much more achievable, especially when they have a deadline. Each week you can look back at your plan and cross off what you have done to get that real sense of achievement. This will motivate you even more when you see you are actually getting closer to achieving your goal.


Practice Mindfulness

The turn of a new year is not just a time to make improvements and adjustments, but also time to get a little selfish too. Concentrating on your own mind and personal wellbeing will give you the energy needed to get through the last of the winter months.

Here at Devonshire Tea we thrive off the lovely fresh air and nature that Devon offers us. For us, there’s nothing better than tying on the walking boots, making a flask of hot tea and hitting the South West Coast Path. Taking 30 minutes out of your day regularly to get moving is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of family and work life.

Whether it’s a gentle walk with the dog or a quick cycle into town, it will give you the boost of energy you deserve, whilst giving your mind the time and space to relax and wander. The Headspace app is a great way of introducing meditation into your daily routine. Meditation has been proven to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better, and this app guides you gently through the process, working with whatever time you have to spare.


Stay Hydrated

It goes without saying that drinking enough water throughout the day will help keep energy levels on a high. If you’re someone who struggles to drink enough, setting reminders or alarms are a wonderful way to keep on top of hydration. There are some great apps out there which remind you to keep hydrated too.

You could also invest in a water bottle with marked hourly hydration targets like this. Remember that all drinks, including tea and coffee, contribute your recommended 8 glasses a day. So, what are you waiting for? Go and stick the kettle on!


Drying Out?

A stiff drink when you get home after a long day helps you to unwind and relax, but having alcohol in the system does make it harder to sleep and may make you a little slower the next day. Also, have you noticed how much more time you’ve got now you’re not on the booze? For those of you battling your way through what might seem the longest and most boring month in the calendar, we have found some great tasting non-alcoholic tipples to get you through the detoxing month.

We’ve found that switching up our usual “gin o’clock” to “iced tea time” has been a fantastic way of quenching thirst whilst curing that want for something tasty to sip on. Simply brew the teabags in the fridge overnight in cold water and add a slice of lemon – our Earl Grey Tea works particularly well for this. Hot drinks have been proven to help relax and prepare the body for sleep, so pop the kettle on, get in your pajamas and grab that book you’ve been meaning to finish.

We’re also loving Devon-based Luscombe’s tasty and natural range of mixers, juices and tonics, especially their Sparkling Elderflower and Hot Ginger Beer! If you’re feeling nifty, you can enjoy one of their delicious new Elderflower tonics or what we like to call a “T&T”, it’ll really trick you into thinking there’s some gin in there.


Healthy Eating

After a good two weeks of eating every festive treat in sight, it can be hard not to feel the slightest bit of guilt. With the harsh prospect of finding the motivation to get back on track as well having to go back to work, it can all get a bit too much. Solutions like weekly meal plans are great way to help you stick to your new personal diet goals.

Meal plans aren't just solutions to the problem of needing to eat the right food and decrease snacking, but making and planning meals is also an expression of creativity. Kitchen chalk boards can be the perfect addition to a family home and a brilliant way of getting the whole family involved. It’s a fun method for slowly introducing and controlling certain foods that your children are eating, helping them to cut down on saturated fats and instead incorporate new and exciting ingredients which are tasty, healthy and nutritional.


#inspirationRichard Heath