6 things to start doing in 2019

Welcome to the new year. I’m sure you’ve seen all the memes of how 2019 will be the best yet - full of self confidence, life changing events and optimum hydration.

For us, it’s a great time for reflection, to review our behaviours of the past year and even set some sneaky intentions and goals.

Here are some practical ways, for you to help yourself and the planet this year.

1 . Start swapping your products for natural options 

Everyday personal care products contain thousands of chemicals that affect hormones and may be linked to various illnesses.

Therefore, as you use up your beauty products, consider swapping to these alternatives that won’t disrupt your body.

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  • Foundation > try natural alternatives like this Ere Perez Oat Milk Foundation or Ilia Serum Foundation

  • Bronzer > Fluff bronzing powder uses natural ingredients instead of any gross talc, palm oil or toxic chemicals. Plus we enjoy the packaging.

  • Face oil > a key component in our daily routine, Go-To Face Hero is a lightweight oil that hydrates but also does wonders for any acne scars (and reasonably priced). We’re also currently trialling Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil, which is good for those sensitive to essential oils.

  • Serum > try a plant serum like Biologi Bd – Luminosity Face Serum or Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum

  • Deodorant (commercial deodorants have a chemical called propylene glycol which has been associated with dermatitis, eye irritations and organ system toxicity. It's also a component of antifreeze. Yep, the stuff that goes in your car engine.) Schmidt's was the standout favourite in our insta poll, Black Chicken is also a favourite if you don’t mind the paste.

  • Nail polish (many formulations contain toluene, a petrochemical solvent that’s used in paint thinners. It's a known irritant that causes breathing problems, nausea, organ system toxicity and is most likely a carcinogen.) > our favourites are Kester Black (Melbourne based) and Butter London.

2. Start documenting your goals and holding yourself accountable 

The small decisions we make daily lead to different paths. We don’t have control over what obstacles life throws in our path, but we can control our actions.

By setting intentions and keeping them close, we can facilitate the path that we choose.

3. Start learning something new

Learning something new may tie in with your goals above - love a multitasking moment.

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and only cease at death”, Albert Einstein.

Identify what type of learner you are and get going!

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4. Start making more eco friendly choices 

  • Coffee cups > one of the simplest things to change up is to start using a reusable coffee cup. Leave one at home, one at work, even one in your car so you don’t forget. Try Frank Green, Keep Cup or Upper Cup.

  • Water bottles > Ditto with water bottles. You don’t need to choose plastic water bottles that are not only bad for the environment, but unhealthy for you. Choose HyrdroFlask or Swell.

  • Plastic bags > bring your own canvas bag or backpack the next time you go shopping. Simple.

  • Makeup wipes > instead of using disposable non recyclable wipes, try Face Halo which can be reused and replaces around 500 wipes.

For more sustainable tips have a read of this article.

5. Start a technology curfew 

Every day we spend over 2 hours on social media, which results in using our precious time to mindlessly scroll instead of developing meaningful connections with others and ourselves.

Setting a curfew creates boundaries that will let your body wind down without the unnecessary blue light. Try switching your phone to ‘do not disturb’ from 9pm - leave it face down - and don’t touch it again until the morning. Bonus points if you don’t spend the first 30 mins of your day scrolling (try meditating, journalling, or brewing a coffee instead).

Looking to take it further? Try a digital detox.

6. Start exploring 

It’s very easy for us to get caught up in the cycle of day-to-day routines, so make a conscious effort to explore more this year.

Try new cafes or restaurants, take local road trips and explore new towns, go outside; find new beaches, hiking spots, rivers or orchards. Plus exploring is good for your mental health (decreases anxiety and you learn from new experience) and your physical health (e.g. when you hike or swim).