Making the lifestyle change

Here is a quick guide for better living:

Set yourself goals for semester two:

Although we’re one month in, there is still plenty of time to make a change. Whether these are academic goals inspired by semester one exam results, or a pledge you made to exercise while watching Ex on the Beach (guilty), they will leave you with more than just the pride of accomplishment. Goals challenge you, force your life to move forward and improve your organizational, planning and productivity skills- essentially bettering other areas of our life without realising.

 

Wear sunscreen everyday:

Many beauty experts, as well as Jennifer Aniston (the woman who doesn’t age), say that this is the key to better skin and prolonged ageing. Not convinced? A study in Queensland showed that regular sunscreen use protects against ‘photoaging’: the wrinkling, spotting and loss of elasticity caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Luckily for us, most foundations and moisturisers (yes boys, you should be using that too) contain SPF nowadays – so no excuses!

 

Change your night-time phone habits:

Find yourself opening Facebook in an attempt to bore you to sleep? We’ve all been there. However studies have shown that using smartphones before attempting to sleep has the opposite effect. They emit short wavelengths of a blue light which suppresses the production of melatonin, a hormone that controls sleep and wake cycles. It basically tricks your body into thinking it is time to be awake. Experts recommend staying electronic-free for thirty minutes before hitting the sack. Sound impossible? Try checking your social media pages and then getting ready for bed, nearly half an hour will have passed before you realise.

Michelle Martin

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