Sometimes all it takes is one small lifestyle change to improve your health vastly over time.
Taking care of your body is essential, it's the only one you'll get, and if you let your health deteriorate, it's much harder to get it back on track.
Today, I’ve assembled a list of 12 healthy living tips you can start using right now, to increase your wellbeing and overall health.
1) Replace Fizzy Drinks With Water
Most fizzy drinks contain high levels of sugar and chemicals that aren't good for us at all. If you need a “sugar buzz” get it from natural sugars found in fruits.
Water is an essential part of the human diet, and through drinking enough of it; we can remain hydrated and vibrant for our daily activities and plans. Replace soda with water, and you'll soon see an increase in your overall health and wellbeing.
2) Get Enough Sleep
Adults should get an average of eight hours sleep per night. If this isn't the case for you, you may feel a little fatigued throughout the day, your moods will be on edge, and your performance hindered.
Sleep is crucial for feeling rested, rejuvenated and healthy. Lack of sleep can cause us to make mistakes that wouldn't occur if we were properly refreshed. Ensure that you go to bed at a reasonable hour to allow your body to get the appropriate rest it needs.
Meditation is a great way to relax and clear out your mental clutter. The average human has 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day, so it's fair to say that taking time out to “still” the mind can help us to rejuvenate from erratic mental activity.
Popular meditation techniques such as mindfulness and Transcendental Meditation are backed by scientific study, showing the positive impact they have on our brain activity and overall wellness. Try to meditate at least once per day for 20 minutes to allow this healthy living technique to enhance your lifestyle.
4) Pick Exercises you Enjoy
Exercising can be a strenuous and daunting activity for many, which is why it's essential that you select workouts that you enjoy performing.
Due to the versatile variety of exercise plans and methods available, it makes sense to sieve through them to find solutions that provide you with a sense of pleasure. If you have fun while performing an exercise, you're far more likely to engage in it more often or to stick to a routine.
5) Eat More Fruit and Vegetables
It's so easy to come home after a hard day's work and stick a frozen meal in the oven. However, the time it takes for a frozen meal to cook is about the same as it takes to prepare something fresh such as a pasta dish with vegetables.
It's widely known and accepted that fruit and vegetables are healthy, and should be consumed as part of a healthy diet. If you find it difficult to include them in your diet, seek out recipes that make them more exciting.
Make fruit salad for desert or a snack, use spices and herbs with vegetables to bring them to life.
6) Love Yourself
It's important to build your life on a foundation of positivity and compassion. In order to achieve this, you must first learn to love yourself unconditionally.
Loving yourself doesn't mean you become selfish and self-absorbed, it means taking care of yourself physically and mentally. Giving yourself this kind of love and attention will usually result in you treating others with more respect and compassion.
Everything you do begins with you; therefore you have the power to set out ripples of positivity into your environment. Cast out your actions from a place of love and understanding; it'll help you to feel good about yourself and how you're contributing to the world.
7) Remove Negativity From Your Life
Negativity can seep into your life through many paths. In the form of thoughts, environmental conditioning from others, and the general media.
If you can, try to avoid coming into contact with people who bring you down emotionally, as they will condition you to feel the same as they do. This will then result in you spreading that negativity even further by passing it onto others.
Learn to become mindful of your thoughts and weed out those that don't serve you in a positive way.
8) Take Deep Breaths
Obviously, breathing keeps us alive, but how much attention do you pay to how you take your breaths? Short breaths can cause us to feel anxious and uneasy, but through learning how to control our breathing, we can improve our mood almost instantly.
Taking deep breaths has the opposite effect on us, as it instills a sense of calm, grounding and safety by pumping enough oxygen into our bloodstream. Become aware of how you breathe more often, so that you can control your moods and performance in a more efficient and constructive manner.
9) Live a Purposeful Life
Life is meant to be enjoyed; it shouldn't feel like a series of motions that you go without care. Find out what you love doing and base your lifestyle around it. This may mean a career change, or it could be something you do outside of the workplace.
Through finding a passion, you will invigorate your senses and summon enthusiasm and energy that will spill into all other areas of your life including relationships, fitness and your overall health.
10) Improve your Posture
The way you sit or stand has a prominent affect on your mood. If you sit hunched over with your elbows resting on the table and your hands holding up your head, you give off a negative impression.
Whereas sitting with your back held upright and a smile on your face tells others that you feel comfortable. The way we position our bodies can trick our brains into thinking that we feel a certain way.
Therefore if you're feeling lethargic of negative in any way, try to improve your posture, as it will help pull you out of a bad mood.
11) Get out more often
Being stuck indoors can make you feel closed off from the outside world and nature. It's important that you get out at least once per day, even if it's just for a short 20-minute walk.
Interacting with others and nature is important, it helps us stay connected and freshens up our lives with new opportunities and situations. Go out with friends, family members or arrange dates if you aren't in a relationship already.
12) Take Regular Breaks
To avoid bad performance at work or with whatever it is you find yourself doing, you should take regular breaks.
Our senses can only deliver enhanced and concentrated performance for so long; it's vital that you learn to take time away from tasks that require a lot of attention to rejuvenate your senses.
For example, if you work with computers and screens, you should take a five to ten-minute break every 50-60 minutes to maintain focus and good all round health.
Wrapping things up…
Make use of at least a handful of these tips and see what positive changes you can create in your life 🙂
I’m certain that at least a few of them will have a profound impact on your lifestyle, helping you to kick your journey through self-improvement up a gear!
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