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Small changes to routine make a healthy difference
17 June 2019
In this fast-paced world we live in, our schedules are so hectic and our days seem to fly by so quickly, that we often tend to forget the most important thing of all – taking care of ourselves. While there’s nothing wrong with working hard and building your career, if you don’t learn how to balance out your life, you’ll never be able to achieve your goals. Eventually, the stress of everyday life will take a significant toll on both your physical and your mental health, which is why it’s high time for a change.
Taking good care of yourself is not as hard as it seems – by slightly changing your everyday routine, you will be able to live a well-balanced, healthy and happy life.
Nourish your body
Even though you might be tempted by the convenience of fast food, it can wreak havoc on your metabolism and lead to serious health problems, such as obesity and heart disease. The simplest and most effective way to eat healthy is to focus on unprocessed, whole foods and reduce your intake of processed sugras. Eat a well-balanced combination of plants, fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, eggs, nuts and seeds, as well as healthy fats, oils and high-fat dairy products.
Think about the time you spend on screens and limit it where possible. Consider your eyes. Screen time is hard on them and your brain.
Don’t forget to move around
Using your muscles regularly is extremely important for overall health, as it ensures that our body, brain and hormones all function optimally. And while most of us simply don’t have the time to go to the gym every morning, or the money to buy expensive exercise equipment for our home, that doesn’t mean that we should give up completely. The important thing is to incorporate movement into your everyday life. Whether you decide to go on a jog around the neighborhood every morning or simply walk to work every day, even a small workout will significantly lower your risk of developing serious health issues and help keep both your body and your brain healthy.
Get enough sleep
Just like any other part of your body, your brain needs rest as well. Apart from boosting your immune system, during deep sleep, your brain repairs and restores itself, thus energizing you and improving your overall mood. If at 11am you feel you'll fall asleep, you've probably not had a good enough night's sleep. Try this quick quiz and see more on sleep, here.
Even though stress seems to be an inevitable part of modern day life, long-term or chronic stress can be detrimental to both your physical and your mental health. That is why it is crucial to simplify your life and learn how to take a break from the sources of your stress. Whether it’s taking a walk, exercising, practicing deep breathing techniques, or being mindful, practicing healthy coping mechanisms will help you deal with stress.
Life isn’t simple, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be happy, healthy and successful. It just takes some creativity and conscious living.