There are many steps that you can take to live a healthier, more productive life. After all, being healthy is about making small, realistic steps that can make a huge difference in your day-to-day life. Here are a few simple and realistic solutions to get you started:
I know… the word “diet” just popped into your head, that’s not it at all! In fact, dieting can often backfire on us when used long-term. A great approach for this first solution is to start by making small changes. This can include cutting back on sugary drinks, eating more fruits and veggies, and trying healthier versions of your favorite foods. Making these small changes can improve your energy levels, and lead you in the right direction of a healthier lifestyle.
Each day, take at least 30 minutes to participate in physical activity. Make physical activities a part of your daily routine. Some examples of daily exercise include taking a walk, a light jog, or even a swim! By staying active, you’re allowing your body to decrease stress levels; you’ll even find yourself sleeping better at night, and having more energy throughout the day.
Set boundaries and be clear with your intentions when it comes to furthering your relationships with people who make you feel less than. Practice shifting your thinking to focus on what is going well in your life vs. what is missing. Your brain will notice this newfound pattern, freeing you up to live more in a space of gratitude.
We all know that being committed to good sleep is a basic foundation of good health. Busy schedules and stress can affect sleep patterns dramatically. Try creating a nightly routine to help you wind down before bedtime. This may consist of a simple and relaxing activity such as reading. A night routine will create a reminder in your brain that it is time to release the stressful thoughts of the day. Better sleep also creates wellness in your mental, physical, and emotional health. When you get enough sleep, say 7-8 hours, you’re better able to cope with life challenges, both big and small.
Overall, these simple changes you make now will accumulate into healthy habits that will benefit you now and well into the future. It is time to create a healthier, more fulfilling life for yourself.