Our health and happiness are closely linked. A good and healthy lifestyle boosts up your mood. This results in a positive mindset. In these stressful times, it becomes extremely important to start living a healthier lifestyle. Start practicing a few simple habits that could give you magical outcomes.
Here are simple tips on how to start:
1. Be Active
- Take a walk
Sitting idle all day is unhealthy. Take out time for a walk for at least an hour every day. This will keep you active and connected to the outside world. If you have a tight work schedule, make sure not to stick to your workstation all day, instead of this, you can walk around with your coworkers. Try sports and more outdoor activities. Add jogging to your lifestyle. It causes endorphins release that gives you the natures ‘runner high’.
- Exercise daily
Exercise has both mental and physical benefits. Do moderate to vigorous exercise at least twice a week. This includes running, weight-lifting, or swimming. Take brisk walks or do a set of jumping jacks daily. This helps you to boost up your mood.
- Clean your space- both physical and mental
Clean your bedroom, workspace, and home for better peace of mind. Cleanliness is next to godliness. Set aside 15-20 minutes daily to clean your space. This will make you feel controlled and calm.
2. Eat healthily
We are what we eat. A healthy diet leads to a healthy body. Here is what you can do:
- Avoid Trans Fats
Research by Consumer reports shows that food containing trans fats is bad for mental health. Processed foods usually contain trans fats. Make sure to read labels before buying packaged foods. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables instead of packaged ones.
- Eat ‘superfoods’
Fruits and vegetables are superfoods. They contain important Vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that keep your body healthy. Include more vitamins in your diet. This food helps you stay healthy and more energetic. Vitamin-rich foods also combat stress.
3. Have a good night’s sleep
- The body needs rest. It is important to sleep enough. Research suggests 6-8 hours of sleep is necessary for the brain to function effectively. This will ensure that you are at your best work and handle challenges effectively.
- Control your caffeine intake. It might lead to difficulty sleeping. Substitute caffeine beverages with natural drinks like herbal tea or fruit juice. Try taking healthier options such as electrolytes or decaffeinated energy drinks.
- Relax before sleeping. Avoid being in front of any screen at least an hour before going to bed. Make sure your bedroom is quiet and cool. This will keep you calm and help you relax.
4. Quit Smoking
Research has found that no smoking, a good diet, and moderate drinking can add smoking has a severe effect on the lungs, brain, and mind. There is no such thing as a ‘healthy smoker’. It can even result in lung cancer. Quit smoking for a better and healthy life.
5. Go Outside
Going outside is a proven way to a healthy life. Nature is therapeutic in itself. Visit a park, observe the sounds, sights, and smells. Take photos and try to get connected to nature. Get out in the Sun. It helps your body to absorb Vitamin D.
Talk to your friends, relatives, or anyone you care about. This is the most natural stress reliever. Spend time with them, plan outings, play games to give your mood and health a boost. Studies conducted by The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that a massage can boost the immune system and make you happier.
7. Get involved in a hobby:
It is important for you to connect to yourself. Make time for something you enjoy doing. This will give nurturing results.
If you are aiming for a healthier and happier life, make the necessary changes. The only difficult part is to start. Start with simple habits that appeal to you the most. The most important thing about being healthy is to nourish yourself. Make sure you eat good, healthy food, and exercise enough.