In our fast-paced, technology-driven, always on the go world, most of the time it’s hard to stay healthy. There’s work, there’s kids, there’s pets, there’s husbands and wives, there’s outside family members, there’s bills, there’s grocery shopping, there’s arguments, there’s drama, there’s attitudes – let’s face it…life is HARD on a good day. I think our ancestors would be very overwhelmed at the pace at which we live. It takes tremendous effort to slow down and enjoy every day as it comes. Most of them fly by in a blur like those white line dividers on the road.
So what do we do? Janet Miller has provided a guest post with ten tips to help us refocus and re-energize ourselves. Do they sound simple? Yes, but don’t let that deceive you. These ‘simple’ tips will have a tremendous impact in your life if you apply them completely and truly put forth the effort to make healthy changes. You’re worth it, and your family is worth it!
The kind of lifestyle we are living now tends to cause us to be unhealthy, moody and irritable. Want to live a healthier life? Here are 10 tips from my experience as a work-at-home mom of four:
1. Exercise. People seem to only view exercise as a way of being physically fit. But exercise gives you more than that. People who exercise regularly are happier, smarter and more productive. Exercise releases hormones that make you more active in dealing with your every day life without getting stressed out. Physical activities such as barefoot running and yoga give your mind the mental break that it needs.
2. Eat healthy food. This is such a cliché, but it always works. Aside from exercising regularly, you need to integrate it with a balanced meal. As early as possible, you need to stay away from or minimize the intake of unhealthy food. Good thing, there are now almost unlimited choices of healthy food you could enjoy.
3. Drink water. Many people are aware of the importance of drinking plenty of water but unconsciously forget or dismiss. Water cleanses your body from toxins and unhealthy elements that could make you sick. Make drinking water a habit.
4. Visit your doctor. Ditch that thought that doctors are only called when you are sick. Remember that prevention is better than cure, and it is always a good practice to have annual check-ups. There are cases when you do not feel sick, and you seem healthy, but deep down your body is working in an unnatural and abnormal way. It does not hurt to have yourself checked over even if you feel fine.
5. Get enough sleep. Do not be too hard on yourself by staying up late to work or party. It is best if you know how to balance your social life and your body’s needs. People who are deprived of sleep are less productive, careless and inefficient when it comes to their work. They cannot think quickly and clearly because their brain and body are too exhausted. Sleep quality is also important – buying an air purifier to improve the air quality of your sleeping environment will do wonders.
6. Change your lifestyle. You are well aware of how a stressful lifestyle could affect the way you view life and deal with it. If you are so burdened with your work, and you are unhappy with it every single day, maybe it is high time to rethink your career path. If alcohol and cigarettes are your constant companions, it is time to call for outside reinforcements to help you deal with these problems. Stress is a silent killer because it slowly drains your happiness and zest for life.
7. Surround yourself with good and positive people. There are times when your group of friends could directly affect your mood and perception of your life. Stay away from people who always see the bad side of every situation. Slowly distance yourself from people who constantly complain about how unfair and bad life is. Be motivated and seek support from people who view life not as a problem but as an adventure. It helps a lot when the people that surround you give you encouragement and hope.
8. Give yourself a break. You may have a wonderful career or personal life, but sometimes focusing on them alone could be suffocating. Learn to treat yourself after a tiring week or when you receive your paycheck. A simple massage can make a lot of difference. Travel or indulge in a hobby you wanted to try. Do not limit yourself to work and home but break free from stress by reminding yourself that the reason you live is to enjoy life. So do not waste a second of it.
9. Do a good deed. A simple thank you can brighten up anyone’s day including yours. Acknowledging your staff’s hard work does not only make you feel better, but it also brings a smile to their faces. Doing a good deed takes your stress away, and it also injects happiness throughout your day.
10. Exercise your mind. One of the most neglected in this list of 10 tips for a healthy life is exercising the mind. It is recommended that exercise should not only be done to the body but to the mind, as well, as this lessens the possibility of having mental illness such as Alzheimer’s disease. Read a book, answer a crossword puzzle or write a poem. These simple gestures can add years to your life.
So there we go – 10 tips for a healthy life. Do you have others you would like to share? Please feel free to comment below.
Janet Miller is a mom of four, health enthusiast and lover of life.
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