Although we’re more than three quarters into the year, it isn’t too late to add more things you’d like to accomplish before next year starts. One goal you should add to your list if you haven’t already is to become a healthier version of yourself. There are many things you can do to better your health, but sometimes it can be hard to know where to start. Let’s delve into 5 ways you can help improve the overall well-being starting today and live a healthier life.
The amount of sleep that is necessary to properly function can vary from person to person. However, it is recommended that most people should get between 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. Getting less than the recommended amount of sleep can compromise your physical and mental wellbeing. If you are someone who isn’t getting the proper amount of sleep, try to determine what the cause is. Do you need a new mattress? Some more comfortable pillows? A white noise machine? If you’re struggling in determining what you need to get a better night’s sleep, consider keeping a sleep journal to help track your sleeping patterns. If you are struggling with sleep, find some ideas of helpful ways to sleep HERE.
Eating fast-food can be really enticing when you’re pressed for time or have had a long day. Preparing your own dinner may be time-consuming and inconvenient when you’re busy, but cutting down on fast-food consumption and incorporating organic foods into your diet will have a noticeable big impact on your appearance, health, and mood. It’s understandable that eating healthier can seem a little daunting at first, especially if you have no idea where to start. Try prepping your meals at night so when you get home your dinner is already prepared, and invest in a recipe book to give you some ideas on what to cook with the veggies you’ve bought.
It is recommended for people to drink eight cups of water a day. This is important because we need to replenish what we lose during bodily functions, like urinating and sweating. However, getting the proper amount of water every day isn’t easy for everyone. Some people may find water to be bland, or they just have a hard time drinking that much water throughout the day. Adding natural flavoring to your water with lemons, cucumbers or mint can transform the taste of your water and make it a little easier for you to drink the recommended amount.
Meditation is a great way to relieve stress, anxiety and most negative feelings on a daily basis. Sometimes life may feel like it’s going too fast, so it’s beneficial to allow yourself time to take a deep breath and gain clarity on the things occurring in your life. Find a quiet and comfortable area, this can either be outdoors or indoors depending on what you prefer. Then get into a comfortable position, breathe deeply and reflect on anything that’s bothering you.
Deny Unhealthy Habits and People
You want to drop people or habits that will deter you from living a healthier life. Habits like smoking and drinking can potentially negate all of the healthy practices that you have adopted. Unhealthy people can also negatively affect the hard work you’ve dedicated to improving your life. If someone is adding stress or negativity to your life, then try to express to them how you’re feeling. If their behavior doesn’t change after your conversation, then you may need to consider ways to remove them from your life.
Don’t let the end of the year discourage you from trying to achieve new things. Let it motivate you to try and accomplish as much as you can before the new year arrives. Maybe try a cleanse to clean your body, reset and learn self discipline and healthy habits before the holidays. With the right amount of dedication and effort, you could be on the path to living a healthier life before New Years Day!
These are just 5 ways to live a healthier life. There are more I could add to this but this is a starting point. Starting to live a healthier life starts one step at a time. Let us all go into 2020, the strongest, healthiest version of ourselves!