Ten Basic Steps To Feel Healthier
Is it possible to feel healthier easily? We are often inundated with advice to get healthy. I can feel so overwhelmed reading all the advice that this almost puts me off starting a healthy lifestyle campaign. So, I thought I would give you my top ten tips that are simple and easy to follow.
- Get a good night’s sleep. I suffer from insomnia very easily, so I know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep. I now set an alarm to alert me that it is time to go to bed. No excuse. I switch off all electronic equipment and I take a good book to bed. If I go to bed at the same time this helps me get a better quality of sleep.
- Meditation. I always do a quick five minute meditation before getting out of bed. I use an app for this as I prefer guided meditations. Insight Time and Buddify are my two favourite apps with a wide range of short meditations. Meditation has been proved in making us feel healthier.
- Eat healthy. I follow the idea of eating 80% healthy and 20% treats. This way I don’t feel I am restricting myself. After all isn’t life for enjoying treats……and cake?
- Exercise. I am passionate about exercise particularly when you get to the menopause and after. Exercise really does help both our physical and mental health and should never be underestimated. Gentle walks are great exercise but we also need to be doing some cardio work too as this is good for our heart and also produces feel good endorphins. As always please check with your doctor before embarking on any exercise routine. To read my previous post on exercise for beginners please click here
- Water! Most of us do not drink enough water throughout the day. We can quickly become dehydrated even in the winter months. I keep a bottle on my desk and I always carry a small bottle of water in my bag. Aim for two litres a day.
- Experience nature. Being among nature lifts our spirits and revitalises us. Walking through woods and near to water can revive our flagging energy and gives us a mental and physical boost. Try find time to be in the natural world as often as you can.
- Be positive. It is so easy to get sucked into a world of negativity when our life is stressful. Why not try and turn all your negative thoughts into positive ones. Maybe write down positive motivational quotes and pin them to your door / dressing table mirror so you can read them every morning.
- Keep a journal. As a trained therapeutic writer I know only too well the huge benefits that writing can bring us. Try keeping a daily journal of what has happened during the day. Log your thoughts and document your experiences through photos and writing. It is wonderful to look back in our journal at our previous happy days which reminds us that we can have many happy days again. To read my previous post on writing for therapy please click here
- Limit your social media time. As a blogger I know how easy it is to spend a lot of time on social media. I have recently cut down my time scrolling aimlessly on the social media channels and I feel much better for it. Set yourself a timer for your involvement on social media and stick to it.
- Me time. Take regular breaks of ‘me time.’ Maybe treat yourself to a massage or a bunch of flowers. Snuggle up on the sofa with a blanket and watch your favourite film while eating your favourite chocolate. Go for a walk in the country and stop off for coffee and cake. We all need diversions from every day life to stop it overwhelming us. So make a date with yourself regularly to look after yourself. You deserve it!
I hope you have enjoyed these top tips to help you feel healthier. It really is simple to start on a healthier lifestyle and this can be done at any age.
Do you have any healthy tips you can share with me? What do you do that makes you feel healthy and less stressed?
Until next time dear friends