Want to Be Healthier and Happier? Try These Habits Everyday
All of us want to be healthy. In fact, we make sure to include losing weight or living healthy as one of our New Year’s resolutions. We want to start our year right by becoming healthy and fit not only physically, but also mentally, and emotionally.
And yet we find ourselves having a hard time staying healthy. After a few months, we go back to our unhealthy lifestyle of eating processed foods, drinking, and sleeping late at night due to our busy schedule. How can we make little changes that we can stick to it in a long term basis? The experts recommend you apply these little healthy habits in your routine.
Add More Steps To Your Day.
You probably heard that you needed at least 10,000 daily steps to be healthy and active. Reaching that amount of steps every day can be daunting if you think of the numbers closely. However, the CardioSmart editor in chief Martha Gulati, MD, said that you achieve this by changing your routine.
For example, get off from the bus or subway station at least one stop or block earlier from your destination so that you can walk more distance. Instead of taking up the elevator, walk on the stairs and deliver your message in person rather than chatting or calling them.
In this way, you’ll have an excuse to stand and get up as often as possible. Have a car? No problem. Simply park it at the end of your office parking lot so you’ll have more distance to walk.
Have some Alone Time For 5 Minutes
According to the yoga instructor Alison O’Connor, we must spend some alone time every day to take a break from social media, entertainment, work, and anyone or anything who needs your immediate attention. This is so your body and mind can rest. Having some alone time also gives you an opportunity to focus on yourself and your needs. It’s good for the soul to make yourself a priority once in a while.
Have a Restful Sleep.
Most of us take sleep for granted. We tend to stay late at night, whether it be in trying to beat the deadlines of our project or work or studying for an incoming test. We only get 2-4 hours of sleep every day and wake up early in the morning to start our busy day.
What you don’t realize is that sleep is vital for your overall health and well-being. According to O’Connor, sleeping helps your body recover and heal itself so it’ll be in its optimum health as you start your day. It’s recommended that you sleep at least 7-8 hours to regulate your stress hormones and help stave off depression.
Most of us don’t like to drink water due to its bland taste. We prefer drinking other beverages like soda, juice, energy drinks, and even alcohol since it tastes sweet to our buds. Not only do these drinks cause a spike in your blood sugar, but it’s also dehydrating.
That’s why O’Connor encourages people to keep a water bottle with them at all times to practice drinking water. You can just go for a refill if your bottle is already empty. O’Connor emphasizes that maintaining your daily water intake helps to flush out the toxins in your body, maintain healthy bowel movement, and keeps your muscles from getting fatigued. Not only that, but you get to save money too!
Take a Deep Breath.
Does your body feel tense? Is your head throbbing painfully because of overthinking? Do your eyes feel tired from staring at the computer for so long? If that’s the case, O’Connor recommends you take a break and pause whatever you’re doing.
Find a quiet place and close your eyes to focus on deep breathing. Deep breathing can help relieve the stress in your body while allowing the positive energy to fill your body. It’ll help you cope with stress better than wallowing in negative energy.
More in Mind & Mental
Feeling Moody and Depressed? Why your Posture Might have Something to Do with It!
The 21st Century has birthed a ‘slouching’ society. It’s a fact. As the world transitions fully from industrial to technological, it...October 29, 2019
Oat Milk Is the New Milk Crave! Here Is Why It Gets Nutritionists’ Approval
Not too long ago, the only milk we associated with our teas and coffees was cow milk. However, the 21st Century...October 29, 2019
Sophie Turner Was Pressured into Losing Weight Because of This Heart-Wrenching Reason
Sophie Turner is one of the many celebrities who are opening about mental health issues. The renowned Game of Thrones actress recently...October 29, 2019
Beyonce Swears By Veganism But Here’s What’s Concerning About the Lifestyle
With stardom comes great responsibility – sure, celebs get to enjoy world-class accommodation, royal treatment, luxurious trips and getaways, but the status comes with...October 29, 2019
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Split! Was the Relationship Doomed from the Beginning?
Is love really sweeter the nth time around? Perhaps, if you’ve been watching way too many romantic sitcoms. But the logical answer...October 29, 2019
Study Reveals That Mindfulness Apps Have Positive Impact on Mental Health
Positive Impacts Of Mindfulness Apps A study by the University of Otago has revealed that making use of mindfulness meditation mobile...October 29, 2019
Margot Robbie, Jennifer Lopez and More Stars Who Believe Breakfast Is Overrated
For some people, mornings are not complete without breakfast, which is often touted as the most important meal of the day –...October 29, 2019
A Sneak Peek into Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas’ EXTREMELY Private French Wedding
Getting married can be better the second time around, especially if it’s between the same two people and in in a...October 28, 2019
This New Diet Craze Has the Dietary World Buzzing, But Does It Work?
When there’s a group of people chit-chatting about low carb diets, many a time, you’ll find that the topics of interest...October 28, 2019