Building Healthier Lifestyle

Our health is something that we all take for granted more often than we’d like to admit and easily forget about our bodies. They both do deserve our attention though. Working towards a healthier lifestyle might feel like a tedious process but it will be well worth it in the end. Here are some simple ideas to help you on that journey.

Get Better Sleep

It’s not always as simple as just getting more sleep. Better sleep relies on a more consistent routine, a comfortable place and space to rest, and a pre-bedtime routine that’s free of distractions and social media. Your bed should be for sleeping, and only sleeping.

Reconsider Your Diet

What you eat and when you eat it might be as important as how big your portion is. The simplest way to start is to set some daily fruit and veggies target and keep it in check. The better way to start is to speak to a nutritionist and figure out if there is a diet that would suit your lifestyle and body type. Then stick to it. You might try a few before you find what actually works.

When it comes to “when”…Establish a routine. Have your meals at the same time every day, the last one being at least 4 hours before bedtime (let your dinner digest properly). Set reminders if necessary.

Exercise Every Day

Even if you don’t have time to get a long gym session or run in, you should aim to make time for some physical activity each day. It can be as simple as taking your dog for a walk or doing some squats in the morning. Not only does it help your body, but it gets you into the routine of working out.

Create Skincare Rituals

Devote 5-10 minutes every day to take care of your skin. Create your personal beauty ritual: take a shower (or bath) with all your favourite, most natural, skin and hair care products, massage some oils or moisturizer into your skin afterwards, take care of your face with toner and nourishing creams or oils. Listen to yourself. What else does your skin and body need?

Take Regular Breaks

Overworking yourself may make you feel more productive in the short term, but it can lead to burnout. Whenever you start to feel overwhelmed, take a step back and breathe. Don’t be ashamed to take a break when your body needs it.

Spend Time Outside

Even if you don’t have time to get a long gym session or run in, you should aim to make time for some physical activity each day. It can be as simple as taking your dog for a walk or doing some squats in the morning. Not only does it help your body, but it gets you into the routine of working out.

Travel More

Travelling doesn’t have to mean jetting across the world. If you have a holiday that’s longer than a weekend, try to plan an outdoorsy trip for yourself and your loved ones. It will take you outside, get you moving and energized and allow you to see more of the world. Take a proper break from mundane and routine.

Drink Enough Water

We could all use a little bit more water in our lives. Buy a 0.5l reusable water bottle if you don’t already have one and aim to finish it at least twice each day. Start increasing your intake with time.

Take Hot Baths and Showers

Hot showers and baths naturally calm down your mind and body. They help relax your muscles and reduce inflammation caused by everyday stress. Take a hot bath with Epsom salts for 15-20 minutes once a week or try flotation experience to reach peak muscle relaxation and reset your mind.

Get a Massage

Having a professional massage may seem like a luxury, but the benefits are well worth it. Build regular massage sessions into your weekly schedule to help your muscles relax after exercise and fight regular wear and tear that we experience every day. And it is indispensable in combating the effects of an office lifestyle, like poor posture and tense muscles.

Manage Your Stress

Stress harms our bodies. Full stop. Accumulated (or chronic) stress leads to long-lasting physical effects, like back pains, muscular tensions and deformations, problems with heart and blood pressure. Get to know your stress, identify your personal stress factors and find ways to either remove them from your life or manage them efficiently. It’s not easy and can take a lot of time and effort, but ultimately you’ll be amazed at how much better your body feels when you’re carrying less stress.