If you’ve been feeling sluggish, anxious, mentally drained or unhappy – no matter what your age – the good news is that it’s never too late to reboot and improve your health (and happiness). Keep reading for 10 easy ways to improve your health today.
“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit.” – B.K.S. Iyengar
Try These 10 Healthy Tips Today
1. Unplug and Unwind
The first step to optimal health is happiness, and you won’t feel happy if you’re constantly looking at social media, bombarding your brain with photos of friends who seem like they’re enjoying life more than you. Remember that people tend to present only their best selves online, when the truth is that behind closed doors, we all have our own problems and insecurities. The key is to accept and love yourself for all your beautiful imperfections. They are, after all, what make you uniquely you. And that’s something to celebrate.
So, stop comparing yourself to the people on your social feed, and turn off your phone! Instead, unplug completely – that means shutting off your TV and other electronics too – and instead, read a book, write in your journal, or try some crossword puzzles to challenge your mind and keep your brain sharp!
2. Reduce Stress
There are many possible causes for stress and just as many ways to reduce those panicky feelings. Walk in the park, play with your kids, pet the cat (or dog), meet a friend for coffee, join a group on Meetup.com for a hobby you’ve been interested in trying, put on your favorite record and listen to music, meditate or practice mindfulness, do relaxation exercises, try aromatherapy, watch an inspirational speech, volunteer at a local food pantry (the selfless act of giving back can be an instant mood booster), go to karaoke and sing your heart out, or dance it all out! These are just a few of the ways you can reduce stress today.
Also try taking a dietary supplement that contains a natural adaptogen. Adaptogens are plants that help regulate stress hormones and keep your mood in check. In nature, adaptogens “adapt” to their environments and survive through harsh climates, pests and other threats. Specifically, ashwagandha herbal supplements are popular for stress relief among practitioners of Ayurveda, because the herb helps normalize functions of the body and balance a healthy mood.
3. Remove Toxins
Another key to optimal health (including a happier mood) is to remove any unnecessary obstacles or feelings of negativity from your life. This includes getting rid of negative thoughts, behaviors, toxic people (you know – those constant complainers or emotional abusers in your life), and poor food choices.
4. Boost Your Nutrition
Drop that last slice of pizza! The quickest way to feeling healthier is to stop eating greasy, salty or sugary fast food, snacks, or drinks, including alcohol or caffeine.A healthy diet should consist of a variety of different colorful foods. By eating a spectrum of vegetables, fruits, complex carbohydrates, proteins, and dairy, you’ll be feeding your unique human system all the parts it needs to run like a well-oiled machine.
Get a detailed diet plan from the USDA’s ChooseMyPlate.gov and get started with a 3-day cleanse. Replace two meals and one snack every day with a green superfood vegetable-based juice with some lemon for taste and replace the third meal with a lean protein-rich salad. You’ll feel better in no time! And you may drop a pound or two in the process. Also read The Negative Calorie Diet: Lose Up to 10 Pounds in 10 Days with 10 All You Can Eat Foods by Rocco DiSpirito for more healthy eating tips.
5. Take Vitamins and Supplements
“A healthy outside starts from the inside.” – Robert Urich
Even if you’re eating the right foods, sometimes your diet may still lack crucial nutrition needed for maintaining optimal health. Taking dietary supplements may help fill any potential nutritional gaps in your diet. Daily supplements recommended for maintaining health and wellness include: A whole food-based multivitamin formulated especially for your age and gender; calcium with vitamin D3 and magnesium if you’re a woman (to protect aging bones from becoming brittle); a turmeric supplement with inflammation-fighting and antioxidant-packed curcumin; a probiotic and digestive enzyme to support a healthy digestive system; a fiber supplement to reduce cravings throughout the day and support gut health; a zinc supplement and vitamin C for immune system support (but not at the same time, as they can reduce absorption for each other); omega 3 essential fatty acids from cod liver oil for EPA and DHA (this can also come from eating fish); and a collagen supplement (available in convenient powdered drink mixes) to support healthy-looking skin. If you’re active, also try a bone broth protein supplement for additional nutrition.
6. Drink More Water
While getting proper nutrition will help you feel and look better, proper hydration may also help maintain your skin’s youthful glow and help your body flush out toxins. You can drink purified water or try water with electrolytes (especially after a night of partying or working late into the night), and you can eat water-rich foods like celery (a low-calorie veggie that also helps burn fat) or watermelon (a tasty, naturally sweet fruit that will make you wish it was summer). In addition, here are more tips to drinking more water from SELF magazine.
7. Sleep In
Studies have proven that getting more Zzzs (about 7-9 hours of sleep for adults and more for children) naturally improves mood and helps give you more energy throughout the day. Try these additional tips for sleep quality from the Sleep Foundation.
8. Enjoy Time for Yourself
Do you need some well-deserved “me time?” Find ways to pamper yourself! Go get a massage, get a haircut, get your eyebrows threaded, get your nails done, try a new shade of lipstick, or buy a new outfit – including shoes and a handbag!
If you’re on a shoestring budget, try a staycation and give yourself a beauty makeover with whatever you already have in your makeup bag and your closet. Chances are that you’ll find some killer outfits hidden somewhere in the back that you forgot you bought and have only worn once or twice. Then try on different accessories like jewelry or a scarf to accentuate the look. You never know what you’ll find!
Another way to treat yourself and reduce stress is to read a book or a magazine. Taking time out to read not only focuses the mind but also educates and entertains.
According to Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods, “Reading for pleasure is one of the most important things one can do.”
3 Reasons Why You Should Read (According to Neil Gaiman)
- “You get to feel things, visit places and worlds you would never otherwise know.”
- “You’re being someone else, and when you return to your own world, you’re going to be slightly changed.”
- “You’re also finding out something as you read vitally important for making your way in the world. And it’s this: The world doesn’t have to be like this. Things can be different.”
Not sure where to start? There are magazines for almost every type of reader and subject you can imagine, including health and fitness, cooking, crafts, hobbies, entertainment, business, history, lifestyle, music, sports, science and nature, pets, parenting, and specific magazines tailored to issues for men, women, teens, and children.
9. Get Active
Even if you don’t like the gym, you can find other ways to move your body. Walking, roller skating, biking, swimming, and even dancing are all fun ways to get your heart-rate up. By getting active, you’ll be stimulating your metabolism to work harder for you, and you’ll pump your body with natural endorphins that will put you in a better mood!
10. Treat Yourself
After a hard day at work, give yourself one reward at the end of the day. It could be that one social piece of Dove dark chocolate, or a foot bath with Epsom salt and essential oils that just soothes the stress away. Or, you could pick up some fresh flowers to brighten up your home. Whatever it is that makes you feel special and happy – just do that. But whatever it is – don’t overdo it! Remember, the key is moderation.
What do you do to improve your health? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
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