We all want to be healthier and feel better, but it can be hard to make those changes we know we should make. Often the goals we set for ourselves are too lofty and hard to reach, and we end up just feeling worse about ourselves.
Taking time to pamper yourself with a skin care set to help you get your glow on is a good place to start. It’s important to look and feel your best. We will cover some other ways to make small changes that will improve your health, and you can start today!
We all know exercise is good and sitting around is bad, but it can be hard to get out the door to the gym or to take that hike you keep meaning to. So start small! Make a plan to move around the house.
Set the timer on your phone to go off every hour and if you are not at least standing up when the alarm goes off, then get UP! You don’t even have to stop watching TV! Just stand up and stretch your arms to the ceiling, or march around the living room three times. It may feel silly at first, but every bit helps.
Make Space for a Little Mindfulness
We keep hearing about meditation and mindfulness and how good it is for us. It is good, but it can be very hard to make yourself sit down with a meditation video or tune in to your inner calm. If sitting down and trying to focus is too much, then just take a moment each day to take a breath.
By linking this activity to something you do throughout the day, it can easily become a habit. How about every time you go to the bathroom you take one minute to just stand there and take three deep breaths? You can do that!
Sign Up for a Class
It’s hard to make change on our own, but doing it with other people and on a schedule increases your chances of success. By signing up for a class, you will be expected to show up. If you’ve paid in advance, you are even more likely to make sure you get there.
Learning something new stimulates your brain, and doing it in a group is good for your mental and emotional well-being. Art class, adult education, dancing, tai chi or any sort of class will do. Exercise class will get you moving, and most exercise classes have a musical component that can help improve your mood as well.
Plan Ahead for Healthier Eating
Doing some meal prep can go a long way toward making it easier to make healthier choices during the week. By prepping some simple items, you can improve the nutritional value of your meals and make cooking so easy you will not need to get take-out as often.
Chop some vegetables and store them in the freezer in plastic bags. That way, you have them available to throw into your stir-fry, stew or to cook up as a quick side. Try veggies like broccoli, green beans, bell peppers, carrots, celery and more.
You can also cook up a big pot of brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat or another healthy whole grain and store it in the fridge. It will be there ready to go when you are cooking dinner or packing a healthy lunch to take to work.
Prioritize Your Sleep
Most Amercians are not getting enough sleep, and this can have very real health consequences, as well as reducing how well you function during the day. It can be hard to stop scrolling and turn in at the end of a long day when you finally feel like you are getting some time to yourself.
Try setting an alarm for 30 minutes before you want to be in bed and put down the phone and start your bedtime prep. Keeping the screen time to a minimum when you are in bed should also help you get to sleep quicker. If you must keep the phone on, set it on do not disturb and try putting on a guided meditation that helps you get to sleep.
Reduce Harmful Chemicals in Your Everyday Life
There are many chemicals in our environment that can have effects on our bodies and well-being. Research has shown that eating organic foods can rapidly lower the levels of pesticides found in the human body. By choosing just a few organic options next time you go grocery shopping, you will lower the levels of harmful chemicals you and your family ingest.
Choosing body care products that are made with natural ingredients also helps keep you healthy. Fragrance chemicals are the biggest cause of skin reactions to products and can also cause headaches, irritation to mucous membranes and other issues.
Check the active ingredients in skin care products to make sure you are taking good care of yourself on the outside and the inside.
Healthy Habits Start Now
With these tips you can make those small changes that can add up to better health in the future. Build on these tips and keep moving toward increased health and wellness for you and your family.