5 Tips on How to Take Back Control of Your Health
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The idea of maintaining a “healthy lifestyle” can be intimidating and at times might seem like an unrealistic goal. There are many ideas and opinions out there that fill our brains with what is or is not healthy. Diet trends come and go, and gym memberships are expensive. But being healthy isn’t just about being in shape and eating healthy, it also includes your mental health. To be healthy, you don’t have to toss out the half eaten bag of chips or splurge on a class package at your nearby studio. By making a few mindful changes in your lifestyle and using these tips below, you will be on the path to feeling your greatest.
Make self-care a habit, not a special occasion.
How many times have you taken a nice long soak in the bath or gone to the salon to get a manicure & pedicure and considered it “treating yourself?” Self-care should never be a “treat,” it’s a priority. If we don’t prioritise our health and needs, it is easy to get burnt out or over stressed. Commit to set aside at least 30 minutes every day to spend time doing something for you.
Eat nutritious foods.
The foods that you fuel your body matter to your overall health. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. There are plenty of delicious and healthy recipes out there that will have you experimenting in the kitchen. A few things to remember when grocery shopping is to read the labels, avoid preservatives, and if possible, buy organic. Most importantly, the best way to nourish your body is to eat the foods that make you feel good.
Move your body.
Did you know that exercise improves more than just your physical appearance? As little as 10 minutes of exercise can improve your mental health as well as boost your energy! Whether it’s going to a yoga class, doing jumping jacks at your desk, or just walking your dog, it is essential to get your body moving. As a society, most jobs require us to spend a lot of time sitting at desk typing on computers which is far from how our ancestors spent their days. No matter what, get moving.
One of the main reasons healthy habits and diets seem difficult to maintain is because of the unattainable restrictions we apply. Instead of restricting yourself think about the 80/20 rule. If you’re mindful of your eating habits and exercising regularly, then it’s okay to indulge in a sweet treat or take a day or two off from the gym.
Get rid of what no longer serves you.
Much of our life is spent forming attachments to things, people, emotions, and places. We tend to find a sense of comfort to what we are attached to in fear that they are irreplaceable. But letting go of what no longer serves you will give you a sense of freedom. If something or someone doesn’t make you feel good and is no longer helping you, say goodbye.
Now it’s time to kick those unhealthy habits and start your journey towards a healthy and happy life! Remember that health goals are more attainable by being realistic and consistency!