Anyone would benefit from making changes to their lifestyle that will help them lead a more healthy life. Living a healthy lifestyle does not just mean being incredibly meticulous about your food and becoming an exercise fanatic. It can be overwhelming, as the focus is usually on losing weight and that seems like a losing battle. However, there is more to health than being thin, and if you put the away the scale for a while and just concentrate on your overall well-being, it will be a lot easier. Eventually, you will see results on your scale.
#1 Get out of the house
Make a point to do something fun and active with your family or friends two to three times a week. Going on a walk or a hike, a game you all enjoy playing or going down to the beach and tossing a disk, are all great ideas. Alternatively, join a team or group that does an activity in your area, such as a dance class. If you have a swimming pool in your area, see if they give water aerobics lessons, and join the group. The exercise will help your body, and the companionship will be good for your soul.
#2 Sleep more
Most people do not realize how being tired affects their ability to perform simple tasks as well as their outlook on life. When you are tired, you are not going to make the extra effort to do anything. Whether it is how you perform at work, doing some exercise or cooking food. Feeling good and rested is vital to have enthusiasm and be energetic. Both are essential to live a healthy lifestyle.
#3 Cook and eat at home as much as you can
When you cook your own food, you will automatically look for ways of making it healthier. Whereas, when you eat out you will just eat what they put in front of you. Although you do not have to become a vegetarian, reducing the amount of meat in your diet would be beneficial.
#4 Drink more liquids
Drink more water, light teas and homemade lemonade, and reduce alcohol and carbonated drinks. Drinks tend to not be counted as part of the diet, but depending on what they are they can have more unhealthy ingredients than what is on your plate.
#5 Reduce stress
Reduce the stress and tension in your life. It is easy to worry about everything and take the responsibility for everyone on your shoulders. Try to stop and take a realistic look at all the things that make you stressed. Are you responsible for them? In some cases, couldn’t you shift the responsibility to another person? Sometimes it helps to imagine the worst-case scenario, and when you realize it is not really that bad, you will stop stressing over it.
The buildup of stress leads to a lot of ill health. It would be well worth it for you to take some time to be with yourself, or a loved one, doing activities that will help bring calmness in to your life. It could be joining a painting class, singing group, book club or just simply finding a place you like to be and clear your mind. This will give you steadiness, and let you regain your confidence.
Natasha Dogre is a health consultant with Icliniq, bringing affordable healthcare solutions to the rural population in India, and would love to hear your feedback in the comments section below.