5 Things That Can Improve Your Life
It’s not just one habit that ensures health and wellbeing, but we can sometimes feel overwhelmed by all of the things we think we need to do. Sometimes it pays to go right back to basics. When we tackle those, it’s amazing how much better we start feeling.
1) Move Move!
No matter your age, it’s clear that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and happier life! Regular exercise helps strengthen the musculoskeletal system and can help ward off certain chronic diseases. In addition, exercise releases a range of hormones and messengers which have a positive impact on depressive thoughts, anxiety, and stress!
Furthermore, being active has been seen to improve memory and help aid sleep.
Simply getting some steps in every day is a great place to start, and find what you enjoy, whether that’s Pilates, yoga, running, walking, HIIT or resistance training.
2) Take Time Off From Technology
Data is suggesting that using social media platforms can have a detrimental effect on psychological health; one of the key factors is that social media envy can contribute to feelings of depression and anxiety. It’s true what they say, social media is generally everyone’s highlight reel which can skew individual perception. Try to be aware of this and if social media usage is becoming a challenge for you, take some time off!
3) Drink Your Water
Water is essential for life. It really is that simple. Humans can survive for a relative number of weeks without food, but they cannot go without fluids for more than two to three days.
– acts as a lubricant for joints and eyes,
– is the main component of saliva,
– provides the medium in which most things occur in the body,
– acts as a cushion in the nervous system,
– helps get rid of waste,
– helps to regulate body temperature.
The general school of thought is that we should drink 6-8 glasses of fluid per day. But depending on your glass size, this isn’t always that helpful – so it equates to around 1.5-2 litres per day.
We all do it, burn the midnight oil, or burn the candle from both ends… sadly, this eats into our sleep and whilst we think our most productive time is actually doing things during waking hours, we forget how much is occurring whilst we sleep.
Sleep is essential to many vital functions. It plays a part in energy conservation, clearing waste that has accumulated in our body, immune system health and mental well-being.
Many studies have demonstrated that sleep loss during development can result in a reduced brain size, so lack of sleep actually makes your brain smaller!
Impaired sleep is also a contributing factor in cases of cancer and type II diabetes.
It can also affect how we respond to infection and how well a wound heals.
How much you need is totally individual, but chances are, if you’re still tired when you wake up, you’re probably not getting enough.
5) Eat More Veg!
Regular vegetable consumption considerably lowers the risk of serious health problems like heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer. In addition, many fruits and vegetables are good sources of vitamins, minerals and fibre!
Fibre is essential for keeping your gut healthy, and it keeps that microbiome happy. The microbiome has direct links to every system in your body, so fibre can literally influence every thing your body does.
If you aren’t eating 5 portions a day, start with 1. Next month try 2 portions a day, the month after, 3 portions a day. Set yourself up to succeed by making your targets achievable and sustainable.
“We are what we repeatedly do, excellence is not an act, but a habit.”