Being healthy doesn’t necessarily mean having to eat greens all the time. It is as simple as having enough sleep and managing stress. Here are six things to do for yourself
Let’s face it, living a healthy lifestyle might seem like a daunting experience in our busy and stressful world, especially when we are chasing the success we have envisioned for ourselves. But incorporating simple healthy choices will go a long way, and sure keep the doctor as far away as possible. Here are six ways I am trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle in 2020:
Have enough sleep: I have always heard about the importance of having enough, quality sleep. A good night sleep, research says, helps reduce stress, improves your memory and helps maintain weight. Knowing these benefits hadn’t stopped me though from being a culprit of lack of sleep, all in the name of slaving my way to success. Some successful people, like Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington, stressed the importance of having enough sleep in your career or business journey. I have learned to take it easy by prioritising at least seven hours of sleep a night. It’s hard, but I am getting there.
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Staying hydrated: That’s easy for me. I can’t function without water, yes even in winter! Our body is mostly made up of water, and we need it for our bodies to function properly. Water is vital for keep your skin healthy, hydrating your organs and transporting nutrients to where our bodies need them most. It’s important to stay hydrated, always.
Break a sweat: I am not fit at all. But I have decided to take advantage of my daily routine to keep my heart pumping, like using stairs instead of elevators or taking longer distances in malls than the short cut. I try to walk more distances than driving around.
Have more check-ups: Knowing your family health history is one way of determining the likeliness of having some health-issues. Make it a habit to self-examine and even go for regular check-ups. Importantly, listen to your body as it always communicates with you. If you haven’t been feeling well for a while, rather go for a professional opinion than brushing it off. Your health comes first.
Laugh out loud: I just love laughing. It really makes me happy and lifts my mood when I feel down. Laughing also has health benefits, a good reason to binge watch some of your favourite comedy shows and movies or check up on that friend who has a sense of humour for days. Speaking of comedy, I can do Tiffany Haddish and Trevor Noah any day.
Have more me times: At times, our lives revolve around the well-being of others, liking taking care of our families and even friends. Work, furthering your studies or helping others can make time fly. If you always have to drag yourself to bed 27/7 start putting yourself first. You need to take it easy and rest as much as you can. Do something for yourself, at least once a week that fulfils and relaxes you. You deserve it.