In a world where sitting behind a desk for eight hours a day is the norm and a hot commute on a packed-out train is the only thing that gets you sweaty, it’s no surprise that many people’s health and well-being takes a back seat. Stress, anxiety and chronic fatigue are all symptoms of modern day life, and sometimes staying healthy can seem like more effort than it should be. However, with these five healthy habits, you can prepare to be the hero of your own health: boost your mood and feel great.
Catch enough Zzzz’s
At the risk of sounding like a nagging parent, don’t stay up past your bedtime! Getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night is crucial for good health. Not only is this the time that your body repairs itself, but it’s also the time that your mind processes and retains newinformation. Creating a bedtime routine, turning off all screens an hour before bed and exercising regularly can help you get the rest you need, so you can smash your goals during the day.
2) Get hydrated
When you’re dehydrated, mental focus declines, physical performance is limited and weight loss is hindered. An average adult should drink 2-3 litres of water a day in order to stay fully hydrated. Try placing a litre bottle of water by your computer at work so that taking regular sips becomes habitual. Expect to experience increased alertness and compliments from your boss about how ‘on the ball’ you are.
3) Keep a gratitude diary
At the end of each day, jot down three things that you’re truly grateful for. Whether someone held open a door for you, or a stranger asked how you are, recognising small moments of kindness from others helps to create a sense of calm, happiness and positivity. This sense of calmness and clarity transfers into every aspect of life, and before long you’ll even be smiling on your commute (maybe)!
4) Move yo’ body
Needless to say, regular exercise is the best way to keep your body in tip top shape. On top of the physical benefits of exercise, the mental benefits are countless too: nothing quite beats that post-exercise high. Thanks to the immediate release of the mood-boosting happy hormones, endorphins, exercise gives you a feeling of accomplishment, happiness and pride. What’s more, you don’t have to be slaving away on the treadmill every day to reap the benefits; incorporating even a little bit of movement will boost your mood: jog home from work; get your friends to check out a new fitness class; or join a local sports team.
Taking just 5 – 10 minutes of your day to still the mind and turn your attention inwards can improve mental focus, reduce anxiety and fill you with an ommazing sense of inner peace. As well as the mental benefits, meditation can also help lower cholesterol, improve sleepquality and decrease blood pressure –all those benefits for sitting still for 10 minutes a day? Sign me up!