Being healthy is not easy. It requires a lot of effort and determination. That’s probably why we always tend to neglect our health and all the activities related to it.
The bad news is, no matter who you are, what you do or how you do it, your health will affect the quality of your life. The good news is, here’s an article for you to easily start adjusting to healthy habits without even noticing!
1. Sleep Well
Do not underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. In fact, being sleep deprived affects you physically as well as mentally. Let’s start by its effects on your physical appearance: blood vessels dilate when you don’t sleep enough initiating the making of black circles under your eyes, and your skin can’t repair itself properly leading to premature aging. Also, not sleeping enough slows your metabolism and boosts your appetite, hello weight gain! In terms of physical health, it can impair your immune system, cause hypertensions, and heighten the risk of heart disease. Mentally, it affects your concentration, leads to memory lapses and to mood swings. As an adult you are supposed to sleep between 7 to 9 hours each night.
2. Be Grateful
Be grateful. Yes, that counts as a healthy habit. In fact, that has a direct effect on your wellbeing. First of all, grateful people sleep better. If you still do not get how that has an impact on your health, re-read number 1. Moreover, gratitude enhances your self-esteem, and makes you more optimistic. As a result, these positive emotions will extend your lifespan. Also, optimistic people are known to recover faster from illness, and grateful people to encounter less pain. To sum it all, being grateful makes us happier, that’s being healthy as well!
3. Connect with Nature
Ever heard of healing gardens? Indeed, being exposed to nature can stimulate your recovery! In fact it also has lots of benefits on our health. Being connected with nature was found to decrease stress levels, heart rates and muscle tensions. In addition to that, looking at landscape sceneries boosts your mood and reduces feelings of anxiety and sadness. Now when you’re feeling down, you know where to go!
This might be the most predictable section, but what would be a Health post without it? The benefits of sports and exercise are probably uncountable; I’ll state in here just a few of the seemingly never-ending list. Not only does exercise help you control your weight but it also reduces the risks of many disorders and illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and dementia. It also improves your concentration, creativity, productivity, and learning abilities. In addition to that, it reduces anxiety and boosts confidence and self-esteem. It is recommended to walk at least 10 000 steps a day.
5. Drink Water
You’ve heard that somewhere before, am I right? Well, that still makes it one of the major components of a healthy lifestyle. And what you might not have heard is how beneficial it is for your body! Water helps you burn fat, flushes toxins out of your body, and improves the elasticity of your skin limiting the creation of wrinkles. It also strengthens your hair and your nails, helps you digest, reduces under-eye bags, and the list goes on. On average, one should drink about 2 liters of water per day.
6. Eat Healthy Snacks
Now let’s face it: few of us are ready to give up on pizza, burgers, fries, sugars etc. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard tons of times how bad most of the things we eat on a daily basis are. Yet, you still eat them (I’m guilty of that as well). So what I can propose here then are examples of some healthy snacks that would be great substitutes for the typical junk we feed ourselves: air-popped popcorn, bananas, apples, almonds, dried raisins, carrots, peanut butter, yogurt, walnuts, edamame, dark chocolate, cucumbers, and turkey slices.
7. Read (and by that I do not mean the depressing news)
Not only is it important to feed your body, but also your mind. Being mentally healthy is as important as being physically healthy. Reading (books, magazines, whatever…) was for instance found to add lots of value to someone’s life. It improves concentration rates as well as memory and retention. In addition to that, it enhances analytical thinking skills and adds to your knowledge. No more awkward silences during discussions! And let’s not forget that all of that is done while it is reducing your stress levels. Win-win!
And that’s it for this post! I hope you enjoyed it! If you know any other daily healthy habit, tell us about it in the comment section below!
Have a nice and healthy day!