There are numerous ways to improve your health and promote feelings of well-being and even if you only take small steps, the results and forthcoming benefits can be quite dramatic. Many people get stuck into a rut with their exercise regime and even a weekly or monthly shop can contain the same type of tried and tested foods and not always the healthy options either.
It’s vital that you drink plenty of water each day. Too often we fail to drink enough, relying instead on sugary drinks and tea and coffee. To remind you, fill up a bottle of water each day, have it nicely chilled and sip throughout the day. Make sure you have drunk the bottle by the end of the day and this will ensure that you remain hydrated.
Omega -3 is very important in your diet and some people – often vegetarians or vegans; have to be especially carefully that they are getting enough. If you can incorporate any of the following into your diet, you should gain sufficient levels: eggs, fish, nuts and chia seeds.
It’s obvious that to be healthy, you have to eat healthily so with this in mind, cut back on the amount of junk food. Stop spending out on take-away meals – no matter how tempting and instead, create some low fat snacks or some quick to heat up food for when the hunger pangs strike.
If you are fed up of buying fresh vegetables and not using them before they start to lose their freshness, then instead, stock up on frozen vegetables and ensure that you have plenty each day so that you gain a good supply of natural vitamins. Many people boil their vegetables to death, so try and steam them instead as this keeps the nutrients in.
If you know that your diet is not as good as it should be. Make sure that you top up with a good multivitamin but don’t rely on them solely as it is far better to be able to cook nutritious meals and to embrace the whole concept of eating sensibly and healthily. If you really don’t like cooking and find it a real daily chore, think ahead. Spend some spare time at the weekend planning your menus for the week and cooking in advance especially if you know that your work schedule is manic. Freeze up some dinners in preparation – you will be so glad that you did.
If you know that you are prone to eating too much and you feel tired and bloated after your meal, dish up a smaller serving but choose a smaller plate so that it still looks full. You will be amazed at how this little trick can make a big difference to how you feel afterwards and of course, will certainly assist in any weight loss.
Work-place stress can be a big problem so take time out from your daily schedule and don’t be tempted to work through your lunch. You need time out to switch off from your work-load and have a change of scenery. This will help you to recharge your batteries and make you more productive when you do go back to the office. It doesn’t matter how big your work-load is, you can only do so much in a day and your health is important. Exercise is important so taking a walk at lunch-time can help you to digest your food as well as to boost your energy levels, especially important if your job is a sedentary one.
If money is a bit of a concern and adds to your monthly stress levels, don’t fall into the very easy trap of buying lunch out. Even a sandwich every day is costly, so make your own nutritious lunches the night before and you will find it’s cheaper, healthier and much tastier too.
As much as it is important to watch your nutritional intake and to indulge in some daily exercise, don’t forget that getting a good night’s sleep is vital. If you have problems falling asleep, then add a few drops of lavender oil to your pillow and just lie back and relax. Sleeping well will enable you to cope with the stresses of daily life and enable you to feel revitalised and to be able to enjoy all that life has to offer.