Julia Merrill: As women, we tend to get locked into a pattern of taking care of work, family, and other obligations. Unfortunately, we do this at the expense of our personal wellness. But this does nothing to improve our mental or physical health.
It’s time to flip the script and prioritize yourself for once. Although the prospect might sound daunting, the tips below prove that you don’t have to change your entire lifestyle to impact your life positively.
Energize With Herbs
This website has expounded the benefits of herbs before. Many herbs and spices can have a positive effect on your health. Basil, for example, can help calm rattled nerves. Bay leaves are great for digestion.
Marjoram can ease pain associated with rheumatism. If you’re looking to wake up with a bit of pep in your step, peppermint oil, rosemary, and citrus essential oils will do the trick.
Add Tech to Your Workout
Technology can make or break your workout. If you’re not already using a smartwatch or other gadgets, now’s the time to start. Even something as simple as a pair of affordable headphones, so you can listen to your favourite music while you work out, will elevate your exercise routine to a whole new level.
If you haven’t already, create a playlist of motivational songs that will help you focus on your workout. Shape lists more than 150 pieces of music that can serve as the inspiration for your own tunes.
Try a New Way of Eating
If your go-to meal involves a box, bag, or drive-through window, you may find that simply changing the way you eat — even just a few days each week — will go a long way toward improving your health.
According to Diet Doctor, certain health conditions, including diabetes and obesity, may be managed by switching to a low-carb or keto meal plan.
You don’t have to follow a specific type of diet to benefit your body either. Something as simple as sneaking broccoli or cauliflower into your breakfast will boost your vitamin intake.
Add 30 Minutes of Sleep
Sleeping allows your body to heal from the inside out and offers your brain a refreshing break from overthinking and processing information. Give yourself an extra half an hour every night, and you’ll feel better each morning.
Tiny Tips to Transform
Other small steps you can take to improve your health include:
Walk when you can: plan to visit a friend less than a mile away? Take your sneakers instead of the car.
Socialise: Socializing has many benefits for your mental health, and when you feel mentally well, your body follows.
Drink lots of water: Your body needs it, and water is much healthier (and cheaper!) than sodas and caffeinated beverages.
Talk about your problems: Little things add up. Don’t be afraid to express your feelings about everything.
Get creative: Art is a perfect outlet and a great way to process emotions.
Plus, participating in your favourite hobbies stimulates the pleasure centre of your brain and can make you happy.
You do not have to change your entire life to change how you look and feel. But how much you exercise, eat, and sleep plays a crucial role in your overall health.
From listening to music while you workout to adding an extra 30 minutes to your sleep schedule every night, the tips above are easy, no-hassle ways to be the best version of your mental and physical self.
And if you need to give your mental health a boost, check out our mental health training course today.
After numerous years in the medical field, Julia Merrill experienced the challenges that a lot of my patients came across when dealing with their medical care. It's her goal to bridge the gap between those who receive care and those who provide it.
She aims to provide tips on finding the right medical care, health insurance, and all things health and wellness through her website BefriendYourDoc.org."
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