Fad diets and brutal, fast-paced exercise are a relic of the past. Instead of buying into to trendy “health” habits, return to simplicity and improve your overall health naturally. You don’t have to be a yoga instructor or a meditation expert to find health naturally. Here’s six easy ways to incorporate healthy living into your own life today.
Take Time to Breathe
Life can get hectic, and all that hustle can lead to unnecessary stress. As most people know, stress messes with your hormones and can lead to an unhealthy body in the long run. Instead of grabbing sugary snacks to deal with that stress, take 5 to 10 minutes twice a day to just breathe. This can come in the form of meditation or even just peaceful relaxing. The important part is to make sure that you have time to look inward and focus your energy.
Exercise isn’t just about burning calories. It should also be a time to unwind from the day and to release any tension you’re carrying. Try unplugging when you exercise. Take the day off the treadmill and go for a run outside. Instead of listening to music, listen to the birds and the breeze. Go for a hike, a bike, or a swim. Make your exercise restorative, and it’ll do double duty for your health.
Adopt a Healthy Sleep Schedule
Many people have irregular sleep schedules. This can keep the body from establishing healthy circadian rhythms. Make it a habit to go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Try not to vary these times more than an hour, even on weekends. Although it may be difficult at first, a regular sleep schedule will keep your body in tune. As you settle into the habit, you’ll also be able to tell if you’re getting enough or too much sleep each night.
Focus on Oral Health
Oral hygiene is often overlooked as part of overall health. But, to be completely healthy, oral health must be considered. Brush your teeth with a protective toothpaste at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Find out more about your oral health by scheduling regular visits and cleanings with your dentist.
Spend Time with Loved Ones
Time with friends and family can be restorative and centering. Though you may be busy, it’s important to keep a healthy social life. If you’re struggling to fit family and friends into your schedule, consider weekly lunch or dinner dates. These take the guesswork out of planning, and ensure that you always have time for those you love.
Good health includes self-love. If you’re feeling down or discouraged, take the time to remember your value and talents. Negative thought patterns tend to be circular and don’t help you to solve any problems you may be facing. Remove negative self-talk and focus on the positives. Be kind to yourself and the world will be kind back.