Having a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just start on New Years, it’s never been a law to only start on the 1st of January but a matter of dedication on when you want to start it, whether it be tomorrow or the following week. (image source)
As you go through your current lifestyle and evaluate it, you might see what’s lacking in achieving a healthy lifestyle. Although it’s hard to start a new set of routines or to add at least one or two elements on your usual, it will give you a whole new look. Leaning towards a healthy lifestyle will boost your energy, mood and immune system to not get easily sick.
Eat Fruits and Vegetables
Fruit and vegetables should be part of your daily diet as it gives you a good amount of nutrients such as vitamins and antioxidants that could strengthen your immune system, helping to function well. Vitamins act as a shield to protect your body and ensure repair of cellular damage.
Antioxidants, on the other hand, promote healthy skin and repair damage as well. The World Health Organization recommends eating fruits and veggies to lessen the risk of having cancers, diseases, and heart disease. Eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
Say goodbye to soda and welcome water in your life. Drinking water could help you save money and improve your health with the natural benefit it offers, hydration. Water removes toxins from the body, improve brain function, balance body temperature and many more. Drink 8 glasses per day.
Monitor Your Mental Health
A healthy lifestyle doesn’t revolve around physical health alone, but it caters to mental health too as it acts as the foundation of overall health. Assessing and learning to manage your feelings daily by writing everything down on your journal could help to improve your condition.
Doing something creative like painting, writing or exercise like yoga could improve your mental health. In that way, the feeling of unhappiness, ungratefulness or unwanted at home, school or work could be turned into positive. Nonetheless, seeing a physician and talk about your situation is the best thing you could do if you feel like you are starting to be depressed or anxiety tries to attack you.
Protect your body and mind by exerting effort on exercise, it helps to improve your mood, decrease feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress, could reduce weight as it works together with your metabolism, and boost your energy level. The American Heart Association advises for about 150 minutes of exercise per week.
Travel, meditate or listen to music, do something that could help you relax and think not of stressful things. It’s a great help for your body and mind to decompress once in a while from stressful activities you had for a couple of weeks or months. The activities that you will be doing could help you unwind and help your mind to release endorphins, boosts happiness and releases stress.