3 Tips For a Healthier Mind and Body
Today, I’m exploring ways in which we can develop a healthier mind and body. Fitness isn’t just about exercising, it’s about leading a healthier lifestyle in as many ways as possible. While it can take a lot of motivation to go for a run first thing in the morning, valuing the everyday activities makes a really positive contribution to looking and feeling great.
Positivity and happiness can be found in all things, so let’s take pleasure in every bit of our day. It has really helped me find the motivation to push myself and stay committed to my goals, which is why I recommend it so much.
1. Cooking From Scratch
One of the most important and hopefully enjoyable parts of living a healthy lifestyle is nutrition. Developing meal plans and dedicating a part of every day to cook something from scratch is a great way to eat more healthily and relax.
Also, your family is bound to appreciate it too. Fitting around the dinner table together and sharing time is essential to help you plan your weeks. A conversation at dinner can remind kids which days they are doing after school club, or when dad is picking them up from school. Having time to sit around the table helps the family to be that little bit more organised.
Let’s not forget either that eating healthy, home-cooked food should be a pleasure. Everyone goes silent as they tuck into your latest recipe. I’m yet to find a person who doesn’t like being cooked for.
2. Cutting Out Those Vices
Undoubtedly, it can’t all be plain sailing. Not everyone can simply pick up a healthier lifestyle and cut out all their vices instantly (by vices, I mean things like fatty foods, high caffeine intake or smoking). It’s important to act in moderation and use your own judgement. It’s no good cutting out every vice at the cost of your own enjoyment. Staying on track doesn’t have to mean never socialising.
Giving up smoking cigarettes is a particularly difficult decision and one I know people struggle with. An alternative available these days is the e-cigarette. I’m sure everyone knows at least one person that likes to vape; it’s no longer a strange thing to see. Over one million people have said that using an e-cigarette helped them quit smoking.
3. The Power of Sleep
When we sleep, we let our body and our mind recharge. Sleep is vital to a healthy lifestyle, as it allows your mind to process information and your body to repair itself. I know what you’re thinking: when am I supposed to get more sleep? Being busy with work, family, chores, keeping fit, cooking dinner and much more can make you feel like you have to stay up late to finish everything.
I’ve got two great tips that will help your day feel less cluttered and allow you get an extra 30 minutes (or more) of sleep a night. Firstly, we want to write a to-do list each evening before we go to bed. This process helps to process some of the information in your brain, as well as being productive. This routine will not only mean you sleep better (because you don’t lie there thinking about what you’ve got to do tomorrow) but when you wake up the next day, you don’t need to spend any time thinking about what your day will involve.
Tip two is to avoid using social media before you go to bed. I’ve always been quite vocal about my love-hate relationship with social media. This time it’s definitely a hate, not a love thing. It’s so easy to just waste 30 minutes of your day, just before you go to bed, scrolling through your Instagram. It’s often a fruitless experience, so why not just go to sleep?
Hope you liked the tips and good luck on your way to a healthier mind and body!