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Last Updated on by Noni May
We all want to live until we’re old and grey, but there’s plenty of temptation in life that can hinder our bodies and perhaps don’t provide us with the best wellbeing. So maybe it’s time for a change, a chance to change your lifestyle to cater better for your wellbeing. And here’s how to do it!
Putting the right food into your body can make a huge difference in how you feel and especially your appearance. It might be difficult at first to avoid the junk food and the unhealthier snacks, but with perseverance, you can slowly wean yourself off and work towards a more balanced diet. Don’t get rid of everything straight away as this can often demotivate you, so start with one or two things, to begin with. Perhaps it’s cutting out sugar or reducing the number of takeouts you have every month. Build up to it, and you’ll find it more achievable and easier as time goes on. Don’t forget to reward yourself through every so often. It’s all about moderation and balance.
The thought of exercising often gets more difficult as your lifestyle gets busier. You’ll often find yourself making excuses for not going to the gym or taking part in a sports class because there’s too much else going on. Sometimes that is the case, and you don’t want to burn yourself out. However, exercise can be great, not only for feeling fitter physically but mentally also. It’s all about finding something you enjoy doing because if you don’t, then you’re more likely to give it up quickly. Find a sport or type of exercise that you enjoy and have fun doing. Aim to exercise at least two times a week or break it down into smaller chunks every day. Combining healthy eating with exercising is going to make a huge difference to your health and your wellbeing in general.
In a world that’s fast-paced, your own job can take a knock at your well being because we often take on more than we can handle. Saying yes to everything is easily done but be able to turn around and say no is harder. Sometimes though, it has to be done because taking on too much can result in work that might not be as good and you might find that your mood or health, in general, is affected as a result of it.
So start learning to say no. Not just at work but also in your social life too. There may be times where you’d just like to stay in instead of going out, and that’s completely fine! Be selfish and say no when it’s something you don’t want to do. Those who love you will understand.
Time to cut out the toxic stuff in your life, whether that’s with an alcohol or drug detox or saying goodbye to someone negative in your life. There are times in life, where we may let the wrong person into our lives, or we grow as individuals and those we thought were friends, aren’t as positive to your life as you thought they were. So don’t be afraid to cut the contact and remove the toxic friends out of your life. You certainly deserve better, and so does your wellbeing.
Embracing self-care is something that a lot of us don’t do enough. Self-care is looking after yourself and making time to enjoy something that you love on your own. It’s important to take time for yourself and to make yourself a priority every now and again rather than putting other people first. Find something you love to do; it might be reading a book in the bath or going for a walk in your local park. Whatever it is, set aside some time in the week to give yourself these moments of self-care. It’s not selfish to do it, and we should all be doing it a lot more so that our mental health is in better shape. Learn to be kind to your mind and find ways to help deal with any stress that you might have by doing something you like.
Sleep is extremely important to our wellbeing, yet some people reduce the amount of time they sleep for fear of missing out or wasting precious time. But it’s necessary to get a good seven to nine hours of sleep per night so that your body can repair itself and function at its best. Sleep deprivation can affect your mood and your health so try to incorporate a regular sleeping pattern and remove the bad habits that might be stopping you from getting to sleep. Mobile phones, other devices like tablets and laptops can all contribute to a wired brain that will find it difficult to relax. Coffee can also be a problem so try and not drink any after midday. That relates to any caffeine in general.
Remember that life goes by so quickly and before you know it, years will have just flown by. Being present in the moment is something you should be practicing every day. Take the time to appreciate whatever is going on around you, whether that’s having dinner with the family or sharing some exciting news with friends. Truly live in that moment instead of letting it be another thing that just passes you by.
Take photographs and write down the day in a notebook or diary. It’s nice to have these moments recorded down because our memories may fade eventually and it’s nice to have your experiences documented so that you can reflect on them in the future.
Changing your lifestyle is something that you may occasionally do or on a regular basis, and that’s normal because your life does change over time, and so do your priorities. So, do what feels right for you, both for your physical and mental wellbeing.
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