Change is always good and the best way to bring change in your lifestyle is with the start of new year. It’s not only a fresh new start but also the perfect time to reflect the past year. Instead of regretting what you didn’t do, take this opportunity to start achieving new goals. I know change doesn’t happen overnight but you have got to take the first step. Smalls goals are a lot easier to achieve and satisfying than big unachievable goals.
If not all, most of our new year’s resolution end up in failure which demotivates us from trying. I think it’s a lot better to make small goals for the year. Start today and pave your way to lifelong healthy habits.
Here are 5 simple changes for a healthy lifestyle:
Relax your mind. When we talk about a healthy lifestyle it isn’t just about physical health like diet and exercise but its also about your emotional health. Your mind is amazing and capable of wonderful things. Its all in your head, having positive thoughts makes all the difference. Some ways to kill your negative thoughts and boost your self-esteem is by keeping a journal. Writing every day in your journal will help you release your thoughts and make you feel lighter. You can always look back and reflect your goals as well.
Exercise consistently. Find an exercise routine that works for you. It is very important that you enjoy it. You don’t have to necessarily run on the treadmill or do yoga. It could be as simple as walking the dog or cycling. You have to do it consistently. When you first start any workout, make sure not to overdo it in the first few days. Slowly build up the pace. Ask your friends if they want to join in with you as a lot of people are scared to start alone. In this way, you can motivate each other and track the progress.
Get good sleep. We always feel like cutting back on sleep is the only way to get things done. Well if you think about it, less sleep means you’re tiring quickly and dragging yourself to stay awake. The only way to get more hours for work is by going to bed earlier and waking up early. According to this site, an adult needs 8-9 hours of sleep in order to function well. Whether you’re sleep deprived or oversleeping, your sleep routine has an effect on your hormones as well.
A healthy breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper!”. This quote explains about the three meals of the day. A rich and healthy breakfast will keep your energy going on throughout the day. Your breakfast must contain a combination of protein and carbohydrates. There’s no rule that says you should only eat cereals and toasts. You can eat anything you like whether its fruit, leftover chicken or vegetables.
Educate yourself on what foods to eat and which to avoid. The Internet is your best friend when it comes to planning your diet. You can find everything from healthy recipes to menu plans.
Last but not the least, here is a quick inspiring read for you.
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Hope it helps you. Good Luck!