We tend to think that living our best life is all about what we do, but really, it’s about how we feel. If we’re feeling our best, then we’ll find it much easier to enjoy all that life has to offer — both when we’re doing fun and exciting things, and when we’re doing nothing but sitting at home and going at a slower pace of life. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at a few useful tips that’ll have you feeling your best. Incorporate the tips into your lifestyle, and it won’t be long before you notice an improvement.
You are what you eat. Everyone’s heard that before, but not everyone takes it on board. While eating healthy, nutritious food can be a little more time-consuming than eating quicker food options, it’s well worth carving out the time to do so. Plus, it’s not as if it even has to take that long: there are plenty of healthy meals that can be prepared in twenty minutes or so using just a few ingredients. The trick is to make delicious meals, so it’s not a chore, and to enjoy the cooking process — you’ll get nowhere if you see it as a chore. Have a glass of wine, play some music, and enjoy.
Work Up a Sweat
It always sounds more tempting to spend the evening on the couch, watching Netflix shows, but it’s worthwhile looking at putting on your workout clothes and heading to the gym for an hour instead. There are many, many benefits to working up a sweat — you’ll be trimmer, healthier, and you’ll be in a better mood too. Did you know that exercise releases feel-good chemicals into your body? It’s true. When you get back, you’ll find that you’re in a better mood and that you’re more willing to do something positive.
Take the Stairs
Of course, you can’t expect to just spend a couple of hours in the gym each week and be at your absolute best. Your fitness will require a little more work than that. One of the reasons so many people fall into unhealthy lifestyles is because their day-to-day existence is so sedentary. Think about it: many of us drive to work, sit down all day, and then drive home, only to sit on the couch. In order to feel at your best, it’s recommended that you build in some ways to use your body into your day. For example, you could take the stairs instead of the lift. Instead of driving right to your office door, you could park a little ways away, and walk the rest — or even give up the car entirely and cycle or run to work.
Life in HD
Looking after yourself doesn’t just mean ensuring that you look trim, feel energetic, and so on. It’s also about experiencing things the way they were supposed to be experienced. If your senses — like your hearing or eyesight — aren’t what they used to be, then take a look at making improvements. There are many fantastic options these days that can get people back to living their best and experiencing the world in all its glory. If you have problems with your eyesight, then get in touch with a healthcare provider that specialises in eye care, such as Eye Surgery Scotland. For your hearing, it’s worthwhile considering hearing aids — they’ve come a long in recent decades, and now there are many unobtrusive options available.
Give Up The Vices
While you’ll want to add things to your lifestyle in order to feel at your best, it’s also worthwhile looking to see if there’s anything that you should give up. Things like smoking or drinking alcohol can be presented as normal, but it’s always important to think about the effect that they can have on your lifestyle. It’s not just about your health (though they can have a terrible effect on that too)! It’s about energy. If you stop drinking and cut out cigarettes, within two weeks, you’ll find that you’ve got energy to spare and that you’re feeling great. Give it a go.
Mental Health Matters
In the past, we used to think of our well-being just in terms of our physical state. But we’re increasingly focused on our mental well-being. You can be physically well but unhappy if your state of mind isn’t what it should be. Look at dedicating some time to your mental well-being. The first step is to simply be mindful of how you feel; if you’re not feeling very good, then you’ll know that something has to change. It’s usually possible to identify the thing that’s bringing you down and make a more positive change. Sometimes it can be something as simple as using social media less.
Time in the Outdoors
We’ve all been pushed inside in recent years, and it’s hard to deny that there are advantages to this (we’re more comfortable, for example). However, it’s always worth remembering that we are essentially animals, and thus it’s important to retain some connection to the natural world. Try to fit in some time in the outdoors into your schedule. You’ll have fun, and it’ll also have a positive impact on your general well-being. Studies have shown that just fifteen minutes in nature is enough to give our mind a bit of a boost!
It’s hard to live your best life if you’re too tired to take advantage of all that it has to offer! As such, one of the best gifts you can give yourself is learning how to rest well. If you have trouble getting a full night of rest, then look at making some changes. Improving your bedroom, cutting out screen time before you hit the hay, and engaging in relaxing activities, such as meditation and yoga, will all help to improve your sleeping habits.
Take the tips above, and you’ll soon find that you’re feeling more energetic, happier, and all-around more able to enjoy all that life offers.