Very often when focusing on our goals and work we tend to steal time from nourishing ourselves mentally and physically. Yet both things are equally important to consider to stay happy and healthy. It’s great that this result can be achieved by creating little habits in our lives that, with time, would grow into something very special and beautiful, and would improve our overall well-being. It’s not necessary to suddenly change your whole life upside down – start small. Let’s talk a bit about the things that would enrich our lives and help to take care of our bodies.
Move your body
Allocate some time during a day for physical activity – that might be a 10-minute workout in your living room while watching a guided tutorial online. Of course, if you feel like it, you can jump in your Linen Lotus Pants put that warm beanie on together with a wind-proof jacket and take a run outside. A great alternative is a peaceful walk in nature – visit that park that is near your home. If you feel like you want to listen to something when walking, enjoy that podcast you’ve always wanted to listen to, or your favorite music. This will not only make blood circulation in your body smoother but also will bring some peace to your mind – it’s always a good idea to take a walk and clear your thoughts a little bit.
Alternatives in a diet don’t mean less fun
It’s difficult not to snack when spending most of the time at home during the pandemic - you don’t need to eliminate it. Just try to change cookies or ice-cream with nicely cut fruits, vegetables, or other healthy alternatives instead. For example, you can create a colorful plate of blackberries, blueberries, cubes of mango and some apple slices, or snack with chopped carrots and celery dipped in hummus. Be creative. Also, try to drink as much water as possible, your body will thank you for that later. You can always add some freshly squeezed lemon juice or pieces of fruits of your liking and enrich the water with some taste.
Creating a sleeping ritual
The body craves a regular routine especially when it comes to sleep. If your sleep cycle is constantly being disrupted, many negative symptoms such as fatigue, memory issues, emotional instability and even an increase in illnesses can appear. What is more, even though it’s common knowledge that it’s best to have at least 8 hours of sleep each night, sleeping much less or much more is bad both ways, so it’s important to find the sweet spot of what is best for you. It’s always beneficial to reduce TV, laptop or phone screens usage a few hours before sleep to prepare your mind for the time to rest. You can read a book instead which would be great for getting sleepy as well as spending some time for yourself in general.
And never underestimate the positive effect of mild massage you get while sleeping in your Linen Loungewear!
Let your body and mind relax
Relaxation is not only a great benefit for the mental health but for the physical as well (due to tension built up in muscles causing headaches or even back pain). Stress hormones that are being released can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms including adrenal fatigue. Same as scheduling time for your work and other activities, you can try to schedule it for relaxation which is important to your overall health. There are a variety of ways to achieve the following. Just keep in mind that if something works for your friend, it might not work for you. Try things out and see it for yourself. Consider meditation, stretching, yoga, breathing exercises or naps - everything is up to one’s liking.
Small habits make the difference
These few steps can help your body and mind run in a bit more harmony during your everyday life. Implementing them would also make your overall health at least a little bit better.
You can do it - your body will definitely thank you for it.
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Australian National University (2020). ‘Physical Wellbeing’. Australian National University. Available at: www.anu.edu.au (Accessed: 2 January 2021)