Living healthily is a remarkably difficult thing to do in this day and age. We are in a unique age of plenty, where delicious foods cost relatively little and all our entertainment needs are more or less spoken for. However, our well-being is suffering. Between mental health problems and barriers to physical health, many of us do not feel on top of our minds and bodies. Luckily, this can be turned around, and easily, via the picking-up of some good habits…
Get the Right Sleep
Addressing your sleep is one of the most impactful things you can do for your general well-being. Chances are that you are either sleeping too much or not nearly enough – so what can you do to rectify this? For one, you can leave your phone out of the bedroom. Blue light is deleterious to good sleep, as it affects your circadian rhythm. Besides, bringing social media and work emails into your sleeping space can’t be good for the psyche!
The ideal average amount of sleep is around seven hours. But, crucially, not all people are the same. There are also night owls and early birds, who might struggle to adhere to a strict and conventional 11-7 sleep routine. Allow yourself to go to bed when it feels natural, but make sure to make it a routine!
Spend Time on Hygiene
Basic hygiene is not something that needs explaining to anyone. But the benefits of going above and beyond are worth shouting from the rooftops about. A considered approach to personal hygiene will make you feel good, even if only on account of looking good.
A multifaceted morning routine is an easy way to inculcate good hygiene as part of your new lifestyle. Exfoliating will let your facial skin glow, and remove toxins from your pores; a teeth whitening water flosser ensures your teeth look presentable as well as remain clean. The more robust and regular your routine, the better.
Don’t forget about food when thinking about wellness! A good diet is imperative to your wellness, and another thing you can turn into a form of automated routine. Meal-planning and meal-prepping at the start of each week allows you to regulate your intake, and ensure you’re getting all the right vitamins throughout the week.
Live in the Present
Stress is the enemy of wellbeing, and it has a nasty and pernicious habit of sneaking in via multiple back doors. Health anxiety, work stress, low self-esteem: all of these can feed into ill mental health in many different ways. Dwelling on the past or worrying about the future can have dramatic impacts on your well-being in the present, making it imperative that you seek ways to live fully in the present.
Mindful activities like walks and outdoor exercise are great starting points for living in the present. Keeping busy is great, particularly if there is a balanced mix of solo exercise and social time with friends and family. Like a diet, your mind needs a varied diet!