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Healthy Habits in 5 minutes!

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Healthy Habits

Everyone wants to live a healthy lifestyle, but it can be difficult to know how to go about it. The good news is that there are easy things you can do every day that will help you get on the right track and make your life better in many ways. Some of these may at first glance seem really simple…and that’s the best part! It doesn’t take a lot to start living a more healthy life. Here are some really simple tips that anyone can use to improve their health and enjoy other benefits as well.

Eat more veggies.

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Many people believe that eating lots of veggies is only good for your health. But did you know that eating them can also help with weight loss?

When it comes to eating healthy, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. One person’s healthy habit may not be yours, and vice versa. But there are some things everyone can do to improve their overall health and wellbeing—and that includes adding more fruits and veggies into your diet! Start by choosing those with the highest water content (think: cucumbers), then add some variety in color (red peppers, yellow squash). You’ll also want to make sure they’re cooked correctly—steaming is best for most veggies; think about sautéing as an option if steaming doesn’t work well for a certain veggie type. You can also take this another route and start doing some sort of smoothie in the morning. There are a ton of great recipes here for you to start. Here’s 20 morning smoothies.

Vegetables are known for being packed with nutrients like vitamins A, C and K; folate; potassium; magnesium; iron; calcium—the list goes on! These benefits include stronger immunity against disease-causing bacteria thanks to their antioxidants (beta carotene) or vitamin C content alone–making them ideal additions into any meal plan whether you’re looking at gaining muscle or losing weight fast!

Manage your stress.

It’s important to manage your stress, as it’s an inevitable part of life. There are many ways you can do this:

  • Exercise. Many people find that exercising is a great way to manage their stress levels and get rid of pent-up energy that could otherwise lead to negative consequences in their lives, such as high blood pressure or depression.

  • Meditate or pray. If you’re religious, meditating or praying may help calm your mind and body enough that they can focus on other things besides worrying about problems in the past or future (which often leads to anxiety).

  • Talk with someone close to you about what’s bothering you—and ask them for advice on how best to deal with it! Your friends and family members want nothing but the best for you; by opening up about how difficult things have been lately, they’ll probably be able to talk through possible solutions together!

Move your body.

The best way to get started is by doing some kind of exercise at least three times a week. A good place to start is with 30 minutes of walking, jogging or running (depending on your fitness level) every day.

If you’re new to working out, try not to push yourself too hard. You’ll find that after a few days of exercising and eating healthily, you’ll have so much energy that you might want to do more than just 30 minutes! If this happens, build up slowly until you reach 60-90 minutes per session.

Once you’ve gotten used to exercising regularly, it’s time for step two: making healthy eating choices! By choosing foods lower in salt and fat — like fruits instead of fries — your whole body will thank you for it!

Sleep more soundly.

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Sleep is just as important as food and water—but it’s also one of the most neglected aspects of our health. Getting enough sleep is so important, but nobody pays attention to it because we don’t have an obvious physical cue like hunger or thirst that tells us when we need more rest. Think about this for a moment: if you go without eating for a few days, do you feel weak? Yes. Then the same holds true for sleep deprivation as well. If you don’t get enough sleep your body and mind can not operate properly and at optimal speed. Ever notice how your mind feels like a maze or you can not pay attention when you don’t get enough sleep? This compounds over time. Do your best to get some sleep. Below we’ll list some tips.

Lack of sleep can cause its own set of problems. First off, your immune system will start to weaken while you’re not getting adequate rest—which makes getting sick much more likely. You’ll also find yourself irritable and less able to concentrate at work or school (and maybe even at home!). If you need some quicker remedies because you’re finding it hard to get to sleep or stay asleep speak with your health care provider. You might (MIGHT) have insomnia. If not try melatonin (only take what the recommended dose is for that particular brand), valerian root tea (you can find it at most grocery stores), and try deep breathing before going to bed. Cutting your screen time (t.v., phone, etc) an hour before bedtime will also help your mind be more calm and ready to sleep. The light that comes from those devices is bright and gets the mind moving, it does not slow it down. Therefore, it is important to limit your ‘screen time’ before you plan on trying to nap or go to bed for the evening. 

Strengthen your connections to others.

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  • Stay in touch with your friends and family.

  • Be empathetic to others.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it; don’t be afraid to offer help when someone else needs it either.

  • Open yourself up to new friendships—sometimes at first, these relationships might make you feel awkward or uncomfortable, but that’s okay! Being a good listener can go a long way toward making a friend feel comfortable enough with you that they’ll open up about their life and experiences as well.

Laugh more.

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Laughing is a great way for you to reduce stress and improve your overall health. Laughing with friends, family or even just by yourself is a great way to help you forget about your stresses. If you are looking for ways to laugh more often, here are some ideas:

  • Watch a funny movie

  • Read a funny book

  • Tell jokes

Drink more water.

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  • Water is the most important nutrient for your body. It lubricates joints, transports oxygen to every cell in your body, and helps regulate body temperature. It also flushes waste from organs and tissues through urination, perspiration and bowel movements.

  • Drink more water throughout the day to stay hydrated, especially in summer or during exercise. If you are thirsty but don’t have time to drink an entire glass of water at one time, try sipping on a few ounces every 15 minutes until you’re no longer thirsty.

  • Drinking water before meals can help you lose weight because it fills up your stomach so that you’re less likely to overeat later in the day.

Keep learning more about yourself and the world around you.

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One of the most important things you can do is keep learning more about yourself and the world around you.

This will help keep your mind sharp, give you a sense of purpose, and inspire new thoughts.

You can learn about how you grew up by reflecting on your past experiences and keeping a journal, or through therapy sessions with a professional. You’ll also want to look at how your upbringing may have influenced the way you interact with people now (for example, if someone was controlling when they were growing up they might be more inclined towards being bossy as an adult).

It’s also important to keep learning new things about yourself so that when times get tough there’s always something new waiting for you!

Better mental and physical health can happen by changing one thing at a time, in small steps.

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You’re not going to undo years of unhealthy habits by making a single change in your diet or exercise routine. You have to go as hard on your new routine as you did with your old outdated one that was not healthy. Instead, focus on one thing at a time. If you smoke cigarettes, decide that you won’t smoke tomorrow—and stick to it or cut back drastically. Make the decision, write it down in a journal or notepad and document your steps and thoughts about it. If you find yourself skipping breakfast every day, make sure that happens no more than three days per week; if you watch too much television and don’t get enough sleep at night, try cutting back on the TV time—but don’t stop watching altogether! Take this in steps and make sure to stick to it every day. Steady and consistent wins the race for your own goals.

Living a healthy lifestyle takes time and dedication, but it will pay off in countless ways: healthier habits mean a healthier body and mind; feeling better about yourself will help make stress easier to manage; feeling good about yourself can also boost your confidence! All of this is good and there is more to add to this list but in another blog entry. This should get you started with some ideas at the least.

Conclusion

While it takes time and effort to develop healthy habits, you will get there if you stick with your strategy. Your future self is counting on you! Stick with it and as it was said about, steady and consistent wins the race for you and your goals. Only you can define what success is for you. Stick with it. You are the only ‘you’, you have. If that makes sense. You got this!

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