How to Fit Well-Being into a Busy Lifestyle
By Brad Krause of SelfCaring.info/
Health is on your mind, no doubt. How could it not be with all the demands from the internet, magazines, and newspapers that you eat right, exercise and be blissfully happy?
But it seems like the purveyors of those news clips and articles live in a bubble. They haven’t seen what it’s like in the real world, with all the barriers it throws up against physical and mental well-being. The stores are so packed with junk food you can barely find healthy options. Getting to the gym is a pipe dream with all that work piled on your desk. And then there’s the stress of all that … so much stress.
You can’t change the world, but you can learn to navigate it and make some lifestyle changes that incorporate health into your daily and weekly routine. Wondering how? Here are a few little tricks that make a huge difference for the better.
Purifying Your Home
If you’re feeling under the weather, the very air around you could be to blame if it’s filled with dust, contaminants, and toxins, which is common in many homes. That’s especially troublesome for those who suffer from asthma or allergies. There’s an easy fix, though: an air-purifier. Do some research and check out reviews before you buy, and look for one with a high MERV rating, as it will do a better job of protecting your home and family from noxious particles than a low-rated model.
Shopping the Perimeter of the Grocery Store
This is where you’ll find the good stuff, meaning fresh fruits and veggies as well as lean meats and low-fat dairy. You may have to make a few strategic forays into the aisles to pick up some herbs, spices, and oils, but stick to your shopping list, and resist temptation from all the sweet and salty snacks.
Cooking in Batches
It saves time when transforming those whole foods into wholesome meals. Pick a recipe, make enough for a week’s worth of lunches, and store it in the refrigerator. That way, all you have to do in the morning is scoop out a portion into a container and head to work.
Breaking a Quick Sweat
Don’t cancel your gym membership, but learn a few routines you can do at home in under half an hour on those days when you can’t make it to your free-weight session or Spin class. Fitness magazine has literally dozens for you to try.
If you’re looking or a simple, fast and effective workout you can do anywhere, anytime, check out the Daily 30: A Quick Everyday Bodyweight Workout!
Hitting the Pedals
If your fitness routine doesn’t burn enough calories, this would finish the job. However, the number 1 reason to bike to work or the grocery store is the sheer fun of it, according to Momentum Mag, adding that it serves as a form of therapy, as opposed to sitting in traffic, which only invokes frustration.
Meditation and yoga are two ways to do this, as these ancient practices encourage you to simply exist in the present and feel the sensations that run through your body as thoughts pass unimpeded through your mind. There are other ways to achieve mindfulness, but they all share one thing in common: They’re excellent for relieving stress and relaxing.
Writing It All Down
Keeping a journal is another way to find tranquility in your daily life. It’s a noted activity for relieving stress, much like meditation and yoga, while also helping you to organize your thoughts and “declutter your brain.” It could even serve as a useful tool in your self-improvement efforts.
Reading in Bed
You’ll fall asleep faster, and you need your 40 winks if you want to wake up the next morning with energy to make it through the day. What’s more, it’s an excellent workout for your brain, expanding your vocabulary and encouraging your ability to concentrate.
Check out Motivated Mindset for a great daily read!
Taking a Hike
Unless you live out in the woods, you may have to save this for the weekend. It’s worth it, though, as the health benefits far outweigh those of shopping or watching a sports game. Besides an excellent form of exercise, hiking is great for stress relief.
Now comes the hard part: making those changes. Pick one item off the list, put it to work, and then choose another, and then another. You’ll feel better soon and wonder why you didn’t start a long time ago.
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