We live in a fast paced world where none of us have time and every often we are rushing to work / university / or leading a hectic life while trying to care for a family at the same time. When we lead a hectic lifestyle, this leads to stress and eventually binge eating. I am sure most of us are guilty as charged when it comes to binging on chocolates or snacks in between our meals. In this article I would like to stress the importance of leading a more healthier life…. here are the 5 simple ways and things you can do to help you lead a healthier lifestyle.
Adopt a Healthy Eating Habit
I am equally as guilty when it comes to ordering take-aways, snacking on unhealthy sausage rolls and crisps. I’ve realised that if I bought more healthy food, salad and fruits and less junk stuff when I went out shopping then I am more inclined to eat healthily as that’s all there in the fridge… I also tend to follow the 80-20 principle for healthy eating which means I tend to eat a clean and healthy diet 80% of the time and then allow the balance 20% of the snacks the other times. Another important tip is to pack your own lunch box whether you are heading to school / university or work. Although I work from home, I sometimes tend to pack my own lunch in the morning as I tend to make a conscious effort to make a healthy salad, a wrap and some snacks like nuts for the day and not biscuits or junk food just because I have access to the kitchen.
Normalise Your Exercise Routine
If you, like me, find exercise a chore and hate doing it, then make it more fun. Join a zumba or yoga class where you can head out with your friends as an outing wear fun yoga clothes on a weekly basis. You can use your friends to keep you motivated on the days which you are feeling a little down. I also find that if I park my car a little further than where I need to head to, I end up walking a bit more than I usually do. If you have kids, then take time and head out to the park to feed the ducks or look for painted rocks. The key is to do things which does not seem like exercise but it does burn calories at the same time.
Making Small Changes to your Lifestyle
Sometimes making small changes to your lifestyle may seem like it is not much but it does add up eventually and help you to lead a more healthy life. For instance, if you enjoy your glass of wine, try not to have it everyday but only on Fridays and the weekends or when you are out with friends (hopefully this is not everyday). Alternatively, if you are a smoker and find it hard to quit, why not try changing to vaping which is a form of e-cig & e-liquid instead which is a healthier option. These small changes will help you lead a more healthy life. Of course ….if you are going to vape, do it in moderation.
Spend Less Screen Time
People don’t realise how much time they spend facing the screen such as their computers, tablets/ipads, kindle, laptops and mobile phones. With phones becoming so much more advanced and able to receive emails, connect to social media channels, news channels, other programs such as video/voice messaging softwares and gaming softwares, people are not realising how this is affecting their lifestyle. Have some rules in place such as …don’t take the phone to the dinner table, switch off all gadgets by 8pm at night or at least an hour before bedtime. Read a book instead of scrolling on the phone/kindle on weekends. Protect your eyes by making sure your tablet / ipad and mobile phone screens are using blue light filter at night to avoid digital eye strain. Try to fast by practising digital detox once a week for a few hours or half a day by leaving your phone in a place where you have no access to it and just enjoy life.
Keep challenging your mind
Just like our body, our mind needs to be kept vibrant and alive through education, reading or by learning something new. Keep challenging yourself by learning a new language, skill or sport. By challenging your mind, the brain cells are known to grow and become stronger, it is also said that higher levels of mental activity throughout life are consistently associated with better brain function and this reduced risk of cognitive decline and dementia. So challenge your mind by doing something different and fun at the same time. If you’re dealing with any mental health issues consider talking with a counsellor to help you.
Hope you enjoyed reading these 5 simple ways in which you can lead a healthier lifestyle, do check out our other blog posts on healthy living as well.
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