Five ways to boost your health and wellbeing
Whether you’re experiencing some health issues, are really stressed out, or just looking for some good ways to boost your wellbeing, here are some ideas. To be as healthy as possible, you have to keep in mind that both physical and mental wellbeing play equal parts in feeling good.
1. Stay active
An active lifestyle is a must nowadays. Since we do a lot of sitting every day, it is really important to schedule some walks, a run, or at least a few exercises in our everyday routine to stretch our body. Regular physical activity not only boosts our energy, but it also improves our mood and decreases feelings of stress.
You don’t have to spend a lot of time in the gym every day. Start off with some small steps – go for a morning walk in nature, take the stairs instead of the lift, stretch your body every few hours, walk to work, or go for a walk at lunchtime.
Mental preparation is also key to wellbeing. A ten-minute meditation per day can help you combat stress, improve your mood, and make you more relaxed and ready to conquer everyday challenges and tasks.
Find a quiet spot in your apartment or even your office and take some time for yourself. You can also practice some breathing exercises which can be an alternative for when you’re really busy. One of the pros of breathing exercises is that you can do them in almost every situation – whether in your office, on a bus, waiting in line, etc.
3. Eat seasonal veggies and fruits
In most countries, it is possible to buy the same fruits and vegetables year-round, but what we often don’t realise is that this is not great for our health. Eating seasonal veggies and fruits provides us the much-needed nutrients for the specific time of the year. Moreover, those products that are not in the season have to stay and look fresh for quite some time since being transported far away. So those veggies and fruits can contain a lot of harmful stuff for our health, like preservatives and pesticides.
You can get a feeling of what’s seasonal and what’s not by visiting local organic farms that grow vegetables and fruits. You’ll undoubtedly notice the difference compared to the store-bought products.
4. Get some quality sleep
To function properly every day, we must get enough sleep. All this “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” sayings are not helping you out. Quality sleep not only keeps you energised throughout the day, but it also affects your memory, mood, and emotions. During sleep, a process called consolidation of memories happens, which is an essential part of learning. Staying up late and trying to get all that information in your head can be less effective than getting a night of good sleep and memorising at least some info. Enough sleep also improves your mood and emotional stability.
The average adult needs between seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Here are some tips for improving the quality of your sleep:
keep your phone out of the bedroom
try to wake up at the same time every day (first, you’ll need an alarm clock, but after a couple of weeks you’ll wake up without it)
make your bedroom as dark as possible (because of the production of melatonin)
5. Consider taking supplements or nootropics
There are some vitamins and minerals that we don’t get enough of through food. One reason can be intensive farming, and the usage of chemicals that destroy the nutrients in the soil, which means our food is not so rich in vitamins and minerals than it was before.
Depending on your diet, you should consider supplementing B-Complex, Vitamin D3, and Vitamin C. Since you probably know that a lot of our health issues come from our gut and overall digestive problems, it is essential to supplement probiotics as well.
For boosting your energy levels, motivation, focus, or improving your memory and mood, you can try nootropics as well. Nootropics are natural substances, mainly herbs, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, phospholipids, antioxidants, and stimulants. You can find out the best nootropics in a blog post that lists the top-rated nootropics on the market.
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