7 Positive Lifestyle Factors That Can Improve Your Health and Wellbeing
Building healthy habits is a surefire way to improve your health and wellbeing. Your current health situation is a result of your lifestyle. If you must change something about your health and wellness, you must be open to make significant and consistent changes to your daily routine.
In this blog, I discuss 7 positive lifestyle factors you should develop to enjoy optimal health and productivity.
7 positive Lifestyle Factors That Can Improve Your Health and Wellbeing
- Drinking lots of water: 70% of the human body is composed of water. Water creates an environment that supports easy metabolism, excretion, and other life functions that sum up to maintain homeostasis.
Dehydration can cause lethargy, mood swings, anxiety, and even depression. It can also affect your sleep pattern, digestive and skin health, and raise your blood pressure. A tell-tale sign of dehydration is dark yellow colored urine.
Drink up to 8 glasses of clean water daily to support vital life functions and improve your wellbeing. Since it is 100% calorie-free and a natural appetite suppressant, you can drink your way to a healthy weight.
Note: Coffee, fruit drinks, diet coke, or alcoholic drinks do not count as water.
- Get plenty of sleep: The amount of sleep you get determines your mental alertness, immune power, weight, and even your sociability.
Eye bags, dark circles, premature aging, cognitive decline, cardiovascular diseases, inflammation, and chronic pain are consequences of sleep deprivation.
To stay beautiful, mentally alert, and physically fit, get an adequate amount of sleep - 7-8 hours is recommended by the American Heart Association. When you sleep, your body cells and tissues take time to repair damage and recover from the impact of the day.
Avoid screen time (watching TV or phone usage) an hour before bedtime to limit bright light exposure. Limit caffeine consumption during the day. Turn off distracting sounds so that you can sleep soundly.
Go to bed at the same time every day to acclimate your body to timing and balance your circadian rhythm (sleep-wake cycle).
- Nutrition: Good nutrition delivers the energy and nutrients required for the growth, maintenance, and repair of the body cells. It also improves the body’s immune defenses against diseases.
To make healthy eating a lifestyle, observe your body as a vessel that needs to be fuelled rather than fed. Stay informed about the right food choices and make conscious efforts to nourish your body.
Follow a plant-rich diet. It is rich in gut-friendly fiber, micro-and macronutrients, vitamins, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, which help to ensure optimal health. Moderately consume lean cuts of animal proteins, fatty fish like salmon and mackerel, and low-fat or plant-based dairy.
Avoid inflammatory foods like refined sugar, refined carbs, processed meats, alcohol, and high-fat oils that can cause auto-immune diseases and increase chronic pain.
- Regular physical activity: Physical exercises serve to do far better than fat loss and bikini body sculpting. They help to increase energy and endurance levels, sexual performance, sleep quality, and cognitive functions.
Physical exercises support heart health, lower blood pressure and reduce the health risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Engage in regular physical activity to keep fit and healthy. Moderate activity, including brisk walking, taking the stairs, gardening, and leisure swimming, is ideal for burning calories and improving blood circulation throughout the body.
To make exercising a lifestyle, choose 1 or 2 exercises (or physical activity) you enjoy and engage for 30 minutes at least 5 days of the week.
- Protect and improve your mental health: Spiritual exercises like yoga and guided meditation improve mental alertness and self-awareness. Practice gratitude - Be grateful in all situations and forgive yourself for the past.
Do not keep the negative thoughts in. Confide in someone and let them help you feel better. Communication can be a life-saving skill when you learn to use it.
- Quit smoking.
- Limit alcohol consumption.
The key to a healthy lifestyle is consistency - It makes actions into habits and habits into a lifestyle. From the get-go, decide to adopt any 7 of the above-listed lifestyle factors, draw a clear action plan, then take action every day.
Discuss your plans with friends and family and get them to keep you accountable. You can discuss with making your changes with Raeesha as your Holistic Nutritionist Coach. You can even encourage them to join you and help them stay accountable. Whatever you do, pay attention to your body and do what’s best for it.
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