7 Insanely Simple Actions to Improve Your Health
Life can be crazy.
Living in the age of convenience has made us complacent and has caused us to take our health for granted. With so many issues to juggle going into 2021 — and dealing with a pandemic — we must always remember that our health is paramount.
Here are 7 simple actions to improve and maintain your health.
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This is such a quick and easy fix: Drink more water.
Our bodies are 60% water. The brain and the heart are 73% water. Lack of water leads to dehydration, headaches, memory loss, and a bunch of other avoidable experiences.
Dehydration in recent years has increased because society is obsessed with coffee. I love my coffee too, but we must remember that it’s a diuretic and it will dehydrate you over time if you aren’t drinking water.
Also, cut out the sodas. Cut out the energy drinks with crazy amounts of sugar and caffeine.
Something that helped me cut out soda was drinking flavored seltzers, Pelligrino, and Perrier. I’d add a little lemon if there was no flavor and voila! Soda cravings are gone.
Carry around a stainless steel water bottle so you always have water at the ready.
Get Outside and Be in Nature
It’s estimated that 41% of Americans and over 1 billion people worldwide are Vitamin D deficient.
We need to get outside more. We need to make it a priority to leave our cubicles and zoom meetings to get fresh air and sunlight.
Being outside can drastically improve our moods and help us maintain healthy states of mind and well-being.
Don’t go to the gym to ride a stationary bike. Instead, get on a real bike and cycle outside if you can. The same can be applied to running or walking.
Eat Real Foods
Cut the crap from your diet.
Yes, there are macronutrients, micronutrients, vitamins, minerals, probiotics, fiber, and all this “science talk” that’s flying around.
Nutrition isn’t rocket science. And deep down, you know it. If you are about to eat something and you have to question if it’s healthy or not, then it probably isn’t.
Eat real foods. Whole foods and Non-processed or minimally processed foods.
Studies have shown how adopting an “attitude of gratitude” can make you happier and less depressed.
We are so good at focusing on what’s missing. How about we get better at focusing on what we have and giving thanks for it?
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” — Willie Nelson
A happier, healthier mind will ultimately lead to a healthier body.
I keep a notebook near my bed specifically to write down what I’m grateful for and why I’m grateful for them. Each night I try to write five things that happened earlier in the day that I feel thankful for. Some days, it’s specific and other days it’s extremely general. But I still practice feeling thankful.
Doing this before I drift off allows me to fall asleep with a grateful heart.
There have been countless studies on the benefits of meditation. A quick google search can reveal all of its benefits.
I have found that the biggest advantage of meditation is taking back control of our mental steering wheel and choosing how to focus. It teaches us to lower the volume of our mental chatter and gets us to slow down.
We reconnect with our life force: the breath.
Making the intention to breathe more consciously helps bring us back to this present moment. Which is all we ever have anyway.
Sleep has never come easily to me. I was able to operate for a while on 3–4 hours of sleep but it caught up to me. And let me tell you, the burnout that comes is horrific.
You must make sure you’re getting 7–8 hours. 6 hours at the absolute bare minimum, but don’t make that a habit.
If you are a bad sleeper like I was, consider investing in blue blockers.
These glasses block the blue light from devices like phones and laptops which have been proven to screw with our natural Circadian rhythm. There have been conflicting studies on it, however, I tried them out and they work beautifully for me.
I will always wear mine after 8:00 p.m. to make sure it doesn’t interfere with my sleep.
Cut Back on the Phone Time
We are all addicts and we’re addicted to the phone.
All the social media apps have our attention and when we try to step away, those notifications start chiming mere minutes later.
Social media is filled with negativity and bad news. The more you hang out there, the more your happiness is going to suffer.
Here’s an idea: put your phone on airplane mode.
If it’s not during working hours, turn the phone off. Notice how many times you go to check it and then remember that you powered down. That’ll wake you up as to how attached to it you are.
Disconnecting your phone for a while allows you to reconnect with the now. It brings you back to this present moment where you can focus on one task.
Disconnect. Find your center. Then, turn it back on.
Health is life-long process. One that we must attend to each day.
We must remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. But, Rome also didn’t collapse in a day either. It started falling apart little by little over time. That is what will happen to our health and our bodies if we don’t take care of it.
Remember to implement these actions:
- Drink water
- Get outside and be in nature
- Eat real food
- Practice gratitude
- Cut back on phone usage
Go one day at time until these actions become habits. Once they do, you’ll be able to better manage your happiness and well-being.
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