4 Steps to happier healthier life
We belong to a nation of tie-wearers who are constantly over-worked, slogging, and firmly tethered to their laptops, smartphones, or television. Success has immensely shifted our outlook and has made us neglect our health, inadvertently leading us to suffer from various easily avoidable ailments.
Every new year more than half of the population takes a resolution to be fit and healthy. And the resolution slips by with the same amount of enthusiasm it's taken in. Halfway around the year, we are back to square one, and the circles keep going on. Given the day and age of technology and owing to the pandemic, it has become worse; we have become far more lethargic, stressed-out, clinically depressed, and anxious over these past two years.
So, what are we doing about this issue?
Research says that a habit can take up to 18 days to build and an average of 66 days for it to be incorporated into your life to an extent where it requires no effort. We at Sante believe the truism, "Change is the only constant."
A minor tweak here and there can develop habits that will help us live healthier and, let's just say, more productive lives. If you're here reading this, you're probably ready for some change, and we're here to guide you through it.
Here are some steps for one to lead the Santé lifestyle:
- Eat nutritious food
You are what you eat. What you eat becomes how you feel, think and look! We don't know about the elixir of life, but eating more fruit, nuts, and green veggies is probably the closest you can get to the fountain of youth.
- Pick brightly coloured foods; these are high in antioxidants and have a high nutritional value.
- Choose higher fibre or whole grain varieties, such as wholewheat pasta, brown rice, or potatoes with their skins on.
- Swap your mid-day snack for a piece of fresh fruit.
- Cut down on sugar.
- Drink plenty of fluids; Stay hydrated!
- Get your exercise
Fitness is a significant contributor to a healthy lifestyle; people are made to use their bodies, and disuse leads to unhealthy living, manifesting obesity, weakness, and overall poor health. Any type of physical activity involving you moving your muscle for at least 30 minutes will lower your disease risk, create higher bone density, and potentially increase your life span.
- Ditch the elevator and climb the stairs once a week
- Go hiking, trekking, or just take a brisk walk!
- Sign up for a fun class like Zumba, MMA, or just a dance workshop.
- Turn off the TV, computer, and smartphone;Cut back on-screen time.
And lastly, like your mother rightly says, stop slouching, sit straight!
- Replace and Sustain
Replace your general antibiotic needs with essential oils for a sustainable approach and efficient results for everyday ailments. Nature is vast, expansive, mysterious. Within nature, multiple elements can be put to good medicinal use. All household remedies you have grown up hearing have some scientific backing for them and yield effective results. A sustainable approach to life is the only way to keep our species longer on this planet, and there's no better place to start than at home, with yourself.
- Work on your mental health
Healthy living means that both your physical and mental health are balanced or functioning well together. These two are so closely linked that a change in one directly affects the other.
A positive mentality is vital for a healthy life.
One can support their mental health and well-being by simply getting enough sleep, taking a walk and reflecting on what happened on that day. Challenging yourself by trying something new will make you flush with energy, spending quality time with your friends and family will help you appreciate life, while meditating and practicing proper breathing will help you get centred. Notice that it is first your breathing pattern that changes when you're anxious, stressed, or angry. Proper breathing is highly beneficial for one to control and maintain their emotions.
Start with incorporating each one of these, one at a time or all together. It may seem hard at first, but soon you'll notice the change. The choice is really yours; you can go on reading more articles on how to live a healthy life or get out off the couch right away and go for a walk!