5 Simple Habits To Start Feeling Better Today
Christine Chen | My Soul
You keep saying it: “I want to be healthier,” but you don’t have time for big workouts or enough money to stock the fridge with 100% organic foods. In fact, by the end of the day, you just want to sit on the couch, watch TV and pour yourself a bowl of cereal.
It doesn’t have to be all or nothing! Try to create a few simple, daily habits, and start feeling better today.
- Breathe deeply. Short, quick breaths tend to boost our stress levels. Flip it. Try to take deep, steady breaths more often to relax and de-stress. You’ll feel calmer. Over time, your immune system will get stronger too. Fewer colds and less stress – sound good?
- Schedule a stretch break. Our shoulders, necks and backs are paying the price for our love of computers and mobile phones. Each hour, take 10 seconds for a stretch break to relieve your body: stand up and stretch tall, take a side bend to each side, and twist in both directions. A little spine movement can go a long way.
- Go for more green. Make a point to choose a salad over fries or bring a sandwich packed with extra lettuce or spinach. You need those daily vegetable nutrients. Sneak them in if you have to! (Go for dark, leafy greens and broccoli.)
- Rethink your coffee break. Late in the day when you’re dragging, you probably reach for coffee. However, studies show that same tired feeling can show up because of dehydration. Next time you’re sleepy in the late afternoon, hit the water cooler for a refreshing change. It’ll get your energy flowing again.
- Go to sleep between 10pm and midnight. According to Ayurveda, a 5,000-year old health care system still in use today, the closer to 10pm you go to bed, the deeper and longer your rest will be. Past midnight, your “second wind” kicks in, reawakens your brain, and powers up those late night snack cravings.
Make these five habits part of your life and notice the difference. All you have to do is start with one, and you’ve already become a healthier version of you.