This is a guest post written by Jennifer McGregor / Photo via Pixabay by TPSDave
It’s not always easy to come up with simple, healthy habits when you lead a busy life, but it’s important to find ways to keep your mind and body feeling good. Getting in a workout every day is a great way to start, but if you’re pressed for time it might be too overwhelming to think about going to the gym. Fortunately, it’s easy to create a home gym without spending a ton of money, and there are many other ways you can engage in healthy habits.
Here are some of the best ways to get your mind, body and soul feeling great.
Beat the stress
Busy days at work and the stresses at home can leave us feeling overwhelmed, tired, and ready to throw in the towel, so it’s important to reduce those stresses as much as possible and practice self care. This can be anything that makes you happy or relaxed in a healthy way, such as taking a long hot bath, meeting up with friends for a casual dinner, or playing a sport on the weekend. Taking a little time to do something you enjoy can make a huge difference when it comes to boosting your mood. You can also practice meditation or yoga, which promotes mindfulness.
You might think you’re already drinking enough water, but many people are close to dehydration without realizing it. Keep a tall reusable water bottle with you at work and at home and refill it throughout the day; this way, you can see how much you’re drinking to make sure you get in 64 ounces per day.
Keep your back muscles healthy and strong by doing stretches every night before bed, or in the morning before you get up. Simple exercises include putting a pillow between your feet and lifting it from the bed to your outstretched hands, rolling one knee across your body and touching it to the bed or floor, and lying on your back and lifting your pelvis up toward the ceiling with your feet planted firmly.
Dark, leafy greens, nuts, fish, and berries are a good part of a balanced diet that will keep your heart healthy and your bones strong. These are also great sources of protein and vitamins, which will keep up your energy and help you get through the day with ease.
Most of us don’t get enough good sleep, which takes a toll on our moods, energy levels, and performance at work or school. Set a bedtime and stick to it, making sure you turn off your phone, laptop, or television well before you lie down as these can interrupt your sleep cycle or keep you awake.
Work in a workout
If it’s hard to find time for exercise, consider going for a brisk walk on your lunch break, or running up and down a staircase several times. Anything that gets your heart rate up for 20-30 minutes a day will help you stay in shape and keep your body feeling good.