Being healthy is so important in life, and there are many benefits of putting time in to create a healthier life for yourself. A few are listed below, but before we start here is something for you to do.
- Lie down, close your eyes, and breathe slowly and deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth. Think of nothing but your breathing.
- Now, visualise all the time you need to make healthy choices. Instead of reaching for a biscuit, imagine having a cup of herbal tea, and instead of sleeping in, imagine going on a morning walk. Recreate in your mind how each healthy choice feels, smells and sounds and how great you feel afterwards.
- Exactly at that point, place one hand on the other and pinch the skin on the back of your hand. Hold the pinch all the time you are thinking. You have now created what is called a positive ‘anchor.’
- Any time you are faced with a healthy or not-so-healthy choice, pinch the back of your hand and the good decision should be easier. Repeat the ‘anchoring’ exercise once a week.
Becoming healthier doesn’t just mean changing the colour of food on the plate that gets put in front of you every day, its more! Many other factors such as exercise, stress management as well as diet, can all have simple changes made to them to contribute into creating a healthier you!
Below are a few things to think about:
Having a positive mindset and attitude towards day to day tasks and life can impact your health incredibly! Would you even believe by having a positive mindset you can help to build a healthier immune system? Well it can, as well as boosting your overall health. Increasing emotional resilience through positive thinking can lead to approaching situations in a healthier manner, for example stress becomes less of a factor in your life as you will approach it positively which will improve the situation. Positivity can improve your social health too, as you can enjoy life more, become more outgoing, interact with people, enjoy the environments and surroundings you find yourself in to the fullest as well as having better relationships with friends, family, partners and within the workplace.
The consumption of food and drink is key when aiming to be healthy. Having a balanced diet should be your aim, but many people struggle to stick to this. One way to get a little closer to a balanced diet is to fill half of your plate with non-starchy vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, spinach and avoid having as many potatoes, corn etc. This is not just a simple way to eat healthier, but it is also low in calories and high in fibre and nutrients… all the good stuff! Fatty fish like salmon and herring are important to include in your diets as they are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B which are essential to have in your diet!
Another factor regarding your diet, is portion sizes. Many people will eat the full serving on their plate just because it has been put infront of them, but this isn’t always needed. Try using a smaller bowl or plate, you can not fill as much food onto them as you could a dinner plate and it will also help you to be more satisfied with less food by tricking the brain by still having a full plate!
Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages, did you know that? It has low calories whilst still containing lots of nutrients and antioxidants that your body needs and can help your body to fight free radicals. These are molecules that have been shown to increase the risk of disease speed aging affects. So, drinking green tea regularly has many positive impacts on you being healthy such as increasing the length of your life expectancy, lower risks of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Do you get a good night sleep every night? Let’s be honest… who does? Technology is a big part of many peoples lives now, no matter what age. But this could be the thing preventing you from having that blissful night’s sleep! If you unplug from technology at least an hour before bed this can improve your sleep quality, this is because of the artificial lighting, the blue light that is emitted from the devices is a common daytime light wave meaning it could be tricking your brain into thinking that it is daytime. Some studies show that artificial light before bed has links to impact on your health such as breast cancer, mood disorders and depression.
Many people struggle getting to sleep to start with which can be irritating and exhausting when your body needs sleep! So set a bedtime routine and by doing this you can train your body’s internal clock to fall asleep faster at or around that set time. You must simply be consistent!
energy. You can even fit exercise into your day at work by taking a walk on your break or taking the stairs instead of the lift which is a simple way to add exercise to your day and getting you physically active but can also help your mental fitness and emotional resilience as well as helping productivity, because the stairs are typically quicker when considering the average waiting time. It can improve your health and wellbeing as it gives you the time away from possible stressful situations you may be surrounded by in work. Have you now decided you need to increase your physical health and want to get more active?
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Author: TEAM Engage Team – Dave Pickles & Fay Burrows