SIMPLE STEPS TO EMBRACE BETTER HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

It’s winter, it’s cold, and you’d rather stay inside under a blanket than consider being healthy and embarking on a wellness journey. Yet taking some simple steps, you can integrate into your daily life can make 2020 your year of wellness. Banish those winter blues into the springtime and beyond by taking these simple steps.




Start Building Good Habits
Researchers say that it can take anywhere from 18 to 250 days to build a habit, but the average for most people is approximately 66 days. Doing something different in a small way every day can eventually build up over a year (or if you’re lucky a few months), into a new and healthy habit.

So take the time now to do something beneficial, like swapping your daily chocolate for a fruit bowl, or getting off the bus five minutes earlier so you can walk for longer. Building habits takes time, so persevere over a few months to ingrain habits that you’ll carry out for years.
Drinking More Water Because Many Don’t
This is one of those little habits your body will thank you for. Low water intake can lead to poor concentration, dizziness and lethargy. Increased water consumption can stop us from feeling hungry (sometimes we eat when we need water) and keep our energy levels higher. Consistently having a water bottle with you will make it easier for you to build in that habit every day. 

Replace or accompany that coffee with a glass of aqua and space out your alcohol beverage with water to slip in that extra glass each day.
Don’t Put Off Seeing Your GP
Self-diagnosis has never been less useful, with a wealth of information out there to terrify the reader. Procrastinating on recurring problems could make something worse, or at the very least cause you unnecessary prolonged stress over time. If you can’t find the time to make an appointment, consulting a registered online pharmacy like Oxford Online Pharmacy with online doctors can make it much easier for you to fit in advice around your busy schedule. 

Put your mind at rest and get that niggling issue resolved so you can go about your life as usual.
Regulate Your Stress Levels
High-stress levels can have short and long term health implications for the body. From losing a night’s sleep to long-term mental health and even gastrointestinal problems, tackling stress is vital for improving our health and overall quality of life. 

Whether you go to see a therapist or do something each day that makes you feel good, building in a stress-reducing activity every day is essential for your health and overall wellbeing. Once it becomes a habit, you should also see your stress levels reduced significantly over time.
Embrace A Healthy Diet
Introduce healthy items into your diet, like fruit and leafy greens. Whether you’re taking a complete inventory of what you’re eating or bringing vegetables into your mealtimes, taking small steps each day will gradually boost your health and wellness over the year. 

Reviewing what you’re eating and slowly replacing the unhealthy things, like a daily packet of crisps with a lower calorie version, or fruit, will also start to add up.
Introduce Exercise Into Your Life
Taking more time for walking is the simplest way to improve your wellness effectively. Getting off the bus a stop early, or going for a ten-minute walk at lunch can boost your mood, productivity and energy levels. If you’re looking at a longer-term change, trying the couch to 5k app is a great way to build up your running prowess. 

If you’re looking for something completely different, try a one-off free (or discount taster) class of climbing, scuba diving or trampolining for something completely new and challenging.
Challenge Yourself
Pushing your body and mind a little will make you feel good. Whether it’s taking up a new sport, learning a new language or simply engaging in a group hobby you already enjoy on your own, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone will raise your mood and keep you engaged. 

Being realistic with the activity also helps. You don’t have to sign up for a marathon straight away, but just putting 10 minutes aside a day to start a new activity could give you the time you need to build up a new habit.

Your wellness might be embracing a new mental or physical activity, or simply getting organised and going to see a GP. Taking those simple first steps and building them up each day will make 2020 your year of wellness.


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