6 healthy habits that can work for everyone
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Over the past few months I've been trying to make some small gradual changes in an attempt to get a little bit healthier. It's not that I'm wildly unhealthy or anything, but after Christmas I was starting to feel really lethargic, was getting stressed out easily and I was having quite some flare ups of eczema and IBS. I knew that I could be prioritising my health better and so decided to make some lifestyle tweaks.
Fast forward a month or two and I'm feeling LOADS better. I've got more energy, I'm more laidback, my bloating has pretty much disappeared and my skin is better than it's been for months. So I thought I'd share the healthy habits I've been working on with you all!
1) Get at least 8 hours sleep
I know, I know, this isn't rocket science, but I SERIOUSLY cannot over sing the praises of getting more zzzzz's. You'll feel more refreshed, less stressed and just more ready to deal with everything life has to throw at you. Having more energy also makes it so much easier to stick to your other goals.
2) Mix up your exercise
For the past couple of years, the only exercise I've really participated in is running. As a result, I AM SO BORED OF RUNNING. I've been trying to mix it up and try new things - Pilates is a new fave and I also love long power walks (accompanied by mega podcasts!). Not only does it keep things fresh, it will also work different parts of your body.
3) Cut down your processed carbs
I gave up bread and pasta for lent three weeks ago. Without changing anything else in my diet (and still eating a lot of chocolate and cheese), my waist has shrunk by 4 inches. I don't need much more proof than that to convince me that processed carbs aren't great! I've been replacing pasta with courgetti - Rose has loads of great recipes if you want to try it out.
4) Drink more water
I aim for at least 2.5 litres a day - if I don't hit this quota I can feel my skin dry out almost instantly! Drinking more water also stops me from thinking I'm hungry and eating alllllll the sugary snacks. It's also proven to make you mentally sharper, so stay hydrated if you're working on something important.
5) Always choose vegetables
I've been trying to eat some sort of veggies with every meal - the way I see it, it helps me feel more full and I know I'm getting a vitamin hit throughout the day. It also means I'm less likely to fill up on the stuff that isn't as great for me (I'm looking at you Mr. Chorizo). I like avocados with brekkie, courgetti at lunch and a whole rainbow of veggies with dinner.
6) Make time for the things you love
Without doubt, this has been the most important thing that has made me feel healthier in the past couple of month. We all lead such busy lives and it can be difficult to find time to take a break, but you cannot underestimate how much of an impact stress and exhaustion can have on your body. I try to make sure I have at least an hour a day to relax and do something I enjoy and i feel so much more calm, inspired and invigorated as a result.
What healthy habits do you swear by?