Today we have another guest post. It offers simple, accessible, and good common sense advice for living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Let us know in the comments how you incorporate these into your busy fast-paced life.
Looking after your wellbeing is about more than simply cutting out the bad things. While eating healthily and getting regular exercise are important, it’s also important to not make yourself a slave to the latest diet or fitness regime.
Swapping to healthy versions of your favorite drinks is a great idea – and wellness teas are a tasty and nutritious way to do so. Being happy means creating a healthy balance in every aspect of your life. This usually starts with what you consume on a daily basis, so forcing yourself to do or eat things you don’t really enjoy won’t help. Balance is the key, so why not find a way to make healthier yet fun choices?
Tea for balanced hydration
Keeping well hydrated is an important for physical health and mental wellbeing. It’s very easy to get dehydrated, and it can quickly cause headaches and fatigue. Keep a bottle or cup of your favorite wellness tea on hand – they taste amazing and different flavors give benefits beyond hydration. Try a cup of BeBalanced Tea with Ashwagandha, Schisandra, Peppermint, Licorice, designed to promote a balance between energy and calm.
Work it out
Exercise is so much more than a way to lose weight or keep fit. Regular exercise is scientifically proven to improve mental as well as physical health, through aiding relaxation and the release of endorphins. Try adding more activity to your day through simple steps like taking the stairs instead of the elevator; making a point to get up from your desk every half hour; walking to the shops instead of driving. A wearable fitness tracker can really help with motivation, as can getting an exercise partner. Adding a social aspect to workouts means you’re more likely to stick with it, as you have someone to motivate you and keep you accountable, and also to make things more fun.
Too much on your plate?
Eating well is just as important as keeping active. Not all calories are created equal: less healthy foods can contribute to lack of concentration, depression, heart difficulties, and a weaker immune system. Plan your meals ahead of time to make sure you’re getting a good balance of different food groups, but don’t feel like you have to count every calorie and nutrient – try something like the ‘color diet’ instead to keep your plate varied and nutritious, without getting hung up on the little things. Learn about correct portion sizes, but still treat yourself from time to time so you don’t feel deprived and get cravings.
Smart or dumb?
The enormous growth of technology, smartphones, and social media in recent years has been proven to have an impact on mental health, with studies finding positive correlations between high ‘smartphone addiction’ scores and depression levels, anxiety, and sleep quality. While it is great to be able to share achievements, recipes, and workouts, and stay in touch with friends at the click of a button, it’s easy to become fixated on the life experiences, material possessions, or physical appearance of others. Try installing an app to monitor and restrict your usage of smart devices, especially to help you wind down before bed, reflect on whether different platforms are actually beneficial, or just making you stressed.
Round off your day with a good night’s sleep, and remember that overall wellbeing is a process. It’s different for everyone, so try gently adjusting your diet, exercise routine, and technology behaviors to achieve the ideal balance for you.
Author Bio: Jane Sandwood is a professional freelance writer with over 10 years’ experience across many fields. Jane has a particular interest in issues relating to health, fitness and nutrition.