Simple Ways to Better your Overall Life
You may be considering changing your lifestyle so you can live a more illness-free and healthy life. You may know that changing your diet and exercise routine are part of that, and maybe you’ve even nailed that. But what next? There are some daily healthy habits you can start doing to keep your body in tip-top shape. Here are 5 habits that you may not have considered.
You may think that meditation sounds odd for a daily habit from a nutritionist. The truth is, meditation can have a direct connection to your overall health. Meditation, which can be done in many forms, helps your body to slow down. It helps you to focus on root issues, and find ways to handle those issues so they don’t get out of hand (stress, lack of sleep, finance trouble, etc). Meditating also allows you to calm down from daily issues such as problems with your children, work, or just things that are upsetting you. It’s a time to reflect and to focus on your overall emotional health.
When you don’t deal with these emotional and mental issues, you cause your body to become tense and stressed. These tension and stress can increase your blood pressure, cause headaches, and lead to your immune system breaking down. Simple daily meditation habits can help reduce that and increase an illness-free lifestyle.
Take the old image of you sitting in English class journaling out of your mind. Not what I’m talking about! This doesn’t have to be a tedious (and boring) task. The truth is, you can journal in a number of fashions, including video journaling. The reason journaling works to help keep illness at bay is because of what journaling is supposed to do. It has a direct connection to stress levels and can reveal stress-inducing instances. For example, if you are feeling anxiety and you have worked through the normal checklist of suspects, journaling can help you narrow down the others.
By working through a journaling process on a daily process, you will find yourself able to rant, able to release stress, and able to figure out what may be causing undue stress so you can remove it. The reduced stress means a calmer body and mind, which means your body works at a more efficient level and your immune system is healthy and able to fight off illness.
Let’s pretend you have a great meditation, journaling, workout, and diet routine. You may think that you have it all figured out, but if you are still getting sick, you may be missing the biggest link to reducing that illness. WATER! Don’t laugh, but I see this so often in my practice. Fatigue, headaches, constipation- if you’re not drinking close to half your body weight in ounces daily, chances are this will have a massive impact. If your hydration is off, you could be causing stress within your body and organ system. Your body needs water to work properly, and no juicing does not cover it.
Play in the dirt
Yeah, you read that right. Get outside. Walk barefoot daily, allow yourself to get in the sun (with no sunglasses or sunscreen), and breathe in the fresh air. Dirt has profound healing qualities and is shown to actually increase immunity and decrease stress. New studies are even showing that soil microbes called Mycobacterium vaccae are proven to have a natural anti-depressant effect on the brain by stimulating serotonin. And when you couple that with getting outside in the sun, you’re both boosting vitamin D levels and resetting your circadian rhythm by regulating melatonin production (hello better sleep).
By applying these habits to your daily routine, you will start to notice that your immune system seems to be stronger and you seem to get sick at a reduced rate. Add in the healthy eating and daily movement, and you’re on your way to optimal health.
Don’t forget, if you’re a busy, working mama like me, you’re likely struggling with planning out healthy meals. Fret not my dear, I’ve got you covered! 5 days of healthy meals RIGHT HERE (vegetarian, but it’s easy to add meat for my onmivores!).