6 WAYS TO FEEL BETTER EVERY DAY
Little changes over time can make a huge difference to your health and wellbeing.
Feeling good really is the ultimate luxury. It sounds so small and simple, ‘feeling good’ that it can almost be overlooked. And it’s not just about the food that you eat or the amount that you exercise. It’s your whole life. It’s your lifestyle and it’s the full picture. It’s about being fit and active - not thin or skinny. It’s about eating for you body not stuffing down kale and alkalised water. It’s about mindfulness not guilt and stress. If you want to feel incredible then it’s all about making small, incremental changes. These are my top tips to get you feeling on top of your game!
GET BETTER SLEEP
A lack of sleep is the top of my list for health and wellbeing. Without enough sleep everything else feels way too hard. There are hundreds of studies that have been done that will tell you the damage of prolonged sleep deprivation, in a nutshell though, a lack of sleep means that your body cannot heal or repair itself and your brain is stressed and it’s easier to make unhealthy decisions. Like remote surfing on Netflix or reaching for sugary, fatty foods. It also means that you are way less likely to be living in the moment and feel irritable and anxious. So first things first, lets get that sleep routine going!
I know. It’s a bit of a kill-joy to say this and we all know it… Until you are waking up each morning with bags large enough for an around the world cruise! Moderation is key with all things wellbeing and it is easier to do the more that you actually practice it. I recommend thinking about it as a muscle you flex. Those that know me, know that I’m very fond of a rose in the sun or a shiraz with friends. However I make conscious decisions. I don’t want to be grumpy and sore the next day or limit myself to bad decisions so I drink with moderation and make sure that have a decent amount of what I call ‘green days’.
REDUCE THE STRESS
Stress and anxiety. Many of us know these well and if you are constantly living with them them, life is going to feel mighty hard. They can trigger so many health problems and reduce your ability to cope. Introduce some stress-reducing practices into your every day routine. A walk. Yoga. Reading. A bath. It doesn’t need to be the same thing every day either. If you’re dealing with something a little heavier, remember reaching out for help could be the best gift you give yourself.
I’ve got my own gratitude practice which I do every day and it’s absolutely helped me to re-wire my mind. I believe that you can manifest your thoughts so I make sure that mine are conscious. A positive mind isn’t something to be smirked about. It’s the first thing that people notice about you and it shapes how you see the world.
BALANCE YOUR GUT HEALTH
Your gut really is at the core of your health. Keep the bad bacteria at bay but ‘out-crowding’ with the good stuff. Think probiotics and fermented foods - I LOVE Forage and Ferment (The carrot, turmeric, ginger and marigold) and will happily sit with a fork and jar! I try and eat fermented foods as often as possible. I’m also a fan of The Beauty Chef too which I’ve incorporated into my daily routine.
LOWER YOUR SUGAR INTAKE
We all know this one too. Sugar highs are real and not something that you want in excess. It’s also important to consider the types of sugar you are consuming, even if it’s naturally it doesn’t mean you can eat or drink unlimited amounts. Artificial sweeteners are another to be wary of. It’s ok to indulge every once in a while but moderation is key my friend!