Stress is a big part of life. As adults we seem to have to deal with it everyday. Since it is such a big part of life, it makes sense to develop healthy habits that can protect you from its harmful effects. Here are 10 positive healthy habits you may want to develop.
Talk with family and friends.
A good friendship is great medicine. Spending time talking as well as listening can be an excellent way to process thoughts and feelings. Call or email friends and family to share your feelings, hopes and joys and be sure to listen to them.
Engage in daily physical activity.
Regular physical activity can relieve mental and physical tension. Studies show that physically active adults have lower risk of depression and loss of mental functioning. Physical activity can be a great source of pleasure, too. Try walking, swimming, biking or dancing every day.
Embrace the things you are able to change.
While we may not be able to do some of the things we once enjoyed, we are never too old to learn a new skill, work toward a goal, or love and help others. As I’ve gotten older, my joints are wearing down and I have been forced to find a different form of physical activity besides running.
Remember to laugh.
Laughter makes us feel good. Don’t be afraid to laugh out loud at a joke, a funny movie or a comic strip, even when we’re alone.
Give up the bad habits.
Too much alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine or soda pop can increase blood pressure. If you smoke, decide to quit now. If you do drink alcohol, do so in moderation and be sure to eliminate soda pop asap.
Try to “pace” instead of “race.” Plan ahead and allow enough time to get the most important things done without having to rush. Spread things out, if it doesn’t get done today, there’s always tomorrow.
Use “to do” lists to help you focus on your most important tasks. Approach big tasks one step at a time. For example, start by organizing just one part of your life — your car, desk, kitchen, closet, cupboard or drawer.
Practice giving back.
Volunteer your time or spend time helping out a friend. Helping others helps you. Contribute regularly to a legit charity.
The world won’t end if your grass isn’t mowed or your kitchen isn’t cleaned. You may need to do these things, but right now might not be the right time.
There are essential oils that you can use to help deal with the affects of stress. Bathing in a lavender bath, diffusing lemon or other citris blends are great ways to help alleviate stess!
As I get older I am noticing the harmful effects of gravity on my body. I pride myself in the amount of effort I exert each day at the gym trying to crunch, plank and cardio my way to better abs. Then one morning, while in my cardio class, the instructor said “remember ladies, your abs are made in your kitchen.” What? Did she just really just say that? You mean, all this time and effort at the gym is meaningless if I continue to eat the way I do? Preposterous!
Then, that very same day, as I went home and jumped on the computer and made my way to my email account I stumbled on this doosey of an article on MSN and I realized I am going about this all wrong.
So… starting today, I have turned over a new leaf. I work harder at home in my kitchen by watching what I put in my mouth and still do my work at the gym but with less worry and anxiety over whether or not it is actually working.
One other way that I am accelerating the effect of my work at the gym and to curb my appetite at home is using essential oil products to assist me in my journey. These oils are very effective in trimming down and increasing my energy. Be sure to ask me how.
Welcome 2015. Time again to think about what the new year will bring. Fitness goals seem to top most peoples lists of new years resolutions. I am no different, at this time of year I am always thinking about what I can do to become more fit. I am also a lover of lists, I am always making lists with bullet points, numbers and check boxes which really excites me. Lists allow me to organize and track my life; it also allows me to focus my research while preparing blog posts. Sooooo……here is the first list of the new year..here it goes….
Write down your workout – if you write it, you manifest and affirm it and you are creating your workout program. Don’t just write it once, write down what you plan to do every single week.
Mix up your workout routine – especially for cardio exercise. Doing this will help you to not plateau and will continually challenge your body.
Sleep – The U.S. is the most sleep deprived country on earth. Think of how healthy it is to sleep, so much occurs to our bodies during our sleep time, especially healing. Sleep is the best form of self care.
Change one thing about your diet – don’t make huge, sweeping resolutions to eliminate entire food groups, just start small, eliminate soda pop to start.
Exercise at least 20 minutes per day. You can always fit 20 minutes into a busy day. Getting up 20 minutes earlier to exercise is doable.
Focus on your gut – the best abs are created in the kitchen. Also include a probiotic into your food regimen
Drink more water – add your favorite citrus essential oil to 8 oz of water for a refreshing flavor that will help with detox. This is also a great way to wean from soda. Drink 1/2 of your weight in ounces everyday.
Eat a healthy breakfast that includes a protein. Breakfasts is still the most essential meal of the day, don’t skip it and be sure to add an egg or a good protein shake to the menu.
Always workout on Mondays. This will set the tone for the rest of the week.
Make your schedule more active. Go on active dates, have a meeting while walking, walk to lunch, take the stairs, go on a bike ride instead of watching t.v.
Try a new workout program – instead of going running, try Zumba
Let go of the past – if you didn’t meet your goals last year, it’s o.k. let it go and move forward!
Push yourself physically everyday – do one more pushup, run one more lap, add 5 lbs to your barbell.
Don’t overbook or over commit – make self care #1 and minimize the busyness in your day so you have time to get fit.
If you incorporate all 15 points into your fitness regimen, you will feel stronger, emotionally balanced and have increased energy during the up-and-coming year.