Modern life has its perks, there’s no doubt about that, but it also places a lot of demands on us. Whatever we are doing, it seems like life is a continuous balancing act and more often than not something has to fall by the wayside. Unfortunately, very often, we end up putting our own health and wellbeing at the bottom of the list while we prioritize the needs and wishes of others. We know what we should be doing to take care of ourselves, but the prospect of overhauling our comfortable everyday routine is overwhelming.
This is why the best approach to adopting a healthier lifestyle and improving both your physical and mental wellbeing is to take small steps. One or two simple changes to your everyday routine can make a big difference, especially if you can manage to establish a new habit. Here are five ways to boost your wellbeing which you might want to consider.
- Eat more whole foods
A balanced diet is incredibly important at every age, while convenient, processed foods are not ideal for our digestive system. Try to incorporate more whole foods such as fruit, vegetables, leaner meat, and whole grains. If you are a fan of high sugar drinks, consider replacing some of them with water. It’s important to stay hydrated in order to keep your mind and body functioning at full capacity. Excessive sugar should be avoided as it can lead to issues with high blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and weight gain.
- Start the day with 10 minutes for you
Very often, our days begin with an abrupt alarm and a sleepy/rushed mission to get jobs done, whether that’s getting the kids up and ready for school, walking the dog and/or heading off to work. Before you set about your jobs, take 10 minutes for yourself to do something which relaxes you. It could be reading, meditation, breathing exercises or some quiet stretching. Maybe spend a little longer in the shower and let the water wash away your stresses.
- Try some calming supplements
If you are someone who struggles with anxiety or stress, you might want to consider CBD or cannabidiol supplements from Cancalm. CBD is an extract from the cannabis plant which has been found to reduce stress and anxiety as well as reduce pain and inflammation without the psychoactive ‘high’. The high associated with cannabis is due to the THC chemical which is not the same as CBD.
- Improve your sleep
When your body is deprived of sleep you will not only feel worse, but you will be more susceptible to illness due to a weakened immune system, depression, anxiety, stress and may find it difficult to maintain a healthy weight. With at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night, you will quickly notice an improvement in your physical health and appearance and your mental wellbeing.
- Exercise a little every day
Where many people go wrong with exercise is trying to do too much too soon and committing to an unrealistic regime. Just 30 minutes of exercise such as a walk, some simple weights or stretching exercises at the start of each day could make a big difference to your metabolism and give you a boost of endorphins for the day ahead.