5 simple things you can do each day for better health

-Mar 12, Hannah Hargrave , Health -

You don’t have to adopt a rigorous new wellness plan to give your mind and body a well deserved boost. Add these very simple things into your daily life and you’ll be surprised at what a difference it can make to the way you look and feel.

Small steps can have a big impact, especially when it comes to your health, which means you don’t have to completely upturn your life to start living a much healthier one. 

Related: 5 tips for how to feel happier

Go natural

Do what you can to cut out toxic ingredients that you’re putting in and on your body. 

Avoiding disease-promoting preservatives and chemicals in both your food and your skincare is better for you inside and out. 

So while we know we should only drink alcohol in moderation and smoking is a no-no, you may not realise there are lots of other ways you’re potentially damaging your health with toxic ingredients that crop up in your daily life too. 

So here are some tips to going natural:

  • avoid processed and junk food 
  • reduce your refined sugars
  • opt for all-natural skincare (Lumity products contain only natural ingredients)
  • limit trans fats

Check the ingredients of your beauty products and use Lumity’s guide to toxic ingredients to discover what you should avoid. 

Reduce stress

There’s no secret weapon which can reduce stress overnight, but there are things you can do each and every day to lower your levels. 

Chronic stress can be crippling to your health and over time it can lead to cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes. It can further mental health issues and be the cause of depression and anxiety too, so it’s imperative to get stress levels under control.

Even if you can’t alter the ulitimate source of your stress, whether it’s finances, work load or family life, you can give your body a helping hand to reduce and deal with it.

  • add some daily exercise to your life
  • learn to meditate (you can even do this in bed!)
  • schedule your day
  • balance your hormones
  • make me-time, even if it’s just 15-minutes a day
  • ask for help and delegate too

Learn to sleep

Your body cannot rest, repair and work at it’s peak unless it’s had adequate sleep. It’s recommended you get between 7-9 hours of quality sleep a night not just for your appearance, but for your heart health, brain function and your wellness overall. 

If you’re someone who struggles to get this rest then finding a solution can be tricky and you may even lay awake worrying about it at night too. 

But a decent night’s sleep is accessible to everyone and doing the following can help.

  • go to bed at the same time and rise at the same time every day
  • turn off blue light emitting devices at least an hour before bed
  • don’t eat after 8pm
  • establish a calming bedtime routine
  • make sure your bedroom is dark
  • if you’re a night owl, gradually shift your bedtime 15 minutes earlier each night

Move more

The thought of starting an exercise regime can be daunting to many people, but physical activity is key to keeping fit and healthy in body and mind. So instead of dreading a grueling half hour on the treadmill, just think of adding more movement and lifting to your daily life, even if you’re already very active. 

Your heart, your waistline, your muscles and your brain will thank you for doing more lifting and moving. Plus you’ll feel happier too!

Start with these simple ways to squeeze more exercise into your day:

  • take the stairs
  • take a brisk 20-minute walk
  • do squats while you brush your teeth
  • do a 10-minute HIIT workout 
  • find a heart-elevating activity you love
  • dance to your favourite song

Do something for someone else

Doing a good deed for someone else can benefit you physically and mentally. Whether it’s paying someone a compliment, opening a door for them, donating to charity or just buying a friend a cup of coffee doing something for someone and expecting nothing in return can give you energy, lift your mood and improve your health. 

Make it your mission to do something kind every single day and soon it’ll become a heartwarming habit that your health will be forever grateful for. 

Discover the other benefits of committing random acts of kindness and learn how to be grateful on a daily basis.

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