Our health is one of the most important aspects of our lives, so it’s natural to want to give yours a boost. Unfortunately it can be tricky to know how to do so effectively, with so much conflicting information out there. Not to mention a lot of the advice can feel overly complicated!
The good news is that you don’t need a PhD in order to live a healthier lifestyle. Here are some simple yet effective hacks that can make a big difference.
Ignore fad diets
It seems as though there’s a new miracle diet being discussed every day, with very specific rules to follow in order to lose weight. However, the truth is that healthy eating doesn’t have to be complex. Simply follow some basic principles such as:
- Eat a balanced diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables
- Drink six to eight glasses of water a day
- Avoid fast food, processed meat, sugary snacks and alcohol
- Eat until you’re three-quarters full
Move around every hour
Leading a sedentary lifestyle can be very detrimental to our health, yet many people have jobs which require them to be at a desk all day. To counteract this, try to get up and walk around for a few minutes every hour to get your body moving. Combine this with at least 20 seconds of looking into the far distance (for example, out of a window) to boost your eye health at the same time.
Use an online pharmacy
Many people find it difficult to get to the pharmacy in person, or are reluctant to do so when they require certain types of medication (for example, due to embarrassment). Using a chemist online can ensure that you get the advice and medicine you need quickly and easily, with a safe and discreet service.
Add a moment of mindfulness
Our mental health is just as important as our physical health, yet far too many people neglect theirs. By adding a short and sweet moment of mindfulness to your day, you can help to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Here are some ideas:
- Doing breathing exercises
- Doing a five-minute meditation routine
- Keeping a gratitude journal
- Taking a short walk in nature
Optimize your sleep
Good quality sleep is absolutely vital for our health, yet a lot of people don’t get enough of it. Aim for at least seven hours a night, and use the following tips to help beat insomnia:
- Wear a sleep mask
- Use blackout curtains
- Avoid caffeine late at night
- Avoid screen use late at night
- Stick to the same sleep schedule every day (even on weekends)
- Keep the temperature in your bedroom cool
- Invest in a top-quality mattress and pillows
- Listen to a sleep story to help you drift off
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Embrace lifelong learning
Keeping our brains active is the key to staving off memory loss and other types of cognitive decline. There are lots of ways you can do this, including crosswords and other puzzles, brain training games, and learning new skills like a musical instrument or second language. Have a go at a few different methods and see what appeals to you!