Many women are taking steps to ensure they’re in good health. Between a wellness visit to your doctor, a quick exercise, or a healthy meal, there are plenty of ways to make your health a priority without having to sacrifice any of your typical daily activities. In doing so, you’ll be sure to feel your absolute best, each and every day.
Here are four easy ways to help kickstart your journey to good health:
Improve Your Sleep Schedule
Ever heard of the saying, “sleep is the foundation of youth?” Whether you’re familiar with the phrase or not, there is some truth behind it. Sleep is incredibly vital to maintaining good health, and sleep deprivation can have consequences. Memory issues, weight gain, lack of focus, and weakened immunity are just a few ways in which poor sleep can negatively impact your body. If you find yourself wondering how to improve the quality of sleep you’re getting, look no further.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, you should first stick to a set sleep schedule. By waking up at the same time each day, you will regulate your internal clock, allowing yourself to not only fall asleep but also stay asleep at night. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, that establishing a nighttime routine can help you fall asleep more easily. Allowing your mind to have the time to wind down from the day’s activities can be incredibly beneficial to the amount and quality of sleep you get.
Take Time For Yourself
Ensuring that you have designated “me” time each day is incredibly important to your overall health. Allowing yourself time to relax can have you feeling refreshed, and help to improve other aspects of your life (such as your mental health). This time is unique to you and your interests, however, if you’re unsure of where to begin, we’ve got you covered.
Consider revamping your morning and evening routines, as this will require you to set aside time twice a day and pamper yourself. When you’re feeling stressed, your skin is bound to break out, which can ultimately cause your mood to worsen, creating an ongoing battle between your skin and mental health. But, by utilizing your routines to practice a solid skincare routine you can easily treat those pesky blemishes and remain stress-free.
Keep in mind, however, that a solid skincare routine is only as good as the products you use. Besides utilizing the basics, (cleansers, moisturizers, etc.), it’s also important to incorporate treatment products in your regimen as these will work to target your unique skin concerns. A reliable acne cream with an active ingredient like tretinoin, for example, will help to combat blemishes and breakouts by speeding up cell turnover time and removing dead skin that typically clogs pores.
Aside from your routines, you should also consider picking up a bullet journal. This hobby combines daily planning, a diary, and written meditation to leave you feeling organized and with the ability to reflect on your daily progress throughout the month. Arguably, the best part about bullet journaling is that it’s completely customizable! You design the pages and what you wish to record, but if you need a place to start you can also find some ideas here.
Fuel Your Body
The food you consume throughout each day is converted into the energy you need to function, so without a well-balanced diet, you cant support a strong mind and body. A mix of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, is vital to a healthy diet and can provide you with a handful of benefits.
Supplements such as vitamin C or omega 3s, for example, can provide you with an immunity boost and improved brainpower, allowing you to fight off pesky germs, and have a clear, fully-functional mind.
You should also keep in mind that while putting good foods into your body, it’s essential to have a positive relationship with food as well. While making an effort to care for your body, you don’t want to fall into negative habits that negate all the hard work you’re doing. Calorie counting and yo-yo diets can do more harm than good. To avoid this, focus on foods you like that make you feel energized and refreshed.
Work Up a Sweat
It’s no secret that exercise is good for your health, but do you know just how beneficial it can be? The benefits of exercise include an improved mood, increased energy, better sleep, and combat certain health conditions. Physical activity leads to stimulation in the brain, releasing chemicals that can leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. Additionally, it can be fun and a means for you to make new relationships and connections.
No matter if you’re hiking through the great outdoors, on a peaceful jog, or in the gym lifting heavy weights, there’s plenty of ways to increase your heart rate and work up a sweat. You will even find that many gyms are offering online classes due to current events, so consider seizing this opportunity by taking the opportunity to try something new, like pilates or yoga.
Rebecca M H Kitzerow is a Licensed Acupuncturist practicing in La Center, Washington. With over a decade of experience she has won 10 Nattie consumer choice awards from Natural Awakenings Magazine since 2014.