When life is busy, often the first thing to go is our health and well-being. After all, when we’re busy taking care of others and trying to provide for our families, who has time for self-care? But when our health and well-being is not a priority, it limits how much we can be there for others and how productive we can be in our daily routines.
The good news is that there are practical ways to take care of yourself that can easily fit into your everyday life. Here are some examples:
Clean Air and Water
Your home is a great place to start when it comes to fostering your overall health and well-being. Since indoor air pollution is all too common, make sure you are taking steps to keep the air in your home as clean as possible. Change your air filters regularly, which means every one to three months, depending on whether you have pets, allergies, and so on. Also, consider getting an air purifier, and put out a few houseplants that can purify the air.
Having clean drinking water is also critical. Not only does it provide you with essential nutrients, but it also helps to prevent diseases and rid your body of various toxins. Without sufficient hydration, you can feel sluggish, struggle to stay healthy, and might even gain weight. If you know that the tap water in your city has harmful contaminants, invest in a portable countertop filtration system. As long as you change your filters regularly, you can rest assured knowing that your household always has access to clean, safe drinking water.
Your diet also has a lot to do with staying healthy and feeling your best. If you’ve been eating a lot of processed foods, try replacing your meals and snacks with cleaner foods. For example, base your daily diet around fruits, vegetables, lean meats (e.g., turkey, chicken), fatty fish, whole grains (e.g., quinoa, brown rice, oats), nuts and seeds. And when possible, choose foods, drinks, and recipes that don’t have a lot of added sugar.
Along with eating well, be sure to exercise regularly. Just 30 minutes a day of brisk walking, running, swimming, doing yoga, lifting weights, or doing other activities can go a long way in improving your overall health and well-being. Another thing about exercising is that it can motivate you to make other positive changes in your life. So, find a routine that works for your lifestyle, and try to stay consistent in it.
There’s a common myth/attitude that sleep is a luxury. If you think of sleep that way, of course, it will be the first thing you sacrifice when it comes to your career or family life. However, you're only cheating yourself by not sleeping enough because your mind and body need adequate rest in order to function at full capacity. Plus, lack of sleep often leads to increased stress and anxiety—all of which can take a toll on your mind and body. Therefore, create a nightly routine that helps you wind down and get the sleep you need.
You and everyone in your life will benefit if you work self-care into your everyday routine. Remember to prioritize clean air and water in your home, and choose clean eating as a lifestyle. Also, develop an exercise routine that you can stick with, and make sure you are getting adequate sleep. There are plenty of other ways that you can improve your overall health and well-being, but these tips will get you off to a great start.
Our blog post is a collaborative effort by the founders of More Natural Healing in conjunction with Editors of Renewed Health Alliance, and our board of advisors including doctors, herbalists, and experts in using natural herbs and supplements to enhance our daily lives. We only provide information that has been researched, validated, and vetted for our posts and includes validation from experts in the herbal community. A person of interest on our team is:Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist, and Nutritional Health Consultant. Cindy helps individuals start health programs to improve their life, wellness, and happiness. She is a speaker, writer, and entrepreneur of several businesses. Cindy is a contributing writer and blogger for More Natural Healing & Renewed Health Alliance
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