Most of us have health related goals for this year, and some may even be slightly far- fetched. Sometimes with new year’s resolutions we set the bar a little too high, hence why many of them remain incomplete come June. However, if it’s a healthy lifestyle you’re after, it is not as hard to achieve as you might initially think. Becoming a better you only take a few small steps in the right direction. Implementing positive change is just a matter of reshuffling your daily routine around and making a few tweaks here and there. So, if you’re wondering what you can do to live a healthier life in 2023, we’ve got the ultimate lazy girl’s guide right here...
Move Your Body
We all know that exercise is important, but it can often be the subject of our procrastination. Lying in bed in the morning dreading our gym session or finishing work and feeling like a spin class is the last thing we want to be doing are not the best feelings. However, when I say move your body, I don’t mean thrash yourself with an intense workout. Moving your body means just that, moving it a little. This can be a light walk, stretching or some easy yoga flow; nothing too strenuous. You can even try something fun and new like rollerblading! Adding a bit of daily movement can bring you a variety of benefits such as improving brain health, strengthens bones and muscles, and improves your mental health.
Get Your Beauty Sleep
Sometimes the evening is the only time we truly get to ourselves, so it can be tempting to stay up late and fight our tiredness, but sleep is one of the most important pillars of health. Getting enough good quality sleep is important for your immune system, stress levels, and mental clarity. Additionally, science tells us that beauty sleep truly is a thing! Sleep is crucial for healthy and strong hair, bright eyes, and clear glowing skin. Make sure you’re sticking to a consistent sleep schedule and creating a sleep friendly environment; consider purchasing black out curtains if you’re struggling to get adequate sleep. This can aid in restful sleep and help you to maintain your circadian rhythm.
Get Creative in The Kitchen
Getting out some fresh ingredients and your kitchen utensils out is a great easy way to improve your health this year. Cooking yourself at home helps you to connect with what you’re eating more. It allows you to have the complete knowledge of what goes into your food and how it is prepared, allowing for you to make more educated choices about your nutrition. It also allows you to experiment with different recipes and new ingredients, to incorporate a wide range of nutrients into your diet without putting pressure on yourself to adhere to any food restrictions or diets.
A quick way to live a healthy life is to incorporate some brief meditation into your daily routine. 10 minutes should do, and it’s never been easier. If you find it difficult to sit in silence and keep your mind quiet and empty, there are many tools you can use to make the process easier. There are a multitude of meditation apps and YouTube videos that can help guide you through your daily practice. Meditation has wonderful health benefits such as focusing on the present, fostering creativity, and reducing anxiety, so it is a great way to improve your overall health.
Put Your Phone Down
It is easy to unwind or even procrastinate by staring at our phones. Whether its Instagram, TikTok or Pinterest, we all have our vices when it comes to screen time. However, spending too much time absorbed by our phones is not the best way to look after our health. It can lead to a plethora of issues, such as sleep problems, anxiety, a strained neck, and can also minimize the amount of daily movement we’re getting. Popping your phone in a drawer for a day is a good way to spend some time to focus on the real world, our relationships, our mental health, and can help us to increase our productivity. Having a short break from your phone is an important step for improved wellbeing.
So there you have it! Living a healthier life isn’t all that complicated and doesn’t require massive amounts of effort or sacrifice. Simply creating and curbing a couple of small daily habits can make all the difference when it comes to improving our health. Just remember, strive for progress, not perfection!