Great Tips for How to Maintain a Positive Lifestyle
Sayings like ‘You are what you eat’ hold some truth, but a balanced diet is just one of the keys to implementing an overall positive lifestyle. In truth, there are a number of steps that can be taken in order to maintain healthy habits where your wellbeing is concerned. Here’s a list of eight of these steps that you can fit into your life today.
1. Think positive
It may seem obvious but positive reinforcement has a knock-on effect. Your brain and body inform and support one another, so it’s important to focus your energy on building up a healthy lifestyle and treating it as something you want to keep developing.
In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it’s hugely important to get enough shut-eye. Sleep not only improves and maintains your energy levels, it also strengthens your immune system and mental health.
Get the best sleep by sticking to a routine and avoiding distractions like watching television or looking at your phone before bed. You can also try meditation to soothe you before sleep and rid yourself of any overwhelming thoughts.
3. Set aside 30 minutes for exercise
Whether you cycle home from work, do a class or take the dog for a brisk walk in the mornings, engaging in just 30 minutes of exercise each day can have amazing benefits for your life. Not only does exercise keep you fit and strong, it also helps your mind by acting as a stress-reliever.
4. Check your BMI
A body mass index or BMI is a simple way to determine if your weight is healthy, and see what physical changes can and should be made. Based on your height and weight, a measure of BMI may not be accurate for everyone as the definition can be quite broad. BMI breaks down into four categories; Underweight, Normal Weight, Overweight and Obese. There are instances in which classifications may not be as black and white as they sound – a professional rugby player, for example, could be classed as obese by definition due to their muscle mass. However, for an average person, the body mass index can give you direction about how to develop a balanced diet based on your body’s needs.
5. Focus on your food
Take control of your overall health by making time for your food choices. Plan meals in advance rather than getting into a routine of grabbing the most convenient option on the go. Try and treat meal time as its own dedicated ritual and avoid distractions such as TV or browsing the Internet. If you’re trying to stick to a healthy eating plan but finding it difficult, try to focus your mind on how good healthy eating makes you feel. Having a more positive mindset when it comes to food will make a new routine easier to keep.
6. Stay hydrated
Throughout your day you lose fluid as approximately 700ml of water leaves the body through skin and breath on a constant basis. Other bodily functions such as trips to the bathroom contribute to further losses and all of this can drain energy. Especially when you’re sick, the body experiences a considerable increase in loss of fluids.
Dehydration can cause headaches, tiredness and a loss of focus so keep a bottle of water on hand to keep yourself refreshed and hydrated all day. Two litres is the recommended daily dose of water you should be getting, however, if you’re active you may need more as even basic exercise causes even more fluid to evaporate from the body in the form of sweat in a bid to keep cool.
7. Get a check-up
To remain in tip-top shape, it’s a good idea to make an annual appointment with your GP for a check-up. This should help with preventing health problems and give you guidance about how to improve your health. Luckily this can easily be taken care of with our screening and health check packages that are available through Vhi on specific plans.
8. Treat yourself
Hard work pays off, and it’s important to reward ourselves every once in a while for making progress. Neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin are effectively mood agents and positive enforcement on the brain such as receiving praise or laughing result in a rush of these and an overall boost in well-being. Whether it’s a relaxing evening at home or a night out with friends, allow yourself time to be carefree and happy about where you are, stimulating your brain in a positive manner in the process.
A more positive, healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult. These steps are small and can easily fit into your daily life, so take them one day at a time and you should be on the road to success!