Eight simple & effective steps YOU can take to Living a Healthier and more Balanced Lifestyle in the New Year

by silvioliving on January 3, 2016

 

Running woman. Female runner jogging during outdoor workout on bIt’s a new year and a fresh start to get all those chores- little or big- complete. Most people want to become healthier, take better care of themselves, their loved ones, and their home.

A balanced life is a healthier life. Balancing work and home life is a challenge for many. Simply keeping up with home life can be enough work in itself!

Here are some 8 simple and effective steps you can take towards that healthier and happier lifestyle: 

  • Be mindful and take stock

Are you taking care of your health? Are you behind on doctor or dentist visits? Getting your annual physical test can be a good way of tracking your health and act as a catalyst to getting your health in order.

If you have a condition- blood pressure, diabetes, depression, arthritis, etc- are you taking care of yourself? Note down what you are missing and who to contact to get it done! This year’s health resolutions should be something measurable and trackable. For example, a person with type II diabetes might resolve to exercise for 20 minutes each day to help control blood sugar levels.

Taking stock means stepping back and surveying how you’re doing overall. Are things good? What can you change? How can you change them?

  • Meditate

Whatever form of meditation works for you is good. Taking time to breathe is a proven way of clearing and quieting ones mind. This helps reduce anxiety and stress and improves mental, emotional and spiritual health. Try an exercise in mindfulness. Take as little or as much time as you find helpful to sit in a quiet room and focus on your breathing, ignoring all the little thoughts that pop into your head, and focusing only on the moment you are in. Mindfulness exercises are becoming more popular as people working in high stress jobs use it to relax and find a moment of quiet in a busy day.

  • Evaluate your diet

A healthy and balanced diet is essential for maintaining a healthy body weight (or losing unwanted extra fat). The more care you take of your body, the better your physical health. Good nutrition is not just about weight gain and loss. The right foods keep you healthy, energized, alert and happy. Whole foods and plenty of water is the simplest way to clean up your diet. Whole meat, veggies and fruits are nature’s best!

  • Reduce stress

Regular exercise is a good way to naturally and effectively reduce stress. Set a weekly goal and track it. For example: walk 5 time per week, for at least 15 minutes.

Evaluating what triggers your anxiety is a good start. When you have a moment at lunch or at the end of your day, write down what triggered your stress. How did you handle it? How can you handle it better? Simply writing it down helps your mind leave that stressful moment behind rather than carrying it around with you!

  • Write more

As we mentioned above, writing can be a great tool. Sure, pen to paper was the old way, and some might still find comfort in physically writing the old fashioned way. Today, you can track your day and it’s events in point form or long-form on a private blog or online journal. Whether you share it or not, the act is reflective and cathartic. Note the good, the bad and what you learned that day- big or small.

  • Let yourself unwind

At the end of each day, find a small, healthy pleasure. This is unique to the individual. Some use exercise while others might use cooking to unwind. Playing with your kids can be an active way to let go of the daily stress and have a little fun. Hours in front of the television can be replaced with reading- a great way to lose yourself in a moment of non-fiction or fiction and to prepare your brain for a good sleep…

  • Sleep well 

This brings us to another very important part of healthy lifestyle and well-being. Sleep is the body’s time to rejuvenate and recover. Memories and events are organized by the brain while muscles are organs recover from a long day. Sleeping enough is one part of the challenge. You need 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep as an adult. Active adults need more sleep, up to 9.5 hours! The key is to get good quality sleep. Deep sleep cycles come around every 45 to 60 minutes and getting enough of them in one shot is more effective than broken sleep or “making up” for missed sleep with naps.

  • Re-evaluate and reassess 

Set yourself weekly, monthly or quarterly self-checkups. Rather than working hard for the first month of your new year, you want to maintain your improved lifestyle. Plan ahead for unforeseen circumstances. Goals have to be flexible to allow for changes that you did not plan. For example, the loss of a job, having to move, a stressful situation.

An ounce of prevention in each moment is worth a pound of cure down the road.

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