Hey guys!I’ve been on a short blogging hiatus due to such a busy week, but I’m on Mardi Gras break right now, so I’ve told myself to get my act together and actually be productive these days that I have for myself. I also want to wish everyone a happy late Valentines Day or in many people’s cases, Single Awareness Day.
These days our lives are heavily dominated by work, school,and just being so busy that we find the laziest ways to get through our day. Coming home from a long day of being busy translates into flopping in front of the TV with a microwaved dinner. Being to lazy to work out, even if it’s just taking an after dinner walk around the neighborhood-which doesn’t happen because you finish the microwave dinner and binge watch Netflix until you fall asleep. In the morning, snooze is hit too many times and we skip the most important meal of the day while rushing out the house. These all turn into habits, then routines, and then eventually become our unhealthy and stressful lifestyle.
It’s so important to maintain and healthy lifestyle because that lifestyle is what helps us be the most productive in the things we do, and translates into a happier you! Believe it or not, it’s the little things we can subtly change that can lead to a much healthier and happier lifestyle. So here are some steps I want to share with you guys for that healthier and happier lifestyle.
STEP ONE: Get enough sleep
A lot of people refute this step because they claim they can get around on less than 7 hours of sleep a day thanks to caffeine. Many also don’t make time for a full, good night’s sleep, whether it’s to finish a late night project or to work. But sleep isn’t just about-well, sleeping.This may be the first and most important step for a healthier and happier lifestyle, because without it, how will you have the energy and mood to start your new and healthy lifestyle? It all starts with the moment you lay your head down on your pillow and let your body rejuvenate, recharge, and re-prepare itself for a fresh new day. Even though you may have many reasons to stay up late, think of yourself as a device. As much as you use that device, what happens when the battery starts decreasing? It runs slower, and doesn’t work as good. And what happens when it runs totally out? You re-charge it of course! And if you’re a student who stays up late to cram for tests, a study conducted of children ages 10-16 have found that those who have disrupted or lacking sleep are more likely to have trouble with paying attention in class, which leads to bad grades. In another study, those who did get enough sleep had no problems and had better grades, due to a good night’s sleep and feeling awake to absorb all the facts in the classroom! So sleep=good for you! 🙂
STEP TWO: Exercise
This step seems daunting to many people. But why should it? Exercise is known to be beneficial in so many ways, not just weight loss. It’s a great way to relieve stress, unwanted emotions, and just feel good from top to bottom. And you don’t have to turn into a hardcore body builder either. Take a brisk walk around the neighborhood, walk the dog, or do some jogging in the park. I have a post coming soon about creative ways to exercise and burn calories, so stay tuned for that. If you can’t go outside, search up some work out videos online. I’m a huge fan of blogilates, so check her out for doses of cheerfulness and inspiration. ^^
STEP THREE: Diet
This and step two kind of go hand in hand. If your diet consists of junk food and processed meals, It’s very important that you change your eating habits. Your body is working hard everyday to get you through the day, and it deserves better than the excess sodium and fat you’re feeding it! Nourish your body with organic and healthy stuff! And who says it has to be bland to be healthy? There are many clean and healthy recipients out there, and you can get really creative. Check out my post on Mason Jar Salads for inspiration. Eat lots of protein, veggies, and fruit, and I promise your body will thank you for it.
STEP FOUR: Eat a REAL breakfast
Nope. McDonald’s drive-through does not count. A full, healthy breakfast gets you through the day, reduces cravings for the bad food, and speeds up your metabolism. No ideas? Just combine your food groups. A hard boiled egg or omelet with veggies, yogurt, oatmeal, and fresh fruit are great and delicious choices. Top it all of with a fresh glass of orange juice and you’re good to go! In a rush? Make some Smoothies to take with you on the go!