In order to live a truly healthy life, it is important to adjust each facet of your behavior and routine. For some women, this may mean an increased time spent on self-care each day; for others, it may look like a new exercise routine. Once you’ve taken a close look at your own life, you’ll know how to build a healthy lifestyle from head to toe that will make you feel better, mentally and physically, for years to come. Here are some ways you can get started.
Change up your self-care routine
Exercise, diet, self-care and reduced stress are all necessary to be healthy, and to maintain that state of health throughout your life. If you have previously neglected these kinds of habits, it is best to start small, that way you can experience small victories each day while progressing to a greater state of health. The simplest way to do this is to start off with a basic self-care routine:
First, make sure you get enough sleep each night. Even though different people have different natural rhythms that determine how much sleep they need to feel awake and alert throughout the day, as well as when they need it, the common denominator is that some sleep is required. It is also a myth that people can ‘catch up on sleep’ after several days of operating on minimal sleep. Actually, too much sleep can be just as ineffective as too little sleep. In general, you should aim for around seven to nine hours of sleep each night. It is not enough to simply get sleep; the quality of the sleep greatly affects its efficacy the next day. To ensure a comfortable, undisturbed sleep, keep your bedroom cool, dark and dry and turn off any electronic devices an hour or two before bed to allow your mind time to rest.
Another part of self-care that can give your health a starting boost is making sure you have enough time each week to rest and take part in social activities. While this may mean you have to say no to certain obligations to get time to yourself, it is necessary to prevent yourself from becoming overworked and lethargic. Ultimately, sleep and relaxation form the foundations of a basic self-care routine that will help you feel more level-headed and energized throughout the day, allowing you to make better decisions and rest more effectively at the end of the day.
Have an outlet for stress
Even if you have to manage the worries of your job on top of your familial duties, it is important to have a healthy outlet for stress, instead of resorting to drugs or alcohol. Women are at a higher risk than men for health problems related to drinking - in particular, research shows that women who consume more than one drink per day are at higher risk for breast cancer overall. Exercise can be a great way to manage your stress, but so can spending time with friends or family or meditating in a quiet space.
Maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen
Many women with full time jobs go without a healthy meal each day in hopes of saving time. However, this can rapidly diminish their energy levels and overall happiness. Processed food is often less nourishing than home-cooked meals, and with incredibly high levels of added sugars and salt, can be unhealthy. Even if you also have to make food for your family, be sure to include dark, leafy greens and other fresh vegetables in your meals. You can also try cutting out oils and reducing the amount of salt you use in your more relaxed, convenient meals. Support your diet with an aerobics-focused exercise routine to support your cardiovascular health.
Sometimes it may feel like you have no time to take care of yourself. However, in order to be the best person you can be, you should find an extra hour each day to make sure you are in the best state of health possible.
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