Did you know that feeling better and getting healthier doesn’t require a huge life makeover? There are plenty of little things you can do daily that quickly improve how you look and feel, inside and out. Here is a list of the five easiest and most effective things you can do daily that can make you healthier:
Smile Or Laugh At Least Once A Day
Smiling is a small little gesture that makes a BIG difference! Turning that frown upside down doesn’t just make you feel better; it’s good for your health too. Both laughing and smiling have been proven to lower your body’s stress hormones- norepinephrine, adrenaline, and cortisol. I’m sure you already know how physically damaging stress can be to your body. It causes weight gain and skin conditions (such as acne and hives) and affects overall mood and temperament.
These negative feelings and moods lower your immune system and make you more susceptible to disease and illness. With time, increased stress can manifest itself in more dangerous ways, such as heart disease, stomach ulcers, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and even dementia and Alzheimers! Smiling even when you’re not in a particularly good mood lowers your stress levels and reduces anxiety and negativity.
Laughing for as little as one minute a day can improve your mood for hours afterward, thanks to its release of endorphins. Make it a point to read or watch something funny on your phone or computer at least once daily on your breaks. Next time you’re at the grocery store wishing you could be anywhere else, smile at a stranger and improve both of your days. Even if they don’t smile back, just knowing they were smiled at will give them something to think about.
When you’re too stressed out at work or with the kids, allow yourself a few minutes to stop and think about something that makes you happy. Close your eyes, reflect on it, and allow yourself to smile. Your problems will probably still be there waiting for you, but you’ll be in a much better state to deal with them. You’ll benefit your mood and health in the long run.
Move Your Body On A Daily Basis
Dancing, jogging, bicycle riding, hula hooping, and anything else that increases your heart rate have many positive health benefits. You already know how important exercise and cardio are, but you may not know that cardio doesn’t have to mean boring things like hopping on an elliptical or treadmill. You also don’t have to work out for hours on end to benefit your health. Doctors recommend keeping your heart rate in the cardio range for at least 20-25 minutes daily.
These minutes don’t have to be all in one block either; you can spread them throughout the day. One physical activity in the morning, one after lunch, one at night, etc. You’d be surprised how quickly and easily those minutes can add up. Next time you walk your dog, pick up the pace and speed walk or maybe even jog a little. Vacuuming the house? Make it a point to do it faster than you normally would. Usually take the elevator to work or snatch up the closest parking spot?
Try taking the stairs and parking farther away instead. Not that you need even more excuses for a night out, but dancing can quickly add up to an hour or two of cardio without feeling like it. So if you just can’t find the motivation to work out that day, grab your partner or friends and dance the night away! You’ll be helping your heart so much more than you realize while releasing endorphins and making memories at the same time.
Take Time Out Of Your Day To Focus On Your Breath
Breathing is so automatic and natural that you probably never even think about it. The average person takes about 23,000 breaths a day, so it’s no wonder that you don’t pay attention to each of them. However, you can improve your mood and health by being more mindful of your breath and making it a point to breathe even more.
On a normal, day-to-day basis, people usually only take quick, shallow breaths that use just a fraction of what their lungs are capable of. You can increase blood flow, relieve stress, and aid your digestive system by taking deep and deliberate breaths. Slow breathing has also been shown to improve the function of your lymph system, which is directly tied to your immune system. Make it a habit every day, or at least several times a week, to carve out a few minutes of personal time and concentrate on your breath.
Find a quiet place to lie or sit and make it a point to ‘feel’ the tension released from every part of your body. Visualize the tension, stress, and anxiety as a big ball of black light and picture them gathering and forming together in your body, growing bigger and bigger and being released with each slow, deep exhalation. Once you have let the negative energy drain out of you, exhale the breath in your lungs and then take a slow, deep inhalation through your nose.
Breathe in as deeply as you can, filling up your abdomen, rib cage, and lungs until it feels like they can’t take any more in. Be careful not to let your shoulders lift or your neck tense up. When you have breathed in as much as you can, hold this big breath for a full count, then slowly exhale it through your mouth until you have nothing left in your lungs. Repeat at least ten more times, if possible, or until you feel calmer and refreshed.
Drink More Water Throughout The Day
Water is one of nature’s most amazing gifts our bodies have been given. It can help keep your skin looking young and supple and help you lose weight, ease your headaches, and maintain healthy blood pressure. In order for your brain to function to the best of its ability, your body needs to receive a sufficient amount of water on a daily basis. Considering how important water is to your body, you would think drinking enough of it would be easy and come naturally, right?
Well, the truth is, most people don’t drink nearly as much as they need to, and this probably includes you! You’ve probably heard the standard recommendation of 6 to 8 glasses a day, but this is really just the minimum for most. Active people need more than that, as well as anyone who is drinking alcohol, caffeine or taking any kind of dehydrating drugs or medicine. Drinking this much water on a daily basis can be difficult, I get it.
The important thing is that you need to find a way to make it more enjoyable. If plain old regular water isn’t very appealing to you, try sparkling, seltzer, or mineral water. You can also make it taste better by infusing it with natural fruits and veggies, such as cucumber slices, lemon wedges, ginger root slices, berries, oranges, or cherries. Get creative and try a combination of fruits.
You can get more water in your body by eating foods rich in water content, such as watermelon, cantaloupe, peaches, lettuce, yogurt, and soups or broths, too, if you’re struggling to drink enough. Make it a habit to take a reusable bottle of water with you everywhere you go and set some by your bed at night or coffee table while you’re watching television. It’s easy to forget the importance of drinking water but force yourself to do it as much as possible, and it’ll become a habit before you know it.
Be As Social As Possible Every Single Day
Surveys have shown that people with social support systems can handle stress better and cope more successfully when disasters and tragedies happen. On the flip side, those who isolate themselves and don’t have a strong network of friends are more likely to experience addiction, hypertension, depression and other stress-borne illnesses.
Discussing your fears, worries, and anxieties with a friend is more than just about venting; it is actually helping your body handle these issues more efficiently in a physical sense. You’ve probably heard about how your body releases oxytocin (the “bonding” hormone) when you’re cuddling a loved one, but did you know your body also releases it when bad things happen? This is why it is so natural to seek out social interaction when you’re having a hard time in life.
Fighting this impulse to reach out to someone and keeping all your troubles to yourself can do more harm to your body than good. Both men and women experience this release, but the higher level of estrogen in women’s bodies makes them more sensitive to this natural impulse. This is why women are more likely to band together when times get tough than men are. Both sexes benefit greatly from talking through their problems with a friend or family member.
Not only will you be reducing the level of stress hormones in your body, but you might also receive valuable advice from someone who cares about you. Being more outgoing and social improves your physical and mental health, so do your health a favor, talk to loved ones at least once a day, and organize a game night as often as possible. Life can be hard and confusing, but there are so many things you can do to improve it. You only get to experience one life at a time, so make it the best one possible!
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