When it comes to improving your health, you may think that you will always have to make big changes. After all, changing one little thing isn’t going to help your body and your mind, is it? However, whilst you may need to make a big adjustment sometimes, more often than not, there are some little things that you can do in order to feel happier and healthier in your day-to-day life. We’ve put together 10 small ways that you can improve your health, so that you can avoid that scary (and major) lifestyle change advice that people always talk about. Start small!
- Cut out processed foods
Sometimes, you don’t feel great in yourself because you’re eating a lot of processed foods, which just isn’t good for your mind or your body. Think of your body as the vessel that carries you through your life, and as something that looks after and protects you every day. Why not nourish it like you should, and eat well? Even making a simple change could help you to do this, and you don’t need to avoid processed foods all of the time if you’re not ready to say goodbye to them just yet. But eating them for every meal isn’t a great idea, so cut this out if you can.
- Cut out meat
A lot of research has been done on the impacts of meat on your body, and it doesn’t look too good. Meat can increase your risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes, and it can even make you resistant to some antibiotics. Again, if you’re not ready to go cold turkey (see what we did there?) then having a few meat-free days could be really helpful for your health, so look into the vegetarian and vegan meals that you could make on some days of the week. You’ll discover new foods, and you’ll also be doing your body, and the planet, a big favor.
- Drink more water
Aah, when are we going to stop hearing about this one? People are always acting like water is a miracle for the body, and this is because, well, it is. Not only does it help to flush all of the bad stuff out of your body, but it also keeps your skin clear, and makes you feel healthier and more alert. Upping your intake of this natural wonder can really change how you feel, and you’ll notice the difference pretty much straight away. Instead of going for a few glasses a day, take a water bottle out with you wherever you are, and you’ll feel a whole lot better.
- Walk more
As a society, we are just getting lazier and lazier, and it’s only a matter of time before we’re all living like they do in WALL-E. OK, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but we do drive to a lot more places than we need to, and a walk could be just what you need to get your health back in order. Even if you walk to the store instead of getting in the car, you’ll be getting in a lot more exercise, and you’ll feel better because of it. Make little changes to your routine, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and you’ll be glad that you did when you feel fitter and healthier.
- Quit smoking
Smoking is one of those things that we know is bad for us, but some of us still do it. Whilst it may be something that you do because you enjoy it, look into the alternatives such as vapes and patches. It can cause symptoms of a heart attack in men and women, and it also has detrimental effects on your lungs, throat, and other parts of your body. We all know what the risks are (and it would be pointless lecturing you on them) but really think about your future, and whether you’re cool with struggling to walk up the stairs at such a young age…
- Stress less
Oh, stress. For most of us, life is simply full of stress, from the moment that we wake up until we close our eyes at night. In fact, some people are so stressed that they stay awake at night, worrying about what is coming up in the next working day. Whilst stress can be difficult to manage, it’s really important that you get this one covered, as it can cause high blood pressure, headaches, depression and anxiety, and a lot of other bodily symptoms that you may not have thought about. Take some time out, and seek help for your stress if you need to. You’ll be glad that you did.
- Have a good breakfast
As they always say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this couldn’t be more true. It sets you up for the day ahead, it helps to feed your brain, and it also helps you to keep your weight at a consistent level. Skipping breakfast just isn’t good for you, and you’ll be sitting at work not paying attention in that meeting, because all you’re thinking about is how hungry you are. Don’t make the mistake of missing this one out, as it will really impact your productivity, and your health. Get your day off to the start that you need!
- Take some time for you
Your health isn’t limited to your physical wellbeing, and your mental health is also very important. To take care of your mind, make sure that you’re not always running around trying to get things done, and you actually take some time for you, so that you can relax and enjoy the things that you love to do. If you put yourself under too much pressure, you’ll end up being burnt out, and it will be difficult to get out of this once you start spiralling. Take the time for yourself, and don’t feel guilty about it. You deserve to have fun!
- Sleep well
Sleeping well is one of the most important things, no matter what age you are. Not only does it help your brain to function properly during the day, but it gives your body the time to repair itself. If you’re sleep-deprived, you risk facing issues such as disassociation, and you may be more at risk when it comes to getting ill. If you have any problems like insomnia then it’s a good idea to see someone about this, as it could really be affecting your health. Look after yourself, get enough sleep in, and if you’re struggling, don’t be afraid to reach out to someone!
- Drink less alcohol
There’s nothing wrong with having a beer sometimes, right? But if you’re overdoing it in the alcohol department, you may want to look at cutting back on how much you’re consuming. It stops you from having a good night’s sleep (as we’ve established, not great for you) and it can be pretty detrimental to your organs too if you’re drinking to excess. Cut your drinking down – or cut it out completely if you’d prefer – and avoid those nasty hangovers, and the scary health risks that come with them.
So, if you want to improve your health but you don’t necessarily want to make loads of big changes, then why not try out these simple tips? You’ll be feeling as right as rain, just from having a few more glasses of water, and cutting out things like stress and smoking. Change up your daily routine, and see whether it could help you to get on the road to good health!