Taking care of your health is something that you should never compromise on. Everybody wants healthy habits but healthy habits are hard to cultivate. And if you’re reading this, you realize that health matters. But there’s a good chance that you’re missing out on a lot of good stuff, keep reading.
Taking care of your health is not as easy as it sounds. The problem is that these things have been repeated over and over for over a decade now, with little to no effect. So, here are the five things that you can do differently to make a difference. You need to get into a routine, to let your body know what it’s supposed to do at a specific time of the day. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, don’t neglect it. Eating the right kind of food can change the way you look, feel and grow as a human being, so definitely stick around for that. Taking care of your skin is really really important and the sooner you begin, the better it is. Let’s dive a bit deeper.
Simple things that aren’t simple anymore
The problem with everything pop culture is that it has been repeated so many times that our brains hardly notice them anymore. They dissolve into society like a part of the culture. Health care has become one of those things. Everyone says eat vegetables, drink more water, meditate and exercise. Well, if knowing that was the answer than we’d all have six-pack abs by now.
The thing is, when we say taking care of our health, we mean googling stuff that we might never use. Where the above-mentioned things might be the answer, but we know for a fact that most of us wouldn’t do that. And you’re not afraid of starting, you’re afraid of starting at the bottom. You don’t have a problem being the loser, you just don’t wanna be seen as one. And this is a really bad problem that needs fixing. So, things may seem simple, but they are not as simple as they appear to be. The point being, you need to lower your standards enough to actually start working. If you can do that, the rest of the process would comparatively be a lot easier.
Getting into a routine
Getting into a routine can be challenging at the start, as building a habit is just as hard as leaving one. When it comes to taking care of your health, you won’t be super motivated at first. It’s obvious because maintaining a healthy habit is not easy. You may force yourself for a day or two, but you won’t be able to continue for long. Your body may feel too sore due to the exercise, you may be tempted to eat fast food, you may feel like sleeping in on a weekend. We’ve all been there, and we all know how that turns out.
The answer to this is, to not chew more than you can swallow. It’s okay to start slow and build some momentum. Doing less is doing more because you’re more likely to continue doing that over a longer period of time. You may be hesitant to put aside an hour every day for exercise but 5-10 minutes don’t sound so bad. It’s okay if you need training wheels for the initial stage. If you’re not an early riser, and if you think coffee helps you wake up, you can have your caffeine and then cut it down to a healthy amount over time. Whatever helps you get things in motion, do that and then slowly start getting rid of the additional help. (We are not talking about drugs or any kind of substance abuse, if you think that’s going to give you the required push, please see a doctor.)
Habits are cultivated over time, force them to build the momentum and keep things consistent. It gives your body an internal clock to work around. The first week may be exhausting but push through the initial phase where your prior habits are pulling you back. Keep raising the bar a little bit higher every time. It probably won’t get easier, but you’ll get a lot tougher and it’ll start to come naturally to you. That’s what we’re aiming for.
Taking care of your mental health
A lot of people neglect their mental health, but it plays a major part in your overall health. There’s a difference between being disease-free and being healthy. If you neglect your mental health, you may be disease-free, but you won’t be healthy. If your mind is not healthy, your body won’t be able to access its full potential. And dealing with emotional turmoil can be hard because it’s literally in your head. It takes a while for people to acknowledge that. So, it’s a tricky one but there are ways to tackle this.
Keep a daily journal. Keeping a gratitude journal and start your day with gratitude can help you heal mentally. By making a habit of looking at the bright side, you will be less affected by the hard times. You don’t have to write pages, it can be a sentence or even a word that describes how you feel. If you’re pissed about something, it’s better to get it out of your system when you start your day, so the rest of the day is not like that.
Meditating for some time also helps. You can use anchor music to collect your thoughts or one of the many apps available in the market like Insight timer, headspace or calm. I personally meditate twice a day when I get hyperactive. Meditation really does help. And if you’re hyperactive like me too, cut down on the excessive caffeine and meditate twice a day for 10 to 20 minutes. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed.
Eating right and sleeping right
To be honest these things are common knowledge. These are basic things but still, it’s very hard to implement them in real life. We just always come short somehow. So, try to change the little things about yourself. Eating obviously is a big part of taking care of your health. On a cellular level, you’re literally what you eat. So, make sure that you’re taking good care of your diet.
Keep your diet simple and nutritious. Simple food is easy to digest, so your body doesn’t need to put in the extra effort which can be used somewhere else. There’s a huge difference between being busy and being productive. Follow a diet plan for six days a week. Keep a day off for pleasure too. You don’t want to miss out on things. Keep a day for leisure too. On this day, eat whatever you want, do whatever you want. But make sure it doesn’t mess up with your other six days. Be faithful to those six days as well, because those would be the ones responsible for your growth as a person.
Sleep at least 6-7 hours a day. Your body needs to recover and if you mess with your sleep, your efficiency will decrease. So, even if it gives a few extra hours, you won’t be able to use them. Most people overestimate what they can do in a day, and underestimate what they can do in a year. You need a few hours of concentration to get things done. Be the most productive in those hours and you can have a lot of free time to do other things. Do not neglect your sleep as an excuse to do the work that can be managed anyway. You’re only going to get 24 hours a day regardless of the amount of work you need to do, so understand that you need to listen to your body too.
Taking care of your skin
Taking care of your health means to take care of your body. But the one thing that is almost always neglected is the skin. We keep our face presentable but we forget about the rest of the body. A healthy skin care is really important. Make sure that you wash your skin every day and moisturize it well. The earlier you start, the better it is. Trust me, you will be really thankful that you took good care of your skin. Exfoliate your skin once every week and nurture it. Use good quality products and it’s the bare minimum that your skin needs, so don’t ignore it.
Don’t use strong soaps or products and keep your body hydrated. It may seem like a lot of work when you’re just getting started. But it will be a great investment in the long run.
You may have heard all of this before, but the fact that you’re still looking for this content says how much you’re willing to change. The truth is, you knew this all along, and you know this now. The question is, will you change? Will you put in the work?
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