Quite simply put, the term healthy living refers to making healthy choices in our everyday life to help keep us physically and mentally fit, as well as emotionally and spiritually balanced.
Such choices include the food we consume, how active (or not) we may be, the job we do, our out of work activities, where we choose to live and how we live our daily life.
Being healthy will very likely help to stave off disease and illness, whilst reducing the risk of becoming seriously ill. After all, prevention is better than the cure.
What Does Living Healthy Really Mean?
Living a healthy life is a personal choice. However, all of us are affected in some way by a variety of factors that can affect our health and well-being including genetics, gender, income, education, age, and our friends and family.
Some aspects of our life are much more easily changed/adapted than others. The key to healthy living isn’t dwelling on the things that we can’t change but in fact focusing on the factors that we have control over.
Taking Care Both Mentally & Physically
To live a healthy life, sensible lifestyle choices need to be made across all aspects of your life.
Changing your diet but not getting enough sleep is not going to get you the results that you are looking for. But how do you know what to do and where do you start?
Knowledge Is Power
Knowing where, when and how to make the changes to get you fit and healthy is half the battle. Knowledge empowers you to make informed choices when it comes to your health.
There is a plenty of information available to you at your fingertips whether it be attained through apps, books, magazines, blogs etc. Understanding your health, body and mind is key to healthy living.
Read as much as you can to educate yourself and discover all you need to know about the variety of options you have.
The more you know, the better equipped you are to deal with health issues. One great way to discover products that may help in the quest for a healthier life is to read review sites and see what is working for other people.
Do yourself a favour and check out a Research Verified review or two to discover those products that are currently trending when it comes to good health.
De-Stress Your Life
Stress is responsible for a wide range of illnesses and can even be linked to premature death.
When we say remove stress from your life, of course we understand that this is easier said than done! According to the American Heart Association, there are several self help things that you can do to help eliminate stress from your life:
1) Positive Self-Talk
Refrain from telling yourself that you can’t do things or that you are inadequate. Start using positive words and affirmations.
If ‘I can’t do this’ is familiar vocabulary to you, change to ‘I will do this to the best of my ability’. ‘Everything I touch goes wrong’ turn into “I will deal with whatever comes my way’.
At first, even if you don’t truly believe in the words, fake it until you make it. Try it for a month and see the difference.
2) Emergency Stress Stoppers
When you feel stress forming in the guise of anxiety or panic, zone in on your breathing. Take larger, longer breaths, count in for four out for four.
3) Finding Pleasure
Reconnect with the simple things that life has to offer. Drawing, creating, reading, walking, watching, playing….whatever speaks to you, go for it.
Even if it is for 10-15 minutes, it will help reconnect with your soul and switch negative energy into positive.
4) Find Time To Relax
In the fast paced, busy world we live in, it is very tough to actually find time to switch off. But it is super important that you do. Yoga, and meditation are great ways as is learning how to breath properly.
Eat Well & Exercise
In today’s world, where 3.3 billion human beings are considered overweight, global obesity has never been a more serious issue.
We are what we eat and most of us are eating all the wrong things. The lack of food education, busy schedules, wide range of cheap and fast food so readily available and people simply eating to ‘fill a gap’ are just some of the reasons why obesity crisis is out of control.
Food is fuel, so what we put into our bodies matters. Be food aware and healthy body conscious.
There is no evidence to suggest that smoking is good for you in anyway. None. This speaks volumes! However, there is study after study to suggest the opposite.
Smoking can seriously damage your health. If you are finding it hard to stop, then it would be a wise investment to seek help through a hypnotist, therapy or other ways to quit this unhealthy habit.
Reduce Alcohol Intake
There is some suggestion that light drinking (defined as one drink a day for women and two for men) can actually have significant benefits to the heart. However, the general rule of thumb is that alcohol should be limited, if not eliminated from your daily diet.
Women who have two or more drinks a day and men who have three or more may run into detrimental effects ranging from weight gain to relationship problems. Drink responsibly.
Often, only small changes are necessary to make huge differences when it comes to our health. Take responsibility and take action. You won’t regret it!