“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce” Vivian Komori
We live in a time where health and wellness are at the forefront of our minds. Through the power of media we are continuously confronted with what to eat, what exercises to do, what to drink, what to wear when working out and what the latest research has found. All of this continuously changing and endless stream of information can be quite overwhelming.
It can actually be quite hard to know where to start.
By comparing ourselves to others, especially through social media, we run the risk of forgetting who we are and that we are all different. Similarly, the path of our life will not match the path of another’s—we all have our own unique destination and challenges along the way.
Sometimes we are lucky enough to find what we are looking for and are able to embrace healthy and attainable lifestyle decisions. Other times we may not and it may take that extra bit of help and support to find our rhythm.
Funnily enough though, all that is truly required to live a happy and healthy life is to simply have the ability to pull away and go back to the basics.
We all deserve to live a fulfilling life. We all know what is good for us (for the most part). We all know that by making a few simple changes we can make the world of difference to our health and wellbeing. Here is a gentle reminder of some very simple and very effective ways of allowing yourself to be the best that you can be, today:
- Drink more water: Most of us do not drink enough water. Dehydration can cause headaches and fatigue. Drinking more water will help prevent headaches. It can also help with skin complexion, increases our energy and relieves fatigue.
- Get more sleep Like food and water, sleep is an essential for good health. It refreshes the mind and repairs the body.
- Exercise regularly We all know the importance of exercise. It improves your overall health and your general quality of life. A minimum of only 30 minutes a day can make all the difference. Figure out what you love doing and it won’t be a chore.
- Cut back on sugar Sugar is a carbohydrate and too much of it in your diet can cause health problems. Sugars are popular in the processed food industry because they add taste, colour and can prevent mould forming and act as a preservative. Sugar does not have any nutrient value and only offers a quick source of energy.
- Be satisfied in your job Our work is important on many levels and work-related problems can affect our physical, emotional and mental health. If you are not happy in your work and want a career change, make it happen. Be the change you want to see.
- Get more sunshine Ok, so not too much, but the UV from the sun is the best natural source of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for strong bones, muscles and overall health.
- Be positive We live in such a fast paced society; it can be so easy to forget to simply slow down and appreciate all that we have. You only have one life, so enjoy it. Make it count. Love your body for all that is has done for you and rid yourself of any negativity.
- Find a balance It is true, we are what we eat. If we eat well we will exude positive energy. Yet is important to find a balance, and not to deprive yourself. Educating yourself on health and wellbeing and implementing that information into the daily decisions we make will ensure we make the most of out life.
By making these few simple changes you will begin to see a happier, healthier version of yourself.
It is better to take small steps in the right direction than to make a great big leap forward only to stumble backwards.
Love yourself enough to live a healthy lifestyle. You deserve it.
About the Author
Sarah Harrison has a Bachelor of Communications and provides content for the Ivy College blog. Her love of photography and writing has allowed her to create a career providing business creative content for their blogs, social media, and websites. Sarah also runs her own blog, www.ouryounghearts.com which acts as a wonderful creative outlet for her when she is not chasing after her three small children.