Living a healthy, mindful life isn’t about deprivation or about being perfect — it’s about striving to be the best you can be with what you have and what you’re given. These tips from leading experts on how to live a healthy, mindful life will help you achieve your wellness goals, no matter how small or grand they are. Plus, with these simple tips and tricks in your back pocket, you’ll never have an excuse not to be your best self every day of the year!
1) Get enough sleep
If you’re feeling tired and run down, you may be tempted to get an extra hour or two of sleep. While that may sound like a good idea in theory, getting less sleep than your body requires can throw off your internal clock and disrupt hormone levels. Disrupted circadian rhythms (the natural cycle of rest and activity), are believed to contribute to chronic health conditions such as obesity and diabetes. To live a healthy lifestyle you must get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Go to bed early enough so that you get at least 7-8 hours every night. Getting enough quality sleep is also important for having energy during your day!
2) Go outside
A connection with nature helps us remember what it’s like to be connected with our soul. It gives us time for ourselves and time for reflection; these moments are important for finding balance in our day-to-day lives. If you’re trying to change your lifestyle, find ways that you can reconnect with nature on a regular basis—it’ll help give you peace of mind so that your healthy habits will stick over time.
3) Eat consciously
The less we eat in front of screens, and preferably while sitting at a table (and not staring at our smartphones), the better we’ll be able to focus on what we’re putting into our mouths. And eating consciously makes you more aware of how much food you need; overeating is typically caused by mindless eating, where people don’t pay attention as they shovel food into their mouths. Become conscious about your health; do it for your soul and for your cure.
4) Practice saying no
When it comes to living mindfully, saying no is one of your best tools. You have only so much time and energy in your day—and if you’re not careful, people will suck that time and energy out of you. It’s important to learn how to say no with grace and ease.
5) Don’t use social media too much
If you’re trying to cure your dependence on social media, it’s probably best not to use it too much in the first place. If your job requires you to use social media on a regular basis (for work or networking), schedule specific blocks of time every day where you can focus completely on whatever activity will be most productive for your business.
6) Treat your skin right
Your skin is one of your most valuable assets. Although you may not think of it in those terms when you look in the mirror each morning and see blemishes and stretch marks, you should. The skin keeps infections at bay and heals itself as needed; however, as we age our bodies can be more susceptible to breakouts. To maintain healthy skin, drink lots of water every day (at least 8 glasses) and eat foods rich in vitamins C and E such as oranges, broccoli and spinach. Additionally, do not forget your daily SPF lotion! An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
7) Unplug every once in a while
By unplugging, we don’t mean disconnecting from your friends or checking Facebook less often—we mean leaving your phone in another room when you sit down for dinner or turning off alerts on your computer so you can concentrate. It sounds counterintuitive because we associate our devices with staying connected and being productive. But every once in a while, you should shut it all down. Your brain will thank you later.
8) Breathe deeply
You may be breathing too shallowly, which can make you feel stressed out. Breathing is directly linked to your state of mind. When you breathe deeply from your diaphragm (and not just your chest), it helps calm down your body and put you in a more relaxed state of mind. Deep breathing actually triggers natural endorphins—your body’s natural feel good chemicals—to flow into your bloodstream for an immediate mood boost. You should never hold your breath; instead, exhale fully when you breathe out and pause for one full second before taking another breath in through your nose.