Guest Post by Cheryl Conklin at WellnessCentral.info
Big life changes mean it’s OK to cut back on self-care and knuckle down on what’s important, right? Wrong. Whether you’re going back to school, starting a new career or buying a home, well-being is more important than ever, as you’ll need the boost in energy, stamina and peace of mind to get ahead. Courtesy of StacyRD.com, here’s how to keep up the momentum:
First of all, unless you’re taking up sumo wrestling, getting fat is definitely not part of your plans. Besides, jogging, cycling and aerobics actually give you more energy by increasing your overall fitness and boosting your mood, according to a doctor cited by the website Everyday Health. There are ways to keep it from taking too much time such as a workout plan, a dynamic warm-up, compound movements and up-tempo music to keep you rolling through your workout.
Of course, all those burpees are useless if you gorge on pizza and burritos every evening. You need to plan healthy meals that give you the stamina to keep on keeping on even when the days are long. Preparing them doesn’t have to take hours, and world-famous chef Jamie Oliver has come to the rescue with dozens of recipes, some which take as little as 10 minutes to prepare.
Don’t forget that staying fit and eating healthy are the bedrock of well-being. The physical and mental benefits keep your body and mind in peak condition to tackle whatever challenges the day throws at you. This is crucial for those suffering from drug or alcohol addiction as they put the pieces of their lives back together.
Tend to Your Teeth
Oral health is more than just a pretty smile. In fact, when it goes downhill, it’s linked with serious medical concerns like heart disease and diabetes. If you have let your dental care go, get back on track. Pick up your brushing, flossing and antibacterial rinse routine. If you neglect your teeth because it’s hard to do those things due to misalignment, or you just don’t like your smile, explore in-home treatment options like byte. It’s a convenient and affordable alternative to traditional dental corrections like braces. There is no reason you need to be uncomfortable with your own teeth, and every reason to take good care of them.
Learn to Relax
Who’s got time to sit in a quiet room and think about nothing? You do, or at least you’ll make time once you learn about the benefits. For starters, this ancient practice leads to a marked reduction in stress, according to well-being website Healthline. By training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts, you can cast worries away while lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation. Improved sleep patterns are an added bonus. For help getting started, check out these guided meditations.
There are other activities that will give you the same effect while bringing your body into play. These include yoga, which has risen in popularity thanks to the increased well-being it provides in addition to the boost in flexibility and coordination. It takes only 10 minutes in the comfort of your own home with nothing more than a mat to get started.
Get to the Beat
Don’t let that guitar gather dust in the corner of your bedroom. It’ll help you in more ways that you can imagine. It works similar to meditation in increasing mindfulness by drawing attention to the movement of your hands while you strum the strings. There is also evidence that playing music improves your memory capacity, leading to improved academic performance.
And don’t forget to listen. You already know that music makes you feel better, but do you know how? It’s through a boost of oxytocin, a “feel good” chemical in your brain that is similar to morphine. This means that putting on the right tunes before bed will help you drift calmly off to sleep, allowing you to wake up fresh in the morning with energy.
Enjoy the Fresh Air
Get out. You need nature more than you can imagine, and a major life change isn’t going to change that. That’s not a problem if your weekend is still intact and you can head to the hills. According to an article in Health Fitness Revolution, time in the great outdoors boosts attention spans and problem solving skills by up to 50 percent while increasing creativity. If you’re stuck in the city, plan a trip to the nearest park for the same benefits in smaller doses.
Once you’re back, you can attack your challenges with a clear mind and renewed energy. Good luck on your journey and don’t forget to eat your greens.
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