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Guest post by Sheila Johnson of Wellsheila.net. This article goes into some fundamental healthy living practices to begin from scratch with.
Experienced the position where you’re trying to transform your life? I sure have. Whether you’re down about your job, stressed about a relationship, or exhausted by a global lockdown, you may need a change in your life.
When I reached a breaking point with where my life was (and trust me, we all reach a breaking point), I tried the route of doing a complete overhaul. What happened? It failed! With hindsight behind me, I now know it’s all about focusing on small changes that fit into your current lifestyle rather than one overarching big change.
Below, I break down how I went about my transformation – slowly.
Table of Contents
Take Regular Walks
You don’t need to hit the gym for two hours a day or run a marathon to stay fit and healthy. The American Journal of Applied Physiology reports that even a two-minute walk every 20 minutes can positively impact your cardiovascular function, metabolism, and digestive system.
There’s a reason why hiking in nature is the #1 wellness-contributing activity known to man – escaping the stress and ambient environment of problems even for a short time leads to a better QOL!
I lived a very sedentary life before my healthy transformation, and taking quick walks helped improve my fitness slowly. I started with taking shorter walks around the block and then worked up to longer walks and hikes that really got my heart rate up. Going for walks also gets you outside and taking in the fresh air, which can work wonders for your energy and mental health.
Movement is a biological necessity for our state of wholesome being. Do not deprive your body of its necessary desires!
Promote a Healthy Home Environment
Creating a healthy home environment is another excellent way to change your life because you’re more likely to feel good when you see a beautiful space around you. And when you feel good, you start living your best life! Your home environment can reduce stress and fatigue in your life in small ways – whether through decluttering and organizing, tending to your plants, or stocking your fridge with healthy foods and filtered water.
You turn into what you tune into. What you take in slowly becomes what’s outwards.
Start a Yoga Practice
Yoga has been a transformative practice for me personally because it has taught me all about slow living. Not only does yoga improve your fitness and strength, but it also helps provide balance, clarity, and focus. When practicing yoga, I’d suggest doing your flow with the sunrise and sunset, as this helps your body align with its natural circadian rhythm.
Yoga is the first most impactful physical practice to start mindful living with.
Harvard Health reports that adults must drink at least eight glasses of water daily. I don’t know about you, but I definitely wasn’t getting that much hydration each day. This may sound like a no-brainer, but drinking enough water can transform your life. When I started prioritizing hydration, I found my energy levels went up, my skin cleared up, and my digestion improved.
73% of tested US adults were chronically dehydrated – this impairs all of life subtly but dramatically.
Improve Your Sleep Hygiene
Research shows that most Americans aren’t getting enough sleep. If you suffer from insomnia or difficult sleep, prioritizing sleep hygiene can do wonders for quality, steady rest. An hour before bedtime, try calming activities like reading, lighting a candle, meditating, and taking a bath, as this signals to your mind and body that it’s time to wind down. Investing in a quality mattress and pillows can also help with good long-term sleep hygiene.
Lack of sleep and rest is the unknown blight truly damaging humanity.
So there you have it – easy ways to transform your life today! My experience incorporating these changes into my lifestyle has been excellent and so much easier than trying to permanently commit to a significant transformation. Smaller changes are also more valuable in the long run, as you’ll be able to stick to them better. Consistency always wins!
Check out more from Sheila Johnson of Wellsheila.net – she offers services to help improve your healthy living and discover more of your inner love!