Ask Away...: The New Health Rules Of 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The New Health Rules Of 2018

Getting healthy and staying healthy is something that many different kinds of people struggle with. Some people say they struggle because they’re ‘addicted to sugar’, while others say they struggle because they ‘have a weak immune system’. Want to know a secret? You are the things you tell yourself you are. If you constantly repeat these stories to yourself, of course you’re going to believe them and repeat the same cycles over and over again. Your mindset plays a bigger part in how healthy you are than you realize. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the new health rules of 2018:

Change The Story You Tell Yourself

So, first thing’s first. What stories do you constantly tell yourself? You get more of what you expect. If you keep saying you’re always poorly, you’re feeling low, or anything else that could be negative, you will likely see more of what you’re saying. This doesn’t mean you have to walk around from now on saying things that aren’t true, but it’s a good idea to put your focus elsewhere. Figure out what you’d like your story to be. Then, you can get super creative and tell yourself that story instead and see what happens.

Image - yoga is both a form of exercise and meditation

Find Your Own Meditation Practice

More and more people are waking up to the tremendous benefits of meditation. It can help with many different things, from creativity to happiness. Some people even find that after a meditation session, they feel much calmer, and ready to tackle the day than before. Traditionally, meditation is sitting quietly. However, you can find your own meditation practice if this doesn’t suit you. You can find a way to meditate doing absolutely anything. For example, you can meditate in the shower, or even at your desk. As long as you’re doing it, you’re doing well.

Figure Out The Kind Of Exercise You Actually Like

Nobody can get away from the fact that exercise is important. Many say weight lifting is the best form of exercise as it strengthens muscles and bones and makes us more mobile later on in life. Some seem to think that cardio is, and others do a mixture of the two for optimal results. While it’s true that they are both important to some degree, the best kind of exercise is the kind you actually like. Why? Because you’re more likely to do it regularly and stick to it. You could try yoga, swimming, or even fast paced walking. Try something out for a couple of weeks and see how you feel. Track your progress and you’re more likely to stick to it too. Don’t forget, aim for 8,000-10,000 steps per day on top of any exercise you do!

Don’t Try To Do Everything

Trying to do everything seems to be a trend with strong independent women. However, this can lead to stress, and stress is the silent killer that needs to be addressed in health plans more this year. Stress can affect hair loss, weight, and all kinds of other factors. It stops us from thinking clearly and can lead to reduced concentration at work, which can be dangerous. Maybe you’ve gotten injured and it wasn’t your fault that you were stressed - in that case you need Crossen Kooi to take a look and tell you what you could be entitled to. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Don’t be too proud. You won’t win any awards for running yourself ragged trying to do 20 things at once. Your mental and physical health must be prioritised!

Simplify Your Diet

One thing that puts many people off eating a healthy diet is how difficult it can sound when doing your own research or listening to experts. However, there are ways you can simplify your diet. You don’t necessarily have to weigh out and track everything to be healthy and know what you’re eating. Here are some pointers that could help you if you struggle with this part:

Try to eat as many natural foods as possible - avoid microwave meals as they do not fill you up.

Foods labelled as diet or low fat are not usually healthy but are designed to trick you into believing that they are.

Eat nutrient dense foods that fill you up for longer. For example, lots of broccoli is low cal but very filling.

Have a half plate of veggies, quarter carb of your choice, and then quarter protein source. Protein sources include things like tofu for vegans and chicken for meat eaters.

Cook healthy meals that don’t require you to spend too long in the kitchen - like meals with a slow cooker.

When you get into the habit of eating like this consistently, you’ll likely be surprised at how much better you feel. Remember, don’t let yourself go hungry, or you’ll likely want to binge on sugary foods. Instead, find the number of meals that works for you each day. Some people work all day and find that two huge meals is right for them, while others prefer 5 or 6 smaller meals.

Image source - 10 portions of fruit and veg a day is the new recommended amount

Prioritize Sleep

Ahhh, sleep. Prioritizing sleep can have an affect on plenty of other things on this list. Want to get rid of excess fat? Then you need more sleep. Want to make sure you're performing well without stress? More sleep. Prioritizing sleep is so important, but different people need different amounts. Here are some pointers to bear in mind:

Aim for 7-8 hours a night, but older people tend to need less sleep. However, this can depend on lifestyle factors, so make a note of the amount of sleep that makes you feel best.

Make sure your environment is suited to sleep. It should be completely dark and you should be comfortable and just the right temperature.

If you have a partner and kids, take it in turns to get up in the night. Don’t do it all yourself.

Stick to these new health rules and you should notice a huge difference!

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