Five steps to easily give your life a make over

It’s the simple things that can boost your wellbeing.

Five easy lifestyle changes

You don’t need to spend a lot of money or time to look after your wellbeing. Even simple, little changes can be incrementally effective. To reap the rewards, the key is to make them a part of your daily routine. Here are five suggestions.

1. Move
Recent studies show that sitting for hours on end is literally killing us. Consider becoming conscious of how much you move in a day, and if it’s not enough, add to it. For example, take the stairs instead of the escalator or lift; park your car a little further or walk to the next bus stop; garden, cook, walk the dog or declutter instead of watching TV; pace while on the phone; or get up to stretch for a couple of minutes after every hour of sitting.

Find out more at ScienceDaily.

2. Laugh
Some wise person once said, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Even though there is a study to prove it, you already know how glorious you feel when you laugh, right? Why not try hanging out with funny people more often, and watching short, funny video clips and sitcoms?

Read more at The Huffington Post. 

3. Eat mindfully
Do you eat on the run or while watching TV? Unfortunately, eating while distracted can make us consume more than we need. Not too great for the waist, is it? One way to change this modern-day habit is to eat at the dining table a few nights of the week without any diversions – which means no devices either. Try slowing down and paying attention to the tastes, aromas and textures of your food. By doing this you may notice a difference in the amount you eat as well.

Harvard Health Publications has more. 

4. Breathe
Are you rushing around on autopilot? This can make the breath shallow, which is indicative of high stress levels. Breathing deeply and fully can impart a sense of calm. See if you can carve out five minutes in between activities to notice your mood and breath, and give yourself time to recollect. Consider it a mini meditation. Why not take your breather outside, in nature? Or simply close your eyes and breathe for a few minutes.

Additional tips at The American Institute of Stress.

5. Appreciate
Understandably, it can be easy to get caught up in the things that go wrong each day. This can have a negative impact on the rest of your day if a bad mood sets in. Instead, try reflecting on one good thing which happened in the day. If it helps, you may also wish to keep a daily gratitude journal to note down anything for which you’re grateful. It doesn’t need to be long or onerous – even one sentence will do – and can have a positive effect on your psyche.

The New York Times shares more. 

What simple things do you do daily to look after your health? Will you add any of the above suggestions to your day?

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    Snowflake
    1st Jan 2020
    10:40am
    My old granny did very little moving around in the last 30 odd years of her life. When she was young they used to eat bread and dripping, I think that's like lard but it sounds awful. Never went out exercising and she lived two weeks short of 105yrs. However, one observation I did make, she was very small and ate tiny amounts of food and I think that was a big contribution to her longevity. On the other hand others in her generation lived well into their 90's and some of them were pretty overweight and never exercised and I very much doubt if they got out of their arrmcahirs when they were watching TV. Who knows, life is a lottery.
    musicveg
    1st Jan 2020
    11:52am
    People are exposed to a lot more toxic chemicals these days, in our food, in our homes, on our bodies and in the air, our livers cannot cope with the influx, but one thing also a lot of people did not race around trying to keep up with everything and stressing about everything too. Might be something in going slow and steady, rather than the face paced life people are leading now.
    Jenny
    1st Jan 2020
    2:48pm
    Bread and dripping was a standard treat when I was a child. The dripping was collected after having roasted a cut of beef, and it had all the delightful bits of flavoring that exuded from the beef as it cooked. Add a little salt and pepper after spreading it on the bread and it was delicious. Don't confuse it with beef fat, which is solid and offwhite in colour, the stuff I'm talking about was a speckly
    brown and soft.
    Triss
    1st Jan 2020
    4:37pm
    Yes, I remember that, Jenny, as you say a real treat.
    musicveg
    1st Jan 2020
    11:54am
    I have a celery juice every morning, eat a bowl of fruit, do yoga, and eat a lot of salad ingredients. Fresh is best, not the packaged dead food many laden with chemicals.
    Rosret
    1st Jan 2020
    6:18pm
    Apart from laughing its the same old nag nag nag. If you want a makeover then meet people, go places, buy new clothes - eat drink and be merry. Happy New Year!
    musicveg
    1st Jan 2020
    7:16pm
    Not everyone can afford to go places, buy new clothes and drink.


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