The fact that we need to stay healthy as much as possible is no surprise to anyone. But it is often surprisingly difficult to actually make sure that it happens, that we take all the necessary steps needed to stay as healthy as possible. Part of the problem is our modern culture. In many ways, our daily lives are set up in such a way that it can feel like a revolutionary act just to stay basically healthy. It can be a monstrous effort for many people to actively take the right steps towards a better, healthier life. As this article shows, though, it can be done. We will look together at an average day step by step, and see what you can do to ensure that you look after yourself as well as possible.
We all know how important sleep is, and yet it is something which can be so difficult to get enough of. There are many factors that commonly contribute to a lack of sleep or poor quality sleep. If you have trouble with sleep, it might be worth looking through what those factors are and seeing if you can do anything about them. One of the most common culprits is caffeine.
Many people are more or less addicted to caffeine; it is a huge part of our working culture and for a lot of people, their morning coffee is not up for sacrifice. That’s fine, but you can at least limit your caffeine intake as much as possible if you want to sleep a little better at night. If you are serious about this, think about limiting your caffeine to no more than two cups a day, and never after midday. If you need to remain perky, consider a natural supplement like B12, the body’s own nutrient for providing you energy.
It’s not just caffeine that you need to look out for. Increasingly, screen usage is contributing to poor sleep and lack of sleep. The light from screens inhibits the production of melanin, a chemical which your body clock uses to determine when it is time to sleep. So reducing your screen use, particularly in the evening, will help you sleep massively.
If you are still struggling to nod off, you might want to check on whether or not you are getting enough exercise. A little light exercise in the evening if often a great way to help you get to sleep at night. If you are getting enough sleep, many other aspects of your health and your life will also improve, so this is a hugely important part of your day, and something you should absolutely prioritize.
You may have heard the old saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, there is some truth to that. If you want to be as healthy as possible, then eating a considerable meal first thing in the morning is a sure way to get on the right path. Of course, this doesn’t mean just eating anything.
A good breakfast should be heavy in fiber, light in fat and carbohydrates, and perhaps have a decent portion of protein too. You should also remember that your liquids are an important part of the breakfast. Be sure to drink plenty of water in the morning, as well as throughout the day, of course. This will set you up to start your day pretty well, and is well worth developing as a habit.
If you get your breakfast right, you will find that you have much more energy in the morning, and you will also be able to deal with the various problems you might face much easier and more calmly. If you don’t currently eat a decent breakfast, give it a go and see what a difference it can make.
The modern workplace poses many problems for the health-conscious individual. So many people do exactly what they should be doing outside of work, in terms of remaining healthy, only to find that the conditions in the workplace ruin it for them. As it happens, there are a number of things you can do to try and make the most of this poor situation.
One thing which is worth doing is to carry out various ‘deskercises’ while you are working. There are many of these that you can try, and doing any of them is bound to improve your daily health massively. Something which is worth thinking about too is trying to encourage a more health-conscious environment in your workplace. If you take a look at https://wipsen.org, you will see that there are a number of things that your employer has to do in terms of health and safety.
But you also have a responsibility, and if you feel there is anything that could be improved, you should not hesitate to bring it up with your employer. The more you can remain healthy at work, the healthier you will be on the whole throughout your daily life.
Making the most of your lunchtimes is a great way to ensure that you really do keep on top of your health, and it is well worth looking into. Most people do not really get much out of their lunch breaks. But if you are serious about your health, then you will find that lunch is a fantastic opportunity to get in a little exercise.
What’s more, this will probably work wonders in terms of energizing you for the rest of your work day. Although it might not seem like something you want to spend your lunch doing, it is a good idea to try this out at least. You might find that it really makes a huge difference in a short space of time. Take a look at http://www.prevention.com for more on getting fit during your lunch break.
As long as you are paying attention to your behavior throughout the day, there is no reason that you can’t remain perfectly healthy and happy for as long as possible. Looking after yourself is hugely important, so be sure to bear all this in mind, and you could lead a much better life in no time.
Wonderful reminders here about healthy living.. As one who would often spend sleepless nights It is important to get enough sleep..
Putting into our bodies correct nutritious food is important..
I like to have home made granola and fruit for breakfast.. And you already know how I love my veggies.. :-)
I find now that I am retired especially as I get up early to go to the allotments I take more Power Naps in the afternoon.. Sleeping when my body tells me to sleep.. And If I wake in the night. I am writing my thoughts in my journal, which always seem to come clearer in those early hours of twilight..
Great Post Christy.. Thank you for sharing my friend..
Love and Hugs xx
Loved Christy’s article. All very important suggestions on living a healthy active llife.
All very valid points, Christy. I agree with Sue, above, about problems caused through too little sleep. Retirement does have its benefits here. Deskercises are a good idea for people tied to office jobs for hours on end. Fitting enough exercise into a busy workday has always been difficult. An interesting post. Thank you, Christy. 😃
Sleep I’m definitely not doing well with at the moment. I always manage to drink plenty of water and other fluids throughout the day though, as well as first thing in the morning. Great post! x
Have you tried standing up at work? My employer has bought a few of us desk risers that convert a standard desk into a stand-up one. Takes a little of getting used to, but gets you out of being in prolonged sedentary postures.
I would like to have that convertible type of desk one day! A friend of mine has a standing desk and says it’s great for his back. Thanks Graham – I’m glad you’ve found a solution that works well!
I’ve got the coffee thing under control, but I am guilty of skipping breakfast. All great advice! Thanks, Christy!
Christy, these are great reminders for us to stay on track to a healthy lifestyle. Hugs.
Wonderful tips for healthy living. I really need to up my sleep time. :) <3
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