Your lifestyle is perhaps the thing that’ll dictate your health and health outcomes to a greater extent than anything else out there. That’s why it’s so important to think about the decisions you’re making and the way in which you’re living your life from one day to the next if you want to stay on top of your health. It’s in your best interests to do what you can to protect your health through healthier actions in terms of your life. Let’s talk today about some of the lifestyle changes that’ll help improve your health and well-being outcomes in the future.
So if you’ve been thinking of taking a fresh approach to life and start putting your health and wellness first, here are some of the steps to consider today.
1. Start the day with movement…
First of all, think about how you start the day and how healthy your morning routines are currently. When you start the day in a healthy way, it helps to make the rest of the day healthier as well.
So, give that some thought and consider whether getting up and being active might benefit your mentality and health for the rest of the day. Lots of people who start the day with movement find that it helps to wake them up and better able to take on the day ahead of them.
2. …and a healthy breakfast
As well as starting the day with activity, it can also help a lot if you’re eating a healthy breakfast. Everyone needs to fuel their bodies properly in preparation for the day ahead by making good food choices.
If you haven’t been doing so, it’s time to make a change. A healthy breakfast will prevent you from getting hungry before lunch, meaning you’ll be less likely to be tempted by unhealthy snacks. It’ll also give you the energy needed to give your all in the morning.
3. Get more sleep
If you’re someone who isn’t really getting enough sleep, every other aspect of your life and your health will be impacted by that factor. Getting more sleep is what’s best for your health and what helps you to stay focused during the day.
You’ll feel more energetic and better able to make the most of every waking hour when you’re getting a good seven to nine hours of sleep at night. But it’s also important to remember that sleep is personal so you might need a different amount of time, depending on your individual needs.
4. Lifestyle changes: Take more breaks
A lot of people push themselves too hard and end up feeling burnt out. That’s ultimately not good for you or for your work performance. Instead, consider inserting break time into your day.
Taking more breaks might sound like you’ll get less done, but that’s not necessarily the case at all. If you’re able to step back from your desk for a few minutes and decompress, you’ll likely come back ready to work and give your all. It’s amazing how much of a difference a relatively short break can make.
5. Hydrate throughout the day
Hydrating yourself and making sure that you’re getting enough water at each stage of the day is something that’s always going to be important. If you’re not giving your body the water and hydration it needs, you’re going to get headaches, lose focus, and generally feel worse during the day.
You’ll often feel more awake in the morning if you start it by drinking some water and constantly refilling your bottle throughout the day and keeping it near you. It’s mostly a case of remembering to drink water consistently. If you can do that, you’ll feel the benefit.
6. Take probiotics for a healthier gut
Doctors increasingly believe that a healthy gut is important to an overall healthy body. So, if you’re someone who sometimes feels discomfort and bloating in your gut, it might be a good idea to start taking probiotics that promote better gut health.
It’s a small change but it can make a real difference to how you feel from one day to the next. You should at least give it a try and see how it makes you feel. If you are considering this option, see your doctor to ensure it is right for you.
7. Lifestyle changes include reducing sugar and sodium
If you’re looking to cut some of the less helpful and less healthy foods from your diet, focus first and foremost on sugar and sodium. These are both bad for your health and can result in you gaining weight much faster.
In the case of excess sodium, it can raise your blood pressure and negatively impact your heart health. So, try to see if you can reduce the amounts of sugar and sodium in your weekly diet. Of course, before changing your eating habits, make sure your doctor agrees with the modifications.
8. Start taking better care of your skin
Taking better care of your skin is something that’ll definitely help you feel better about yourself and look better moving forward. When you take the time to cleanse and moisturize your skin, you can make sure that outbreaks and acne are less of a problem.
Also, if you have specific conditions that you haven’t been paying proper attention to before now, look for sensible solutions. A good eczema daily calming cream could really help to keep your skin in better shape if you’re someone who suffers a lot from eczema.
9. Pay attention to what’s in your beauty products
Paying slightly closer attention to what’s in your beauty products can help protect your skin better and your general health. Lots of beauty products are loaded with harsh chemicals, and some people react negatively to them.
Consider making a switch and instead focus on the kinds of makeup and skin care products that contain mostly natural ingredients and that are much gentler on the skin. You might notice a real difference, both in terms of how the skin feels and how it looks as well.
10. Another lifestyle change: Try meditation
Meditation is something that more people should be doing. It might sound a little out there and strange if you’ve never tried it before, but it makes it so much easier for you to relax and can counteract the stress you might experience in life.
You can do it at home or outdoors, and it’s totally free. If you want to start, the best thing to do is follow an online tutorial that’ll walk you through each of the relevant steps. It could completely change your life for the better.
11. Know when something isn’t worth stressing over
Finally, try to make sure that you’re not constantly allowing yourself to get stressed out over little things that really don’t matter all that much in the grand scheme of things. Everyone has been there before and allowed themselves to get stressed out over relatively small things, unfortunately. The trick is to know when to step back and take an objective look at things.
Having time to cool down and think again often makes a real difference. If it’s something you can get into the habit of doing, it’ll serve you well in the future.
Takeaway on lifestyle changes to improve health and well-being
As you can see, there are plenty of healthy changes you can make to how you live from day to day to positively impact overall health and well-being. Be sure to make the most of each approach that resonates with you to stay in the best shape possible, mentally and physically, moving forward.
12 thoughts on “11 lifestyle changes to improve health and well-being”
Great post! I really appreciated your mention of taking breaks. Burnout is so real! Thank you for that. Hope you have a great day.
Yes, sometimes it’s good to have a reminder that it’s okay to take a break! Thanks for being here ~ And enjoy your day too :)
I would add to that: observing your body and responding to what it needs :)
Great content and tips. You know what? I haven’t really placed much emphasis on my gut… I think I need to add that to my checklist.
Yes, the gut is so important. That’s good you’ll be thinking about it more!
All good tips Christy! One that we often don’t think about is what’s in our beauty products. My daughter actually asked me to watch a four-part documentary “Not So Pretty,” which was extremely enlightening about all the toxic materials that the FDA allows in our personal care products. I highly recommend it!
Oh wow, thanks for the recommendation! Was it on Netflix?
It was on HBO Max.
Oh ok, thanks for letting me know!
Thanks, Christy! Another great and helpful article. Hydrating is one of the most important topics, i think. I had suffered on tiredness a longer time, because i only drunk coffee and less water. Best wishes, Michael
Oh yes, coffee dehydrates us and water rehydrates ~ It’s quite a cycle ;)