There is never a better time to become happier and healthier than now.
Research is continually showing that one of the keys to having good health throughout your life is regulated lifestyle medicine. Things such as daily exercise, stress management, and easy diet changes can make a big difference. The hardest problem is getting the momentum going for these lifestyle changes, which is why it is important to start small but start firm.
Here are six ways to slowly but surely improve your quality of life mentally and physically:
- Make the Choice to Put Your Health First
Improving your quality of life is just as much mental as it is physical. Prioritizing your health is a decision only you can make. The first step to becoming a better you are to remove all of the harmful substances from your life and body.
Unfortunately, drugs and alcohol become so easily addictive. Not only are you affecting your health, but causing distress to those around you. If you or someone you love has fallen victim to addiction, consider nearby programs at VCAM. This center offers you and your loved ones the care you need.
- Exercise Daily
Surprisingly, regular exercise is one of the best ways to reduce the major signs of aging. From normalizing your blood pressure and improving your eyesight to increasing your lean muscle and improving your bone density, these daily exercises will help you live longer.
This is not to say you need to stress about becoming a gym rat – there are all kinds of alternatives to traditional workouts. Crank your stereo to dance around your living room or sign up for kickboxing lessons. Play hopscotch or jump rope with your kids. Go for a hike to see new topography. The options are endless!
- Make Sure You Get Enough Sleep
Don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. If this is something you struggle with, there are relaxation techniques you can try. Next time you are fighting to get to sleep, try some meditation or breathing exercises to clear your mind.
Some foods are also known to help shift your mindset into sleepy time modes, such as oatmeal, milk and whole-grain cereal, chamomile tea, and cherries. Turn all lights away from you at night (such as your cell phone or alarm clock) to help as well.
- Eat Well
Have you ever met a truly happy person that eats unhealthily day in and day out? Doubtful, so don’t skimp on the vegetables.
While this is a steep goal, try to shoot for consuming five servings of veggies every day. Keep your diet high in fiber and vegetables for a reduced chance of cancer and overall health improvements. Broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, and leafy greens are all great contenders.
- Let Go of Your Anger
Nobody is immune to experiencing anger, but some people are better at keeping it in check than others. When anger goes uncontrolled, it can create problems for your relationships and, ultimately, your health.
Letting it go won’t be easy, but the first step is to learn more about it. Learn to recognize when it occurs – keep your mind ready to mentally note when you start feeling upset and make an effort to manage that feeling instead of lashing out or denying it. Focus on your options.
- Support Those Around You
Helping others is a great route to become a better person. In addition to simply making the world a better place, your altruism is sure to make you more compassionate and happier.
Overall, becoming a healthier, better person is a long mental and physical process that isn’t supposed to happen overnight. Be patient and stick to these positive habits, and you’ll be on the right path.