A healthy and balanced life without too much effort? It is possible to feel better, physically, and spiritually, taking care of yourself in the little things, making choices that improve our lives every day without taking too much time and energy. Such as?
Here are 13 practical tips for psychophysical well-being that act on food, body, lifestyle, and habits, giving benefits to the body and mind.
Just try one a day for a month, to discover how small gestures are enough to cause big changes.
Drink Warm Water
Drinking a glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon as soon as you wake up has several benefits, as it helps:
- cleanses the body,
- stimulates the immune system,
- balances PH levels,
- cleans the skin,
- increases energy and good mood,
- freshens breath,
- helps heal wounds,
- moisturizes the lymphatic system,
- contributes to weight loss.
Always have a proper breakfast, which sets your metabolism in motion and takes you away from temptations in the following hours.
Prefer fresh (seasonal) fruit over packaged foods. The more (in different qualities), then, they are rich in vitamin C and prevent many ailments of the season.
Drink Tea and Coffee
They are rich in antioxidants and have positive effects, in recommended and unsweetened doses, on the heart, liver, and mind.
Do not sit for too long
Our body needs to move, sitting too much:
- slows the metabolism,
- increases insulin levels,
- worsens mood.
Always remember not to spend too much time in front of the television, video games, and computers. If it is necessary to do this for work reasons, take breaks to walk and join colleagues for a chat, for example.
Keep moving with daily Gestures
it is possible to activate the metabolism and improve the mood even if you are not (or cannot for time reasons) a great sportsman.
For example, avoid the car when you can walk or cycle, or park farther away to walk more, avoid the elevator or escalators and use traditional stairs.
Practicing yoga and Pilates
Consult your doctor first in case of particular conditions have numerous psychosomatic benefits;
- they improve coordination and breathing,
- muscle and cardiovascular tone,
- define and stretch the muscles regularly and healthily.
Go Out for Fresh Air
Going out in the open air, for a walk with the dog, a run, a simple walk helps to keep exercising amid nature: this is beneficial for the brain, as an antidepressant, and allows you to expose yourself to the best source of vitamin D, the Sun.
Choose your foods wisely
Choose the foods according to their power on hormones: dairy, gluten, processed foods, sugars, harm our hormonal system from many points of view. Nuts, seeds, vegetables, have all the nutrients that instead revitalize our brain and reduce brain fatigue.
Eat foods containing Magnesium
The mineral that lowers stress levels: it is present, for example, in leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, cocoa, bananas, avocados, and potatoes.
Prefer Raw Vegetables
Because minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium are absorbed more if not cooked. Cooking can alter nutritional properties.
Avoid Supermarket during lunchtime
Avoiding going to the supermarket during mealtimes decreases the probability of buying packaged, ready-made, and unhealthy foods, which lead us into temptation first, but then negatively affect health and guilt and our mood.
Opening up to Change
Changing habits such as experimenting with new foods and activities to break the patterns of routine and always discovering new passions that nourish mind and body, offer new ideas and useful stimuli for the body and mind.
Get the right hours of Sleep
Lack of sleep has been shown to have a direct link with hunger and consequently with weight gain but also nervousness. The hours are variable for each person, on average eight are recommended.