Every year, we promise ourselves that we will lose weight, eat better, exercise more or simply getting healthier. This year, get ready for success in 2020 with our 5 step well-being kit. If you want to eat, exercise, sleep or look better and feel good, keep on reading…
Eat more veggies. Swap animal-based products for plant-based foods. For example, start by eating only plant-based foods for one day of the week. Reduce sugar little by little. Cutting back on sugar doesn’t happen overnight, it is a gradual process. A more realistic solution would be to create an environment in which you consume less sugar while not buying more. Cook more meals at home. When you are not cooking, you have less control over what you are actually eating, and all of that eating out can unintentionally lead to extra sugar, salt, fat or alcohol intake. Make a weekly meal plan. It will help you eat better and save money. Add probiotics to your routine. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your digestive system. Start by taking probiotic supplements, or add probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, kimchi, miso, and kombucha to your diet plan. Stick to a dietary plan that is made specifically for you. Your eating plan should be unique. It should be planned according to your needs, your habits and your patterns. Popular diets don’t offer permanent solutions.
Add one more day to your exercise routine. If you are going to the gym 1-2 days a week, make it 2-3 times a week. Get a gym buddy. Going to the gym with a friend will motivate you and you will have no excuse to drop out. It will also make gym time more enjoyable, less stressful and encourage you to push harder. Try different exercises. Are you tired of going to the gym every day? Explore a new activity. For example, try dancing, boxing, yoga or hiking. Exercise for your skin, your mind and every part of your body. Regular cardiovascular exercise is absolutely crucial to keep blood circulating to all of the skin on your body. Exercising also increases endorphins and serotonin. So hop on that treadmill! Add strength training to your exercise routine. Cardio, of course, is fantastic, but women generally tend to skip strength training. Building and toning muscle is an essential part of a workout plan. It helps maintain bone health and muscle strength and reduces the risk of injuries.
Stay hydrated! Water is one of the most important things that your skin needs. Don’t forget to drink water throughout the day. Try to have your own water bottle with you at all times. Wash your face before bed. Regardless of the circumstances, make it to the sink every night to wash and moisturize your face before bedtime. Don’t forget to remove your makeup before bed, too… Quit your bad habits. Smoking, drinking alcohol and unhealthy eating can damage your skin. Get enough sleep. Getting an adequate amount of sleep each night minimizes dark circles and acne. Don’t forget to wear a moisturizer with sunscreen every day. Protecting your skin from the sun will keep it healthy and glowing.
Try to stick to a regular sleeping schedule. It might not always be easy if you have children or work shifts, but try to keep it consistent. You’ll be amazed at how your body will love sticking to a routine. Turn off all screens an hour before bed! Artificial light later at night suppresses melatonin, the hormone you need to feel sleepy. Not only that but scrolling through social media or playing games can stimulate the brain, making it harder to switch off. Stop pressing snooze. Hitting the snooze button multiple times can leave you feeling more tired. Move your alarm to the other side of the room so you have to get up to switch it off! Try new ways of relaxing. For example, try having a warm bath with calming scents, listen to quiet calming music, pick up a book to read or try yoga exercises. Avoid caffeine and heavy foods before sleep. If you are having difficulty falling asleep, try to skip coffee or tea in the evenings. Also, try to avoid spicy and fried foods at dinner.
5. Mental Health
Move on. Let go of things that you can’t change in the past. Stop saying ‘if only’. You are responsible for your own life. Live in the now. Don’t carry your past into the future. Be here now and realize that you are where you want to be. Be comfortable with yourself and your body. Let go of anger and negative thoughts about your body. Don’t forget that you are unique because of the way you are. Don’t compare yourself to others. Stop thinking you are worthless. The world needs you exactly the way you are! Focus on your strong characteristics rather than your weak points. Let go of your fear of the unknown. Stop worrying and constantly thinking about possibilities and bad options.