Top Tips to Boost Your Life This Summer
Always put yourself first
For those of you who live busy lives, you should never feel as if you do not have time or energy to do something for yourself. Putting yourself first should be a priority because you need it for your sanity and happiness. It is easy to feel exhausted if you are not making sure your personal needs are met. You will most likely start to break down mentally, emotionally and physically. Finding a little time for you is easy. Chose something you love doing like yoga, meditation or even just relaxing and tucking into that book that has waited patiently on your nightstand for weeks, make it a point to set aside some well-deserved hours during the week for that “me” time. It will do wonders for your sanity!
Exercise in the morning
We all know what having a bad morning will do for the rest of your day, so if you want to go about your day without feeling sluggish then it’s important to follow a morning exercise routine. Give yourself the best shot at having a happy, healthy and productive day. It doesn’t have to be an hour long intense work out. Even just 20-30 minute walk will get the blood pumping as you take in more oxygen and raise your heart rate. The physical exercise stimulates your brain and helps improve mental activity and concentration. It is true that generally you do perform better throughout the day just by starting with a little physical exercise. A quick morning jog will set a relaxed tone for the day. Always feeling pressed for time and can’t imagine waking up at 5 a.m. to get a work out in before work begins? Blast some music and dance to a full song - just three minutes - to get your body moving and inevitably put a smile on your face. What better way to start the day than a bit of positive energy?
10 minutes of sunshine
A spot of sunshine every day doesn’t just lift your spirits, but it also boosts your immune system. Luckily, in the Middle East there is no shortage of sunshine. A small dose of sunshine is good for you - it’s full of Vitamin D which plays a key role in activating white blood cells that help protect the body from flu, food poisoning and even cancer. Sunshine has been shown time and again to improve your mood and reduce stress levels. All you need is 10 minutes of sunshine everyday to reap its benefits.
Learn to say no
At work and at home it is easy to get into the habit of saying yes to everything without realising that you might be agreeing to something that you don’t necessarily want to. A powerful skill is learning how to say no. You don’t have to be superwoman and attend every event that you are invited to. You may find it so hard to say no as you don’t want to let anyone down or worry over lost opportunities, but it is important to understand and manage underlying emotions driving your actions. Quite simply we don’t have time to do everything!
Don’t feel guilty
Don’t add stress to your life by constantly feeling guilty. If you ate an unhealthy take-away because you were too lazy to cook, missed out on a workout or splurged more on a dress than you should have, don’t let it worry you. Guilt can be self-destructive, wasting energy and adding unwanted stress to your busy life. There is no need to over think your minor hiccups as the majority of your guilts are small things you have blown up in your mind anyway. And while having a general guideline for a healthy, prudent lifestyle is a good idea, indulgences every now and then are fine. We all make small mistakes from time to time. Learn to accept yourself as you are only human at the end of the day.
Snacking is an effective way to fit nutrients into your diet and prevent over eating at meal times, which is why it is important we snack on the right things. It’s very easy when you are busy to be drawn to snacks like crisps and chocolate, however these snacks will only leave you feeling sluggish. As long as you chose nutritious snacks, snacking will also help you meet your nutrient needs for the day. A good idea would be to keep a stash of healthy dried fruit and nuts in your bag for those snack attack emergencies.
Ease up on caffeine
We all may feel as if we need that extra coffee to liven ourselves up. However the fact is caffeine causes blood sugar imbalances that lead to mood swings, carb cravings and headaches which are things you don’t need in your busy life! Caffeine also dehydrates the body which can lead to a flood of health issues like high blood pressure, dry skin and lack of mental energy. By simply replacing just one coffee with a freshly squeezed juice, you will give your body a vitamin boost and sustain higher energy levels in the long run.
Eat wholegrain for breakfast
All it takes is a piece of toast or a bowl of porridge every morning and you will be on your way to feeling better about yourself. Whole grains are packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals and eating foods high in fibre can help stomach problems, remove excess water weight and help curb your body’s cravings. It takes your body longer to digest fibre so you stay fuller for longer. Recommended by health professionals, eating whole grains for breakfast will help prevent heart disease, bowel cancer and a myriad of other illnesses and is a simple and effective lifestyle tip if you can schedule it in your diary.
Drinking more water is an obvious lifestyle tip, however many forget about the importance of drinking water and the wonders it can do for your body and mind. You need water to rehydrate your body while also enjoying a host of other benefits. For the busy woman, it increases energy and relieves fatigue. Drinking water helps you think, focus, concentrate better and be more alert. Water also acts as a natural headache remedy, so having that extra glass a day can relieve and prevent those headaches. Why don’t you try adding some slices of fresh fruit to your water to make it more interesting if you are someone who finds drinking plain water boring? Pop lemon wedges into a bottle of water overnight and voila!
Stand to attention
Poor posture leads to tight, achy muscles in the neck, back, arms and legs, also joint stiffness and pain. Take time away from the computer to re-adjust your posture. Good posture not only makes a difference to the way you look, but more importantly, to the way you feel. Make sure you always stand tall and confident.