5 Easy Steps to a Happier and Healthier You

Hey hey beautiful people, I hope you’re all doing really well.

Today I thought I’d share a different blog post; instead of the usual healthy recipes or food posts, I thought I would share some easy things that I’ve been doing that have helped me over the years.

To be totally honest, I’ve been having trouble getting back into the groove of things having been so busy for so long. However, I’ve been implementing the following five easy steps almost daily and have noticed a big difference in the way I feel, a positive shift in my mindset and improved productivity and mood.

Now I do realise there’s HUGE amounts of information online about everything dubbed ‘wellness’ and it can be conflicting, unhelpful, confusing and even irritating at times to hear. However, what I’m about the share with you here are just some minor changes that can make a big difference over time.

I won’t ask you to purchase any superfood (or anything at all for that matter) or spend hours in the gym to feel better. There are just some really simple things that have helped me time and time again so I thought I would share it with you all here.

Start your day with a warm glass of water

Overnight, we get dehydrated. It’s very easy to forget to drink enough water throughout the day, or go to your default coffee or morning tea. Starting the day with a (warm) glass of water ensures you give your body and digestive system a good start and it also helps ensure that you drink more water during the day. This alone can help improve your energy levels, improve mood and curb excessive hunger (that might actually be thirst).

Go to bed earlier

Personally, after a long day, all I want to do is chill and enjoy my evening. Some days I can lose track of time watching Netflix but when I do make sure to go to bed the minute I start feeling sleepy, ensuring that I don’t overdo it and make sure I get enough rest. Even going to bed 30 – 60 minutes earlier will help improve your energy levels and mood. I find this makes a huge difference for me.

Wake up earlier

Following the above point, this might seem counter intuitive, but, if you do go to bed an hour earlier, you’ll wake up feeling refreshed, and may be able to wake up earlier. Even waking up 15 minutes earlier than usual has helped me find more peace to my mornings. I often use this time to have my coffee in silence (after my water of course), and maybe even do a little 10 minute yoga session before Amber is up.

Move every day

This has to be one of the easiest and best ways to improve your mood, energy levels, physical health, mental health and so on. I know we don’t all have time to hit the gym for an hour or more every day. It’s unfeasible, unrealistic and this plan is doomed to fail. Instead, I like setting myself up for success and make sure I do at least 10 minutes of movement every day. Even if it’s just some stretching or a slow walk with the dog, it’s enough to help my mood and mindset. When I do have time to hit the gym, that’s great but when I don’t, I know that I’ve at least moved my body for the day and that’s enough!

Add ONE new plant food item every week

A lot of our health depends on the state of our gut (or microbiome). Our gut loves plants, and lots of diversity. One really easy way to improve your mood, overall health and immune system is to get a variety of different plant foods in your diet. An easy way to do this is to try new things – plant foods include – all fruits and veg, lentils and legumes, nuts and seeds, all grains and any combination of all the former foods. Even simply adding a different bean to your hummus this week or adding a sprinkling of seeds to your breakfast will help here. It’s really easy to do and a great way to diversify your diet.

That’s it from me for today – I’ll be back with a new blog post Every Single week

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Until next week, be well xXx

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