Hello there, time for a guest post and this time it will be in English by Lisa Smalls. I hope you enjoy this one!
5 Healthy Habits to Develop this Summer
Does your mindset change with the seasons? Mine does. I am constantly surprised by how the weather and time of year impact my mood, motivation, and mindset.
As spring turns to summer, I find myself ready to breathe new life into areas of my life that haven’t received as much attention as others. I’m ready to tackle that next big project I keep moving to the back burner. For me, summer is a time of rest and rejuvenation. It’s a time of reflection and looking forward to a new and better version of myself.
If you can relate, join me in developing these five healthy habits to reshape the second half of 2019.
The fundamental concept of mindfulness is understanding that there is nothing you can change about what has already happened and also understanding that you don’t know what is going to happen in the future. Mindfulness means focusing on what is happening now and building awareness for what you can control. Taking a few minutes each day to pause, close your eyes and simply breathe can reduce stress, anxiety and help prevent mental health disorders such as insomnia.
Listen to your body
Learning to listen to your body is important. For example, if you feel pain in your ankle, that is a good sign that you should stop walking on it and perhaps use ice or drink water; maybe even go to the doctor. If you are exhausted during the day then you should evaluate your diet and sleep habits. Paying attention to your body is not only an easy habit to develop, but can also help you lose weight, sleep better, and manage your day-to-day stress.
Practice Intermittent Fasting
Fasting has been a part of society and religion for thousands of years, but in the last few decades research has begun to show that intermittent fasting may have just as many benefits without the strain of going several days without food. Intermittent fasting involves fasting for 12 to 36 hours. For people who have trouble staying away from food this can be helpful. For example, you can intermittent fast by eating a light and early dinner and a late breakfast. Studies have shown that intermittent fasting can improve weight loss both with calorie restriction and balancing insulin levels. There may also be a reduction of chronic illness and improved brain and heart health.
Get some sleep
We all know that we need more sleep, but how many people actually make an effort to get those recommended seven-plus hours. The problem isn’t that people stay up all night partying, but rather people will lay in bed watching TV and playing on their phones. To get a good night’s sleep build an environment conducive to sleep. For example, develop a restful routine where you night ends with reading or a five-minute meditation, both of which are effective in relaxing your body and mind. Buy black-out curtains if you are sensitive to light and try a new mattress if you find your back is frequently sore when you wake up. Quality sleep is effective in reducing daytime fatigue, keeping your brain fresh, and improving stress levels.
Plan your next day in advance
Planning your next day takes only a few minutes each night and comes with great benefits to your overall mental health. Preparing your next day’s clothing, food, and documenting a schedule helps you wake up without the worry of rushing around. This saves you time when it is most often precious as well as starts your day off on the right foot.