#1 – Take time for yourself every day
Whether it be 5 minutes or 2 hours get into a routine where you are able to set aside time each day to do things that you love to do. Including but not limited to reading, walking, yoga, meditating or simply just sit and relax.
#2 – Exercise
You have probably heard this one many times, but exercising daily has shown to be one of the best ways to reduce stress and has been scientifically proven to lower your chances of chronic illness. Exercise for at least 30 minutes each day can be as simple as going for a walk and outdoors has shown greater benefit.
#3 – Cook your meals at home
Cooking your meals from scratch using fresh, whole ingredients can give your body the micronutrients and minerals that it needs. If you are new to the kitchen consider taking cooking classes or pick up a cookbook from the library. We recommend Whole Life Nutrition, Nourishing Meals or the Oh She Glows Cookbooks for simple healthy recipes.
#4 – Sleep
Making sure that you are getting to bed at a reasonable time and getting good quality sleep allows the body the time it needs to reset and repair itself. Difficulty sleeping can be related to many factors and if you are unable to fall asleep or waking throughout the night consider talking to your health care provider.
#5 – Positive thinking Exercises
Studies have shown that exercises such as journaling, consciously showing gratitiude, physical activity, meditation and random acts of kindness are able to “rewire” the brain and reduce stress. Doing any or a mix of these activities daily can change your attitude to become more positive overall.
Remember that loving and caring for yourself is as important, if not more important than caring for others. Take time to work on your own well-being and those around will do the same. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us anytime.