Top 5 Tips to a Happier & Healthier You
January is the month that everyone is kick-starting their year with a new health and fitness regime, me included. January is almost over but that shouldn’t mean that you should stop pushing yourself to meet your health and fitness 2018 goals. Personally I wish the New Year was in July because I feel a lot less sluggish in July (British Summer) than I do January (Miserable Britain), but I don’t think I’m going to be able to change the calendar any time soon. Therefore, I have had to up my motivation and inspiration to get on track with my health and fitness goals.
|Throwing it back to a holiday last year!|
This post includes 5 tips that I have been working on and have found useful in becoming happier and healthier. I am a big believer that health isn’t just about being active, it is about having a healthy mind. These tips are small lifestyle changes that will positively impact you:
1) Sleep – An obvious yet very important tip. Below I have made note of the appropriate hours sleep that you need dependant on your age. I personally fall within the 7-9hours, however I have recently realised that I do not function very well on 7 hours and that 8-9hours works well for my body and keeps my energy levels high throughout the day.
- School age children (6-13): 9-11 hours
- Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours
- Younger adults (18-25): 7-9 hours
- Adults (26-64): 7-9 hours
- Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours
2) Chill time – whether that’s meditation, watching a film, having a bubble bath, whatever works for you and gives you the opportunity to take a break. I talk about this more in-depth in my Working on my Mental Health post.
3) Try Something New – In 2018 I want to try so many new things. We get stuck in routines quite often, doing the same things each day. Repetition can get boring and getting bored can have a major impact on your well-being. Therefore, I want you to challenge yourself to try something new. Whether that’s a new hobby, a new food, a new job or even a new haircut? Anything!
4) Exercise – Exercise does play a part in both having a healthy heart and a healthy mind. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. This doesn’t have to be a 10K run (trust me I don’t like running!) it can be a simple walk around your local park or doing some skipping in the back garden.
5) What makes YOU happy? Have a think about what makes you happy, not what makes other people happy or what fits in with the crowd. Happiness means different things to different people. Don’t loose the true you in the depth of social media. So, take some time to make a list of things that make you happy and consider how much time you currently spend doing those things, and then increase the time you spend doing those things.
If you have any tips, please share them below !