Learning How To Take Care Of Yourself
Never skip your breakfast. It slows down your metabolism, paving the way for weight gain or heart disease. Snack on a high-fiber fruit rather than chips and cookies loaded with trans fats. Eat at least 2 fistfuls of veggies; drink 2l water a day. Sleep for at least 7 hours at a stretch, exercise outdoors, and treat yourself to a relaxing pedicure or a fun film every now and then.
In our fast paced lives sometimes you forget to do the important things.
Here are the questions you need to ask yourself.
1. Do You Have Breakfast Every Day?
Most of us lead a tightly scheduled life. You tend to skip breakfast thinking you could save time or you aren’t feeling hungry, or maybe you find it bothersome. But the truth is your body has just woken from a fast of more than 10 hours. Just by not eating breakfast, you are slowing down your metabolism, your stress hormones hit the roof, and you are increasing chances of heart diseases, weight gain, and diabetes. Also, because you’re low on nutrients, you could feel irritated and tired throughout the day. So, make sure you do grab a bowl of oatmeal before heading out that door.
2. Are You Snacking Healthy?
Everybody loves sneaking in a snack here and there. While it’s perfectly normal to tend to your grumbling between meals, a lot of people rely on junk food to satisfy themselves. Snacking on potato chips, packaged cookies, and fast food are some of the unhealthiest foods. They are high in trans fat (the worst type of fat) that causes a rise in your LDL cholesterol level and lowers your HDL cholesterol level. This combination could lead to heart diseases. When picking a snack, aim for something high in fiber and low in calories.
3. Do You Eat Fruits And Vegetables Daily?
If you aren’t eating at least one whole fruit and two cups of veggies a day, you will be prone to several vitamin deficiencies and digestives issues, and you are increasing your chances of cardiovascular diseases. You need these vitamins for wound healing, to keep your skin and hair healthy, to support blood clotting, for bone strength, and a ton of other important reasons.
One study claims that 87% of Americans don’t meet the required amount of fruit consumption and a staggering 91% don’t meet the required amount of vegetable consumption.
Try to aim for two fistfuls of veggies for lunch and dinner. They are as important as water for your body.
4. Are You Physically Active?
If you are more on the couch than you are moving around, your body would tend to get weaker. Even climbing just a flight of stairs could get you drained out of energy and out of breath. Your muscles would grow weak and your bones become brittle, increasing chances of osteoporosis. Signs of aging can hit you sooner. When you frequently exercise, you become a more active person and you feel great in your body. Exercising outdoors can prove to give better benefits than doing it indoors. You feel positive and you feel less irritated and tensed.
5. Do You Drink At Least Two Liters Of Water A Day?
Hydration is very important for proper body functioning. If you aren’t drinking enough water, you could get tired frequently, your metabolism slows down, your blood sugar level goes high, and you could develop early signs of aging. It also helps to flush out toxins from the body. You need to drink at least 2 liters of water.
Finding it difficult to drink more water? Add a few slices of fruit to it. Experiment with cucumber, lemon, mint, or basil.
6. Are You Strong On Your Personal Hygiene Game?
Proper personal hygiene is very important to keep yourself healthy. Brushing your teeth twice and flossing, taking a shower daily, wearing clean clothes, washing your hands after you are done with your bathroom break are all markers of a good personal hygiene routine. You feel great and let’s not forget people around you feel the same about you.
7. Do You Sleep For More Than 7 Hours Every Night?
Adequate sleep is vital for every person. If you aren’t spending enough time for a well-deserved sleep, your body becomes tired and it becomes difficult to do even simple activities. Don’t be too tough on yourself, get a good night’s sleep. You earned it. Aim for 7–8 hours of sleep every night.
8. Do You Pamper Yourself?
Sometimes trying to manage your life can’t get you off the real track – focusing on “you.” Always try to make time for yourself, even if it is just half an hour a day. Take a pedicure, get massages, read a book, listen to your favorite music, watch a movie, do what you think makes you feel calm and relaxed. Pampering yourself helps to bring positivity in your life, you feel less stressed, and you feel happier with yourself and the people around you.