I often mention that I try to keep as balanced an approach to health and fitness as possible. I'm by no means an expert at living a positive life and definitely have my down days but I thought I'd share my five top tips on how the things I do on a daily basis which I think improve my mood and overall wellbeing.
As I've grown older, I've come to the realisation that health is so much more than the way you look on the outside, it's more about how you feel on the inside. No real lasting changes occur unless you feel good about yourself - I'm still working on that one.
1. Drink more water
There really is no excuse here. I've been drinking pints of water for as long as I can remember and seriously get massive headaches if I'm unable to drink my usual quota. It's helps maintain clear skin (to a certain degree), detoxes your body and gives you energy in a way coffee or tea just can't.
2. Walk everywhere you can
It's much cheaper than a gym membership and is rather enjoyable. I like to put my favourite playlist or podcast on and walk at a pretty fast pace wherever I'm headed and before you know it the time flies by and you've got a bit of a sweat on. Just make sure you're actually pushing yourself, it should be hard to hold a conversation!
3. Eat the foods you enjoy
I touched on this briefly in this post but I wanted to it reiterate again, if not only a reminder for myself, that your main focus should be on finding the foods that YOU enjoy and make your body feel good. Leave everyone else out of the equation if it leaves you feeling bad about yourself.
4. Meditate daily
This would be the one tip out of all five I recommend the most. Meditation has profound effects on our health and its benefits are becoming more clear as an increasing amount of people suffer from stress and anxiety-related illnesses. I try and take at least ten minutes out of my day to quiet my mind and shut out any worries or negativity. It leaves me feeling refreshed and everything seems clearer.
5. Practice gratitude
I mention my favourite app in the video below but you don't need the app necessarily to incorporate gratitude into your life. Start by waking up in the morning and thinking of three things you are grateful for. A bed to sleep in? Roof over your head? An iPhone to set an alarm on? Good health? Some people would do anything for the things we take for granted. I'm a very impatient person and often approach things with an 'all or nothing' attitude. It's something I'm working on and I think the fact that I'm aware of it is a start.
Do you have any positive mindset tips you like to fit into your daily routine?