It’s an exciting time! New year means new beginnings. Time to clean the slate and start fresh or perhaps tweak your current health routine.
Below are my five top tips and tricks for self care this 2019.
First and foremost, our body cannot function properly without a sufficient amount of sleep. We heal, restore, grow, create memories and store information when we sleep. This sets the stage to promote a healthy fusion of mind, body, soul.
Next, if you said exercise you are correct! Stay Active! Here’s why: The most natural way to avoid diabetes, protect your heart, be in a great mood, have more energy, feel and look great is by breaking a sweat! Swim, walk, jog, sprint, bike, do some yoga, and remember you don’t have to be in a gym to exercise. Standing in a long line? Knock out a few squats! Watching TV? How about some planks or push-ups while lying on the living room floor. Or pull out that jump rope hiding in the back of the kitchen drawer and get jumping.
Sex, Hugs, Snuggling and Kisses– Oh yes! Studies show hugging and snuggling relieves anxiety, strengthens relationships, improves mood. So the next time you see your loved one wrap your arms around them. This is self-care and great for those around you!
We’ve heard it all before “you are what you eat”. There is some truth to this. To live a long healthy life and protect your body its essential to follow the food pyramid – veggies, fruits, high fiber diet including proteins and small amount of fats/carbs. It’s a fact, green leafy veggies can help keep the colon healthy and reduce risk of colon cancer, which is on the rise. This is why the age limit for colonoscopies were reduced from 50 to 45 for early detection, which leads to better prognosis.
Finally, be positive and patient, set goals and complete them. Be the best you, not someone else. Make a plan and keep it. Whether it’s a short walk vs. a mile run- we all have to start somewhere! The hardest part is getting started, but once you do, you will never regret it.