Many people think about spring cleaning their homes during April and May, but have you considered giving your self-care habits a sprucing up? By acting now, you can strengthen your well-being before summer is in full swing.
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Counting calories is one way people try to lose weight, but it’s not really necessary. Instead, as Elite Daily suggests, focus on the nutritional value of your food and the portions you’re consuming. All calories are not created equal, so while you could eat a diet of 1200 calories a day, if it’s all coming from cake and ice cream, you’re not going to be healthy in the long run. What’s more, even if a food is low-cal, if it’s packed with refined sugars and starches, you’re more apt to feel dissatisfied.
Look for foods that are rich in plant-based fats, such as nuts, avocados and seeds. While they may seem high in calories, they are healthy fats, and when they’re coupled with lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables, you’ll feel satisfied for longer. Fiber should be a key part of your diet. Fiber cuts down on hunger and cravings, helps to promote fullness, encourages a healthy body weight, and regulates your digestive system. Aim to consume at least 25 to 35 grams per day. The more fiber you eat, the more water you should drink.
Another aspect of your life that can use some spring cleaning is your exercise routine. Whether you’re not working out at all or you’re hitting the gym part time, you have room for improvements. Start by getting a physical from your doctor. “While you might look and feel just fine, it’s important to keep tabs on things like blood pressure, cholesterol, and vitamin deficiencies before designing your workout program,” warns Huffington Post.
Once you’re ready to start, make a schedule. Put your exercise plan in several places where you’ll look frequently, such as your desk at work and the calendar on your phone. Remember to be realistic when setting goals to avoid frustration, burnout, and injury. Find a friend with whom to team up. You’re more likely to stick with it if you have someone motivating you and holding you accountable. Find something you enjoy and stick with it, whether it’s tennis, running, swimming, or hiking.
The benefits of a proper diet and exercise program go well beyond your appearance, as they promote your mental well-being, too. However, they are just two pieces of a bigger puzzle, since your overall lifestyle choices come together in either promoting or inhibiting your mental health. Getting adequate sleep plays a role in your mental health, and even smiling and laughing more often can enhance your well-being.
Smiling sounds like such a simple self-care task, but unfortunately many people don’t like their own smiles. Instead of hiding behind your hand when you’re cutting up with friends, there are solutions like Invisalign and byte. Similarly, if you’re unhappy with those laugh lines you’ve earned over the years, you can give them a lift with non-surgical solutions like Erase Non-Surgical Face Lift Serum or Bise Instant Mask.
All of these improvements will also reduce your stress levels. Boost your mood and reduce stress by surrounding yourself with friends and family and making plans with them. You can also find activities that provide opportunities to meet new people. For example, join a workout group or take a cooking class. Volunteering for a good cause can improve your mental health, and yoga and meditation reduce stress, boost your mood, and provide exercise.
You can take self-care in hand and spruce up your self-care practices. This season, spring clean your diet and exercise routine, and don’t forget to work on your mental health to reach your maximum health potential. You’ll be looking and feeling fabulous in no time!