Top Five Wellness Tips

stethoscopeThis time of the year can be a difficult one for sticking to your long-ago New Year’s resolutions. It’s been six months since you made them, and you’ve either stuck to them, or you forgot about them by the time New Year’s Day came around. Try to implement some of these wellness tips into your everyday life to either boost your resolutions or to make new mid-year ones.

Drink Less Caffeine

Many of us can’t wake up properly without a cup of coffee or a cup of tea. We may then go on to have three or four cups throughout the day in order to ‘keep us going’. Caffeine is a stimulant, which is why you feel that it keeps you awake, but it can also make you feel stressed, irritable, on-edge and out of balance. Also, much of that ‘I need a cup of coffee’ feeling is actually out of habit, not out of need. Why not try a caffeine-free coffee or tea? You could also try herbal teas instead for an extra bit of flavor. Remember, many soft drinks also contain a large amount of caffeine, so try to go for caffeine-free versions of these too.

Eat Local

One of the best things that you can do to feel good about the environment is to buy local food. That means instead of going to the supermarket for your food, go to farm shops, butchers and fishmongers. You may be surprised to hear this, but actually, free range local food is far cheaper than in the supermarket – as an example, I bought a large punnet of strawberries from a farm shop for £1.20/($2.00), where they would have cost me £4.00/($7.00) at a supermarket. Plus, the produce is tastier, sweeter and you’re supporting local farmers.

Drink More Water – But Not Too Much

An awful lot of people do not drink anywhere near enough water to keep their body hydrated and running properly. Although a lot of guidelines suggest 8 large glasses a day, this isn’t ideal for everyone, especially for those who consume a lot of fruit and vegetables as these foods naturally contain up to 90% water. Don’t drink water if you’re not thirsty as too much water could actually cause some long-term damage – instead, learn to listen to your body and understand when you’re thirsty, not hungry.

Start Snacking

This one sounds a little bit strange, but if you’re someone who decided to lose weight at the beginning of the year, you probably thought that you had to eat less in order to weigh less. That is often not the case – if you only have one decent meal a day, your body will hang on to all of the weight. Instead, eat three good meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner, and integrate three snacks a day – one mid-morning, one mid-afternoon, and one in the evening. Choose healthy snacks, such as a piece of fruit, a pot of yoghurt, or a small handful of nuts.

Slow Down and Look Around

To enhance your energy levels as well as the way you feel, slow down and relax for at least an hour a day. Give yourself chance to relax without thinking about work or school or the family or the kids – instead, actually relax properly. Have a bath, go to a museum, or take a walk around the park. Take some time to enjoy the smaller things in life. Doing this means that you take a step back from all of the things that may be stressing you out and actually, you begin to realize that there are a lot of fantastic things out there – you just didn’t notice them before.