Meditating is good for both the body and mind. When you take the time to meditate each day, you may notice a dramatic decrease in your stress levels, which not only will make you feel happier and more relaxed but will also improve your physical health. When we are under stress, our bodies release cortisol— our stress hormone— which can increase inflammation and have negative effects on our physical health. By de-stressing, you can take care of your mental and physical health.
5. Practice Your Breathing
Take some time each day to completely clear your mind and focus solely on your breathing. Practice taking slow, deep breaths to fill the belly instead of the short and shallow breathing that only fills the chest that we often unconsciously do when we’re feeling stressed. This can also be part of your meditation practice.
6. Drink Enough Water
Water is the healthiest thing you can drink —and it is free! It has been recommended to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. Having that first big glass of water first thing in the morning is so beneficial to your health. To start your day on a healthy note, you can try adding a cup of warm lemon water in the morning to kickstart your metabolism. When you start your day out with a healthy choice, you’ll be more inclined and motivated to keep up the healthy habits for the rest of the day.
7. Spend Time in Nature
You don’t need to exercise outside every day, but you should spend at least 30 minutes in nature, whether you’re moving your body or just sitting in the park. Spending time in nature is fantastic for reducing stress and clearing our minds. It connects us with the beautiful world around us and the fresh air is amazing at motivating us to move through our day with a positive attitude.