At the heart of the matter, good health is technically pretty easy.
All you have to do is eat well, move, and sleep, right? The reality, though, is that easy things are notoriously difficult to do or implement. Why do you think so many companies and businesses out there have beautifully curated lists and websites of goals and plans but are short on results?
Fortunately, getting things done and getting results is where I excel. I can look at virtually any problem and not only easily see the path to success but also put together an action plan to get there that is both doable and enjoyable. It’s one of my gifts; it’s always like solving a Rubik’s Cube puzzle. And yes, I was one of those weirdly gifted kids who could solve Rubik’s Cube!
Here are 10 Ways to Easily Create Better Health in Your Busy Days:
Proactively Shift Your Mindset towards Health Each Day.
Here is a suggested mantra to say aloud daily: ‘I am deciding now to make healthy decisions for my body and mindset today. I understand that my body is an incredible piece of machinery that does not function well with too much sugar, salt or fat.’ Doing this alters how you approach your day and each health-related decision that comes up throughout the rest of your day.
Go to Bed 30-Minutes Earlier each Night.
Sleep! A huge indicator of overall health and vitality, I prioritize it over nutrition. Your body and brain go through so much work and play during the day, they each need proper rest and recovery to process experiences, build muscle, and cleanse and detox. Set an alarm on your phone 30 minutes prior to your usual bedtime.
Swap One of your Cups of Coffee for Water each Day.
Your cells require water to live and do their important jobs of distributing essential nutrients where needed as well as detox waste products. And too much caffeine inhibits this process.
Stop Using To-Go Cups.
Many of the lids and/or the inner lining of the cup itself can contain chemicals like BPA that can leach into and contaminate your beverage, which you then voluntarily drink and pour into your body. Even worse, the heat and steam from a hot beverage can trigger a release of even MORE chemicals from the lid. Take the time to actually enjoy your beverage in a ceramic mug. Or use that stainless steel, BPA-free reusable container you likely already have somewhere.
Swap Seed-Oils for Olive or Coconut Oil.
When cooking at home, it’s important to pay attention to what kind of oil you’re tossing onto your food. Seed oils are very high in mono- and poly-unsaturated fats (MUFAs and PUFAs); unsaturated fats are unstable meaning that they are prone to being easily oxidized the second they are exposed to heat, light, and air. And when the chemical structure changes, your body then views your food as a foreign toxin, causing inflammation in the body. And chronic inflammation can lead to autoimmune diseases.
Step Away from the Technology!
The blue light keeps you from sleeping, and by stepping away from it you’ll reduce your daily electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure, both the blue light and EMFs can lead to health problems. Redirect your newfound time to talking to your family, going for a run, connecting in real life, or going to bed earlier (see Tip #1 above).
Turn OFF the Television.
It’s just noise and negativity, aimed to get your cortisol levels pumping. When our bodies are in a perpetual state of stress, that puts a lot of stress on our bodies and starts to set the stage for inflammation. Aim to have quiet time in the morning and evening instead to have a sense of peace and calm.
Replace the Remote Control with a Notebook or Journal on Your Nightstand.
Having the visual will likely prompt you to take just one minute before going to bed to write one to three things that you were grateful for that day. Adopting this habit will give you a positive mindset and put a lot of perceived problems into perspective; doing this before bed will likely prompt dreams of happiness and positivity, too!
Do NOT Hit that Snooze Button in the Morning.
If you get up late, you are just going to feel rushed, frazzled, annoyed, and put yourself in a bad mood. If you find yourself hitting the snooze two, three, four times in a row, then you are not prioritizing your goals and dreams; instead, you send subconscious signals to your brain that your purpose in life doesn’t matter. If you’re not excited by the day, it might be time to start reflecting why.
Don’t Leave the House with Your Bed Unmade.
This one may sound silly, but it really sets the tone of the day. It’s an easy task that will give you a sense of accomplishment for the day that takes just a few seconds to do. And you’ll know you have your neat, cozy bed waiting for you for bedtime later that night. You’ll really appreciate yourself later by handling that seemingly mundane task now. Plus, if your day ends up going absolutely haywire, you can at least know that you accomplished this one thing!
And there you have it. A starter roadmap to help you create better health and a happier you!