As we approach the one-year anniversary of the ongoing pandemic, you may find yourself in a rut. Maybe you’re sleeping too much, eating the wrong foods or are having a difficult time with stress, anxiety, depression or motivation. No matter what your ailment or malaise, there are small, easy lifestyle changes that can help turn the page into a new, healthier chapter.
Healthy lifestyle tips you can start today
Start feeling better today with these healthy lifestyle tips:
Fill a tall glass or water bottle with water and rehydrate your body after a night of sleep. Then, focus on staying hydrated throughout the day. This is one of the fastest and easiest ways to improve your mood, calm your nerves and prepare you for making even more positive changes.
- Eat a healthy breakfast
Start your day with a healthy, protein-packed meal. It will help boost energy levels as well as productivity.
- Take a morning walk
Treating yourself to a bit of early morning sun and fresh air can boost circadian rhythms, improve metabolism and help you sleep better at night. A daily brisk walk can also help you maintain a healthy weight, prevent or manage various diseases and help ward off negative feelings.
- Step away from screens
Working from home makes it easy to transition from computer screens to television screens to smartphone screens and back again. This can lead to overstimulation and depression. Take a break from electronics at regular intervals throughout the day to reset your mind and emotions.
- Limit alcohol
Alcohol can actually dehydrate your body and lead to feelings of depression. While it’s okay to enjoy the occasional happy hour or cocktail hour, focus on consuming less to improve your mental and physical health.
- Step away from the soda
Diet and regular sodas have been linked to obesity and kidney damage. Switch to healthier options like tea or water when you need an afternoon pick-me-up.
- Move your body
If your job requires you to sit or stand for prolonged periods, set a timer and more your body once every 90 minutes or so. This will help improve circulation, motivation and productivity.
- Exercise regularly
Starting a new exercise routine can be very difficult, especially if you’re feeling down. Start small with short walks around the block and work your way up to five 30-minute sessions each week. Your body will thank you.
- Avoid fast or processed foods
Instead of eating foods that are full of trans fats and sugars that can leave you feeling sluggish, reach for healthy alternatives. Leafy green vegetables, whole grains and lean meats will fuel your body with the nutrients and minerals it needs to function properly.
- Stop using tobacco products
Smoking affects every organ in your body, not just your lungs. It can lead to cancer, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It can also increase your risk of heart disease, cataracts, type 2 diabetes and pneumonia.
- Stay social
Human beings thrive on connecting. While it may be more difficult in our current circumstances, make it a priority to reach out to friends and family throughout your day or week. Even a friendly hello or quick conversation with a stranger can make people feel more connected.
Prevention is the best treatment. Changing the way you eat, sleep and exercise are three pillars for a healthy lifestyle. Speak to a doctor or nutritionist to find out if there is a specific diet and exercise plan that is best for you and your health goals. Oxford Urgent Care is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. for walk-in appointments.