Easy ways to be healthier

I think nowadays people forget to take care of their bodies very easily. We have to be at work so early that we don’t have time for breakfast. We are sometimes too busy to make lunch, so we just go and grab some fast food. Not even mentioning that “no one has enough time to go to the gym.” We tend to just make the easier choices in our everyday lives, even if they are the unhealthy ones.

But maybe it can be just as easy to make some healthier choices. It IS very important to pay attention to your health, and you can do that by the simplest things. I have collected some very easy tips that you can follow to take care of your body, without having to spend hours in the kitchen or at the gym. If you can make these habits a small part of your busy schedule, then you have done something for your health. It is more than nothing, right? And your body will definitely thank you for it.

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Have a nice breakfast!

For me, the easiest way to get a little bit healthier is to have a great breakfast. Eat something that fills you up and fuels you throughout the day, such as oatmeal! Don’t worry; I know it sounds plain but you can make it delicious very easily. Flavour with some protein powder, and sweeten with honey or jam. Add some fruits (right now grapes, pears, peach and plums are in season in my country, they are delicious!). Have a cup of tea or coffee with it. You can even add a tablespoon of chia seeds for some extra energy. I can guarantee oatmeal like this will keep you energized until the afternoon.

Be active!

You definitely do not need to spend hours and hours at the gym, and it is not necessary to train too hard every day. You can keep in shape even if you are not following any training guides at the moment, or you don’t go to classes anymore. The best tip that I can give is not to force anything. Don’t think that you “HAVE TO do some exercise or you will be fat”. Thoughts like this will just make it feel obligatory, and if you are like me, obligatory means that you will never do it.

So you should just figure out what you want to do at the moment. Would it be nice to go jogging in the sunny weather? Would you like to take your dog for a long walk? Or would you like to jump into the pool and swim for a little bit?

See? Thinking about the pool already made me want to go swimming. Just imagine what you will feel like, and do what you want to do. If you can only sacrifice 30 minutes of your day, it will be worth it, you will feel more energized and healthier all day.

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Drink enough water!

Moisturizing your body from the inside is just as important as from the outside. If you have headaches from stress, water is the cure for that. I won’t advise you to drink exactly 2l of water every day, because everyone’s needs are different. Start your day by drinking one or two glasses of water. Then, every time you get thirsty or you remember to do it (like every 1-2 hours), drink a small amount. After a while, you will feel how much or how often you need it. Have a few bottles of water in your office, or take them to school, so that you can drink any time.

It is also much healthier than soft drinks. Those contain so much unnecessary sugar, and the empty calories will just make you even thirstier. It is the same with bottled ice tea or sugary fruit juices. If you don’t like water or you get bored with it, make some green tea. If you want something sweet to drink, try strawberry flavoured green tea and add honey to it. It is delicious!

Change to healthy alternatives!

Did you know that rye bread can be even more delicious than white bread? And it is much better for you! If you are used to eating white bread and pasta, try to slowly change them to wholemeal alternatives. If you haven’t tried sweet potatoes, you should definitely do that! If you have sweet tooth, buy dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Sweeten your tea with honey instead of sugar. You will be surprised how quickly you will get used to these little habits.

waterBe balanced!

Even those who are on a diet cannot do it without occasional cheat meals. It is absolutely okay sometimes to eat a little bit too much chocolate, or eat that large pizza alone. Just don’t do that every day, try to have a balanced lifestyle. If you ate healthy foods all day, you can eat a bar of chocolate in the afternoon without any guilt, if that’s what you want. The point is, don’t stress over it. Let yourself be comfortable with the foods you eat, even if it’s not the healthiest. If you are still active, and don’t indulge all the time, you will be fine.

I really hope these tips will help you find inspiration to get a little bit healthier. You can see now that it doesn’t take too much effort to be active and health-conscious. I hope you will find time in your everyday life to follow some of these tips, and you will make some healthier choices. If you have any other ideas or tips regarding this topic, please let me know in the comments!

Have a nice and active day!

P.

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How to make yourself feel better?

When you are sad, or just feeling under the weather, there is no one else but you who can make you feel better. I feel like a lot of people are stressed every day, because they are always in a hurry and they do not have enough time for themselves. I am not different. Moving away from my home country for university, I have a lot of things that stress me out and make me anxious.  It has also been a very busy couple of weeks for me, because of the packing, traveling, and preparing for university.

Lately I’ve been trying to spend some time every day by myself, when I have some rest or do the things that I like. On those days when I’m just not feeling very well, I try to do the following things to make sure I am relaxed and have enough rest. In case you are in the same situation, or sometimes you just feel under the weather, or you are often too stressed, here are my top tips that you can do to make yourself feel better.

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  1. Log off, and switch off

My number one tip is to distance yourself a little bit from the internet, especially from social media. There are so many things on there that can make you feel even worse, like seeing pictures of that girl on Instagram who is prettier than you, or seeing annoying posts on facebook. So just log out, and put your laptop and phone aside for a little bit. Instead, you can read a nice book, or watch a great movie – believe me, it will definitely be better for you.

  1. Exercise

Don’t think of a very hard, sweating-to-tears gym session now. Too much training can also stress out your body, so try to have some light exercise instead. Go for a walk with your dog, go swimming, or do some yoga. Fresh air also helps to clear your head, and there’s nothing better than going on a nice walk on the beach, smelling the sea and feeling the wind.

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  1. Motivational movies

If you feel like you need that extra motivation, or you want to get inspired to do something great, there is no better way than watching a film. These movies can make you forget why you’re so stressed, and focus on the things that really matter in life. They remind you: happiness, friends, family and great personal values are the most important things, no matter what you’re going through. Some of my favourite motivational movies are: Pursuit of Happyness, The Peaceful Warrior, Seven Pounds. (I’m going to write a post about these three movies soon, so keep checking my blog!)

I also really like watching Disney videos, because they remind me of my childhood. Watching fairy tales as an adult can be so different than as a kid – you can understand what you may didn’t ten years ago, you realise the message and the meaning of these films. (And you are not terrified from that huge and scary sand-tiger in Aladdin anymore, haha.) My favourites are: Pocahontas, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid.

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  1. Having a “pamper session”

Even if it’s not the best, it’s definitely my favourite thing to do that makes me feel good. Having a nice bath, using a body lotion that smells amazing, washing my hair and making it very soft, having a face mask, painting my nails… You can do this while listening to some of your favourite songs or having a cup of tea. I can guarantee that you will feel wonderful afterwards.

  1. Writing a diary

When something particular happens, that makes you anxious or stressed, the best way to feel better is to write it in your diary. After thinking things through and seeing them on the pages, you will have much less weight on your shoulders. I wrote a post about my tips for writing a diary, you can find it HERE. You will be surprised how relieved you will feel if you write down your feelings.

  1. Baking

If you like being in the kitchen, or cooking is your hobby, this tip will be definitely your favourite. You can cook or bake anything that you would like, and the satisfaction of eating the food that you made yourself will make you feel so much better! There’s no need for me to explain this any further. If you crave something very sweet I can recommend a nice cupcake (such as THESE OREO CUPCAKES by Tanya Burr, but you can find other amazing recipes on her youtube channel as well). But if you would like something healthier, you can come up with some alternatives (like using rolled oats or sweetening with honey instead of sugar). Just turn up the music and enjoy the baking!

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I really hope these tips will help you when you are feeling under the weather, or when you’re having one of those days when just nothing seems to be perfect. If you have any more ideas on what to do when feeling down, don’t hesitate to share them in the comments below!

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