I’ve spent the month of May focusing on taking control of my health. Sometimes all of my titles have a way of catching up to me; wife, mother, employee, volunteer, blogger etc…. Do you ever feel like you have too much on your shoulders?
At the end of April I became very ill; enough to keep me down for a few weeks. It was a blessing in disguise. It made me thankful for my health, for the ability to go and do without limitation. I missed that. I missed my family, I was in quarantine for days. It made me realize that I need to be better. I needed to change so I could live a healthier lifestyle coming out of sickness. I’ve started incorporating many things to have a healthy lifestyle again. I think we are so eager to fill other’s cups that we forget our own cup is empty, mom does need time to rest, too. Well, after a month of rest and reflection, I’m back and feeling better than ever.
Do you feel like you need a change and finally take control of your health?
Here you’ll find my 10 Simple tips to take control of your health!
- Drink more water. The average American doesn’t drink nearly what they should in water. Instead of grabbing for that sugary pop, pour a glass of water instead! For a healthy diet you should be drinking half your weight in ounces per day!
- Cut out the junk. Try eliminating processed foods, unnecessary carbs and items that make you feel sick, bloated and tired. I cut out processed foods, gluten, most dairy and sugar; I noticed a big difference after the first week! When you don’t consume unnecessary items your body detoxes from them, no longer craving the bad stuff.
- Get off your rump. 30 minutes of physical activity each day will drastically improve your health and wellness. Not very active? That’s okay! Even a 30 minute walk will help improve your mood, increase your heart rate and allow you to burn calories.
- Rise earlier. Try to set a time where you must get yourself out of bed. I’ve noticed that although I’m not a morning person, I enjoy getting up and working out first thing in the morning. It starts your day out right and your exercise is out of the way!
- Take time for YOU. Try to take a little time each day to do something for you. For me it’s reading before bed, working on my blog or catching up on my favorite TV shows! I try to block out at least 30 minutes at the beginning and end of my day to do something by myself.
- Find a daily devotional that can get you in the right frame of mind to start your day!
- Block out negativity. It’s amazing what a positive mindset will do for your overall health. When I started to think about what I’m thankful for, instead of what I wanted, it changed the way I see the world.
- Quit trying to please everyone. Make a list of who truly matters in your life and focus on those important ones you love. Life is too short to put others happiness over yours.
- Start a gratitude journal. Writing down the things you are greatful for each day will help you find the good in everything you do.
- Take life one day at a time. Consistency is key for success!
Sometimes it takes a little reminder to realize how lucky we are to be alive, to have family to love, friends in our corner, a career and/or passion to fulfill amongst many other things life has to offer us.
Check out 10 Ways to Simplify in 2017 for more tips and tricks!