Being busy makes it easy to fall into bad health habits, like staying up too late, skipping the gym or relying on fast food. If you want to live a longer, healthier, happier life, you need to invest in your health. Here are some simple health hacks that even the busiest person can squeeze into their routine.
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- Work on mindful eating. Pay attention your appetite to help you make better food choices and enjoy your food more. Sit down at a table to eat your meal, instead of eating off your lap in front of the television. Chew your food slowly, instead of trying to scarf it down in a rush. Pay more attention to the flavours and savour your food. This will help you to recognise when you’re full, making you less likely to eat more than you want.
- Put a small drop of lavender oil on a tissue and tuck this inside your pillowcase before you go to bed. The scent of the lavender works as basic aromatherapy to help you relax, and drift off to sleep a little easier.
- Make sure your primary care doctor is someone that you like and trust. Your doctor will be your first point of contact for any health issues, so it’s important that you feel able to talk with them about any concerns you might have.
- Floss daily. Flossing is one of the best ways to promote gum health and keep your whole mouth feeling clean and healthy.
- If you spend a lot of your day looking at backlit screens, whether phones or computer screens, take better care of your eyes by taking regular screen breaks. Try the 20.20/20 rule, which means that after twenty minutes looking at a screen, look away for twenty seconds at an object over twenty feet away.
- Try meditating. Your mental health is just as key as your physical health, so don’t forget about caring for it too. Meditation, if only for a few minutes each day, gives you the space to focus on your breath and let go a little. If you’re new to the practice, try a guided meditation app to learn the basics.
- Take a stretch break. If you’re sitting down for most of the day, your muscles can quickly end up feeling tight and uncomfortable. Take a short break and spend a few minutes stretching your muscles out to release tension and ease tightness.
- If you commute to work on the train or bus, get off a stop early and walk the rest of the way. This is a great way to sneak in some extra exercise every day and get some fresh air and added steps. If you work in an office all day, walking some of your commute means you get to be outside in some daylight for a short while, instead of being inside in artificial light the whole day.
- Go to bed a little earlier. Sleep is one of the best things you can do to ease stress. Not getting enough sleep means your health will suffer. Instead of sitting up late every night, try and get to bed a little earlier. Even just an hour before your usual bedtime can make a lot of difference in making you feel refreshed in the morning