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We live in a society that is extremely demanding of us – physically, mentally and emotionally. When asked, many of us would probably find some room for improvement in regards to how satisfied we are with our quality of life. Caring for our physical needs should be just as much of a priority as going to work, and caring for others is often a priority.
But what steps can you take to improve your own quality of life?
Sticking with a healthy and balanced diet is often easier said than done. However, if you do eat right, your body will thank you and you’ll experience a better quality of life.
It’s important to keep in mind that eating right is a marathon, not a sprint. Depriving yourself of the foods you love, even if they aren’t so healthy, is setting yourself up for failure. To set your choices up for the best success, you must change the way you view food. Food is fuel for your mind and body and you get out what you put in.
Here are some easy ways to incorporate healthy foods into your diet:
Why is proper nutrition so important to your quality of life?
Eating healthful food can help to prevent certain diseases and medical problems including high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease. Combining healthy eating with proper exercise can also reduce your risk of developing metabolic syndrome, depression, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis.
Eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones gives your body the fuel it needs to perform at its full potential. When you provide your body with the essential nutrients it needs, you’ll have much more energy.
Healthy eating habits influence the mood adjusting areas of your brain. Eating healthy has also shown to reduce stress and your risk of depression by affecting levels of the stress hormone cortisol in your brain.
Are you drinking enough water? Drinking enough water has been shown to have benefits for stress relief. In the same lane, dehydration can also have a negative impact on your quality of life. Severe dehydration can result in low blood pressure, fever, delirium, and loss of consciousness, and it can only take three days without water to die.
Using the ARK crystal to activate, or structure, your drinking water has been shown to have positive health benefits. You can make your own water activation station to work on your water as you sleep, and then drink your water throughout the day.
Just like eating healthy, exercising is a lifestyle change that can significantly improve your quality of life. Exercising isn’t an all or nothing approach either. When you move, no matter how much, your body and your mind benefit. Every bit of exercise counts. When we exercise, our bodies release feel-good chemicals called endorphins.
As you can see, exercising can improve your mental health and physical health. It not only improves your quality of life but can also add to the length of your life. When it comes to fitting exercise into your schedule, it’s important that you opt for forms of exercise that are enjoyable to you. You won’t keep up with an exercise routine that makes you miserable.
More than 1/3 of American adults aren’t getting enough quality sleep. Good sleep is an essential element of physical self-care and failing to get enough of it can have a huge impact on the quality of life.
When you go to sleep at night, your body gets a chance to recharge. If you don’t let that process take place, or are having problems allowing restful sleep happen, fully prepared to take on another day.
Research shows that getting six to nine hours of sleep per night reduces your chance of experiencing depression and improves your quality of life.
Taking time to relax is also an important aspect of physical self-care. Using relaxation techniques has been proven to reduce stress. Relaxation routines are especially helpful for those with chronic health concerns.
The importance of physical self-care on quality of life can’t be overstated. We are only given one body and we must take care of it, especially in a fast-paced world where we are expected to be “on” all the time. Taking the time to put our physical well being first and taking care of ourselves should be a priority.
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