No matter how well put together you seem to the outside world, there is always room for improvement. Despite what you may believe, you don’t have to stop growing just because you’re an adult. You’d find that making even the smallest of changes can have significant results on the quality of your life.
1. Have a morning routine
Ideally, you will want to start the day on the right side of the bed. But even if you don’t, there are other things that you can do to make you feel great in the morning, like using your favourite-scented shower gel during your morning shower or having a cup of rich coffee. Do whatever you need to do to make your mornings great, and your day at work or school will be that much better for it.
2. Eat breakfast foods high in protein
A common hormone we hear about is serotonin, and its calling card is how it makes us feel good. Having a high-protein breakfast in the morning can help increase the production of this “feel-good hormone”, and the good mood and motivation that it brings can help to power you through a long day.
3. Be hydrated
The human body is made up of over 70% water. In order to optimise body functions, we need to keep ourselves hydrated. Studies have shown that drinking just two glasses of water can help reduce the likelihood of high blood pressure by 28%, so imagine what kind of benefits you will be getting from drinking much more! With proper and sufficient hydration, your muscles will work better, and your mind will be able to function more clearly – that’s only some of the benefits!
4. Stand instead of sitting down
Many people hold desk jobs which don’t require them to move around much. As a result, there is a higher chance of gaining weight, which can be detrimental to the body in the long run, especially if the weight gain is significant. Instead of sitting down, try to stand or walk any chance you get. It could be a trip to the bathroom or simply to grab a glass of water. Studies have shown that sitting two hours consecutively can increase the risk of developing various health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. Setting a small alarm is the perfect way to remind yourself to get up and about at regular intervals.
5. Consume foods with probiotics
The bacteria in our gut can be crucial in helping us maintain our health, so in order to treat them right, consume fermented foods such as natto, kimchi or sauerkraut. Greek yoghurt is also an excellent choice, but remember to go for the plain, unsweetened ones as refined sugar can wreak havoc on an already delicate stomach. Instead, go with fruits like blueberries or strawberries for natural sweetness and added anti-oxidants!
Taking small steps towards self-improvement can result in a snowball effect on your life. Before you know it, you’ll be accomplishing goals that the old you would have never thought possible! If nothing else, you’d be proving to yourself that you do have the power to influence your life, and that you’re free to exercise it anytime you want.