Now that warmer weather is on the horizon, so to may be the quest to get bathing suit-ready before summer. Instead of focusing on one, or two, specific areas for physical improvement, we suggest simply looking for a happier, healthier lifestyle in general. Consider implementing these tips into your daily life to promote a wider sense of well-being in all areas of your life.
1. Focus on your “haves” versus your “have-nots”
This is one of the simplest, yet completely free, changes you can implement in your life that can achieve profound results in your attitude and daily outlook. In a consumer-driven society that promotes comparison, it’s easy to see what looks so appealing about that grass on the other side of the fence. By stopping to focus on all the good things already present in your life, you’ll be more likely to feel content and appreciative instead of jealous or unsatisfied, making it easier to…
2. Exercise inner peace
One of the easiest ways to find greater contentment as well as giving your mind a chance for a mentaldeep breath is to connect to whatever gives you peace and harmony. Whether you pray, meditate, listen to music, or practice yoga, it is essential in today’s hectic pace of living to take a few moments to center yourself, to give thanks for your blessings, and to clear the negative thoughts from your mind.
3. Seize the day
“Carpe Diem” has been quoted for centuries to remind people that they should make the most of the present. Many of us are so quick to focus on the past or future that it’s easy to miss out on all the joy and experience of the present moment. Watching your child pick flowers, experiencing a sunset, savoring a delicious meal, listening to a beautiful piece of music, or laughing at the silly antics of your pet can’t be fully appreciated if your mind is elsewhere. Concentrate on the present and seize the day!
4. Move your body
If a formal hour long gym class truly motivates you, then by all means… sign yourself up! If, like many people, you simply drag yourself to the gym because it seems like the only way to get some exercise in, you’re wrong! Exercise can have profound mental and physical benefits, but those are minimized if you’re forcing yourself to do something you hate. Go for a hike or swim, do pilates, jog with your dog, stroll through a park, or take part in any other activity you find enjoyable that engages your body while freeing your mind.
5. Treat your body kindly
So many of us are incredibly hard on ourselves and so quick to criticize our bodies. Yet again, focus on the good and the areas that you love about yourself. Whether it’s your strong legs that carry you for miles each year or your bodacious bottom that so many of us would kill for, embrace yourself and be thankful for your health.
6. Feed your body well
While we are all aware of the need for more vegetables in our diet, many of us still fall victim to a busy lifestyle and the need for convenience. Look for easy ways to substitute healthy, natural foods for the packaged, processed items in your life. The less processed your food, the more likely you are to enjoy better overall health, clearer skin, and a healthy weight.
7. Be kind to your skin
Many women abuse their skin for years and then are frustrated with how it appears later in life when wrinkles, spots, and dryness begin to “show their age.” Do what you can to minimize those issues by implementing good skincare practices. Check in with a dermatologist from time to time and remember to properly wash, cleanse, and moisturize.
8. Wear sunscreen without fail
Speaking of skin care, one of the biggest health-related mistakes people make is not being consistent with wearing sunscreen, all day, every day, not just when you’re going to the beach. If you’re using a daily moisturizer (like you should be) make sure it has SPF or apply an additional sunscreen. Without realizing it, your skin can be easily damaged by sunlight filtering through car or office windows, while you’re walking down the street, or sitting on the sidelines of your child’s soccer game.
9. Up your dental ante
It’s so easy to go to bed without brushing, and those of us who floss and rinse on the recommended daily basis are probably pretty far and few between. With good dental health linked to everything from the obvious decrease in tooth decay to the prevention of heart disease, this is a 5 minute health routine that will reap beautiful benefits.
It goes without saying that you can’t subsist on fries, wine, and chocolate alone, but if you’re in celebration mode or nursing a broken heart, it won’t kill you to indulge from time to time. Similarly, you shouldn’t blow your entire budget on new purses every month, but if you just got that hard-earned raise, treating yourself to something is totally justifiable. Remember that some of the best indulgences in life are free, though–some long overdue girl talk or spending some extra play time with your kids?