Sometimes we think we’re doing all the right things to live our healthiest lives, but we are blind to the little things that could make the biggest difference.
It’s not just about getting in enough exercise or eating all of the right foods, our well-being and self-care also come into play. It’s only when we get all of these things in perfect balance that we feel the benefit of living a truly healthy life.
Making Sure to Get the Right Amount of Sleep
Making sure we get enough sleep has always been something professionals have preached to us, yet many of us are still not getting enough.
It is recommended that we need around 6-8 hours a night, to help our bodies and minds function at full capacity during the day. You may think that getting enough sleep will just stop you from feeling tired throughout the day, but it also has a number of different health benefits.
Getting your full night’s rest can help to reduce stress, increase brain function and allow your body to fully rest and recover before starting a brand new day!
Creating a Truly Balanced Diet
Sometimes we can think we’re eating healthily, but in actual fact we are filling our bodies with too much of one particular food group. We should keep in mind that everything should be eaten in moderation and too much of anything can be unhealthy.
A good way of making sure you’re not overeating specific food groups, would be to see your plate as a pie chart. A third of it should be filled with nutritious vegetables, another third with grains or other sources of carbohydrates, the rest of your plate should be filled with equal parts protein rich foods and dairy or dairy alternatives such as soy products or products made from coconut milk, almond milk or oat milk to name a few.
Of course, you don’t have to follow this exactly in order to create a healthy and nutritious meal, but it can give you a better idea of how much of each food group to aim for within your main meals.
Finding the Sweet Spot Between Work and Life
Having a healthy work-life balance can also help to vastly improve our overall health. Stress can cause both mental and physical problems, including issues with digestion, brain functionality, energy levels and emotional wellbeing.
It’s important to make sure you are looking after your mental and physical health in equal proportions. Practising techniques like mindfulness or even simple breathing techniques, can all help to reduce stress levels and keep your mind healthy and strong enough to handle any task that may be thrown your way.
Creating a healthy and balanced life doesn’t have to be a chore or time consuming, there are plenty of small steps to help you make big changes. Unsure what areas you may need to work on? Why not take Vitabiotics Wellness Score to find out the small changes to help make you happier and healthier?