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7 Easy Steps To Get Healthier Right Now

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7 Easy Tips For Getting Healthier

One of the problems I’ve been told the most often is a lack of time.  Don’t let worrying about time stop you from making changes in your life.  You can make powerful changes without spending a large amount of time on them. Remember it’s all about baby steps! 

Getting Enough Sleep

One of the most important things to improving your health is making sure you get enough sleep.  I’m naturally a morning person at least I was until I had children.  Once I started being up and down at night often it was much harder to keep getting up early in the morning.

It’s important to get to understand how much sleep you need to feel rested and healthy.  8 hours of sleep each night is a good starting point.  You might find you do better on 6 to 7 hours or maybe you need a full 8 hours of sleep.

Myself I find that I need at least 8 hours of sleep each night to feel rested.  It also doesn’t matter if I get 8 hours of sleep if I’m up past 1 am.  Yes, I know that’s late, I did say I’m a mother right?  So I’ve learned to try to get to sleep earlier sleep before midnight does much more to heal my body then rest later in the night.

Make changes in your sleep habits so that you are consistently getting enough rest for your body.

Quit Drinking Pop

Cut pop out of your diet.  If you just can’t break this habit at least cut it back as much as possible.  A can of cola has 39 grams of sugar that is about 9 1/2 teaspoons of sugar!  1 can of pop contains more than 2 teaspoons of sugar over the DAILY recommended amount.

So drinking just one can of pop makes it almost impossible to have any additional sugar that day and keep within healthy limits.  I grew up drinking a lot of pop it was the number 1 drink in our home.  2 years ago I nearly cut pop out of my diet completely and it’s helped me to feel so much better.

Drinking Enough Water

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One of the easiest things you can do to improve your health is to drink more water.  Naturally, if you’ve cut pop out of your diet you need to replace that liquid with something else and it’s best to use a healthy drink.

Have you ever wondered how much liquid you should drink daily?  The Institute of Medicine recommends 3 liters ( about 13 cups )of liquids a day for men and 2.2 liters (about 9 cups ) a day for a woman.  

Since water is the healthiest drink you can find I like to keep as much of this ideal fluid amount in water.  Not drinking enough water leads to dehydration and even mild dehydration can leave you feeling tired.

If you’re like me you are a busy person and it’s way to easy to forget to take a water break.  I discovered a little trick that works for me is to always have a bottle of water with me.  I’m much more likely to grab a quick drink while I’m working if I have water within arms reach.

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Get Moving

Exercise is a great way to improve your heath and increase your energy.  This doesn’t mean you have to do a full workout every day.  Try to work a regular time of day that you will just get your body moving.

  • Take a walk around your neighborhood.
  • Play with your kid’s tag, catch, basketball etc. just goes have fun know one knows how to be active more than children!
  • Take 5 minutes and walk up and down your stairs as many times as you can.

It doesn’t have to be overwhelming just start where you’re at and take baby steps!

Think Positive

Your frame of mind has a big impact on your health and stress level.

Start the day off on a positive note.  The first thing I do in the morning is pray and dedicate my date to God.  It doesn’t matter what happens during the day I know that he will be there to help me.  Starting the day with your heart focused on the Lord gives you the perfect foundation and perspective.

Focus on your blessings!  What would happen if tomorrow you only had the things you were thankful for today?  I know it can be easy to get so pulled down into discouragement when things don’t work out the way we want them to.  Really though we have so many blessings in our lives don’t we?  When things start to get rough take a moment and start listing all of the things you are happy to have and thank God for them.

Sometimes bad things just happen it’s part of life and I know it’s not a nice one.  How we react to them plays a big part in how we grow and learn from difficult situations.  Try looking at your struggle in a different way.  Often there is a lesson or blessing there that we can’t see because we are emotionally overwhelmed.

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Don’t Hide From Love

“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

Both giving love and allowing yourself to feel the love from others is a powerful healer.  Too often when we start to feel burnt out we withdraw from the people around us.  Don’t do that!  Yes, I know we all need some quiet time to ourselves but if we too often pull away from the people around us it causes pain in our lives and theirs.

Instead, you should find time to spend with the people you love.  Have a special tea time with your children, plan a date night with your hubby.  It doesn’t have to be a big, expensive event to show someone you care about that you love them.

Rather than leaving you more tired you’ll find you are happier and more energized by having this special time with the people you love.

Eat Healthy

When you feel tired and down it is so easy to reach for a quick meal or snack but if you pick the wrong foods you will end up feeling more tired then you already are.

Eat whole foods and cut back or eliminate processed foods.  Most foods that come out of a can or box are not healthy for you.  They are filled with sugar, salt, and preservatives.

Choose high-quality protein foods like nuts, seeds, eggs, poultry, lean meats, beans, and fish.  Eating protein will keep your energy going over a longer term than a food with a lot of sugar or carbs.  When possible buy organic or grow it yourself.

Cook your own meals at home.  It’s much cheaper than eating out and allows you to eat a better quality food at a lower price.  If you’re tired don’t put the workload all on yourself.  Children love to help in the kitchen!  Let them in there with you and have fun.  You can also make use of your crock pot to make amazing meals for your family without a lot of time.

What do you need help with to overcome feeling overwhelmed and making the first step to improving your health?

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Kim
 

Kim Mills is a homeschooling mom of 6 and lives on an urban homestead in Ontario, Canada. Blogging at Homestead Acres she enjoys sharing tips to help you save money, grow and preserve your own food.

  • feeling better...just taking the time to count my calories and not exceed them. :)
    • Kim
      Yes that helps to! But I've never been able to keep up with calorie counting for long.
  • Kym Thorpe
    Those are good practical tips - it's easier to start small and take baby steps. My focus right now really needs to be on exercise. To do some walking or bike riding or something but not aggravate my knee or plantar fasciitis, and it's a challenge to find that sweet spot!
  • Megan Russell
    Great tips. I have always been one to go to sleep early and wake up early. I'm usually in bed by 9pm and up before 6am. That's 9 hours of sleep, which works well for me.
  • Thanks for easy to implement tips. Well most of them. Some of them require breaking habits and those aren't so easy but that is sometimes necessary for health.
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