With back to school and cooler temperatures, fall is always the time of year when focusing on your health seems to be put on the back burner. You don’t have to let this busy time of year take the wind out of your sails though. There are certain things you can do to have a healthier fall for you and your family.
1. Make the most of seasonal foods
We always think about apples and pumpkins in fall because it’s prime season for them. While pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice lattes aren’t so good for us, roasted pumpkin, pumpkin soup, or even mashed pumpkin is delicious and nutritious. Apples don’t need to go in pies to be sublime. Slice them up with your favorite nut butter smeared on top. Look for other seasonal foods that will do your health good, and you'll find you can easily fill your plate with seasonal foods that you'll love.
2. Prepare and protect from colds
Ideally, you should do this before you notice everyone around you sniffling and sneezing. Keep your hands off your face and keep them clean. Don’t forget good rest and a proper, healthy diet will help you, too. By taking care of yourself, even if everyone else gets sick, you’ll be less likely to succumb to the germs.
3. Stay out of the candy trap
Admit it. One of your favorite things about fall is Halloween. It's a blast to decorate for and see all the kids in costume, but the most significant health problem we all face for this holiday is the surplus of candy. Tempting as it is to buy that big bag and stash it away for when the trick or treaters come around, don’t do it. If you can’t resist it, don’t buy it until just before Halloween, choose something you wouldn’t eat yourself, or even better, keep the neighborhood happy and healthy by buying small sticker packs instead. There are numerous healthy Halloween options to choose from!
4. Get into the great outdoors
With the colder weather, it’s nice to get outdoors and enjoy the crispness on your cheeks. It’s nice for hiking, biking, or just enjoying the change in the seasons. Staying active during the fall is an excellent way to keep your health in exceptional condition.
5. Make wise celebration choices
Halloween is just the beginning. With fall comes football parties and then the holiday season where it’s an endless buffet of food, sweets, and ever-flowing libations. You don’t need to miss out on all the fun, but do choose wisely when you’re eating. At parties, fill your plate up with veggies first before sampling sweets, so you’re too full to eat more than a bite or two. By doing that, you’ll avoid gaining weight by Christmas.
Don’t forget that fall should be fun, but if you fall into any of these fall pitfalls, take care and take steps to get back on track!
Life is really a beauty to behold most days for a person with the right mindset and a lifestyle that promotes robust wellness. When creating perfect days for the long run, there is a certain standard you have to uphold. Today your vital organs could be at their best, but it is not a guarantee of perfect health tomorrow. However, with the right practices your days can be glorious.
Wholesome health is not just about responsible eating habits and maintaining a physical workout routine – although, those are very important. If you don’t have the right attitude about life and a positive mindset, most days will be doom and gloom stealing the fulfillment that comes with hard work.
Sustainable Sleeping Patterns
Sleep cycles have to be adequate and consistent for your body to be energized for your daily routine. Without enough sleep, your vital organs go into overdrive which leads to fatigue and loss of mental sharpness. This makes you ineffective in any work environment and a couple of hours end up feeling like a lifetime.
Poor sleeping patterns often cause people to binge eat which leads to complications like obesity, diabetes and heart diseases. It will definitely show on your physique with visible bags under your eyes, grogginess and premature aging. A good night sleep for a minimum of 7 hours goes a long way to set your day straight.
Not everybody is a morning person and for most people, they struggle to wake up and when they do, they are like zombies around the house. Stretching is beneficial for different muscle groups and joints. It also improves blood circulation to the entire body and stimulates a pleasant mood.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, stretching helps you to start your day with a burst of energy, makes you more flexible and also enhances your coordination. Stretching is an instinctive response for all human beings and helps you attain a great posture.
Wholesome Meals and Hydration
How you feel through the day is greatly influenced by the food you eat. Balancing between proteins, fiber, nutritious carbohydrates, fats, and vitamins readily found in fruits and veggies will sustain your energy levels all day. If your hours only allow for one complete meal a day go for a heavy breakfast as it will keep you full for the better part of the day.
It is Important to plan ahead for meals to avoid fumbling over menus or stuffing yourself with junk food. There is no nutritional value in eating processed food and due to their high salt and sugar content, they leave you susceptible to high blood pressure and diabetes. Junk foods, on the other hand, overwork your vital organs and make you feel hungry and fatigued after a short while.
Your healthy diet should include proper hydration throughout the day. Make your goal water intake ½ your weight in ounces daily; it’s not only refreshing but also elevates your moods. All organs depend on water to function properly and great days demand efficiency from all your systems.
Move Your Body
Exercise is the secret to a long happy life. It improves the quality of your lifestyle. Having an exercise routine that you actually enjoy gives you the strength to handle any challenges coming your way and it helps you look good while at it. Exercising also increases your bone density and boosts your overall immunity. Breaking a sweat after a long day in the office is a great way to unwind and stay healthy; and starting your day with a good sweat session sets up you up for the day as well.
An active life is often characterized by stress which may take a toll on you if you lack functional coping mechanisms however, there are many ways of dealing with stress. Breathe regularly and stay composed to have a clear mind that can solve problems rather than escalating the situation. Incorporating meditation is a very good way to help your mind and body deal with stress as well. In addition, all of the above – movement, eating healthy and adequate amounts of sleep all work together for preventing stress overload and the problems that come from too much stress.
A great day is the sum of all the little efforts that create the right environment for you to thrive. It is vital to maintain a positive self-image and treating yourself like royalty and loving yourself makes life worth living.
One of the greatest lies we tell ourselves is that we’re stuck in a rut. However, it’s not only possible to change your situation, but to also change yourself.
The mind is a powerful thing. It can be our greatest ally or our biggest enemy. The key to reinventing yourself is to gain control over the mind and start living the life you want to live. One way to begin is by keeping a journal.
Here, you’ll discover 5 ways to reinvent yourself through journaling.
1. Choose the right journal
Ok, so this one may sound a little silly, but the journal you choose can actually have a significant impact on how effective it is. Your journal is supposed to inspire and motivate you to use it. So, if you don’t absolutely love it, you’re not going to feel very inspired.
Take your time to choose the right journal. Think about its design and the layout of the pages. Do you love it? Can you see yourself writing in it every day? It may sound a little ridiculous, but the right journal will actually pick you.
2. Start by writing about the things you’re grateful for
Once you’ve got the right journal, figuring out how to start it can be pretty tough. So, if you’re struggling, start by writing a list of the things you’re grateful for. This can either be done first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening. There are advantages of doing it during both times, so it’s all about what works for you.
All too often, we spend most of our time focusing on the things we don’t have or the things we wish we had. This makes us forget about the positive things we do have. Journaling helps you to focus on the positive things in the here and now, rather than wasting time and energy wishing for something more.
So how can this help you to reinvent yourself? Well, the more positive you are, the easier you’ll find it to make a change. It’s often our own negativity which sets us back in life so anything which makes us become more positive can help us to reinvent ourselves.
3. Be 100% honest
Journaling isn’t going to help you if you aren’t 100% honest. The trouble is, you may find you spend so much time hiding how you really feel, that being 100% honest about your thoughts and feelings can be difficult to start with. You need to remember that your journal is a safe place. It’s a non-judgmental space which enables you to say exactly how you feel with no repercussions or judgements.
Once you’re totally honest about your thoughts and feelings and what you want from life, you’ll be able to see what you need to do in order to change.
4. Write down your goals
Use the journal to write down what it is you want to achieve. This can be done in the form of short term and long-term goals. It’s important to see the big picture. Where do you want to be in 3-5 years and how could you potentially get there?
Writing down your goals and identifying the steps you need to take to make a change, will help massively.
5. Make it a routine
It’s important to use your journal daily. Set up a daily routine where you write in your journal at a specific time. Once you’ve gotten used to writing in the journal, it will become an automatic habit you carry out each day.
As with anything, in order to reinvent yourself you need to be persistent and committed. So, be sure to write in your journal every single day.
These are just 5 ways to reinvent yourself through journaling. The more you do it, the more changes you’ll start to see – both in how you feel and how you act.
Daily journaling is a wonderful habit that can transform your life if you let it. For the next 31 days, you’re invited on a journey to discover who you are, explore new dreams, and design your next big adventure.