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Many people have the notion that making a lifestyle change means you need to make a huge impact or complete reversal on how you go about your life. But this isn’t necessarily the case. Making small lifestyle adjustments or introducing new simple techniques to improve your mental and physical health can make a huge impact to your overall well-being.
Here are 7 lifestyle changes that will improve your overall health:
Introduce Essential Oils
Essential oils are used for several reasons such as to improve sleep, boost energy, calm nerves and improve focus. Oils such as peppermint, rose, and jasmine can be either inhaled or diluted and rubbed on the skin. The use of essential oils tends to be cost-friendly and a natural way to improve your health.
Sleep at least 7 hours a day
Sleeping 7 hours a day can seem like a daunting, and nearly impossible task for some people. In fact, it is estimated that 35% of adults suffer from insomnia, in large part due to stress and anxiety. However, while most adults sleep needs vary, 7 to 10 hours of quality sleep each night will help you improve your mood, focus, immune system and overall mental and physical health during the day.
Fill your home with plants
There are many passive ways to improve your overall health. For example, adding plants to your home can improve indoor air quality – which is often worse than the air quality outside. Plants can both remove impurities as well as create an oxygen-rich environment in your home. Some plants you might want to consider are spider plants, English Ivy chrysanthemum, Janet Craig, and Aloe Vera.
Meditate 10 minutes a day
The common myth about meditation is that it is complex and takes a large amount of time out of your day. However, with as little as 10 minutes a day, you can improve both your sleep quality and your ability to focus and relax during the day – both of which significantly contribute to your overall health.
Acupuncture stimulates points of the body which have the ability to stimulate biochemical and physiological conditions within your body. From regulating serotonin in the body to help with depression, inflammation, sleep, digestion, emotional well-being, and hundreds of other treatments, acupuncture is one of the oldest and most effective forms of medical treatment in the world.
Drink a lot of water
When people look for miracle cures for most of their daily aches, pains and physical ailments, they overlook the most important medicine—water. Everyone is different, so the rule of thumb is to drink as much as you can throughout the day to flush out toxins, improve complexion, stave off headaches, prevent cramps and reduce inflammation. Water also provides energy and can help you lose weight. So, the next time you search your cabinet for medicine, maybe you should hit the sink instead.
Take a slow approach to exercise
When it comes to exercise, there is a common belief that in order to get the adequate amount a person needs to go hard at the gym. The fact is that a study of centenarians across the world shows that the best exercise is one you enjoy that you can incorporate into your daily life. That might mean walking, gardening, or dancing. As long as you can get your heart pumping and moving your body, then you are doing your body a life-long favor.
Making a lifestyle change to improve your overall mental and physical health can mean making simple changes to your everyday life. Chances are, most of these lifestyle changes can be easily adapted into your everyday life without taking time or extra effort from your day.