Feeling Your Best
Has life been feeling like blah? Have you been feeling sluggish, tired, grouchy, and just in no mood to do anything? If you have been feeling this way don’t feel bad many of us face these feelings sometimes in our lives. Although the reasons may vary on why we feel this way we have one thing in common and that is that we want to feel better. To get through these tough times we must take responsibility and do something about it. Here I will be discussing 5 habits to make you feel better.
Staying hydrated is one of the most important steps needed to feel your best. Lack of hydration can cause you to feel lethargic and causes great discomfort because your body cannot function properly nor dispose of waste easily. I personally had this issue and could not stay hydrated because I totally hated water. It just repulsed me and I avoided it as much as I could. As a result, I suffered from many ailments and could not enjoy my life as I should have been. After having so many bouts with sicknesses I began to look for alternatives for hydration. That’s when I found out about infused water. It was so exciting to see that there was hope. So I began experimenting with infusions by adding different fruits and vegetables to a pitcher of water. Staying hydrated became so easy and I noticed I became ill less and less. Now I have even gotten used to drinking regular water so infusions aren’t always necessary, they’re more of a treat. There are many options to staying hydrated: vegetable juices, coconut water, lemon water, herbal teas, milk, and aloe water are just a few. Staying hydrated has many benefits from keeping your mouth and throat moist to giving you energy by delivering nutrients throughout your body. It’s recommended that you drink 8 – 8oz glasses of water daily. Sounds like a lot? If it does think about how many times a day you drink a beverage. I’m sure its more than 8.
A big mistake many of us make on a daily basis is using sugar as a pick me up. This mistake hurts us more than it helps. When you consume the sugar-filled beverage or snack your body burns the energy from the sugar at a rapid rate. Then in less than 30 minutes, your energy level crashes when the sugar wears off. So now you’re back to where you started feeling lethargic… So instead of reaching for the sugary pick me up the next time, you need an energy boost to try a healthier option like bananas, greek yogurt, almonds, apples…
Another factor that affects how we feel is getting enough sleep. We need to sleep 7 to 9 hours per night to function at our best each day. While you are sleeping your body has time to recuperate from the activities of the day and the brain can complete biological maintenance that keeps your body functioning in top condition and preparing for the day ahead. So be sure to take time out to rest and give your body time to fully rest.
Speaking positively is an important factor in how you feel. Positive thinking can show in your outlook on your life. Negative thinking can affect your health by causing you to be stressed. Then the stress will begin to wear and tear down the body mentally and physically. That’s why it’s important to maintain a positive outlook no matter what’s going on in your life. To maintain a positive attitude learn to have positive talks with yourself. Replace those negative thoughts with positive affirmations. Remove outside negative voices so you are not tempted to begin pessimistic thinking. Also, keep in mind that no matter what happens you can get through it.
Another factor that affects how we feel is what kinds of food we put in our body. To feel your best you should consume a diet that consists of fresh fruits which are high in nutrients. Foods rich in protein are a must. Some examples are nuts, seeds, beef, tuna, pork, salmon, turkey, and dairy products.
In conclusion, feeling your best is a task that requires work. So to avoid being overwhelmed take it one step at a time. This will allow you to find what works for you and perfect a system that you can use and benefit from.
Until we meet again stay well.