Change your habits to change your life
Sent by Yandini | January 29, 2023
We are already one month into 2023 and I hope you had a wonderful start of the year.
I spent my first month of the year crafting some exciting projects for YHJ and thinking about my intentions for this year.
One of my intentions is to improve my overall health and I am assuming it might be one of your goals as well.
Research has shown that we tend to wait for a Monday, a birthday or the new year to start a new habit as these “temporal landmarks” make it easier for us to mentally separate from our past imperfections and failures. New years are generally the time when we tend to re-evaluate and take inventory of our lives.
However, around this time of the year, we may start to feel like a failure because we are not adhering to the plan or resolutions we made at the beginning of the year.
Like many of you, my main focus for this year is my physical and mental health and I would like to share with you five things I am doing to bring my well-being back on track. These small changes in your lifestyle can help you feel more motivated as you will notice the differences sooner than expected.
⏰ Having 8 hrs of sleep every night
Research has shown that adults should have at least 8 hours of good-quality sleep. Sleep does not only improve our concentration and focus but also helps the body in physical recovery and repair. It supports brain development, cardiac function and body metabolism while improving memory and mood.
Poor sleep quality is strongly linked to mental health concerns such as depression.
🥬Include more plant-based food in my diet
Recently I came across some really interesting research on how a plant-based diet can improve your physical and mental health and how the food we eat directly affects the structure and function of our brain.
As they say, you are what you eat. Imagine putting cheap and contaminated fuel in your car!
🌴Spending time in the nature
We always feel good after a nice swim or a walk in the park, right?
Research has shown that spending time in nature is an antidote for stress and can benefit your physiological health as well. Such as lowering our blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and enhancing our immune system function.
Reading can help us reduce our stress level, increase our concentration level and strengthen our brain and prepares us for a good night's sleep. Here are some of my favourite books!
We all know why we should exercise