Rolling With the Punches
2020 was a truly challenging time, and most of us are looking forward to seeing the back of it! However, with just over three months into the new year, we are here to help you with tips and tricks that will make life easier to deal with. Take five to check out our ideas and start integrating them into your life right away.
Time to Workout
Whether you are still travelling to work or working from home each day, you need to find time to focus on you. Self care is not selfish, you can't pour from an empty cup! One of the best ways to do this is by working out and improving your general fitness. When you work out, your body releases chemicals called endorphins into your brain to help you to feel good. In addition to this, taking pride in your appearance not only gives you body confidence but also boosts how you feel around others. Exercise is well known to have positive benefits for your mental health and wellbeing, and going to the gym not only gives you time away from your routine but also puts you in touch with others who are keen to get fitter too. If you are not a member of a gym, there are plenty of great home work out options. Today is a great day to get out there and put your body through its paces.
Meditate for Inner Peace
Meditation is an effective way to focus your attention and simply have time out to breathe. Most of us live busy lives and can get caught up in the stress of things we need to get done, but taking just a few minutes every day to meditate can reduce pressure and improve your physical health if you engage regularly. There are many great apps available to help you with your meditation journey, and we would recommend Calm or Headspace as great starting points. Each of these apps has meditations for specific times of the day and can help you to focus on specific areas of your life, putting you back in control.
Focus on Hydration
Drinking water has many well-documented health benefits, and by focusing on getting enough every day, you are giving your body the chance to enjoy optimum health and hydration. Regular water intake helps to keep your skin healthy, reduces the risk of infections, and improves the impact of your workouts. Water also offers other great benefits such as improving your memory, reducing cravings and even stopping headaches and constipation. It is an essential part of a healthy life, and you should get sipping right away!
Zone Out With a Book
Reading or listening to an audiobook not only helps you zone out of the daily grind by transporting you to another place, but it also improves your vocabulary, your understanding, and your ability to empathise with others. From a health perspective, reading is great too as it has clear links with reducing your blood pressure, improving your mood and helping your brain to remain active for longer. To get the most from this activity, try reading about subjects that lift and inspire you.
Enjoy Some Motivational YouTube Videos
Sometimes it is hard to pull yourself out of a slump, especially in this current climate! One great way of improving your motivation is to check out what others have to say, allowing yourself to get inspiration from a range of sources. With so many motivational speakers out there, YouTube is a great place to check out what they have to say. Watch a few different speakers and find one that you can resonate with so that you get the most positive effect from your viewing.
Here is one to get you started!
Use a To-Do List
It may sound like micromanaging, but using a to-do list not only reminds you of what needs to be done but allows you to free your brain from having to try and remember everything. Start by jotting down everything that you have to get through and then, if the list is long, break it down into categories. If you are a procrastinator, then consider adding in deadlines and sharing them with others who can help you to take accountability. There is nothing better than ticking off a load of jobs that have been worrying you!
Plan Your Meals in Advance
If you over- or under-eat because you struggle to come up with healthy meal ideas, then it may be a good idea to plan what you are going to eat a week or more in advance. Block out some time to plan and then write your menu and shopping list so that you don’t end up without the ingredients you need! Batch cooking your meals in advance is also a great way to know that you have a meal waiting at home and can stave off your cravings for takeout. Again, block off some weekly cooking time and get preparing.
Nothing helps to clear your mind more than getting outside and enjoying some fresh air. Taking walks, playing sports or just finding time to sit in a calm environment all helps you too reconnect with the world and feel healthier and happier. If you have a dog, then taking responsibility for at least one daily walk will help you to form a habit and you will begin to look forward to your time outside, whatever the weather!
Vitamins for the Win
No matter how well you eat or how much exercise you do, the western lifestyle is not always conducive to getting all the vitamins and minerals that you need. Adding in a vitamin supplement to your daily routine can help you avoid vitamin deficiency and improve your overall health. There is a wide range of supplements on the market, and many offer specific formulas for men. Do your research and invest in the best for your needs. It won’t be long before you feel HIMMENSE!
Dress to Kill
Taking pride in your appearance not only helps you to cultivate the right image but can make you feel good about yourself. Take time to invest in a decent grooming routine and treat yourself to clothes that look and feel great. Planning your outfit the night before will not only give you time to select the best look for the day you have planned but will give you a calmer start to your day so that you can be at your best with ease.
Looking after yourself is essential, especially during these unprecedented times. Take some time to look at your daily routine and health habits and then start incorporating some of our ideas to boost your confidence and wellbeing. You deserve to feel and look HIMMENSE, so get started today!