Fall is here!
The weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and your schedule is getting busier. In addition to the kid’s school events, sport events, and the upcoming holidays it is also the beginning of the Flu Season.
Here are 5 tips to stay healthy and prevent a decrease in energy and mood in the upcoming months.
1. Get Exercise and Sunlight
Now that temperatures have dropped, get outside for your recommended 15-30 minute daily walk. Take a stroll through your neighborhood or find local trails where you can enjoy the fall foliage. Walking outside will improve your mood by exposing you to Vitamin D and giving you time to unwind from daily stresses. Grab your spouse, a friend, or use the walk for some quality “me time”. You can download a new audiobook or create a play list to enjoy.
2. Develop Healthy Habits and Routines
People who replace bad habits with healthy daily routines feel better about themselves and feel more accomplished.
Personal Trainer Food will keep you on the right track with dietary habits. In addition to proper nutrition, hydration is also important to stay healthy and lose weight. The combination of a healthy diet and proper hydration are also effective in preventing and fighting unwanted viruses in these colder months.
A good sleep routine allows your body to balance itself. Make sure you’re getting 7-8 hours of quality sleep every night. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, try shutting down all electronics (TV, phone, and tablet) an hour before bed. Grab yourself a book to read instead of watching TV.
3. Try Something New
Instead of resorting to sugary treats that lower your immune system, find a new hobby to adopt. You can try yoga, teach yourself to knit or learn to play a musical instrument. Trying new things and stepping outside your own boundaries will give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Hobbies are great ways to channel your energy away from nervous eating or pacing to and from the refrigerator.
4. Be thankful
Its easy for us to focus on all the things in life that we do not have. Instead take time to recognize things in your life that you are thankful for. Write a list of those things! Tell your loved ones ‘thank you!’ for all the wonderful things they do for you. Being thankful will make you more optimistic. Health and happiness go hand in hand!
The holiday is a good time to help others. Whether it be a friend in need or to a charity organization, giving is great for the obvious reason of helping others. What you may not know is the giver, in addition to the recipient, will also acquire benefits from the kind gesture. Being kind will improve your mood by making you feel more connected to others, more appreciated and optimistic, and open to new experiences.