We all want to be the healthiest versions of ourselves, but sometimes our big health goals can seem daunting and when we realize how far off we are from them right now. The time, energy, and resources needed to get ourselves from our current state of health to a much more improved state of health can sometimes feel just too overwhelming.
When it comes to feeling healthy right now in the moment, we have to find ways to reconnect with where our feet are — because after all, we’re here because we’re supposed to be here. Try some of these stress relieving, mood boosting, energizing tips that can help you feel healthier in as little as a few seconds.
Do your favorite yoga pose.
One yoga pose is all it takes, and if you pick your favorite one, you’re more likely to naturally tune your mind into your body as you stretch and strengthen your muscles. You may even notice improvements compared to the last time you did it, which will most certainly make you feel healthier!
Take a few deep, slow breaths.
Deep breathing is the easiest and most effective way to cleanse the mind of stressful thoughts and relieve tension throughout the body. After expelling all the air from your lungs, breathe long and deep in through your nose, hold it for a few seconds, and then breathe out through your mouth.
Drink a glass of water.
Dehydration can contribute to irritability, confusion, sluggishness, and even headaches. And even if you’re not suffering from any of these, drinking some water can at least help keep your digestive system healthy and moving along smoothly.
Sit or stand up straight.
Good posture is known to be associated with higher self-esteem and a more positive mood while bad posture has been linked to negative feelings, like fear and sadness. Do your mental and emotional health a big favour by straightening up your posture wherever you are — sitting at your desk, driving in the car, or waiting in line at the store.
Be grateful for what both your mind and body can do.
Many people who work hard to get to their health goals often forget to appreciate what their bodies are capable of right now. And not just their bodies, but their minds too. Even if you can recognize something as simple as being able to memorize something complicated or healing a wound that required stitches, those are still some pretty amazing things worth being grateful for.
Smile at your reflection in the mirror.
It’s no secret that people tend to just look healthier when they’re smiling. Next time you catch your reflection in a mirror, flash a smile at yourself. Not only will this give you an instant mood boost, but it’s also a great practice in self-love. Smile at your reflection more often, and you’ll learn to love yourself more!
Essential oils are known to hold a variety of medicinal properties that can benefit both the mind and body. The easiest way to benefit from them is by catching their aroma, but many people apply them topically as well (after testing for allergies and skin sensitivities, of course). Here are a few essential oil uses to get you started.
Do you feel healthy and full of energy when you spend all your time on your electronic devices? Probably not. Even if you can just take a short 20-minute break away from all glowing, beeping electronics — including your phone — then it’s worth it.
You don’t have to wait days, weeks, months, or years to feel a lot healthier. In fact, the healthier you feel now, regardless of what your future health goals are, the more likely you are to achieve them.