15th July 2016 | Blog
Three Ways to Feel Better Without Changing Your Diet (Yet)
I know that changing your diet to eat better can be quite daunting. There is so much information out there about what is healthy, what we should be eating and how much of things we should be eating. I really do believe that a good, healthy and balanced diet is one of the best ways to make yourself feel wonderful, but you don’t need to rush into it and there are quite a few things you can do before you even think about changing how you eat that will make you feel a whole lot better. When I changed my lifestyle there were quite a few things that I found really made a big difference to how I felt alongside focusing on what and how I was eating. I wanted to share these with you to get you feeling wonderful without having to worry about changing your diet just yet.
- Drink more water
So, this kind of links into my last post on ways to drink more water but it is just so important. Aim for at least two litres a day, more if you can, because you will feel so much better for it. My water consumption probably used to be under a litre a day and as soon as I started drinking more I almost immediately noticed a difference in how I felt. I was less tired, more alert and felt like I had more energy. Yes, you might need to go to the bathroom an extra few times a day but it is so worth it, trust me.
- Get enough sleep
At risk of sounding like a grandma, I go to bed at 10pm every night and get up around 6am every morning. This wasn’t always the case though. While I was at university, like most students, I would be up until the early hours and sleep late into the morning. Sometimes I got four hours of sleep or less and other times I slept for ten hours. There was no consistency. Stepping into the world of full-time work has made it much easier to follow a consistent sleeping pattern and get a solid eight hours a night. I’ve been sleeping this way for over a year now and I just feel so wonderful doing it. I rarely feel tired or like I haven’t had enough sleep and I find it so much easier to get to sleep at night because my body has become so used to the routine. Of course, some nights you might be in bed later if you’ve been out and maybe you’ll sleep in an hour later at the weekend and that’s okay, as long as you try and stick to solid times most of the time and always make sure you get enough sleep for what your body needs, you will feel so much better.
This one is probably the most difficult to do because it requires the most effort, but it’s maybe the one that will make the biggest difference to how you feel. Exercise doesn’t have to mean sweaty hour gym sessions though (even though those are my favourite). The best way to get yourself into an exercise routine is to do something that you actually enjoy because otherwise you just won’t do it. It also doesn’t need to be a really intense workout, it could be a walk in the park during your lunch hour or a half hour swim. There are so many different types of exercise out there, and about a hundred different exercise classes, so you just need to find one you love. I really enjoy going to the gym and have recently gotten into weight training, but I also love running and try to go once or twice a week. I also love going for walks on my lunch break when the weather is nice. This combination works for me and makes me feel great. The reason exercise makes you feel so good is because it releases endorphins, which are chemicals within your body that when released boost your mood, reduce feelings of anxiety and increase your sense of wellbeing. Exercise is also proven to reduce feelings of depression so really, there’s no excuse not to because it will make you feel wonderful. Remember, you will never regret a workout, but you will regret skipping one.