These last few days I have been at home sick with a nasty virus.
It’s been one of those virus’ that makes you feel like you can’t move more than a few steps, and you feel so utterly tired and exhausted!
I will admit that I have been running around like a headless chook for the last few weeks, meaning that I was feeling extremely run down and tired.
Obviously, my body responded in the best way it could and completely stopped me from moving, which now means I am in bed getting some much needed rest. Isn’t it amazing how your body communicates with you? Mine was screaming out for some TLC and time in my bed, so thats exactly what I’m doing – and man does it feel amazing.
Because of this, I thought I’d share with you a few ways in which I stay healthy. Of course there are moments like the one I am experiencing now where I run myself into the ground and get exhausted, but generally – I think I am pretty good with maintaining a healthy mind, body and soul…
When it comes to staying healthy, there are an abundance of trends, tips and tricks.
But really, what is the definition of ‘being healthy’?
To me, its different for everyone – depending on your goals, your life path or your current situation. Being healthy to me is not about specifically “looking” fit, but feeling healthy in my mind, body and soul.
There are a few ways in which I develop my ‘healthy’ status, and hopefully a few tips for you too!
MY MENTAL HEALTH
I start with my mental health first – that’s my number 1 priority, and always will be. Having suffered from a mental illness, I know what works and what doesn’t in terms of keeping me sane up there I my mind.
I’ve said this many times in a variety of blog posts, but my main way of looking after my mental health is through regular, daily exercise. Not a day goes by where I don’t do some form of movement; whether it be a HIIT session, walk or run around the lake, or yoga class. Some days it’s high intensity, other days it’s gentle exercise – depending on what my mind and body is telling me it’s wanting to do. Right now, it’s the slow sort of exercise that is suiting me best.
Listening to your mind and body is key, in order to developing a healthy relationship between the two.
I DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
I look after my body, from the inside out.
I drink water each and every day, and try to reach the daily intake limit as best as I can. I’ve made a conscious effort to swap water out for tea (as I was drinking far too much).
I think a lot of us underestimate the power that drinking water can have on us. Water is essential for proper circulation of nutrients in the body, it serves as the body’s transportation system when we are dehydrated, and it helps the skin for it’s job of regulating the body’s temperature.
Now that I have made a conscious effort of drinking more of the beautiful stuff, I am noticing some fantastic changes in my body.
I LOOK AFTER MY SKIN
This is something my Mum instilled in my years ago – to have a proper skincare routine, every morning and night.
Throughout the years I have chopped and changed the products that I use depending on my skincare needs at the time.
However, one thing I will always apply each evening is Rose Hip oil, which is full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that work their magic overnight on your face while your sleeping. I’ll also apply regular face masks to aid in removing dead skin cells and replenishing nutrients.
I TREAT MYSELF
By treat myself I mean that once in a while I’ll purchase myself flowers, or take myself out for breakfast, or buy a present from me to me. It’s so easy to put the needs of everyone else first, and even easier to put yourself second.
It’s important to treat yourself once in while because you work damn hard in life, and it’ll keep you from burning out! Taking a day off to lie in bed and watch Netflix, or spend the day at the day spa is OK – you earn’t it, so don’t feel bad about it.
I hope that each and everyone of you can find a balance in your life that works for you.
Everyone deserves to feel healthy in the mind, body and soul, as well as happy and confident.
If you’re looking for ways in which you can be healthy in your own way, I suggest writing down 4 things that you know make you feel good on the inside, and radiant on the outside – then work from there.