5 Tips to start an Awesome 2019!
Happy New Year! It is worth repeating it, because each new year is always an opportunity to reflect on the past and plan and get ready to work for a new beginning. If you do not need a new beginning, that's fine. This can be the opportunity to improve something, acquire new habits or learn something new. Cheer up!
Say NO to the noise
It's no wonder why every day more people are saying no to noise. In this times where all of us are over-connected, constantly bombarded with all sorts of information, it is easy to feel overstimulated and stressed. Try stashing your phone in a drawer while asleep, having a "no TV night" (or week or month, as much as you can resist!), try to have real conversations with people close to you or sitting quietly and meditating without any outside distractions. Calm goes a long way toward a better, healthier mind and body.
Sleep weel,sleep enough
It's vital for both your physical and mental health. Yet more than a third of Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are sleep-deprived, which can lead to depression, weight gain and heart diseases. Although individual needs vary, most adults need between seven and nine hours a night to have a good rest. Your body will tell you.
Hydration is key!
Water is essential for your health because it helps to hydrate your cells and organs—including the brain. (Do you know that about three-fourths of the brain is made up of water?) Since we're constantly losing water through natural means, not only through the obvious but also through stress, environmental temperatures, diet and medications, you need to be sure to replenish it and not become dehydrated. Keep in mind that it's not only pure water that counts toward your hydration needs: you can enjoy coffee, tea and many foods (apples, cucumbers and watermelon are just a few that are especially high in water content).
With our routines it's easy to become sedentary, without even realizing it. Let's think about all those continuous hours that potentially involve sitting or lying down: commuting, working, watching TV and sleeping. You can suffer of back pain, develop weak abdominal muscles, have poor leg circulation, and create a foggy brain and even contribute to poor insulin response just by sitting every day for long hours. If you must sit often, do it right: with shoulders relaxed and arms close to your sides, your lower back supported and feet flat on the floor. Get up and walk around every hour or so. If helps, set an alarm to remind you. Your body will thank you.
Have you ever noticed that it's usually the thinnest people who eat the slowest? Most Americans eat too quickly and, with this, comes taking in too many calories before we realize what we've consumed. Remember, it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register that your stomach is full. Research shows that overweight men and women consume fewer calories when they ate more slowly. Slowing down also helps you enjoy and savor your food and the company.