There are so many surprising ways to look after your health. Whether it be the food you eat, exercise you do or spending time with friends, here’s a list of powerful health tips you might not have considered for improving your health.
1. The Power of Plants
The nutrients, vitamins, and compounds found in various herbs and plants are becoming more popular for their health benefits. Many have been used for thousands of years in traditional herbal medicine. Echinacea, also known as purple coneflower, is one of the leading plant cures for cold and flu symptoms. Plus, turmeric is best known for its use in cooking but boasts potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, making it another popular supplement. CFAH has outlined the countless health benefits of CBD (Cannabidiol), the second most prominent plant compound in cannabis. Veganism is an example of how people have gone one step further to reap the benefits of plants by living on a plant-based diet. Not only is it good for the environment and animal welfare, but it’s also incredibly healthy.
2. The Power of Positivity
Positive thinking costs nothing, and there are plenty of ways we can incorporate positivity into our lives. From keeping gratitude journals to stating positive affirmations, it’s a helpful way to train your mind for embracing life better.
Positive affirmations are statements said with intention. If you say something enough times, you are more likely to believe it. “I am” statements are commonly used. For example, “I am feeling more confident each day”. These can be great for boosting your confidence, mood, and overall energy. It’s important to note that positivity is a choice, but not always easy given life’s obstacles. Sometimes it’s challenging to feel optimistic as there will always be days harder than others. However, it’s essential to practice positivity to build a foundation that helps you shift focus in adverse situations.
3. The Power of Friendships
Humans are social creatures, and it’s essential to recognise the relationship between our social lives and health and wellbeing. Creating a community of friendships means having others celebrate good times and the support we need during bad times. Research has proven healthy social support networks reduce experiences of depression, stress, and high blood pressure among adults; and increases longevity. A sense of community around us also prevents feelings of loneliness but can increase our feeling of having a purpose.
4. The Power of Movement
You don’t need a gym membership to go on a run or long walk. We all know the benefits of maintaining an exercise regime. It improves our stamina, cardio, and overall aerobic condition. Plus, it supports healthy weight management. Exercise is known to release chemicals in the brain called endorphins. These react with the receptors in your brain, which produce positive feelings similar to those caused by morphine.
5. The Power of Switching Off
We’re not talking about mentally switching off, though it’s always great to make time for relaxation. We mean switching off all digital screens in the lead up to sleep. Sleep is critical for our overall wellbeing and health. It provides time for our body to rejuvenate itself. Most people are addicted to their screens, but most televisions, computers, phones, and tablets emit blue light. This is known to suppress melatonin which plays a vital role in our sleep-wake cycle. Hence why screens can interrupt or delay your sleep patterns.