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Our bodies are always going to have different needs from us at varying times. We won’t always know what we need and when we need it, because we’re often on the go and living on autopilot. But it’s important that you try and slow down for a second to work out what you can do to help improve your health.
So while you know that you have to stay fit and healthy, what does that look like in reality? Let’s take a look at a few aspects of your health that you can focus on that might inspire you.
It’s easy to forget about sleep, especially when you’re busy and have far too much to do in one day. But the truth of the matter is sleep recharges your body, it allows your cells to regenerate and for your body to repair itself. So, not only does sleep help your brain to function, but it also helps you to maintain and regulate your weight, organ function and overall health.
If you feel tired then have a power nap. Sir Richard Branson and other successful entrepreneurs live on 5 to 6 hours of sleep nightly, with a recharge power nap when needed. So if you’re feeling tired, stressed or run down, then it may be the case that your body really just needs a bit more sleep.
And if you’re saying, “It’s often hard to get into a positive sleep routine when you’re stressed or busy,” then look at your options. If you cannot get a full 6-8 hours sleep a night, then take 20-minute power naps. This strategy can actually make you feel so much healthier and give you more energy too.
If you feel stiff and sore, then maybe your body is crying out for a bit of movement. This could be as simple as stretching or just going for a quick walk around the block.
If you don’t exercise regularly, you may find that your energy levels aren’t where they should be. And your body might be suffering as a result. So it’s a great idea for you to try and commit to some kind of regular exercise that is going to make you feel strong, energized and healthy too. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you enjoy it and it makes you feel good.
It could even be that you actually need some treatment. It is common for us all to have different aches and pains every now and again. After all, our bodies do so much in a day, so it’s normal for you to feel sore after activity, especially if you haven’t used a muscle or moved a certain way for a while.
When those aches and pains don’t subside or they get worse though, then it’s time to seek out a specialist. From a masseuse to a chiropractor, you might want to speak to someone in the know. That way, you can get any issues looked at and make sure that you put your body back on track.
Rest and relaxation are two factors in life that we take for granted. It’s okay to lay on the grass staring up at the clouds or to hang out in a hammock reading a book or just sit still and talk to a friend. Sometimes you need downtime and to get some rest.
When you rush around constantly you may find that you are overdoing it and your body is just exhausted – your mind too. So slow down. Spend some time just relaxing a bit more and doing nothing. Or at least take some time out. Your body will definitely thank you for it.
To find what your body might be craving you may need to shift your mindset. It’s so easy to forget about your mind. But you need to make it a priority, as it is your central processing unit, which runs the rest of your body. Without it, you cannot do much at all.
It’s essential that your mind is fully operational, then you can feel great in yourself. Having a positive mindset is a huge part of that. It helps you to feel centered, grounded, and holistically healthy and happy – and not just working on the physical aspects of your health.
On a final note, it’s essential to your well-being for you to stop, slow down, and listen to your body. So always try to keep an ear out for what your body is saying to you, and when it speaks up, listen to your body and work out what it needs from you.
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