It’s easy to get caught into a draining routine and do the same things every day without doing something for yourself. And although it’s good to have a routine, sometimes we need to break the cycle and try new things. Maybe your old habits aren’t relevant anymore, or they stop you from living a healthy life, which is not only about being physically active.
Your mind needs to stop holding on to things and thoughts that are not good for you. The simplest way you can do this is to change the way you usually do your routines or try something new to spice up your life. So, in this article, we have a few recommendations on things you can do today to improve your health in the long run.
A highly underrated practice, meditation is known as a way to connect the body with the mind. You might find yourself impatient or bored when meditating for the first time, but that’s precisely why meditation is beneficial.
We’re so used to scrolling daily and getting the exact news pattern that we’re stuck into, and it’s quite difficult to break away from it. But meditating allows you to sit in a comfortable position and watch as your thoughts wander around. The benefits are numerous, but some of those that will change your life are:
- Increased self-awareness
- Increased patience and tolerance
- Improved sleep quality
- Managing anxiety and tension headaches
Research suggests that meditation can also help people suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease and depression. Through meditation, you’re able to understand your pain and learn how to manage your feelings about it, which is why many people turn to this practice when they need comfort.
Gardening is not only a way to decorate your home or grow vegetables and fruits. It’s also an activity that can boost mental health. Whether you want to plant flowers, tomatoes or cannabis seeds, know that it’ll probably help you focus and concentrate more. Other benefits of gardening include:
- Improved mood. Spending time around plants and focusing on the tasks of planting, irrigating and caring can help reduce negative thoughts;
- Boosted self-esteem. When you notice that your work pays off and the plants are healthy and thriving, your sense of pride increases;
- Improved attention span. As you continue gardening, you’ll be able to stay focused more on your tasks, which will help you concentrate better in your daily life;
- More exercise. Having to move around digging or weeding can make you break a sweat. Doing this regularly may alleviate anxiety and depression symptoms, as regular exercise is known to help people with mental health issues.
However, if you plan on growing cannabis seeds, know that there are more types that you can use for planting. For example, feminized seeds might be more challenging to plant for beginners, as they prevent the production of male plants. On the other hand, autoflowering cannabis seeds grow at a faster pace and they don’t require as much maintenance.
Moving your body
If you’re struggling with sleep, low energy levels and other health concerns, you might want to try exercising regularly. That’s because when you exercise, your brain produces neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine and GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). These chemicals are known for making you feel happier, focused and calmer. If you’re not used to exercising, you could try some low-energy workouts:
- Yoga is a low-intensity sport, and you’d only need around 25 minutes of yoga to boost brain function and energy;
- Pilates mainly involves lying on your back, so it’s easy to do for many people;
- Walking is easy to do and accessible for everyone ―a ten-minute walk can make you more energized than a regular coffee;
- Zumba or dancing will always get you in the mood for more physical activity, and you’ll also be able to socialize more;
Archery: This sport requires intense concentration and is considered an active form of meditation. However, unlike the activities mentioned above, archery can be quite confusing for beginners. But don’t worry, to start practicing archery, you just need to choose the right bow and have a safe backyard to set up your target.
Connecting with nature
Meditating can help you connect with yourself, but reconnecting with nature can change your life. Being more aware of what’s around you, touching trees and noticing nature can have a big impact on you. Here’s how to do it:
- Get a compass and explore your surroundings;
- Choose a GAIA location (a place where you can observe the earth) to reach and visit often;
- Meditate outside, in a park or your garden;
- Lie in the grass and follow your breath;
- Take silent walks in nature;
Connecting with nature is critical for your health, and it has the following benefits:
- Nature can help reduce stress and increase feelings of well-being;
- Nature can boost your immune system and protect you from common diseases;
- Nature can help you recover from illness;
- Nature will increase your energy levels;
Going to bed earlier
Every person has at least once struggled with going to sleep or constantly waking up at night, which heavily influences overall health and mood. But research shows that poor sleep can affect your hormones, exercise performance and brain function. If you too have problems sleeping, here are some tips to help you get a better sleep tonight:
- Increase light exposure during the day, but sleep in total darkness. While natural sunlight keeps your circadian rhythm healthy, when preparing for sleep, it’s best to minimize any light exposure as much as possible.
- Avoid drinking caffeine late in the day. One cup of coffee can stay in your blood for six to eight hours, meaning that if you have one cup late in the day, you’ll probably still be stimulated late at night;
- Reduce irregular or long daytime naps. Although it’s beneficial to have a power nap during the day (of about 30 minutes), if you sleep more than this, you may be negatively affecting your night sleep;
- Have a regular program of waking up and going to sleep. Whether it’s the weekend or on holiday, it’s advisable to wake up and go to sleep at the same hours as you usually do.
Additionally, you can try melatonin supplements, as they’re also often used to treat insomnia. Talking with your doctor is best if the problems persist, even after trying these tips and taking supplements.
Channing your life for the better doesn’t mean you need to make significant lifestyle modifications, but make healthy and small transitions every day.