Working from home has many benefits. You have the luxury of total control over what you consume and how you arrange your space. This can be overwhelming and at times can feel like too much choice. Here are some tips to be sure that you’re arranging your life in a way that feels good to you, and that is healthy for your body and mind.
1. Eat nuts!
Yes, nuts are fatty and caloric, but they’re also packed with nutrients like magnesium, vitamin E, and fiber. Some studies say that nuts actually improve your metabolism and that eating nuts decreases your urge to eat carbs and so can help you lose weight. Having packets of almonds or mixed nuts around will help you snack healthily and feel more energized.
2. Coffee isn’t so bad after all.
Coffee is high in antioxidants and helpful in reducing risk of type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. The name of the game is moderation when it comes to coffee. As long as you aren’t guzzling cup after cup, drinking coffee can be very good for you.
3. Make your water taste extra special.
Sometimes it’s more appealing to drink soda or juice when you’re thirsty. A good way to drink more water—which is always better for you—is to add a little lemon or herbs, like rosemary, mint, basil, or ginger, to a pitcher or bottle of water at the start of your day.
4. Make a mini-workout part of your routine.
Sometimes going to the gym is not possible, but fitting in a mini workout can make a huge difference. Take ten minutes and do the most basic exercises: fifty sit-ups, fifteen air squats, ten pushups, thirty lunges. And then repeat until your time runs out! Little changes like this to your daily routine can make you feel uplifted and happier.
5. Sleep deep.
It’s easy to underestimate how much sleep impacts your mood and health and your ability to fight off sickness. Sleep is just as important, if not more important, than diet and exercise. Make sure you get at least eight hours a night, keep the coffee to a minimum after noon, and turn down the brightness of your phone after the sun sets for more quality sleep. Leave your phone out of the bedroom to keep nighttime distractions to a minimum.
Studies show it takes 30 days to build a habit and make it a part of your routine. If you add these five easy tricks to your daily habits and keep at it for 30 days you’ll be amazed at how good you feel in just one short month.
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Disclaimer: The above informational materials are not intended, and should not be taken, as medical advice. You should contact a doctor for advice on specific medical issues.