Making Yourself Feel Brighter and Happier This Season

With the winter season on the way, then the dark nights, dull weather, and dark mornings, can all be a little depressing, leaving you feeling dull too. And as fun as the holiday season is, there is still a lot to do and it can be overwhelming and a really busy time of year. So it can be quite natural to feel a bit low about this kind of thing, and looking for some small things to do to help you to cheer up a little can be great. A quick mood booster at this time of the year is a must! So here are some of the things that you could look into, if you feel like you need to give yourself a boost this season.

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Break from the old routine

 

If you want to refresh yourself, then refreshing your routine is something that is a really good idea. You could mix up your morning commute, for example, and take a new form of transport, or take a different route on the way. Even doing the small things like noticing more what is around you is important, and it can also help to give your brain a little bit of a change and a break from the normal routine. You never know, you could discover something fun. 

 

Nail it

 

If you want a quick fix to give yourself a boost, then a girl knows how much a quick file and polish can make a difference. A small thing but you can feel ready for anything. Having a full manicure and pedicure is something that can be such a treat, but it isn’t going to be something that can happen all of the time. So you could just do it yourself. Think wisely about the colors that you choose, as they can impact how you feel. Colors like red can be something that boosts the brain, and can help with alertness. Shades of blue can be more calming, so think about what could work for you. 

 

You are what you eat

 

We all know that the things that we eat do have an impact on how we feel. But these kinds of things don’t have to mean that all you can have is celery juice and greens. There are things like dark chocolate that have been used to help to reduce stress and help to even out cortisol levels. So even something like that can help you to beat a sleepy slump. Try to avoid too many processed and sugary products.

 

Trip to the dentist

 

It might sound like something that is counter intuitive to giving yourself a boost and making yourself feel better, but going to the dentist can be a good thing to do. You can have a check-up to deal with anything that is coming up, but you could also look into things like dental implants if you want to give your smile an update and a boost. So don’t put the dentist off, and make sure that you are up for a trip to the dentist as this time of year.

 

Blow it out

 

If someone else is washing your hair, then it can be such a luxury. A practical thing of getting your hair washed, but it is something with a high level of luxury and self-care. It can be an amazing feeling that gives you the ‘just left the salon’ feel. And the results can leave you feeling fresh until the next hair wash, saving you some time (at least for a couple of days).

 

Laughter is the best medicine

 

Laughter is something that helps to activate some happy feelings within ourselves, and would you believe that faking laughter does the same thing too? It means that you don’t have to watch your favourite comedy or laughing at inside jokes with your best friends. Although that is great, some fake laughter can also help to give some of the same positive effects. So this is something that we can all give a go. Make yourself laugh, be a little silly, and then it can make a big difference. 

 

Pay it forward

 

Doing plenty of things for other people can be a really simple way to make you feel good. It distracts you from what you are doing, as well as putting your issues and problems into perspective a little. It could be something as small as paying a compliment to a stranger, giving some money to charity, or donating clothing and shoes to goodwill. It can help you to be happy, when you’re doing something nice for someone else.

Four Positive Habits to Protect Your Future Health

When you are still young and fairly healthy, it can feel strange to even contemplate getting old, let alone living in a way that promotes health later in life. What young person wants to spend their time contemplating old age? But unless you spare a thought for your older self now, you’re less likely to build healthy habits into your lifestyle, which can be detrimental to your health prospects in the long-term.

 

So you do you look after your health as you age and promote longevity through your daily habits? These tips will help you live in a way that promotes longevity.

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Build Self-Esteem

 

Studies show that having a positive self-esteem improves adherence to health-promoting habits in your day to day life. In other words, if you feel good about yourself, you’re more likely to set up healthy habits and stay motivated to do them on a daily basis. For many of us, a large element of good self-esteem is related to how good we feel about our appearance. This doesn’t mean that we should try to live up to unrealistic and toxic beauty standards, but that we should take pleasure in looking healthy and well. Maintaining an appearance that helps you feel confident is one way to stay young at heart. Whether you invest in All on 4 Dental Implants or take the time to get your nails done, looking after your appearance can help you feel youthful as you begin to age.

 

Eat The Rainbow

 

You’ve heard over and over again: a diet full of nutrient-rich and natural foods is crucial for a healthy body. Not only does maintaining a healthy diet help you find balance in terms of your energy levels, but it also aids your body’s natural defense mechanisms in the fight against diseases. There is a common misunderstanding that you can eat whatever you want when you’re young, as your body is more resilient. In fact, what you eat now directly impacts your health when you start to age. Everything from your bone health to your skin depends on getting sufficient nutrients over time. The sooner you start to eat well, the sooner you will notice a difference in your overall physical health. What’s more, you’ll be investing in the health of your body for years to come.

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Drink Lots of Water

 

Drinking lots of water every day is one of the best ways to ensure that you age well. For an average-sized adult, eight large glasses is a good rule of thumb when you’re working out how much water you need for the day. Drinking this much water might not be easy at first, and you might find it difficult to remember to keep topping up your hydration. Until you have your routine down, it may help to set calendar reminders or stick post-it notes around your home or office as constant reminders that you should be sipping on a glass of water. Remember, coffee and tea are not considered a replacement for water because they actually cause dehydration, so if you do drink coffee or tea, make sure you’re drinking extra water to compensate.

 

Take Breaks At Work

 

A growing body of research is showing that one of the worst things you can do for your health is working too hard. Not only can working too hard result in burn-out (which will prevent you from being able to do anything as your body will be in shut-down mode) the constant stress can be extremely damaging to your long-term health, and contribute to a variety of health issues, especially when combined with other factors such as lack of sleep and poor diet. In this day and age, there is a strong cultural pressure to be constantly productive, so it’s important to make a conscious effort to resist the pressure and take breaks when you need them.

 

The key to making your breaks beneficial to your health is to make them regular, and ensure that your breaks are proper breaks. Rather than waste little bits of time throughout the day on activities that are not restful and yet are not productive (like scrolling Instagram or reading the news online) it’s better to set aside time for genuine rest. For example, a ten-minute walk around the block after lunch can do wonders for your attention span, and help you feel ready for the afternoon ahead. Or, rather than eating your lunch at your desk, be sure to take a good old fashioned lunch break

 

Whether you’re twenty-five or forty-five, setting good habits in your day-to-day life is a great way to promote longevity and ensure your future health.

 

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