Living on the wages of a part-time elementary school teacher does not give me a lot of wiggle room when it comes to doing something special for me. However, I do follow a few simple guidelines that allow me to basically live a happy and healthy life. My cats provide me with much in the way of comfort and after a hectic day on the job I really look forward to just relaxing at home and enjoying their company. But there are a lot of other things I do and I’m going to share my tips for healthy living with you here.
6 Tips For Healthy Living
I know, it sounds like a ton of work but exercise doesn’t have to be difficult. For me, sometimes the only exercise I get is running down to the mailbox in the lobby of the apartment building I live in. Other times I’ll just go for a walk around the neighbourhood. It really depends on your fitness level and amount of time available to commit to a regular routine. Just moving around will do.
2. Eat Well
Here’s one that really hit home for me. I spend good money on the best possible food for my cats. I do that so they stay healthy and strong. When this happens, they are able to fight off disease better and grow to live a longer and happier life. But what about me? Well, if I do this for my pets, I really should do it for me as well and that is the rule I follow. Eating healthy is good for you.
3. Don’t Smoke, Drink Moderately
As it turns out, I have never smoked a cigarette in my life. However, I do have co-workers at my school who are chain smokers. If you want to have a healthy life, your chances increase a great deal if you are a non-smoker. As for drinking well, I do like the odd glass of wine and on occasion I have over indulged. But that is the exception rather than the rule and so I just pace myself as wine is good for me…lol
4. See Medical Professionals Regularly
Again, I am going to mention my cats. I take them to the vet for regular checkups. Why wouldn’t I do the same for myself? Well, not to the vet but at least to my doctor and also my dentist? So, that is what I do. The reason why regular checkups are a good thing to do is that your doctor or dentist will be able to spot something developing long before it has a chance to get out of hand and remedy it.
5. Be A Nice Person
This may sound way too obvious to some of you but by being a nice person a lot of good things can happen. First, your stress level is reduced. Second, you will attract others who enjoy your company and then you start to make some friends. Also, being nice opens doors to many different opportunities throughout your lifetime. I much prefer to be the kind of person others will want to be around.
6. Get Enough Sleep
Here is where I typically drop the ball. A good night’s sleep does wonders for you mentally, physically and spiritually. It is always a good idea to try for at least seven and a half hours sleep to recharge your body. I sometimes just get five. I also know that the days following such a short sleep tend to drag on and my concentration level is well, not very focused. I need to work on this one a bit.
Living A Healthy Life Isn’t So Hard
I hope that my suggestions have given you some ideas on how to slowly shift your lifestyle from where it is to something with a little more health included. Don’t get me wrong, I still have days where I’ll graze on junk food or drain a bottle of wine in front of the television. But I don’t do that often and you don’t have to be so rigid with your routine that you don’t ‘cheat’ every now and again. Just remember to get back into your routine and don’t beat yourself up about slipping away from it. I used ‘cheat’ days as rewards for being so good and you can do the same without destroying all the work you’ve put into it to that point. Remember to have fun and stay healthy by taking on board my tips for healthy living above.