The world has changed a lot in the last few months, so if you’re feeling like you need a change as well, maybe now is the perfect time to start feeling and looking your best. Let SwellWomen show you some helpful ways to overhaul your life and improve your overall wellbeing.
1. Apply Tough Love
Caring for yourself is crucial, but you may need to take a tough-love approach. That means getting professional help if you need it and remaining consistent in your positive habits. When you’re at home or heading out, surrounding yourself with positive thinking and positive people can go a long way toward sustaining mental wellness.
Think about adopting self-help strategies like positive affirmations – something as simple as saying nice things to yourself can help boost your mood. Headspace cites experts who add that learning to meditate can also facilitate good mental health. However, you shouldn’t rely on meditation alone to keep your healthy lifestyle on track.
Give yourself the toughest love possible by establishing new habits by forming a habit loop. Start with a cue that sets off your routine, then establish a reward for completing your new habit. You can choose any healthy reward, like buying new clothes, enjoying a good-for-you treat, indulging in your favorite show or book, or even investing in a new smartwatch to help you stay on the right track. You might be surprised at how quickly your new habit sticks when you make it a priority.
Implementing tough love also comes into play when setting and achieving goals, such as going back to school and enrolling in an online program if you’ve always wanted to get your master’s degree. For example, an MBA program could help you develop your knowledge in business, strategy, and management, along with learning about leadership, self-awareness, and self-assessment. Likewise, do your homework and see what kind of business opportunities are out there. For instance, ZenBusiness has a lot of great info on grants especially reserved for female-owned small businesses.
2. Do a Diet Cleanup
Junk food – especially old favorites – can be comforting in tough times. But eating poorly can affect your overall wellbeing in surprising ways. Studies suggest that people who consume more junk food tend to experience worse mental health symptoms, notes Science Daily.
Eating sugary and highly processed snacks adds excess calories to your meals, which isn’t ideal for looking your best. It can also impact your physical wellbeing. Fast food can cause headaches, acne, high cholesterol, and other negative effects.
The good news is that cleaning up your diet is easier than ever with stay-at-home mandates – eating in is far healthier than dining out. It doesn’t have to be difficult either. You can add quick and easy-to-prep foods like crock pot meals to your routine without spending hours in the kitchen. Additionally, supplements can help boost your health and ease the desire to snack on junk, and beverages like green tea function as natural health-boosting solutions.
Try also Swellness Coaching’s 10-Day Mind & Body Reboot to reset your body and diet.
3. Work from the Outside In
Looking and feeling your best might start on the inside with a good diet and positive thoughts, But you likely want to speed up the exterior improvements, too. For example, implementing a new skincare routine can have you glowing in no time, but only if you set a healthy daily routine and stick to it. Drinking lots of water is one of the healthiest things you can do for your whole body, and it can help your skin remain healthy, too.
Also, if you’ve always wanted to improve your smile, an aligner that’s resistant to staining is a great investment that’s sure to improve your confidence. Other tips like a face massage and slathering on sunscreen are ideal for avoiding sun damage and wrinkles. Experts also suggest that drinking green tea or even coffee regularly may help you avoid skin cancer, so it’s worth a try!
No matter what stage you’re at in your health journey, small adjustments can add up to big changes. But wherever you are in your personal process, believing in yourself and reaching out for any help you need can make a tremendous difference.
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