Healthy Living and Modern Society

Healthy lifestyles should work for us, keep us fit, both body and mind, improve our health and well-being… healthy lifestyles should make us happy but how do we achieve it in modern society?

7 tips on how to achieve a healthy lifestyle in modern society. Healthy lifestyles should work for us, keep us fit, both body and mind, improve our health and well-being… healthy lifestyles should make us happy but how do we achieve it in modern society?That is the million $ question… what steps should we take to achieve healthy living?

We are all different and my happy balance will probably be different to yours but some main rules will always apply… in the end, we both want to achieve the same state of happiness, being fit, energetic and simply feeling good!

Since we left the busy life style of the city and moved to the countryside, I am more content, calm and happy… I know this change worked for me and I would never go back but lately, I find myself searching for a deeper meaning of healthy living and the different steps I can take in order to improve even more the quality of my life.

I came up with some tips, which I believe if followed should improve one’s life and put them on the path towards healthy living.

Stress Reduction

I know this is easier said than done, but it can and must be done. Try to identify what is stressing you and take steps to reduce it or preferably make it go away completely. Stress is part of life, there is no question about it but high-stress levels can be very damaging to our health especially if they accrue over a long period of time, so stress less… or at least try.

Practice “Me Time”

We all have things we love to do, things which calm us down and bring us joy. No matter how busy life gets it’s important to find the time for these activities, being a long bubble bath or a lonely walk in the woods… “me time” should never be optional… this is something which keeps us sane and can be extremely helpful when trying to achieve a healthy living state.

Good Night Sleep

Everyone knows that sleep is an essential part of life; an uninterrupted good nights’ sleep will go a long way to making our life better… make your bedroom nice and cozy, air it well, leave your phone outside the door, turn the TV off, pull the curtains too and sleep… try to leave day to day worries behind and just sleep… focus on your breathing, relax and sleep… everything will look much brighter after a good night sleep.

Stay Fit

We all need some form of exercise in our lives, walking, running, cycling or swimming, the choice is yours… but we all need it. It’s hard to know what form of exercise will suit us well, improve our well-being and bring us the most satisfaction, so you might want to consider a personal trainer for a while; trainers like Stephen Coleclough can guide us on the right track, can help to make us healthier, fitter and stronger.

Right Nutrition

This is most likely the more difficult one to achieve. Wherever you look there is a fast-food joint on every corner, shops are packed with unhealthy snacks and processed food, and we always lack time! But where there is no pain there is no gain… as they say… start from a position of smart shopping, buy raw ingredients instead of packed food, plan your meals, cook in batches when you have time so you have some healthy nutritional meal in your freezer once you don’t… swap crisps for nuts and cookies for fruit… take care of your body and in return, it will take care of you.

Right Friendships

We don’t live in a vacuum. Every day we are surrounded by 10s or 100s of people, we interact with them because we have to but what about the people we really want to spend our time with? A good, real friendship is the best cure… there really isn’t a better thing in life than having someone you can always count on. Look after those friendships, they take work too but in the end, it is worth it!

Do What You Love

Do what you want, do what makes YOU happy; after all life is short! Hate your job? Maybe it is time to quit and find something else which will give you an income? Drowning in debt? Maybe it’s time to downsize and finally put your life on the right track? Always wanted to see Paris? Why not buy the last minute ticket and go for a trip?

I know we all have our own burdens and responsibilities but at the end of the day ask yourself: Am I happy? Is this all I can expect from my life? If you are satisfied with the answer… good for you but if you are not, maybe it is time for a change… take baby steps but do something to improve the quality of your life before it’s too late.

7 tips on how to achieve a healthy lifestyle in modern society. Healthy lifestyles should work for us, keep us fit, both body and mind, improve our health and well-being… healthy lifestyles should make us happy but how do we achieve it in modern society?

“Sustainable happiness is important, because it not only elevates our own well-being locally, but also contributes to the collective global flourishing.”
Lisa Cypers Kamen,

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Top 5 “Me Time” Activities

We all need some downtime… no matter what we do, where we work, how much free time we have, we all need to relax and chill from time to time in order to stay sane.

We all need some downtime… no matter what we do, where we work, how much free time we have, we all need to relax and chill from time to time in order to stay sane. Some of us will prefer longer periods of “me time”, maybe a weekend away or a day out in the city when others (like me) are more in need of more frequent but much shorter bursts of “me time”.Some of us will prefer longer periods of “me time”, maybe a weekend away or a day out in the city when others (like me) are more in need of more frequent but much shorter bursts of “me time”.

Today I would love to share with you my top five “me time” activities.

Long Walk

Walks always relax me. No matter the weather, as long as there is a nice open path in front of me in the countryside, I am happy! Walks help me think and gather my thoughts. This is one of my favourite ways to unwind and relax and it works perfectly as “me time” as long as it is just me (well dogs can come too… and maybe a cat).

Bubble Bath

This is one of those clichés which is most likely on everyone’s list… after all who doesn’t love a bubble bath.

Massage

If I could I would get a massage every single day but 1: I have no time for it and 2: I simply couldn’t afford it… instead I have a Pranamat Eco Massage Mat which allows me to have a super relaxing time in my own home with no additional cost. 15 minutes on the mat can really do wonders – it is a physical experience that activates all areas of your body, stimulates the mind, and promotes spiritual growth.

Moodles or Doodles

If you aren’t aware moodles are doodles with the power to change your mood. A few months ago I’ve received a moodle book titled “Moodles present Happy” full of activities which can really help you to relax, express your happiness and simply chill… there is no right or wrong answers… your book, your moodles.

Folding

I know this one is an odd choice but after reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying” by Marie Kondo I really embraced her folding ideology. In the past putting clothing or bedding away was a chore, now it’s pure pleasure. I adore every moment of it, especially when it comes to socks… seeing them so neatly folded makes me happy… so you see when I need some “me time” I am happy to go to my socks drawer to mess some of them up only so I can refold them… I know it might sound a bit crazy but you would simply have to try her methods in order to understand. 🙂

What are your favourite “me time” activities?

Happy National Bed Month!

It is said that the key to all life’s happiness and successes is a good night’s sleep. For some a good night’s sleep is akin to the Holy Grail, and almost as elusive!

It is said that the key to all life’s happiness and successes is a good night’s sleep. For some a good night’s sleep is akin to the Holy Grail,and almost as elusive!Sleep is something which we can’t do without; good sleep promotes healing and energy; essential for our physical and mental health. When we are asleep our bodies – and minds – can recover from the stresses of the day and help us to prepare for whatever the next day brings. During sleep our brains can recharge while our muscles can repair themselves. The trouble is that many people are unable to get the good sleep they need and in some cases this could be down to their bed, particularly the mattress.

The right mattress plays a big part in ensuring you can get a proper night’s sleep and when your mattress is old and worn, it loses its shape and no longer offers the support your body needs to be comfortable. This is one of the reasons why you often wake up not energised and refreshed but tired and aching. If you wake up feeling like this then it is time to consider replacing your mattress with aTempur Mattress.

Some Effects of Lack of Sleep

If you don’t get enough sleep this can have a significant impact on your day-to-day functionality. You may feel groggy and continually under the weather, but these are not the only problems you’ll face if your sleep problems aren’t resolved. The long term effects could include things like:

  •  Lack of concentration
  •  Mood swings and irritability
  •  Lack of enthusiasm and under performance at work
  •  Memory lapses and accidents
  •  Physical illness

Of course there are various factors which can affect how well you sleep. A busy lifestyle can leave you stressed and the ever increasing reliance on technology and gadgets can leave you unable to ‘switch off’ at the end of the day. Pressure at work, noisy towns and cities, juggling the work-life balance, these are all things which conspire against you in your need for a relaxing and beneficial sleep. For some people health issues can prevent you from getting a decent night’s sleep whether short term or chronic health problems. But whatever is stopping you from achieving the perfect sleep, we at Booths Furniture believe it shouldn’t be your mattress and that a Tempur Mattress could be the ideal solution for you.

Benefits of Good Sleep

We’ve all heard stories of people who can get by on 3 or 4 hours sleep a night but for most the optimum amount of sleep needed is no less than seven hours. The right amount of good sleep is essential to keep us healthy and energised and here are some examples of how it helps us:

  •  Good for heart health. Studies show that lack of sleep can have an adverse effect on blood pressure and cholesterol levels so the right amount of sleep can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
  •  Good sleep reduces stress.
  •  Good sleep helps you to feel more alert and ready for the day ahead.
  •  Good sleep helps the digestive processes and allows the body to repair itself.

Why Choose a Tempur Mattress?

Simply put, good quality sleep is important for our health and well-being. We spend so much time asleep that it is worth investing in the best mattress you can buy. A Tempur Mattress is unique in its construction and comfort factor and has been proven time and time again to provide a superior relaxing night’s rest, and given the benefits of getting quality sleep, it’s certainly a consideration well worth taking.

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Why Go Organic?

Organic September might be coming to an end but it is never too late to join it… after all the changes we should be making are supposed to be for life not just for the month.

Last month I shared with you a post about #organicbeauty and a campaign for clarity organized by The Soil Association, this month however I would love to talk about food.

Why Go Organic?

Food must be the first thing which comes to mind when we think organic, but why should we buy it?

Well, organic food can have huge positive benefits for us as consumers, for general animal welfare and most importantly for the environment. Some people say: “Oh, but I simply can’t afford to be buying organic”. Excuse me, but that is just a lot of poppycock. In general as a nation we buy so much mass produced food, we spend thousands upon thousands of pounds on unhealthy, chemically enhanced food products and we can always somehow find the money for it… but I offer this point of view; wouldn’t it be easier and better to shop less but buy higher quality products? Wouldn’t it be better to take care of our health, our future and actually have a care about what we put on our plates? Wouldn’t it be better to go organic?

Yes, it would but… most people don’t really think about it.

Most of us don’t bother to wonder why one product can cost 50p and its organic “brother” £2 or £2.50… there is a reason for it!

Have you ever stopped and wondered what is actually inside your 50p favourite product?

Stop, think about it and read the limited packaging information… you would be amazed what your cheap and cheerful food contains! (Try by checking out a can of soup some of which are 97% water)

In the long term going organic will pay off, I am sure of it. Feeding yourself and your family with good quality, real food will pay off in the future… better wellbeing, better health; it all counts and it all matters.

According to The Soil Association for food to be labelled as organic, at least 95% of the ingredients must come from organically produced plants and animals. All organic food must display the code number and prefix of the body that certified it, as well as the EU’s organic logo.

I don’t know how about you but we rather eat less of a good quality food product, then stuff ourselves with cheap and cheerful products. If the family budget is tight then you can always go part ways to converting to organic. How about the big family meal together, the traditional Sunday roast, it’s a minor special occasion and justifies the additional expense as a treat.

Organic products taste so much better, you can really tell the difference even if it is only a simple cup of tea, savoury snack or a chocolate treat these foods taste like a real food!

So tell me, are you a pro organic or it really doesn’t make any difference to you where your food comes from?

The simple pleasures

What do you do to relax?

Do you take a long hot bubbly bath, do you sit with a glass of wine and a good book?

How do you organized your “me” time for yourself?

The simple pleasuresThe other day I came across a “Top Tips to Stay Organized” from Little Hearts Big Love at The Free Range Family. Point five stated – take advantage of small windows of time. I agree with that and sometimes I do find that there is no other option but to do a few things at once. Then with any downtime I have whilst waiting for one thing to happen or finish, I simply end up using the time to do something else as per point 5, but then the principle got me thinking…

What if we would use those small pockets of time as “me” time instead of just another opportunity to do something else on our list?

What if instead of unloading the dishwasher whilst the toast is cooking we would just sit down and relax for a minute or two?

Will this, would this work?

Can those short breaks make a difference?

I know from experience that finding any “me” time becomes harder and harder. Most of us struggle for time and always have to rush to finish what needs to be done, but what about all those things that could be done? What about all those little pleasures we simply no longer have the time for?

How do you balance work time, family time, all those chores which have to be done and any “me” time? How do you make the time?

Can using those small pockets of time we have during the day really be enough to relax and unwind?

I miss the times when I could just sit down with a fresh cup of brew a good book or a Sudoku puzzle and simply enjoy the moment whilst munching on some tasty snacks.

I wish things were slower.

I wish people didn’t rush all the time and I truly wish we simple had the time for all those little pleasures.

So, what do you think?

Can those short bursts of multi break during the day be enough to call it “me” time?

What are your favourite simple pleasures and how do you find the time for them?

…and how long is that time?