#SELF CARE SUMMER: 5 HEALTHY HABITS THAT WILL BOOST YOUR HEALTH

Summer has arrived in the United States and so I thought it would be a good idea to do a self-care series called #SELF CARE SUMMER!

As a girl myself, though I’ve never personally experienced summer in my life, I am aware that Summer can make you feel insecure about your body.

I want to share some habits that you can utilize to look after your own body and feel more confident about yourself.

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WHAT IS SELF CARE?

How do you define self-care?

Ask ten different people and you’ll likely get ten different answers. That’s because self-care is different for everyone. Self-care isn’t just about physical health. It also consists of other aspects of life which I will cover later on.

I HAVE A SELF-CARE HABITS SERIES FOR YOU

This self-care series will cover 4 parts:

  1. Habits That Boosts Your Health
  2. Habits That Uplift The Soul
  3. Habits That Increases Productivity
  4. Money Habits

**If you haven’t read my previous post, be sure to hop over after this! – I talked about 5 Valuable Life Lessons We Can Learn From Failed Relationships.**

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Our first series will be “Habits That Boosts Your Health”.

I will be sharing habits which I personally incorporate into my life that has helped me improve physical health. I have seen positive changes in my lifestyle and I strongly recommend you guys to try them out too!

It is so important that you take care of your own body because no one else can do it for you. Of course, this will also help you live your best life or even change your life for the better.

So, without further ado, here are 5 habits that will boost your health!

HEALTHY HABITS THAT WILL BOOST YOUR HEALTH

1. EAT ONE HEALTHY MEAL EVERY DAY

Pick one meal and make it healthier. A total transformation of your health sounds appealing, and I would totally hop on the wagon if it is that easy, but sudden drastic changes at once usually won’t lead to long-term success.

Take myself, for example, you all know how much I love my desserts. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy them pretty much every day. However, I eat them in moderation and ensure that I still eat healthy whenever possible.

Instead, change up the way you eat a little at a time. Say if you are used to eating pancakes with maple syrup and bacon for breakfast, try switching it up for scrambled eggs and a cup of your favorite fruits.

For more healthy breakfast ideas, check out some of my favorites:

  • Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancakes
  • Yogurt with Vanilla Almond Granola (I make them myself!)
  • Cinnamon Oatmeal
  • Toast with Peanut Butter and Sliced Bananas
  • Hard Boiled Eggs and Fruits

This will help you pick up the habit and slowly, you’ll realize that you feel so much better about yourself and what you put into your body. Take it one step at a time, plan ahead to set yourself up for success and your body will thank you.

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2. GO FOR A WALK

Going for a walk seems like an easy task, but most of us do not actually walk enough. We tend to spend too much time sitting (I am so guilty of this) due to whatever reasons.

So, one way which I like to incorporate some sort of walking to my daily routine is by taking a scenic route. And what do I mean by that?

Take a walk in the park. Or if you have pets, walk them. Going grocery shopping? If there’s one near you which takes less than 20 minutes, walk there instead. Basically, you want to try and expose yourself to nature as much as possible.

However, it might be a little boring to walk alone sometimes. But you can try listening to upbeat music. Music is something which helps to improve my mood and I am sure it can do the same for you too. Besides, most of us cannot live without music, right?

Also, I have created two Spotify playlists ready for you if you are interested! You can listen to them here (or download on Spotify!):

My March Playlist 2018

My April Playlist 2018

This will keep you healthy in the long run and as an added bonus, save you tons of money from transport.

3. FOLLOW THE “IS IT WATER?” RULE

Ask yourself each time you have a drink – Is it water?

If the answer is no, then do not drink it, with the exception of coffee and tea. I personally don’t drink sugary or gassy drinks due to medical conditions so it isn’t a huge problem for me.

Cut down on sugary drinks or, even better, eliminate that from your life. Sugar decreases your metabolism and that’s not going to help improve your health.

If you must, swap sugary drinks with fruit-infused water, dairy-free milk or coconut water. You can also start cutting down on sugar if you add them to your coffee or tea.

Personally, I like to have a big glass of lemon water because it helps to detox my body and it is a healthy alternative to flavored water.

4. GET ENOUGH SLEEP

I struggle with sleep and have experienced negative effects like tiredness, lack of focus, a decrease in productivity and so on. Adequate sleep is so important in keeping your mind sharp and appetite under control.

I have gained a few pounds from sleeping late the past few weeks and let me tell you, it does not feel good at all. Hence, try making a habit to sleep and wake up around the same time every day.

Do not make the same mistakes I did.

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5. LAUGH!

You have probably heard many people saying laughing is the best medicine. And it’s true! Laughing has shown to boost your immune system, promote heart health, burn calories and overall improve your quality of life.

Watch some funny videos, hang out with friends who have a sense of humor, think positive. Take life a little less seriously and you’ll find yourself much happier and healthier!

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TAKING CARE OF YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH IS IMPORTANT. IT MIGHT BE DIFFICULT AT FIRST, BUT IT IS POSSIBLE.

I hope that my tips are helpful!

Here is a little summary of my tips in case you missed out on any of them:

  1. Eat one healthy meal every day
  2. Go for a walk
  3. Follow the “Is it water?” rule
  4. Get enough sleep
  5. Laugh

Taking care of your physical health might seem like a daunting task, but in reality, it’s not as difficult as it seems. I faced difficulties in taking care of my health before and it became so bad that I almost risked my own life!

Girls, do not ever risk your health for beauty. You are beautiful the way you are. I know, you have this phrase a zillion times now. But it’s true, you ARE beautiful the way YOU are.

You do you girls. Forever and always.

What are some habits which have helped you boost your physical health? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear them!

Big Hugs,

Yue Xuan

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