Small changes, big health benefits

64786571 - young woman drinking  glass of waterWhen it comes to adopting a healthier lifestyle, a number of small changes can really add up to some big health benefits. Here are some small ways to adapt your daily routine for a healthier you:

Drink more water. Your body needs water to function properly. Keep drinking water through the day to stay hydrated and alert and help prevent headaches. Try to also limit the amount of soda and caffeine that you drink.

Eat some fruits and vegetables. These foods have vitamins and minerals that are necessary for our body to function properly. If you aren’t eating enough of these, consider swapping out that processed snack for a bowl of fresh fruit or a plate of crispy veggies.

Get enough sleep. Everything seems worse when we are tired – including our lack of healthy choices through the day. Make sure you are taking the time to actually give your body a rest with proper sleep.

Get some type of exercise each day. Daily exercise helps your body and your mind. The key is to be active in ways you enjoy. You also will want to mix up your exercise routines so you don’t get bored.

Take some time to do nothing. Even a few minutes of quiet can help reduce stress. Simply pause in your day, take in deep breaths and be in the moment.

Surround yourself with positive people. If your friends are negative, they will only add negativity and stress into your life. It is OK to let a friend go or distance yourself from one for a while.

Say no to those activities that don’t add to your life. It is OK to decline invitations to events or to say “No” when asked to take on more responsibilities. Make sure you are controlling your time and energy in ways that keep you healthy.