We all need to check in with ourselves every now and then - recharge the batteries. Check out our top 9 ways to get yourself back in tip top form.
1. Stay hydrated
Did you know that two-thirds of your body is made up of water - the brain is made up of 83% water, while the lungs are made up of 85%!
It is vital to ensure that you stay hydrated throughout each day. A sure-fire way to feel stressed and physically fatigued at the end of the day is not drinking enough. Keep a bottle of water on your person and ensure you are drinking at least 2 liters a day.
Studies have shown that staying hydrated is also really good for your brain. Dehydration can impair your short and long term memory functions, shorten your attention span and it can also cause uncomfortable headaches and dizziness. Staying hydrated is the first way to ensure your body is recharged.
Ensure you get 30 minutes of exercise at least 3 times a week, more if you can fit it in. The endorphins explained above produced through exercise will also help make you feel better.
If you have a job that means you're sitting down for most of the day, get up and move around every 30 minutes. It will keep your mind and body active. You should also go outside on your lunch break - even for 5 minutes, the fresh air will do you good.
3. Laugh - a lot!
They say that laughter is the best medicine, and nothing gets you feeling better than smiling. According to HelpGuide.org, laughter:
- relaxes the whole body. Laughter can help to relieve physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
- boosts the immune system. Laughter helps to reduce stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, helping to improve your body's resistance to disease.
- triggers the release of endorphins. Endorphins help to promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. Endorphins are also released from exercise, although sometimes it is easier to laugh than exercise!
- protects the heart. Laughter can help to improve the function of blood vessels and increase blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.
- lightens anger’s heavy load. Nothing diffuses anger and conflict faster than laughter. Looking at the funny side can put problems into perspective and enable you to move on from confrontations without holding onto bitterness or resentment.
- may even help you to live longer. A study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humor lived longer than those who did not laugh as much. This difference was particularly notable for those battling cancer.
We live in a world obsessed with technology and social media, and it can be very easy to spend hours on end looking at things on the internet. We should all make a conscious effort to spend less time on our devices - whether it be a weekend break or setting a time in the evening that you put your devices to bed.
Research has found that exposure to blue light from our devices suppresses the production of melatonin (a hormone that regulates sleep) more than any other type of light. It is thought that the shorter wavelengths in blue light is what causes the body to produce less melatonin because the body is more sensitive to this type of light.
"To prevent sleeping problems, avoid any exposure to blue light 30 to 60 minutes prior to going to sleep. No TV, tablets, computers or smart phones," said Dr. Robert Oexman, director of the Sleep to Live Institute. "Ideally, you want your environment to be dimly lit so your body can start naturally producing melatonin."
5. Rearrange your furniture
While we are not talking going full on feng-shui on your house, you'd be surprised how rearranging some furniture can give you peace of mind. Even having a spring clean, throwing out some old clothes or simply changing your bed sheets can make you feel more relaxed.
6. Call a friend
Calling a friend you have not spoken to in a while can do you the world of good. Catch up on each others lives, share your news or a problem - you'd be surprised how much it can help.
Better yet - if this friend is within a 'visiting' distance make an effort to meet up for a coffee. You would be surprised how meeting an old friendly face can lift your spirits.
7. Bake bread
Nothing beats the smell of fresh baking around the house - it doesn't matter if it's something healthy or a treat. Our favourite thing to bake is Porridge bread - simple and easy to make, check out the recipe here.
We are big fans of rest and relaxation here in the Revive Active office. Some of our favourite things to do to unwind are:
- Having a bath with scented candles
- Have a 20 minute power nap
- Burn essential oils around the house
- Have a cup of your favorite tea - our favourite is Lyons - controversial!
- Read a chapter of a new book
What are your favorite things to do to unwind and relax?
9. Write down the things you are grateful for
Make a list of all the things you are grateful for in your life at the moment. Focusing on what's good in your life can help give you a perspective on what you should be focusing on rather than dwelling on.
What do you do to recharge your batteries? Let us know in the comment section below.