Sure, we all aspire to live a healthier, happier, and more productive life. But when it comes to actually making changes, people suddenly become extraordinarily talented at coming up with excuses. Popular excuses often include too little time, too little money, or too much work. But making changes in order to live a healthier life doesn’t have to take up much time, or even cost a lot. Small changes can add up to make a big difference. We’ve listed a few simple things that can help you to lead a healthier life, step by small step.

Fruit & Veg freshly cut

The more colourful the better!

Learn about healthy eating

If you tend to rely on eating out and ready-made meals, it’s time to make a change. People often say that they don’t have enough time to cook from scratch, or are too stressed to stop snacking. But the truth is that cooking a healthy meal doesn’t have to take more than 20 minutes, and there are plenty of healthy snacking alternatives to crisps and chocolate. A vegetable and chicken stir-fry or oven roasted salmon with green beans is not only done in a heartbeat, but will also provide you with the necessary nutrients to leave you feeling energised, rather than drained. And if you’re addicted to snacking, try a nut and fruit trail mix. Healthy fats are good for you as long as you don’t overload on them, and avoiding added sugar or excess salt will do wonders for your skin and general health.

 

Clean your make-up brushes

Bacteria often hide where we expect them the least, and make-up brushes are one of those places. If you use brushes to apply your make-up but have never given them a proper clean before, it’s time to learn how to clean make-up brushes. It doesn’t take long, and all you need is some mild shampoo and warm water. Getting all the foundation and blush out of your brushes can take a while, but be patient. Your skin will thank you – cleaning your brushes regularly is a great way to avoid spots and other skin troubles. For more information on how to clean your make-up brushes, take a look at this advice.

Find a workout you love

If you hate the idea of exercising on a regular basis, you simply haven’t found the right exercise yet. Working out doesn’t only help to keep you in shape, but is also great for your mental health and can really make a great impact on your everyday life. There’s more to sport than chasing after a ball or hitting the treadmill – have you ever tried yoga or pilates? Subscribe to a dance class if you like moving your feet, try swimming before work in the morning, or if you’re the adventurous type, why not try going on weekend hikes? After all, there’s no such thing, as “I just don’t like exercising”.

Easy as riding a bike!

Easy as riding a bike!

Be kind to yourself     

You can eat clean 24/7, work out four times a week, and still be miserable. The most important thing is to remember to be kind to yourself. Make time to meet up with friends – cook a nice meal together, go on walks, and most importantly, remember to treat yourself. It’s perfectly fine to have a lazy weekend at home with macaroni and cheese once in a while, as long as it makes you feel good.

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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