With the stress and strains of our current situations, it is so important to look after our wellbeing and mental health: So here are 5 ways to stay fresh, energised and healthy at home.
Regular fluids are a must, but did you know it doesn’t have to be plain old water? Most people need around 2 litres a day. It can be made up of herbal teas, plain water or fruit infused water. Caffeinated drinks don’t count towards your water goal. For a quick check on how you’re doing make sure when you pee it’s not darker than straw. If it is, up your water. Remember that your 2 litres go mainly towards hydrating your essential organs and body, if you want to hydrate your facial skin you may need to add a little more.
When life gives you lemons
To boost your hydration for the day, when you wake up from a good night’s sleep, instead of reaching for the kettle try a glass of warm or cold water with added lemon slices. Cleansing and detoxing the lemon also provides you with a daily dose of natural Vitamin C. Drink your lemon infused water before taking any tea or coffee.
Try a full colour breakfast
Adding colour to your breakfast will give you added nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Try mixing wholegrains, fruit and some protein. Keeping you full for longer it’ll help reduce mid-morning cravings. Breakfast is a great time to add superfoods to your diet.
Skin tip: add Blueberries to get some extra anti-oxidants to strengthen your skin’s barrier
Caffeine is not your friend
Caffeine can cause a lot of negative effects on your body and so the recommended amount is no more than 2 cups per day. If you reduce your caffeine it will help with balancing your energy throughout the day. Don’t suddenly stop taking caffeine as the withdrawal effects can be quite unpleasant if you drink a lot of strong coffee. Never use caffeine to substitute meals. Also, be aware that too much caffeine can have a negative effect on your heart rate as it is a stimulant.
Strike a pose
Exercise and body balancing from the East in the form of Yoga can be a fantastic way to build energy, gain physical stamina, strengthen muscles and your body and relieve stress through controlled breathing and meditation techniques. There are sequences in Yoga like Salutes to the Sun which will give you a huge energy boost as well as an incredible work out. Warrior pose sequences will stretch out hamstrings and your lower back which for many people can be a physical problem area which can drag down energy levels.