Good health doesn’t have to be an effort. In fact it is the many little things you do on a regularly that add up to a feeling of wellbeing. If you don’t already try adding a few of these two minute health tips into your daily or weekly routine and see how you feel after a couple of weeks – I bet you will notice the difference:
1. Add a dash of lemon to your water first thing in the morning. As you boil the kettle for tea or coffee, drink a glass of warm water and lemon juice. It helps to flush out toxins and prime your digestion for breakfast.
2. Dry brush. Two minutes of dry body brushing before a shower stimulates the lymphatic system which helps to clear toxins out of the body), gets your circulation moving and sloughs off dead skin cells allowing your skin to absorb moisturiser more effectively.
3. Add more antioxidants to your food. This is actually much more simple than it sounds. Some great suggestions include half a teaspoon of Tumeric for its anti-inflammatory effects, a cup of green tea, a dessert spoon of organic Tomato paste in your cooking (which is rich in lycopene), a handful of berries and/or have greens at least once a day.
4. Deep breathing. If you feel stressed, anxious or are just sick of driving in traffic take a few deep breaths. It can just be enough to break the cycle of thoughts contributing to your stress. Set the alarm on your phone a couple of times across the day with the message “remember to breathe”. Just those few moments will help you take the stress down a notch. If it helps, try counting as you breathe – count to 4 as you breathe in and 6 as you exhale. Exhaling for a longer period helps to push your body our of “fight or flight” and into relaxation mode.
5. Call a friend. Connection is important to our wellbeing and it can be too easy to chat on Facebook instead of picking up the phone. Sometimes it is enough just to check in and say Hi.
6. Take the stairs. Instead of choosing the elevator or the closest carpark, head for the stairwell and park your car 5 minutes away from your destination. The minutes of extra exercise all add up.
7. Hug someone! Make it someone you know . Physical contact is relaxing. Think of it as a handshake from the heart. Virgina Satir, who was often referred to as the mother of family therapy, determined that “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.”