Take time out to treat yourself
Contemporary living is fast paced and short of downtime. Everyone, everywhere seems to be busy all the time and high stress levels are now the norm. Women often tend to try to do everything which can negatively impact their health.
Naazneen Khan, Nutrition Health and Wellness Manager at Nestlé South Africa says, “Prolonged stress has a negative effect on your body and can result in increased blood pressure, infections and illnesses. It’s therefore important to stop, take a deep breath and focus on yourself.???
Spring is a time for new beginnings, so take the first step towards making a habit of doing something which makes you feel good.
Below, Naazneen suggests her six simple ‘feel-good’ things that are quick and easy to incorporate into your everyday routine.
IEating the right food can give you a boost in more ways than one. Try include seasonal fruit and vegetables in your diet to boost your immune system. These include oranges, naartjies, grapefruit, guavas, butternut, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and avocado. Dark green leafy vegetables e.g. spinach, broccoli and cabbage are a great source of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Making a hearty vegetable soup is a good way to include a mix of vegetables in your diet and it’s easy to freeze which makes it a convenient meal when you get home late after those busy work days. Another great tip is to eat less sugar and drink more water (at least 8 glasses) daily.
Boost your skin:
South Africa’s winter can be harsh on your skin. Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to give your skin and yourself an instant boost. If you can afford it, splash out and treat yourself to a spa facial. Try using a little less makeup which can clog your pores. Maintain a good cleansing routine and use a richer moisturiser if necessary. Home moisturising masks and serums can also be beneficial after the winter period.
Take a bath to unwind:
At the end of a work day, run yourself a nice, hot bubble bath. Add some bath salts or oil, grab your favourite book or magazine (and perhaps a couple blocks of dark chocolate) and just allow yourself to soak. Don’t forget to switch off your cell phone and be sure to have a soft, fluffy gown ready for when you get out. You’ll be amazed at how something so simple can help you relax so much.
Take a yoga class:
Mindfulness is described as a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment. Mindfulness is a skill which many have lost touch with thanks to modern day distractions. In order to reconnect with this ability, consider taking a yoga class. Yoga promotes mindfulness as you have to focus on yourself and your body throughout the routine. You’ll probably find that after a few classes, you’ll enjoy a greater sense of self and enjoy physiological benefits too.
Take the time to have a brisk walk or go for a run/cycle during the week. Whichever physical activity you decide to get into, try signing up to a local club to stay motivated – it will also open doors to possible new friendships with likeminded individuals. Keeping physically active can boost your general self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reduce your risk of stress.
Look after those locks:
Many women take great pride in their hair. It follows that if your hair looks good, you’ll feel good so make the time to get a haircut or try a new hairstyle. When at home, use quality shampoos and conditioners and try out a few products that will keep your hair looking healthy.
For more helpful tips on how to adopt a healthy lifestyle, visit www.tastierhealthierchoices.co.za.