How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle in 2021 & Beyond

Here are steps that will help you have the longest, healthiest life possible.
How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle in 2021 & Beyond
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If the pandemic has taught us one thing, it is about the importance of health. Health problems can affect all aspects of our life, which is why it is essential to keep a regular check on your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

Poor health can take away your zest for life while negatively impacting your emotional and mental wellbeing. That said, 2021 and beyond should be all about making your health a priority while committing to including good health habits in your life.

If you don’t have a roadmap and are confused about where to start while working on a healthy lifestyle, don’t worry; we have you all covered. Read on to learn more about essential lifestyle tips that will improve your health.

#1 Get Enough Sleep

It doesn’t matter whether you have been a night owl your entire life. It is never too late to start working on your sleep pattern and getting at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every day. If you have ever pulled an all-nighter, you might have already noticed that when you are sleep-deprived, it doesn’t only negatively impact your mood but also decreases productivity.

You won’t feel mentally alert, and your problem-solving skills will decrease too. Besides, you could also suffer from hypertension, which can lead to many other health-related issues.

We recommend that you avoid consuming caffeine after 3 pm. Also, try to hit the pillow the same hour every night so you can work your body and mind into adopting a healthy sleeping pattern. By allowing yourself at least 7-hours of sleep, you will feel more alert, focused, happier, and productive.

#2 Quit Smoking

This one is a no-brainer: we all know that tobacco kills. It doesn’t matter whether you are a regular smoker or an occasional social smoker; tobacco leads to numerous health problems, including hypertension and cancer.

If you are having a hard time with quitting smoking and going cold turkey, you can always try out vaping. Understandably, vaping isn’t without its own set of disadvantages.

However, it contains fewer toxins than a regular tobacco cigarette and can serve as an effective way of slowly but steadily transitioning from regular tobacco cigarettes to the less harmful e-cigs before, eventually, going cold turkey.

It is important to mention here that you should only opt for e-cigs if you intend to quit smoking altogether.

#3 Be Active

No one can refute the importance of living an active lifestyle. Besides providing you with countless physical benefits, you will also render many benefits regarding your mental and emotional health. Due to the pandemic, many people around the globe are forced to live a sedentary lifestyle that doesn’t allow them to hit the gym. Don’t let these social restrictions get in the way of your physical wellbeing.

Despite that, you might be working from home, make it a priority to get up every other hour and go for a short walk. It is recommended to squeeze in some sort of physical workout in your daily schedule.

You don’t necessarily have to engage in a heavy workout. Even a brisk daily walk in the nearby park might suffice to activate those chemicals in your brain that make you feel good.

The bottom line is that you should keep a check on yourself and refrain from becoming a couch potato. If your local gym is closed, you can choose any corner or room in your house where you can stretch out and work out.

#4 Take Care of Your Mental Health

Understandably, many of us are suffering from the pandemic blues. The good thing, however, is that there is a cure to everything. If you feel lonely, don’t alienate yourself from your family and friends. Keep your support system close to your heart while cutting out toxic people from your life.

Another way to take care of your mental health is to engage in daily meditation. You should also try to keep your thoughts positive by practicing positive affirmations. Our thoughts have a profound impact on our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Therefore, make it a priority to only allow happy thoughts to enter your mind. Positivity is the key to a happy life.

Lastly, also make sure to consume a healthy diet. Avoid junk food, and don’t forget to take all your vitamins.

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Jason Vredenburg, RD

Jason Vredenburg is a nutrition writer with over twenty years of experience as a Registered Dietitian. He has researched and written nu

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