What to Do When Your Body Feels Out of Whack

Start practicing some of these wellness tips and feel more like yourself when it comes to your health. When your body feels out of whack, start here. What to Do When Your Body Feels Out of Whack ~ Tipsaholic.com #health #dailypractices #wellness

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Sluggish, foggy, fatigued, yucky – these are words we sometimes use to describe our day-to-day health. Often we turn to caffeine or sugar to get us through the day and experience a crash later on. Everyone’s body feels “out of sorts” now and then, but if you feel that your body’s been in a rut and you want to get out, here are some things you can try to get yourself back on track.

 

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is one of those super-substances your body loves. It does a lot of the leg work when it comes to how we function and getting the right amount can help our bodies get back on track. The easiest way to get Vitamin D is by being exposed to sunlight, as the body naturally produces the vitamin as a result. But if you’re also trying to protect your skin from damage, the sunscreen you’re using is probably blocking D production as well and you may need to try a supplement or consume more vitamin D foods, fortified or natural. Some of the best sources are salmon and fortified milk.

 

Exercise

This is the tip that makes it on every health improvement list, and it’s there for a reason. Exercise is the number one way to start feeling better and improving your overall health. Take things slow and start with a little bit of walking. Don’t overdo it or you’ll be so sore that you won’t want to move the next day! And remember that any movement is better than no movement at all, whether it is lifting weights while you watch TV in the evenings or just getting up and down from your office chair a few more times in a day.

 

B Vitamins

B vitamins might be what you need if you’re looking for a pick-me-up. B vitamins have been known to promote healthy skin and hair, energy, and kick problems like anemia and “brain fog,” and these are just a few of the benefits. Try eating foods high in the B’s (like eggs, beef, dark greens, and yogurt) or taking a B complex supplement if you’re feeling sluggish.

 

Meditation and relaxation

Stress and anxiety can do some crazy things to your mind and body, and it uses up many of the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Start trying to cut back on the things that stress you out and you are bound to start feeling better. Say “no” more often when it comes to things you really don’t want to do. Say “yes” more often when it comes to treating yourself right and doing things you love. And try spending a few minutes each day in quite thought, or meditation. Meditation can help you learn to quiet your mind and observe more often than you react, which helps to lower your stress overall.

 

Hydrate

Drinking water is the easiest thing you can do, right now, to start feeling better. Water helps “wash” things through your body, including in your digestion, kidneys, bladder, and circulatory system. This means better health, better skin, and more energy. Try filling a pitcher with water and put it in the fridge each morning so you have access to a cold drink all day long, making a goal to get through the whole pitcher. Try adding citrus or flavorings if plain water doesn’t usually appeal to you.

 

Cut sugar

This may sound like the hardest tip on the list, but it may have the greatest payoff. Sugar, specifically sugar that isn’t naturally a part of a food, can really do a number on your body. It’s in so many foods these days that a person really has to make an effort to cut back. Start watching the labels on the foods you eat and stay below 6 grams of sugar per serving as often as possible. The recommended amount of added sugar for the average man is no more than 37.5 grams per day and for a woman, no more than 25 grams. One big way to cut back – eliminate sugary drinks (soda and fruit juice) from your diet.

 

Sleep more

It may seem impossible. You may wonder where you’re going to find the extra minutes. But sleep can do amazing things for your mind and body and it’s got to be a priority! How about putting down your phone 30 minutes earlier tonight? How about watching one less episode of your favorite show on Netflix? How about skipping that last load of laundry or delegating some of the chores to someone else? Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and just knowing that you got that extra little bit of sleep can sometimes help you power through the afternoon doldrums the next day.

 

By using one of these tips, or better yet, combining a few of them, you’re bound to start feeling better. Then maybe you’ll be using words like healthy and energized to describe yourself and you can say goodbye to those sluggish days!

 

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added four kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

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10 Practices to Boost Emotional Wellness

Life can really wear on your emotional health. Take up a few of these practices to boost your emotional wellness and start feeling great! 10 Practices to Boost Emotional Wellness ~ Tipsaholic.com #health #wellness #practices

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If you’ve been feeling down, stressed, and overwhelmed, it’s probably time to take some steps to reset your emotional health. These are ten practices we suggest to really boost your emotional wellness, and the key to it all is to start today, even with just one, to get yourself back on the track to feeling your best. Once you’ve gained some momentum, add a few more to your health arsenal and continue to make these practices a daily priority.

 

1. Meditate

We’re not talking about sitting and chanting ancient words of wisdom with your legs folded at odd angles (although you can do that if you like!). We’re talking about taking a few minutes each day to focus on one thing – your breathing. The practice of quieting your mind and giving yourself permission to stop multi-tasking for a moment has numerous benefits, least of which is an improved, more calm approach as you go about your day. If you’re not sure where to start or exactly how to focus your mind, try this simple guide.

 

2. Do something you love

Whether it’s a nature walk, tennis, crafting, or a wild night out with friends, say “Yes!” to taking time for the things you love to do. A few hours away from the monotony of daily living can do wonders for your mood and there’s no better way to spend that time than exploring your passions.

 

3. Talk to someone you trust

Your mom, a sister, or a best friend who’s willing to listen to your complaints, worries, and secrets can often be the remedy to a rotten day. Sometimes all you need is to let it all out in order to start feeling better. Bonus: sometimes your most trusted confidant can give you great advice.

 

4. Spend time improving you relationship with your SO

It’s easy to lost sight of what’s important and feel distant from our significant others when going through the motions of life. Stop passing like two ships in the night and make an effort to really be together. Get a sitter and have a date night with one of these ideas. Take a walk after dinner. Wake up early to talk and watch the sun rise over a cup of coffee. Do things you love to do and remember why you chose each other in the first place. There’s nothing quite so reassuring and healthy as a solid relationship.

 

5. Say “no”

You heard me. School bake sale? No. Take a difficult client at the office? No. Cook dinner tonight? No. However crazy it sounds, you will be happier and healthier if you can adopt this practice and make yourself more of a priority. You don’t have to say “no” all the time, but if you really don’t want to do something, don’t!

 

6. Learn something new

It’s been proven time and time again – those who continue to learn and develop their minds are less likely to become depressed and more likely to avoid health problems like Dementia later in life. Take classes for something that interests you. Watch videos online to learn a new technique or skill. Read “how to” books. Travel! There’s a whole world of knowledge out there and people are more willing than ever to share it.

 

7. Write down your feelings

Even if you’re not much of a journal person, a small notebook or file on your computer can be the perfect outlet for your frustrations, hopes, disappointments, and deepest sorrows. Writing things down is like decluttering the mind. You can hold on to and remember the good things and purge yourself of the bad.

 

8. Ask for help

Sometimes life just gets overwhelming. There are too many things to do. Too many responsibilities. Too many sleepless nights. Too many voices trying to tell you what will make you happy, wealthy, smarter, and more amazing in every way… but never enough time. When you feel you have reached your limit, reach for someone who can help you. Ask a friend to drive the kids to school, ask Mom to help you clean your bathrooms, or ask a coworker to take a little more of the workload for a few days. Swallow your pride, if that’s what it takes, and ask for help.

 

9. Get rid of clutter

Even science tells us that clutter can be our mind’s worst enemy. Depression and stress can be brought on or made worse if your car, home, or workspace fall victim to disorganization. Take some time to declutter. Get rid of things you don’t use, don’t wear, don’t love, or don’t want. Organize what’s left using a few tips like these and you’ll be on your way to total emotional wellness.

 

10. Take care of yourself

All the emotional wellness practices in the world won’t make a difference if you aren’t taking care of yourself physically. Simple daily exercise, smart eating, regular doctor visits, and getting yourself dressed and ready each day are great ways to boost your mood from the outside in.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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