5 Ways To Keep Yourself Healthy

sleep Lookup any article or video on how to become successful and you’ll probably hear the words grind and hustle. The internet has glorified these terms to the point that young people are romanticizing long hours of hard work and sleepless nights. Success is now a calendar filled with submission dates, a journal of to-do lists, and an alarm clock that’s always set to ring at 5 am every morning. However, it’s not always about the hustle and the grind. As the old saying goes, health is wealth. Money means success, but so does good health and happiness. Here’s a list of 5 ways to keep yourself healthy even when you’re working towards a dream.

Get enough sleep

Waking up at 5 am everyday is great especially if your goal is to accomplish as many tasks as you can. But you should not compromise sleep in exchange for productivity. Even without fully understanding the importance of sleep and how it affects our bodies, we can differentiate the feeling of waking up after a full 8 hour sleep compared to waking up after a mere 3 hour nap. Many studies have also shown that getting a good night’s sleep can help you become more vigilant and focused throughout the day.

Add fruits and vegetables to your diet

With your busy schedule, it’s easier to grab lunch from the drive-thru compared to preparing a healthy meal at home. But these highly processed foods can be damaging to your body in the long run. Start by incorporating fruits and vegetables into your diet. You can start with fruits you like and then slowly progress into green leafy vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are highly packed with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. They can also help your body fight against chronic illnesses, help improve brain development, and can even help your skin glow. It’s difficult to trade convenience for a healthy alternative, but trust us, your body will thank you in the future.

Stop smoking

Do you find yourself reaching for a stick of cigarette every time you’re stressed? It’s easier said than done but for you to be healthy, you should stop smoking. If you’ve been smoking for a long time, the best way to stop is to stop it right away – cold turkey. You will experience withdrawals. You will feel groggy and irritated but this period of withdrawal is better than a lifetime of dependence on nicotine.

Protect your skin

Aside from the fact that it is one of the biggest contributors to wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, the sun can also cause skin cancer. If your work requires you to spend a significant amount of time under the sun, it is important that you take the extra time to put on sunscreen before heading out the door.

Practice self-care

You don’t notice it but the way you view yourself can greatly affect your work ethic and ultimately your health. One way you can make yourself feel better is to do little effort such as organizing your bedroom, writing down in your journal, or even watching that Netflix show you’ve been reading about on Twitter. Although physical health is important, mental and psychological health play big roles in your overall health as well. There’s nothing wrong with seizing the day but if it’s taking a toll on your overall health, it’s time to reevaluate your priorities.