Small Healthier Swaps for 2021

Small Healthier Swaps for 2021

There is no arguing about it, 2020 has been a tough year for most. Indeed, at a time when people are normally brimming with enthusiasm for New Year’s resolutions and making their lifestyle healthier, things are a lot more low key. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can make at least some small positive steps. In fact instead of setting yourself massive and challenging resolutions that are all too easy to fail on, why not try implementing small healthier swaps for 2021?

Small Healthier Swaps for 2021 : Swap Veganuary for one veggie meal a week 

You will have heard and seen a lot about Veganuary on the TV and online, and of course, it’s a super smart idea. After all, when are people most likely to try a major change to the way they eat? 

For many people, the thought of changing every meal they and their families eat for an entire month is a whole lot of work and inconvenience. Not to mention the fact that they may face resistance from family members and discover that it isn’t easy to stick to themselves. That is why instead, doing a less intense version of Vegaunary may be a much better approach. 

Such an approach involves picking a day (or two) each week and eating vegetarian and vegan food then, and normal food for the rest of the time. Of course, the advantages of this approach are many, not least that you can gently ease yourself into this way of eating, which over the long term can help you maintain your momentum and stay successful. 

For anyone considering Veganism, I made the jump in December 2019 and am full vegan now and have never felt healthier.

Small Healthier Swaps for 2021 : Swap quitting smoking cold turkey for using a nicotine replacement

Anyone that has smoked knows that quitting is a tall order, and quitting cold turkey is the toughest way to do things. The good news is that it is also not the only way to quit. This is because there are things like nicotine replacement products that allow smokers to skill receive the chemical that they are addicted to without having to take in all that bad stuff that is in tobacco. 

Indeed, there is a range of products on the market including sprays, patches and lozenges. All of which can be used to gradually reduce the amount of nicotine a person uses and so help them to quit more gently. 

Another similar option is to use a vape pen instead. The great thing about this option is that you get the sense of smoking without taking in all the chemicals in cigarettes. You can also use stores that stock vape supplies to buy delicious tasting liquids. They also come in a range of nicotine strengths so you can use them to wean yourself off entirely over time. 

Joining the gym for walking around your neighbourhood  

Even if you wanted to, you couldn’t join a gym right now because of the lockdown situation. All is not lost, however, because instead of ending up as a January Gym bunny and a February gym casualty why not take the opportunity to start an exercise particle that is more manageable in the long term?

We are talking walking here, either around your neighbourhood or a country park. You may even wish to transition to jogging or running later on as your fitness improves?

Deep Relaxation: What Is It? And How Do You Do It?

Deep Relaxation: What Is It? And How Do You Do It?

Do you sometimes feel like you’re unable to relax, no matter what you try? Deep relaxation is not just something that has a place on Instagram. You could benefit from it if you live a busy life, are stressed or never seem to adequately “catch up” with yourself. The idea here is to go beyond standard relaxation techniques and reset your body, priming it for rest and recovery. 

A lot of people conflate relaxation with laziness. We believe that if we take time to ourselves, we’re somehow procrastinating and losing focus on our goals. 

It turns out, though, that relaxation is a biological necessity. Without it, you can start feeling burned out. 

Think about how the majority of people would like to arrange their days. Most would like an 8-8-8 split: eight hours working, eight hours resting, and eight hours sleeping. 

This routine didn’t develop by chance. It’s a consequence of our biology. When we obey this routine, we’re at our best. 

Unfortunately, for most people, the split is more like nine hours working, two hours resting, seven hours worrying about family, and six hours sleep. 

That’s why deep relaxation is so essential. It gives your body the time it needs to switch off, unwind, and carry out necessary repair work. 

But how do you relax in a deep and purposeful way? Take a look at these hints and tips. 

Listen To Soothing Music

Listening to soothing music is one of the most powerful tools you can use to achieve deep relaxation. Melodies have a way of bypassing your higher brain structures and going straight to the pain centres, deactivating them and elevating your mood.  

Try listening to something complex too. Simple beats are fine, but you may find that you achieve deeper relaxation when the music itself is interesting. 

Find Ways To Relax The Body

The body and mind aren’t two separate entities. Instead, they’re one and the same. Sensations in the body affect the mind, and vice versa. The link between the two is quite extraordinary. 

For that reason, it is important to find ways to relax the body. Once you put it in a good place, the mind usually follows. 

There are lots of ways to relax the body. You could try Pilates, use vaporizers or simply take herbal supplements, like ashwagandha. 

Try Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Progressive muscle relaxation is one of the simplest and most potent ways to eliminate the stress from your body and feel better quickly. 

The way it works is simple. Lie on a mat or your bed, and then focus on consciously relaxing all your muscles, working your way up from your feet to your head. 

When doing this, take your time. Make sure that each body part is fully relaxed before moving onto the next one. 

It might sound a little strange consciously eliminating the strain from each of your muscles, but the technique is incredibly potent. You often only realize how tense you were afterwards. 

Take A Walk In The Woods

Taking a walk is a great way to de-stress – as is spending time in the woods. Combining both, though, is a surefire way to improve how you feel and totally change your perspective on your situation.