Taking time to work on fitness is a great means of working on overall health, yet it’s far from the only thing we need to do. Self-care is more than a run in the morning or a spin class at night. Truly caring for your health requires more work, but it’s work that feels good to do.

Healthy Eating

Eating heavy, greasy food can leave us feeling sluggish and tired. Unsurprising, then, that eating healthy foods can make our bodies feel better. That’s because our gut contains trillions of tiny bacteria that help our bodies become healthier. When you eat a diet that contains probiotic foods like yogurt and kefir, you’re helping your gut produce the feel-good hormone known as serotonin.

To start making changes to your diet, set aside some time to go shopping every week — or multiple times a week if you prefer buying in smaller batches — and get lots of fresh foods. If you’re unsure where to start, there are plenty of healthy recipes available online with enough variation to keep you excited. Lean protein and fiber keep your stomach feeling full, but they are also good for health and weight loss.

After you buy the groceries, make time for meal prepping. Putting together healthy meals can be made simpler with the right appliances, such as an electric pressure cooker. Just throw the ingredients into the pressure cooker, and let them cook while you go to work. When you come back, you’ll not only have dinner ready, but you’ll also have leftovers for future meals. Try making a few healthy meals with the pressure cooker, such as beef and vegetable stew, salmon and asparagus, and even a whole roast chicken.

Unfortunately, many of us simply don’t have the time it takes to go shopping and plan out our meals every week. Thankfully, there are fresh food delivery services that can aid in weight loss by helping you stick to your new, healthier diet. Not only do they bring the food you need — with recipes provided — straight to your door, but they also provide the portion control many of us struggle to maintain. With fresh food readily available, it’s even easier to stick to our meal plans and get new foods into our diets.

Change Up Your Fitness

Part of what makes exercise work is that it induces stress. While this controlled stress can be good for our bodies, there are ways to exercise that produce relaxation as well. This can help us lower our stress levels, both from work and home life. Yoga can build muscle while simultaneously lowering blood pressure and cortisol levels, and may even keep us more flexible. It focuses on mindfulness and deep breathing, both of which can bring us peace of mind. If it’s too strenuous for you, try tai chi, which is a gentle way of moving the body. As it may not be as physically demanding as other forms of exercise, it’s important to incorporate tai chi into our routines rather than to rely on it. It’s soothing, calming, and can be an excellent way to cool down after a workout or keep moving on your “off” days.

Work on Healing

Our bodies can become out of sync or our emotional state may be tumultuous, and we may not know why. Part of really caring for ourselves is paying attention to how we feel and doing what we can to notice and fix any issues. One way of doing this is through intuitive healing. This form of healing uses all five senses to process what may be going on with our bodies. This can be done in multiple ways, such as visualization, imagery, or even just sitting in our bodies and feeling any changes or energy blocks. This can involve a form of meditation or using your dreams as guidance to understand where you need to put your energy to fully heal.

Create a Bedroom Paradise

Many of us know that sleep is essential for good health. Your bedroom directly contributes to how well you might rest. Keep your room free from clutter and distraction. Also, this is your sleep space, not where you work; it’s a place to relax and unwind. Keep electronics, including TVs, out of the bedroom, as this can condition your body not to be sleepy in bed. Instead, create a sleep sanctuary by making it as dark, quiet, and cool as you physically can. These things can help you sleep deeply at night and get good, restorative rest.

There are plenty of ways you can transform your life and be the healthiest version of yourself. With a bit of help from food delivery services, exercise that fuels your body and soul, healing, and serenity, you may see a marked improvement in the overall quality of your life. After all, we all deserve to feel good each and every single day.

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