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5 Steps to Healthy Living

By AnnabelK 27 Jan 2021

1. Snack healthy & stay hydrated

Drinking eight glasses of water and avoiding sugary treats isn’t always easy. Fruit, yogurt coated rice cakes, nuts & seeds, dark chocolate and cereal bars are great examples of healthy, but tasty treats.

Strawberries - Just a cup contains the daily recommended intake of Vitamin C. They contain folate, which protects the heart. Strawberries also help whiten your teeth naturally. Who doesn’t love a bright smile?  

Bananas - They are loaded with potassium, which can lower blood pressure. Bananas are one of the best sources of resistant starch, a fibre that boosts your metabolism. 

Oranges - One medium orange a day offers the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C. They will boost your immune system and provide an excellent source of fibre, calcium and B vitamins. 

Almonds - A great source of healthy fats, and very tasty too! Almonds provide magnesium, copper and Vitamin E. They also regularise digestion and help with weight loss. 



2. Substitute tea & coffee with herbal infusions

Herbal teas have lots of excellent properties. Depending on the herbal tea you choose, they can help strengthen the immune system, reduce sleep issues, anxiety and stress, relieve pain, and boost focus and concentration. 

Chamomile Tea - Has relaxant properties, perfect after a stressful day of classes, or before an exam. It also soothes the stomach and skin irritations. 

Peppermint Tea - Stimulates the immune system and aids digestion. It's also good for cramps. 

Rosehip Tea - Is great for the immune system, due to high vitamin C levels, and it can also detoxify the body.

Kava Root Tea - Eliminates stress and anxiety, induces healthy sleep, and it calms the mind.



3. Plan & Prep! 

Have you ever considered how much money and time you could save by cooking in advance? Plenty. 

Do a weekly food shop. Make the most of weekends to prepare and freeze meals. You will feel so proud when you don’t have to cook after a busy day. You’ll save money and eat much healthier in the long run.

Need some inspiration?

https://www.jamieoliver.com/family/student-friendly-meals/


4. Establish good sleep hygiene

Getting a good night’s sleep can make such a difference to your physical health, emotional wellbeing, and academic performance. Here are some tricks you could try...

Before: 

  • Avoid any bright screen, yes this includes your phone, at least an hour before bed.

  • Read a book

  • Do some Yoga or meditate

  • Drink chamomile tea

  • Try aromatherapy

During:

  • Don’t charge your phone by your bed

  • Darken your room

  • Avoid high temperatures

  • Try an eye mask & ear plugs 

After:

  • Let some natural light in 

  • Use a clock radio (avoid snooze!)

  • Drink some water

  • Plan a healthy breakfast – How about eggs, spinach & avo on toast? Delicious! 

  • Get active, why not try an online workout?


5. Find time for self-care

What gives you joy? If you’re not sure, why not try out some of these ideas? 

  • Chat with friends and family, this includes animals obviously.

  • Go for a walk and get some fresh air

  • Listen to music

  • Spend less time on social media

  • Keep a gratitude journal

  • Learn something new

  • Try a DIY face mask

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