Friday, 30 October 2015

5 Things you can change NOW to improve your health, mood and brain function

1. Drink some water
Take a sip right now!  You'll feel more energized and will be less likely to fall victim of a headache - dehydration is the number 1 cause of common headaches.

2.  Sit up straighter.
 You were slumping over just then, weren't you? I was, too, until I caught myself. Notice how when you sit up straighter, you feel better.  Making a conscious effort to keep your spine straight and shoulders back can have a hugely positive impact on your health and  you’ll instantly look better when you are sitting straight! If your core (and that includes your back ) is strong enough it will encourage you to sit up straight and change how you look in an instant.

3. Take a few deep breaths. 
When's the last time today or this week that you sat back in your chair and paid attention to your breathing patterns, focusing on taking big, deep breaths? Carve out a few minutes for mindful breathing (as new age as that sounds) and you'll feel more revived.

4. Eat More Fish.

Specifically oily fish such as Salmon, Herring, Mackerel, Trout and Tuna. These fish are excellent sources of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids which are important to the body for lowering "bad" LDL cholesterol and increasing the amount of "good" HDL cholesterol in your system which lead to better circulatory health, and a lower overall risk of heart disease. If you don't like fish then try taking high quality Fish Oil supplements with your meals each day in order to see some of the same benefits.  What’s more it’s brain and mood food!  Getting your Essential Fatty Acids in the right proportion has been shown to significantly improve brain function and enhance mood.

5. Focus on the positive. 
Too often we find ourselves in situations where all we seem to do is to concentrate on the negative forces affecting our lives while neglecting or even ignoring the positive ones altogether. Try to take the time each day to examine the good things in your life and to appreciate them even in the face of adversity. Taking the time to appreciate the beauty in life will go a long way towards reducing depression, lowering stress levels and in general help to promote a better overall sense of health and well being .

If you are willing to take the time, small changes can really lead to big improvements.

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