Feeling tired? Stressed? A little bit of both? You’re not alone. In today’s world, it seems like everyone is struggling to find ways to manage their energy and look their best. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to feel healthy and 5 ways to look better in a week.
Why are my energy levels so low?
This is a great question and I’m so glad you’re ready to start to feel healthy. The first step is to identify the root of your problem.
Are you not getting quality sleep? Are you eating foods that are causing you blood sugar problems? Is your blood sugar out of whack? Or are you just constantly stressed out? Once you’ve identified the cause, it’ll be a lot easier to find a solution.
Get a check up!
In addition, it’s important to get your hormones and thyroid tested. Getting blood work done can give you insight into things going on that you cannot see with the naked eye. You may be deficient in Vitamin D or B which can effect your energy level.
Lack of energy is a common symptom of many types of health problems like heart disease, many forms of cancer, sclerosis, and autoimmune diseases. Fatigue may also indicate mental health issues such as depression or panic attacks. Several medications cause fatigue.
Get checked out so that you can rule out causes of low energy levels and start to work towards ways to feel healthy, more empowered, and energized.
To improve your health, pay attention to your protein.
When it comes to your diet, are you getting enough lean protein? Protein helps with the control of blood sugar and helps with digestion. Anything that slows down digestion will make you feel lethargic. Typical lean protein sources include chicken, fish, eggs and nuts, low-carb yogurt, milk, tofu and peanut butter.
Making sure you have the right balance between your protein, carbs, and fats will definitely aid in a more sustainable energy level.
How can I feel healthy immediately?
If you’re looking for a quick fix, there are a few things you can do to get an immediate energy boost. First, try drinking plenty of water. Dehydration is one of the leading causes of fatigue so make sure you’re getting enough fluids throughout the day.
You could also try exercising or eating healthy snacks like fresh fruits and vegetables. But I’m guessing you’ve heard a lot of these suggestions before and still feeling frustrated with your overall health.
Limit alcohol and caffeine
Some people might believe that drinking makes them feel better, but alcohol is a depressant and will actually negatively impact your energy. Surprisingly, caffeine affects your moods as well.
Both alcohol and caffeine can be harmful for the body and cause blood sugar and sleep issues like insomnia. Poor sleep, which includes but is not limited to an inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, will directly impact your energy and the way to look better.
Balance is always the key
Having a balance with both caffeine and alcohol will help you feel more energized and look better at the same time!
What does it mean to feel energetic and have good health?
Do you have to eat leafy greens, carrot and celery sticks all day? No, it certainly does not. Don’t worry, the last thing I will ask you to do is a juice cleanse, so take a breath and don’t fret.
I’m not strictly opposed to a juice cleanse, it’s just that you will need to do a fair share of research to find one that aligns well with your goals. Make sure to watch your blood sugar!
However, having a healthy relationship with food and exercise will help to improve your immune system, stabilize mood swings, and boost your overall wellbeing.
Skipping meals is a red flag for good energy and health.
Skipping meals sets you up for low energy, irritability, and overeating later in the day or evening. When you do eat, make sure to choose healthy foods that will give your body the fuel it needs. This means plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.
Healthy people have sustainable energy throughout the day, stable mood, consistent sleep, as well as a healthy work-life balance. This does not have to happen over night, but something you can work towards.
How can I improve my physical health in a week?
Your health is a combination of many things. Feeling good all around will include your mental health as well as your spiritual health. If you’re looking for specific ways to improve your health in just one week, here are some helpful tips:
- Drink a lot of water. Drink a glass of water instead of fruit juices or soft drinks which can save you 240 calories. Water benefits your skin, your cells, your digestion, and often helps you feel more satiated.
You can easily mistake hunger for thirst, so making sure you’re hydrated will create more of a satiated sensation vs eating every time you are actually thirsty.
- Watch our for excess sodium. Too much sodium will cause you to feel and look more bloated than what is comfortable. Sodium also retains water which causes you to feel “puffy”.
- Don’t restrict! There is a difference with finding balance with your food choices and completely restricting foods that you want and enjoy. If you desire dark chocolate, by all means have some! Dark chocolate can fit into a mood-boosting, healthy diet.
- Restriction usually leads to bingeing or overeating your normal calorie intake, so finding balance will improve your your overall well being drastically.
- Be mindful to get enough daily fiber. Fiber is filling and satiating, aids in digestion, and a great source of vitamins and nutrients that help you feel more full and therefore less likely to overeat.
- Practice mindfulness and positive thinking. The research shows that there is scientific evidence that gratitude and positive thinking helps your immunity and boosts your health. The body and mind are so closely connected, therefore thinking positively and being grateful causes your body to feel better too.
- Have a gentle daily exercise regimen. You don’t have to be extreme in your calorie burn lose weight, burn fat, or to feel better. Daily exercise has multiple benefits such as improved eye sight, lower cholesterol, improves lean muscles and bone density, and can normalize blood pressure. It certainly can improve your mood and mental health as well!
- Prioritize your sleep. Sleep is a powerful foundation to feeling physically better right away. If sleep has been a challenge, practice mindful meditation, yoga Nidra (yoga for sleep) or find other ways to wind down from your stressful day, put away your anxious thoughts and drift off to dream land.
- However you engage spiritually, make sure you are carving out time to do that. Whether it is connecting with nature or reading your bible, or simply meditating, this is an important component of overall physical health.
How long does it take to start feeling healthy?
Again, this will not happen overnight. However, if you make small changes and gradually add in more healthy habits overtime, you will start to see a difference over time.
As recommended above, focus on eating whole foods, drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly. Adding these simple habits into your daily life can have quick and long lasting impact.
Slow and steady wins the race
Be willing to see slow and steady results vs needing a quick fix. Most people give up when they don’t see immediate results. Clearly, that mindset does not serve anyone.
As soon as you start taking positive steps to have more energy and do the things you know you can do to look better, you will feel healthier right away!
What does it mean to feel healthy?
For you to feel healthy, it means what you want it to mean. You get to decide how you want to feel and choose the path that will get you there.
You can start by making some simple changes in your lifestyle. How you move, what you eat and drink, how you think and feel, and how you manage stress all play a role in your overall health.
When it comes to being healthy, there is no one-size-fits-all answer.
It’s critical to figure out what works best for you rather than comparing your plan to others’, and do the activities that make your life happy.
If you merely adhere to what others are doing or push yourself beyond your body’s natural limits, you will eventually give up and remain trapped in your unhealthy, unhappy rut.
How does a healthy body feel?
A healthy body feels strong, capable, and resilient. It has plenty of energy to do the things you love and can easily adapt to stressors or challenges. A healthy body is free from pain and inflammation, has good circulation, balanced hormones, and a clear mind.
When all of these pieces are working together in harmony, it’s easy for you to feel unstoppable.
How can you tell if you are unhealthy?
There are many signs that can indicate whether or not you are unhealthy. If you frequently feel tired, have trouble concentrating, get sick often, have aches and pains, or are carrying around extra weight, these could be signs that your body is trying to tell you something.
It’s critical to pay attention to these signals and make adjustments as needed, as you grow older, so that they suit your lifestyle and are long-term. That is critical for you to be able to adapt as your body demands it.
How can I look better quickly?
It is safe to say that once you start implementing ways to physically feel better, you will also look better. When you feel good, you look good!
5 Ways to look better in a week.
- First of all, relax and know that you’re on the right path. By taking baby steps to feel better, you will look better too. The recommendations above will build your confidence and energy, therefore your reflection in the mirror is going to reflect back empowerment.
- Self-love guided mediations are life changing. If self-loathing and self-criticism is apart of your daily dialogue, that needs to shift. Guided meditations are a great and quick approach to help you establish new neural connections, allowing self-hatred to be a thing of the past. You will look better if you love yourself better.
- Get moving. Physical movement helps decrease depression and/or anxiety, creating more emotional balance, therefore feeling better and looking better. Exercise sends those lovely endorphins soaring helping feel more confident and comfortable in your body.
- Eating healthy is not a fad or a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. If you’re eating certain foods that are processed, your skin will look dull and lifeless. When you put clean fuel in your body, glowing skin, shiny hair and increased energy are just some of the benefits you’ll reap. Who doesn’t want that?
- Don’t expect overnight results. In a week, can you look and feel better? Most certainly. Does that imply your weight-loss goal or health goals has been met? No. As previously said, be patient. Be prepared to stick with a new mentality for the long run in order to achieve lasting results over time.
You’ve now got all of the tools and methods to feel more energetic as well as 5 ways to look better in a week. People frequently concentrate solely on weight.
I want you to consider your health in a broader light. It’s about managing stress, mood, sleep, nutrients you consume, your overall diet, overall self-care.
You’ve got this. Start with baby steps and reach out for support so that you don’t have to do this alone.
Lesley Goth, PsyD is a sustainable weight loss coach who focuses on health and wellness from the inside out. To learn more about Lesley and her free masterclass called, How to Change Your Shape and Stay that way Without Eating Crazy Things or Pulling a Muscle at the Gym, click here.