9 things that you could do throughout the day to feel better

#1 As soon as you wake up drink 500-millileters of cold water

This isn’t the most pleasant thing, especially if you don’t like the taste of water. But the benefits of doing this everyday could be worth the 60 seconds of discomfort.

Drinking water like this first thing in the morning will help your metabolism wake up with, and don’t forget that you just slept 6-8 hours, so your body and brain needs that water. Also this can help the food that you eat for breakfest digest better, and help you from over eating. 

 

#2 Parking Lot Lunges

Take a minute to stretch your hip flexors after your morning Alot of people have long commutes or sit down at work longer then they sleep, sound familiar? Take a minute to stretch your hip flexors after your morning, it could make your day go a little smoother.

The Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safet reports that  prolonged sitting squeezes the blood vessels in the muscles reducing blood supply…insufficient blood supply accelerates fatigue and makes the muscles prone to injury.” So before you clock in, put one leg on the edge of your car or some steps and lunge into a deep hip stretch. Hold each side for 30-seconds.

#3 Take care of your eyes!

People sometimes overlook how important ocular health is, Devote 60-seconds of your day to removing your eye make up, hydrate your contacts, or putting on your glasses.

Squinting throughout the day could trigger headaches, so make sure to wear your glasses when needed, and shades to keep the sun out of your eyes. This also helps prevent dry and tired eyes, and use natural tears drops to refresh your eyes or contacts. You only get one pair of eyes, so take care of them.

#4 effects of music

On the ride to work, on break, or during work if possible, make music part your day. Music has an incredible effect over us humans, certain songs can lift your spirits and put a smile on your face.

So make a playlist of the music that you enjoy and have good vibes waiting on deck when you need it.

#5 Quick core exercises

Your core is a crucial part of your body thatworks hand and hand with your lower and upper body.  

Physicians at Mayo Clinic, report that, “core exercises train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony. This leads to better balance and stability in daily activities.

” So whenever you take a break, do a quick core exercise, using bathroom breaks as a reminder to get up and move around multiple times a day. 

#6 watch your blood sugar levels

A common reason why we feel down in the middle of the day is your blood sugar levels might be out of whack.

The American Diabetes Association says that blood sugar levels naturally rise after a meal. If they drop to low, side effects can occur like dizziness, trouble thinking, headache, and shaking.

 Keep your levels and energy up by eating a quick healthy snack and don’t let yourself starve.

#7 Daylight is your friend

Daylight is a natural stimulant, the mental and visual stimulation that we get from sun light can regulate our circadian rhythms, and studies have shown that a naturally lit environment means we feel comfort and get more done. 

So open the blinds or crack a window to feel the sun on your skin. If you for some reason don’t have access to windows or it’s winter time, you could invest in Energy lights, like the Phillips goLITE. These are small devices that use your special receptors in your eyes to absorb the light the same way they absorb daylight, and you’ll experience a energy boost.

#8 smile

Everyone knows that a smile can trigger happiness, even a fake one. 

The act of smiling is recognized by Your brain identifies a smile with happiness and could cause a release of endorphins that will boost your serotonin levels.

A study from Scientific America found that people with cosmetic Botox that were physically unable to frownwere actually happier on average, weird but true. 

#9 power of gratitude

 

 Dr. Emma Seppala, from Stanford University,  studies the power of gratitude and how it’s linked to increasing optimism, altruism, social connection, and health.

Her research concluded that we “can take charge of our well-being by…cultivating your gratitude.” So take a minute and write down one great thing that happened during the day, and if you do this everyday, you will have a list of great things that happend to you, to reflect on.