When you think about ways to become a more Godly woman, is taking care of your health on the list?
Most of us don’t associate being healthy with being Godly, but the fact is that it is difficult if not impossible to do all of the amazing things God has for us or to be the amazing woman God has called us to be when we don’t take care of ourselves like we should.
We get exhausted, worn down and ill, instead of energetic, passionate and joyful. No one wants that, and yet we do it to ourselves all the time.
So why don’t we take better care of ourselves, starting today?
Taking better care of your health doesn’t have to be that difficult. You don’t have to live at the gym or eat nothing but kale and quinoa.
Instead, the path to better health starts by making small, easy and meaningful improvements every day.
Not sure where to start?
Here are 10 easy things you can do to improve your health today.
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1. Get the Resources You Need
For many people, one of the biggest obstacles to living a healthy lifestyle isn’t a lack of desire, but the fact that they just don’t know where to start or they don’t know how to make changes in a way that will actually work for them.
Trust me, I understand the overwhelm!
Thankfully, finding great resources really doesn’t have to be as hard as it seems.
- Get on Pinterest and do a search for your specific condition or symptom
- Look through the articles that pop up — do any look relevant and helpful?
- Read a few articles – are they well-written and informative? Encouraging and positive?
- If so – Take some time to browse the rest of the site, specifically an “about” page, which you can usually find near the top somewhere. Is it a site dedicated to your specific condition or symptom, a site about health in general, or is that article a little off-topic for the site? What’s the angle?
- Next, if the site looks pretty helpful – is it a website run by an impersonal company or a blog run by a person (like this one). See if you can find contact information for the author. If you have a specific question – shoot them an email! Chances are, even if they aren’t the person to help you, they likely know of someone who can.
2. Slowly Make Healthier Food Choices
This is something I’ve been doing lately, and let me tell you, it is easy to get overwhelmed!
Instead of trying to go super healthy all the time all at once, though, work on gradually making small changes that will add up to a big difference.
- The next time you cook dinner, cook a double batch and freeze the second half so you can have a home-cooked meal instead of hitting the drive thru next time you’re in a rush.
- Try sprinkling a few extra veggies in the dinners you usually cook or swapping out a few ingredients for a simple, easy upgrade.
- Enjoy fresh fruits or nuts instead of grabbing for chips or crackers every time.
- Add an extra healthy (but still super yummy!) dinner to your usual weeknight rotation.
Making simple changes like these may not feel like “enough,” but they really allow you to experiment and try out new foods in a way that is fun and enjoyable, instead of overwhelming and depriving.
3. Get Enough Sleep
Okay, I know this is easier said than done (trust me, I know!), but getting enough sleep is absolutely essential for your health.
- Avoid stimulating coffees, sodas and screen time too close to bedtime.
- Set an alarm to remind you to start getting ready for bed.
- Keep your bedroom cool, dark and quiet. You might even invest in black-out shades or a fan if you can (we have both.)
Lately I’ve even been using a sleep-tracking app to help keep me accountable for how much sleep I’m getting each night. We’ll see if it helps!
Hate exercising or think you don’t have the time? There are actually TONS of ways to fit more fitness into your day no matter which obstacles stand in your way.
- Strap the baby in the stroller and walk around the neighborhood.
- Take little ones for a bike ride.
- Actually play with your kids at the park instead of just watching from the sidelines.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever you can.
- Do squats or crunches during commercial breaks.
Exercising doesn’t have to be this huge, time-consuming task. You really can fit it into your day-to-day routine if you are intentional about it. Start small!
One book I really love for simple, at-home workouts is 30 Days to a Life Made Full. It has 30 days of faith-strengthening devotionals, easy, at-home workouts and yummy Paleo recipes — all in one!
5. Drink More Water, Less Soda
Are you a big soda drinker? It may be time to make the switch. Soda contains a TON of sugar and horrible-for-you chemicals that you do not want in your body. Diet soda included.
Your body needs about eight 8-oz glasses of water each day to run at it’s best–more if you’re exercising or it’s unusually hot.
Not a fan of the taste of plain water? Try making an infused water recipe instead. Personally, we just keep a pitcher in the fridge so we always have cold water on hand.
6. Reduce Your Stress
Stress might seem one of those inescapable side effects of being alive, but it’s really not. The truth is, there are tons of things you can do to reduce your stress level–you just have to decide that you want to.
- Take a deep breath
- Go for a run
- Listen to your favorite comedian or watch a funny movie
- Play on the floor with the kids
- Hug and kiss your spouse
- Allow yourself extra time so you aren’t rushing
- Avoid toxic people as much as you can
Take the time to really notice what’s causing your stress and then find ways to actually do something about it instead of just letting it build and build.
7. Get Routine Check-ups
As women, it is often way too easy to put our families first, neglecting our own health in the process. The next time you go to make a doctor’s or dentist appointment for one of your children, don’t forget to make one for yourself as well.
Even if you think those minor health problems are “no big deal,” preventative care is absolutely crucial for finding and managing little health issues before they turn into big health issues.
8. Try a Natural Home Remedy
While over-the-counter and prescription medicines can be cheap, easy and effective, did you know that there are tons of natural home remedies you can try that are just as cheap, easy and effective–but without all the harmful chemical additives and side effects?
The next time you’re ready to reach for conventional medicine, why not take a minute to see if there are any natural remedies you could try first.
This isn’t an area I know a ton about personally, but I’m trying to slowly learn more!
9. Cultivate Friendships
Close friendships aren’t just nice to have–they are essential!
According to a study by the Centre for Aging Studies at Flinders University, people with large networks of friends outlive people with fewer friends by as much as 22 percent!
Just be sure to choose the right type of friends–friends who encourage you to be the best version of yourself possible–not friends who drag you down and constantly tempt you with bad habits.
If the fact that Jesus says you should forgive isn’t enough (and it should be!), did you know that forgiving offers many health benefits as well?
Forgive those who wrong you and you can expect lowered stress levels, reduced pain, better heart health and greater happiness.
There’s no sense holding on to the past when it can’t be changed. If you are harboring unforgiveness in your heart, it’s time to lay it down and move on.
Whether you have neglected your own health because you have been busy doing Kingdom work or because you are busy taking care of your family, the time to improve your health is now. These 10 steps will get you off to a great start.
Do you take time every day to take care of your health? What baby steps do YOU take for a healthier lifestyle?