A balanced life is what the healthiest people in the world work to achieve every single day. Every small thing they do makes a difference. Taking small steps each day is how the best people start.
Here are 7 small things you can do in 10 minutes that will improve your health substantially:
1. Detach and Reconnect
Technology consumes a major portion in our daily lives, so much so that we forget to take time out for ourselves. Break up from all kinds of gadgets that you might be hooked to, even if it is for 10 minutes. Take a stroll in a park, doodle something in your diary or squeeze in the next chapter in your current book! Studies have indicated that moderate outdoor activity can improve boost mental health, relieve stress and improve memory.
2. Breathe In, Breathe Out
10 minutes a day is perfect to include meditation in your busy lives. You can either indulge in a 10-minutes guided audio meditation or just close your eyes and feel your breath. On inhale, focus on how your breath enters your body, taking in positive energy. On exhale, feel the stress releasing from your body. It is natural to have all kinds of thoughts when you perform this. Always keep bringing your mind back to focus on your breath. Start these breathing exercises with meditation and treat your inner self.
3. The Healthy Morning Boost
Fuel up with a healthy breakfast every morning. Savor simple dishes which can comprise of eggs, oats, milk, quinoa/muesli, fresh fruits, and veggies. Ditch your regular coffee for a Matcha smoothie or a cup of green tea and you will never crash again! Preparing meals on your own helps you control what you put inside your body.
4. Hello, It’s me
Don’t let your hectic schedule get in the way of your relationships with your loved ones. Loneliness has often been associated with increased mortality. Take just 10 minutes out of your day to pick up the phone on your loved ones. A quick catch-up session boosts your mental health instantly and is a great stress buster too!
5. Rise up!
A 10-minute heart-pumping workout is all you need to get on the right track to keep fit. If you are not a fan of high-intensity workouts, try brisk walking and light stretching exercises for starters. 10 minutes multiple times a day with healthy eating goes a long way in contributing to holistic fitness.
6. Brainy Days
Who said you stop learning when you get out of your school? Bring out your inner child and exercise your most powerful muscle. 10 minutes is all you need to do this. Solving a Sudoku puzzle, a crossword or a simple creative brainstorming session is all you need to utilize your brain in different ways throughout the day.
7. Laugh and Last
Why so serious!? Go and see that awesome co-worker whose jokes make you laugh your head off or watch a comic session; even better, go have a look at America’s Funniest Home Videos because what is better than watching fellow humans doing funny things like falling to the ground?
So go ahead and lead a healthy life by taking out just 10 minutes each day!