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Simple Ways To Feel Better

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This post is in partnership with Health Ambition.

In June of 2017 I wrote a post: Simple Things You Can Incorporate Into Your Daily Routine to Become a Better Person. It was a very simple post where I shared a few tips and tricks to promote self health and love.

This year I’ve partnered with Health Ambition to bring that post back to life! Part two:

Life Hacks Ways To Improve Your Life

Simple Ways to Feel Better

  1. Consider Changing Eating Habits: When I started listening to my body I realized a huge reason why my health wasn’t improving was because of what I was putting into my body. Without the proper fuel it can be difficult for your body to thrive. – At least that was my case. I was constantly eating greasy, fatty foods and questioning why my inflammatory condition never seemed to improve. – While every diet / lifestyle doesn’t work for everyone and diet certainly doesn’t fix all conditions, it can certainly be helpful to do some research on your options. When I transitioned into my Pescetarian lifestyle I began to see (small) benefits immediately. It didn’t cure me of my condition, but it did help my symptoms. I’m not perfect. I make mistakes and slack at times, but overall I’ve committed to this new lifestyle and overall I’ve seen improvement and a huge difference in my health since I’ve dropped (most) meats.
  2. Focus on Your Mental Health: This has been huge for me. Deciding to see a therapist was one of the best decisions I could have made for myself. You have no health without mental health. If you find yourself struggling with Anxiety, Depression or other conditions it’s best to consult a professional. You don’t have to tackle these issues alone. Don’t be ashamed of your struggle, there are millions of people going through the same thing. – It takes an extremely strong person to come to terms with it and seek help.
  3. Surround Yourself With Positivity: People really underestimate the power of positivity.  Remove negative friends and family members from your life. If it’s someone that (for some reason) you cannot entirely remove from your life, try distancing yourself. Having positive influences in your life can certainly improve your mood.
  4. Go For A Walk: Linda Wasmer Andrews, a writer who specializes in health, medicine, mental health, and psychology wrote an article on how Walking Can Lift Your Mood. This article by the American Psychological Association also addresses a link between exercise and mood. I know walking, or even stepping foot outside has improved my mood greatly.

How To Feel BetterNot sure who actually remembers this hospital visit, but this was actually one of my longest stays. I’d been begging for dayyyysss just to go outside for a few minutes and what do you know?! My surgeon cleared me. A brief walk (or 3) around that little pond thing behind me did some good. A good leg stretch, some vitamin D and off I was!

Whether you’re looking to boost your spirits, or a simple healthy way to lose a few pounds, walking may be just the trick! Health Ambition has actually shared a post on Losing Weight by Walking, click here to check it out! Health Ambition is a cool blog that seeks to “empower people with knowledge to make smarter, healthier choices in their lives.”

Let me know what you think of these tips in the comments below! If you have a little extra time on your hands don’t forget to Check Out the Chronically Strong YouTube Channel (click here).

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Though mostly about IBD, this blog covers a wide array of issues.  Shawn covers complex issues, like how her identity as an African American intersects with her IBD.  I am taken aback by the depth of each post! Whether you’re a blogger or an IBDer, her posts are sure to offer tons of inspiration.

 

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Though mostly about IBD, this blog covers a wide array of issues.  Shawn covers complex issues, like how her identity as an African American intersects with her IBD.  I am taken aback by the depth of each post! Whether you’re a blogger or an IBDer, her posts are sure to offer tons of inspiration.   Collin, Jan. 9, 2019