7 Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle While Modelling- Mentally and Physically
Life can get busy sometimes, especially as a model. It’s important to make sure that you’re not neglecting your body and its needs. Finding a balance is essential for ensuring that you’re keeping your body healthy and your mind happy and ultimately boosting your confidence. If you’ve found yourself caught up in the whirlwind of everyday life recently, take a minute to read the 7 tips below to help you remember the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and give you some advice for how to look after your physical and mental wellbeing.
#1 Eat a balanced diet (and drink plenty of water)
Your diet is essential for ensuring that you are staying healthy, and it is important to keep it interesting by experimenting with new recipes and trying a range of new cuisines. In keeping your diet balanced yet exciting, your relationship with food will be a positive one. Enjoying the foods that you eat will not only keep you interested in what you’re putting into your body but will make sure that mealtime doesn’t become too repetitive and something that you view negatively. You should also make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day as hydration is key for a healthy lifestyle. Try remembering to accompany each meal you have with at least two glasses of water to ensure that you are staying super hydrated.
#2 Exercise regularly
Another key way to keep yourself healthy is to ensure that you are keeping your body moving. Not only will your physical health improve, but exercise is also extremely beneficial for your mental health. Make sure you’re getting as many of those feel-good endorphins as possible by getting at least one hour of exercise each day. If you find yourself lacking motivation, start small and ensure that you focus on your achievements rather than your setbacks. You can also try teaming up with a friend to turn your workout regime from a chore to something you can look forward to each day.
#3 Hang out with friends and family
Having someone to talk to is incredibly beneficial for taking a load off your brain. Spending time with your loved ones will not only give you a great chance to relax and take a break from the stresses of daily life but will also allow you to talk about the things that may be bothering you. Sharing advice with your nearest and dearest will increase your feelings of support and trust and will ensure that you feel less alone in facing whatever it is that you are dealing with.
#4 Hang out with yourself
Hanging out with friends is important, but so is taking some time to be with yourself! Enjoying some well-deserved me-time can work wonders for recharging your mental battery. Try your hand at journaling to release some pressure from your mind, engage in your favourite hobbies or treat yourself to an at-home spa day complete with a luxurious skincare regime. Giving yourself time to treat yourself will not only allow you to show your body some love but will provide you with a chance to re-centre and reconnect with yourself.
#5 Get your beauty sleep
Sleep is absolutely essential and can affect your physical and mental wellbeing, perhaps more than you realise. Ensuring that you get approximately 8 hours of rest a night is key for giving your body and mind the chance to recharge. Getting enough sleep will be hugely beneficial for giving you the vital energy that you need to get up and face the day ahead. Limiting your caffeine intake and switching off screens well ahead of bedtime are just some of the ways that you can allow yourself to have the best sleep possible.
#6 Don’t forget to breathe
Practising some deep breathing exercises is one of the easiest and most effective ways to calm yourself. Anytime you begin to feel overwhelmed, take some slow and steady breaths in and out for a few minutes until you start to feel more relaxed. Repeating positive affirmations to yourself while you do so can also help to reinforce a happier state of mind. There are also many other relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga, that you can try to improve your mental state. Incorporating some time for practising these relaxation methods into your daily routine will help you have a more positive outlook on whatever lies ahead for you.
#7 Stretch it out
Taking some time at the beginning or end of your day to stretch will allow you to pay attention to what your body needs and help it begin to repair itself. Especially if you’ve been getting your exercise in, stretching is essential for cooling down at the end of the day. You can also try having a stretch first thing in the morning to gently wake your body up and prepare it for the day ahead.
Mental and physical wellness often go hand in hand and nurturing both your body and your mind is essential for ensuring that you are your happiest, healthiest self. If you feel that you are particularly stressed, consider trying out the above techniques and incorporating them into your daily life to give yourself the chance to recover and develop a regular healthy lifestyle routine.
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