Don’t Go Back to the “Grind”
For better or worse, the holiday season is over. And like many people, you may still be transitioning from “vacation schedule” to ordinary schedule.
In other words…you’re getting “back to the grind”.
And after a week or two of sleeping late and doing what you want from one minute to the next, everyday life probably does feel like a grind. But it doesn’t need to.
Why not make this the year you conquer the grind? In other words, live your best life…not the one you think you’re stuck with.
Here are some suggestions to help you rise out of that rut:
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is when your body repairs and regenerates itself. It’s a necessity for good health, energy, and mental acuity.
Unfortunately, one-third of adults report they don’t get the 7-8 hours of sleep each night that their bodies require.
Lack of sleep causes a number of problems including:
- Weight gain
- Heart disease
- Weakened immunity
- Brain fog
- Irritability, anxiety, and depression
- Difficulty coping with stress
Poor sleep can have many causes. Hormone imbalances are a common culprit. Too much “device time” prior to bed is another. And caffeinated beverages too late in the day can leave you feeling “wired” when you’re trying to fall asleep.
So be sure to turn off the devices well in advance of going to sleep, stay away from caffeine and other stimulants in the afternoon and evening, and make sure your hormones are balanced. More on this last one in a minute…
Eat Better to Live Better
The cliché is true: you are what you eat. So doesn’t it make sense to eat better if you want to live better?
What and how much you eat plays a major role in your mental and physical health. Even more so as you get older.
A few suggestions:
- Limit the carbohydrates in your diet, especially sugar.
- Make sure you have enough protein in your diet. Your body breaks protein down to produce “essential” amino acids, which are used for building muscle.
- Include plenty of foods in your diet to support healthy brain function. Many “nootropic” foods are stereotypically healthy ones like broccoli, olive oil, and leafy green vegetables. But the list also includes dark chocolate and red wine.
- Avoid processed foods as much as possible.
- If you have trouble getting all of your vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from the food you eat, consider using supplements to fill in the gaps.
Regular exercise provides numerous benefits.
It strengthens your cardiovascular system, delivering more oxygen to your brain and blood stream. It boosts your energy level and metabolism. It also strengthens your immune system.
And…maybe most importantly…exercise helps your mind and body to cope with stress.
All it takes is 30 minutes of cardio five times a week to dramatically improve your health. Walking, jogging, cycling, swimming…find whatever works for you.
And be sure to do some resistance training a few times per week to maintain muscle and bone density.
Don’t Lose that Loving Feeling
It’s a fact…a fulfilling sex life goes hand in hand with a healthy and satisfying life overall. Research has proven this out.
It’s also a fact that aging can negatively impact sex drive and sexual performance.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Don’t give up your sex life without a fight. The reasons for flagging libido and performance are largely hormonal and can be treated.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to stay out of the grind is to try something new. Learn a foreign language. Take a class. Pursue a new career. Take up a new sport. Make art. Meditate. Try a new recipe. Redecorate your house. Study something that interests you. Travel to a place you’ve never been before (even if it’s someplace nearby). The possibilities are truly endless…
Hormone Balance: The Solution
The bottom line is…how you feel dramatically impacts your outlook on life. And how you feel depends heavily on basics like how much sleep and exercise you’re getting, the quality and quantity of food that you eat, and whether or not you’re sexually active.
Meanwhile, restoring your hormones to a healthy balance can improve your sleep, speed up your metabolism, make your exercise more productive, reinvigorate your sex life, and improve your quality of life all around.
Renew Youth is here to help you. We understand how important balanced hormones are to your overall quality of life.
Want to see if hormone replacement therapy can help you to escape the “grind”?
Call us at 800-859-7511 or use our contact form to set up your free 30-minute consultation.
It’s time for a New You!