Liz’s top five budget-busting wellbeing tips
Looking after your wellbeing shouldn’t break the bank. Here, Liz shares her expert advice on how to look and feel your best – without pulling at the purse strings.
Add a dose of homemade probiotics to your diet:
A daily dose of probiotics can make a real difference to gut health and overall wellbeing. However, shop bought probiotics in the form of live yoghurt, kombucha and fermented foods (such as kefir and pickled vegetables) can be expensive, not to mention full of sugar! Luckily, it’s really simple and cost effective to make your own, why not try making my spring green sauerkraut, homemade kombucha, or kefir?
Introduce a pocket of stillness into your day:
Last year I travelled through Sardinia and Greece for a mini-series for This Morning on Blue zones (special regions where people share a common lifestyle, whose exceptional longevity has been scientifically verified). One of the key learnings from this trip is how ‘pockets of still’ in our day can have a hugely beneficial impact on our wellbeing. There are a variety of different ways to do this, such as meditation or relaxing walks – and best of all, most of them are free! Like most working mothers I feel as though I’m on the go all the time, but I now make a conscious effort to build a small dose of quiet ‘down time’ into each day – even if it’s just ten minutes of sitting in the garden with a book.
One of the easiest ways to knock years off how you look and feel is to make a real effort to improve posture – and it’s never too late to start. By standing truly upright, feel flat on the ground, head looking straight ahead, shoulders back and lowered, you immediately feel more alive. I’m the first to admit that it’s difficult to break old posture habits and one of my favourite tips for releasing tension and lowering shoulders is to hold your arms behind your back and grasp the opposite elbow – this immediately brings you to a more upright position and you can feel your shoulders relaxing downwards. Don’t forget to stretch your face muscles; pulling a wide grin helps tone and tighten the skin as well as releases endorphins in the brain for a quick, easy mood boost.
Give your gut time to rest:
It’s really important to allow our gut to rest from time to time. Whenever possible, try resting your gut overnight by allowing a clear 12-hour window where nothing is eaten. It’s also worth considering juice-only days to fully rest your digestive system; I try to cleanse at least twice a year. Juices are natural cleansers and a quick, easy reboot can make a real difference to how we look and feel. Just remember to follow the 70-30 rule, by making 70% of your juice from veggies as pure fruit juices are very high in sugars.
Spend more time outside:
Natural daylight and fresh air increase our sense of wellbeing and happiness, so it’s important to get outside and embrace the great outdoors – no matter how hectic life gets. Whether it’s a leisurely weekend stroll or walking part of your commute, being outside can lift our moods, ease anxiety and wake up a sluggish mind.
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