Miss E is all about staying healthy within the mind, body and soul. The mind is nourished through activities and your physical state of being whether happy or sad affects your mind and thereby your health. Your body needs to be fit to undertake tasks, feel strong and energetic while your soul needs to be at peace. So as you start the New Year, here are some tips to help you get into a healthy lifestyle.

Walk – Did you know that walking 150 minutes a week has many health benefits? Here are just a few, walking strengthens your heart, it is good for your brain, bones and improves your fitness. There are many other benefits of walking, it is a great way to clear your head, unwind or even come up with great ideas! Walking is the cheapest and easiest form of exercise you can do; you don’t even have to join the gym! You may think it is hard to fit 150 minutes of walking into your week so why not break it down into say 22 minutes a day or 30 minutes 5 days a week. Rather than taking a bus down the road, why not walk, rather than using the lift why not walk up the stairs. Buddy up and enjoy a walk with a loved one.

Drink Water – Did you know that water reduces headaches, clears your skin and even helps with weight loss by reducing your appetite? It is recommended that you drink 2 litres of water a day. Water is a necessity but yet a lot of people struggle to drink it so why is it so hard and how can this be made easier? Firstly, drink 8 glasses of water a day, keep a count of this, better still, and set a timer on the hour as a reminder to drink your 8 glasses of water. Secondly, carry a 2 litre bottle of water around with you; this is a sure way to ensure you drink your recommended amount each day. Lastly, add lime, lemons or cucumbers to your water, this makes it more enjoyable to drink.

Eat Fruits – Fruits are good for the body and definitely recommended. Some of us however find it hard to eat a fruit a day not to talk of 5! So here are some great ways to eat your fruits. Make a fruit salad, top up with fat free cream or yoghurt to make things more interesting. Make a smoothie, try these mixes, strawberries and banana, peach and mango, orange and strawberries or if you can’t be bothered to make a smoothie, why not buy ‘Innocent Smoothie’ which have great fruit combinations and make up 2 of your 5 fruits a day. Eating 5 fruits a day is not only healthy; it also fills you up and reduces your chances of eating those unhealthy bars of chocolate or packet of crisps. Here are 3 tips to ensuring you eat your 5 fruits a day. Have a fruit with your 3 meals for the day and as a snack between meals. Carry your fruits in your handbag (rinse once you are ready to eat), this way you are always sure to have your fruits on the go. Set a reminder for your 5 a day! You might think it is expensive to eat 5 fruits a day but can you really put a price on your health?

Wash, Wash, Wash – Face, Hands & Teeth – Wash your face twice a day and no more to avoid stripping the skin of its natural oils. Use tepid water and a cleanser matched to your skin type. Dab your face dry with a soft towel and moisturise. Washing your face should be accompanied with brushing your teeth which should also be done twice a day, after breakfast and before bedtime. Use a soft bristled toothbrush with a toothpaste containing fluoride, brush along the gums, your tongue and remember to brush for at least 3 minutes each time. Lastly, wash your hands regularly with warm water. Wash your hands before and after every meal, before and after you use the bathroom/toilet, immediately you come home from an outing, after blowing your nose or coughing and after any intensive chore like cleaning or cooking.

Read – There are many benefits of reading, it increases your vocabulary and broadens your horizon. It also improves creativity, imagination, concentration, reasoning skills and memory. Reading is educative and informative – research has also shown that reading is necessary to remain smart and knowledgeable. Some people may say they find reading boring so here are a few ways to make reading more enjoyable and therefore read more; join/form a book club, this will ensure you read the book as you will need to share your thoughts with the group. Exchange books with an avid reader, you are sure they will always comes back to you and ask, ‘so what did you think of the book?’ Subscribe to magazine like Miss Ethnicity, but don’t flick and simply look at the pictures, read the articles too!

Positive confessions for the day – Wake up each morning and say something positive throughout the day. The mind plays a powerful role in our lives. If you tell yourself, you can’t achieve a goal, you begin to doubt yourself, on the other hand, if you declare, ‘I can do this!’, then you set yourself up for success. Remember the famous statement by Barack Obama ‘Yes we can!’ look how far that got him! So wake up each morning and make a positive statement.

Reach Out – Show someone some love, invite your friends for some tea, visit that friend you keep promising to see or call that aunt who always seems to talk forever. People don’t remember what you say or what you do but they remember how you made them feel. So love others and make them feel good, remember it is not always about you – someone might desperately need to feel some of your love.

Smile – Did you know that people who smile look younger and more attractive? It is also a great way to relieve stress and changes the mood for the better. A smile is infectious and can make other people feel better and brighten up someone’s day. Smiling helps you stay positive and research shows it boosts your immune system, this may be psychological but it makes you feel better. Did you also know that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile? Someone once said, ‘Life is like a mirror, if you smile at it, it smiles back at you’. So smile…