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Six easy steps to improve your lifestyle

Follow these six easy steps to improve your lifestyle and get back a bit of your zest for life.

1. Eat more healthily.

Healthy eating is usually the backbone to leading a better life for several reasons.

To begin with, eating a balanced diet can help us lose weight, increase our energy levels (something that most of us could do with), our immune systems will get a boost too and hopefully we’ll also be able to add a few extra years on our lives.

According to the UK Health Education Authority, balance is the key word when it comes to healthy eating and this means making sure our diet is made up mainly of foods like bread, pasta, rice and potatoes, along with plenty of fruit and vegetables.

Skinless chicken and grilled or poached fish should replace fried foods.

Dairy products should be eaten in moderation, while fatty and sugary foods such as crisps and chocolate should only be eaten occasionally as a treat.

Drinking several glasses of water a day, cutting back on alcohol and giving-up smoking will also improve your health.

2. Do regular exercise.

Regular exercise is the perfect complement to a healthy diet.

However, if you think you’re overweight or you’ve not done much exercise in the last few years, health experts recommend a consultation with a fitness instructor or even with your doctor before you take up any physical activity.

To get the full benefits of exercise you need to enjoy the activity. If competitive sport isn’t your thing, how about swimming, aerobics, joining your local gym (many can also devise a personal fitness programme to suit you) or even walking.

With the warmer weather now here, you can’t beat a refreshing walk on a bright, spring afternoon.

3. Get organised.

From your finances to what day of the week you go to the supermarket, organising your time effectively means you’ll never be in a panic about having to do ‘three things at once’.

“Prioritising the things you have to do and managing your time is important to make your life run more smoothly,” says psychologist Professor Cary Cooper.

For example, if you regularly make a list of chores that need to be done and stick to it, you can probably get a hefty chunk of your weekly house-keeping duties out of the way in just one morning.

4. Take up a new hobby or interest.

Once you feel more organised in your everyday life, you’ll probably find yourself with more time on your hands.

Many education centres are currently advertising courses. Maybe learning new cookery skills or getting to grips with another language could be your ticket to meeting new friends or simply finding interesting and enjoyable ways to expand your mind.

5. Re-assess your ambitions.

As we go through life, our personal and career goals change. Just because you liked living like a student in a shared house five years ago, or you were once happy to spend a few evenings working in a pub or restaurant, it doesn’t mean to say that it’s the way you want to live your life now.

“First you have to define what you want to be doing in five years time,” says Professor Cary Cooper. “If it’s a different job or promotion you’re after, you need to work out what skills you need to get there and whether you can realistically gain those qualifications in that time.”

6. Be the new you.

Take a look around your home. If you don’t like what you see - re-decorate; if you’re bored wearing the same old jeans and jumper - bin them; and if your wardrobe is squashed full of clothes (half of which you never wear), then take the bulk to a charity shop. If your surroundings are less cluttered, then your mind and life will be too.

Finally, learning to relax forms a large part of getting to know yourself and feeling comfortable and confident about who you are.

Find out about relaxation techniques such as yoga or simply set aside a few minutes everyday for yourself and the chance to enjoy your own company. Turn off the TV and radio, sit down and use the opportunity to take a small breather from the outside world.

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