Easy Ways to Look and Feel Your Best

Published June 21, 2013

All you need is love. But forget about your love for someone else for a moment and focus on you—show yourself a little TLC by doing some small things to look great and feel even better.

Here are five quick and easy ways to do just that:

Take the salt off the table. Most Americans are eating about twice the amount of salt that’s healthy—and that leads to bloating, which is uncomfortable and unattractive. Reduce your intake by just saying no to table salt and using herbs and spices to flavor your foods instead. Once you’ve mastered that, consider cutting back on processed foods, which often pack a shockingly high dose of sodium.

Snooze to lose. Getting the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night helps you feel focused and refreshed during the day, in addition to better regulating your weight. If you didn’t quite make the mark last night, go ahead and take a power nap if you can—studies have shown a quick planned siesta can boost alertness. Just keep it to less than 30 minutes, or you risk grogginess and trouble sleeping come bedtime.

Pick up the phone. When you feel close to a friend, your progesterone levels shoot up, according to a study out of the University of Michigan. How does that help? Progesterone is a hormone that plays a role in reducing stress and anxiety, so chatting it up with a loved one, even if it’s just for a couple of minutes, can have big positive effects.

Knock back a glass—of water, that is. Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for yourself when it comes to feeling good, and the easiest source of that is H20. Water keeps toxins moving out of your body and makes sure your cells have the nutrients they need. Even a little dehydration can sap your energy and motivation, so drink up.

Meditate to feel great. If a stressful job or just life in general plagues you, meditation is part of the solution. A study at the University of Massachusetts Medical School took employees from a high-tech firm and split them into two groups: one that learned to meditate, and one that went about business as usual. The result? Those who meditated shifted brain activity to the area of the cortex that results in more calmness and happiness. Om shanti!