Whether it comes to a romantic partner or an interview, we can often spot a red flag from a mile away, but we can all put on a green light. You know, the signs that give you the thumbs up that you’re headed in the right direction in health, relationships, work, or all of the above. Although we can more easily recognize the growth in our working relationships, it is not as black and white gauging our progress and our well-being (health is way more than just numbers and figures or pants size, all the time). The good news is that there are some general indicators that tell us that indicate good health (compare them gold stars). Ahead, we’ve rounded up some green flags that show you’re becoming the healthiest version of yourself. BTW, these are not alone green flag; We all have unique bodies and paths to the greater good, but these green flags can be a start.
1. You wake up feeling refreshed
There’s nothing like waking up bright-eyed in the bush, ready to take on the day. Thanks for falling asleep in under 30 minutes and getting a good night’s sleep without waking up more than once, feeling rested, refreshed, and energized when I wake up in the AM is the norm for you. Plus, you know better than to weed and wake up at inconsistent times, fit the hamster wheel of TikToks too close to bed, drink espresso after two o’clock (yes, you also skip your favorite nightcap on this name. good snooze), or make your room warmer than 72 degrees. Because PSA: Sleep is important for our body and mind to release toxins and recharge, and when we have a day and night of Zzz being happy, we reap the benefits of better brain function, better emotional regulation, improved immune system and weight, and reduced risk. which develops chronic diseases.
2. You can be flexible throughout the day
Throwing back a cup of coffee over and over again ’til you lose count to get you through the workday: Been there, done that. And as you heal your body, you say adieu as you want to sleep or caffeine in the afternoon you pick me up just to work. Instead, you’ve put together a workout routine that you enjoy and stick to, you eat healthy (most of the time), and you meditate, journal, and call a sibling you girl and BFF on the reg to handle any stress. . The best? You have the physical and mental energy to do what you want to do. You’re crushing your workouts (weights, who dis?), you can check out work without any distractions (bye, bye, brain fog!), and you’re letting the little things slide ( 20 minute wait at the doctor’s office? no biggie). Morning, anyone?
3. You have healthy bowel movements
The real issue: Your bowel movements (or lack thereof) are a window into your bowel health. In fact, you can struggle with the digestive drama of the past (looking at you, stomach pain, constipation, and constipation), and get rid of old habits, and new ones. You’ve prioritized staying hydrated (you want about 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of water per day) and stick to foods rich in antioxidants, antimicrobials, prebiotic fiber, and resistant starch. You stocked your kitchen with foods like asparagus, spinach, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, oats, barley, beans, and nuts to help fight inflammation and support a healthy gut microbiome.
The result? You bowel movements are normal, THEIR HANDS are soft and hard, pass quickly, and happen regularly (at least once a day). Past pain and constipation? Out. And because you’re smart AF, you keep the vegetables handy just in case stomach aches, extreme nausea, or diarrhea rear their ugly heads after eating certain foods, you can explain who is responsible. Your new MO: Happy, happy life.
4. If you menstruate, you have a cycle
If there’s one sign that you’re in good health, it’s frequent visits from Aunt Flo and minor symptoms (read: your hormones are fine). You know this to be true because you know better symptoms of hormonal imbalance (such as irregular periods, weight gain, fatigue, PMS, low libido). But you take matters into your own hands when you heal your hormones naturally by balancing your cycle (otherwise known as The Circle Interaction System ®)—change your diet, exercise and lifestyle based on the phase you’re in. For example, during your period, you swap your HIIT workouts for walking and Pilates. Bonus: You’ve discovered that cycling not only keeps your cycle going, but it also helps you burn more fat and gain muscle, and encourages you to keep your body together.
5. Your condition is very good
Let’s face it: Life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, but because you’ve made time to take time for self-care, memories, and socializing, you’re not in the mood for fun. all, you don’t do it. You feel bad 24/7, and you’re happier overall. Whether it’s journaling, catching up with old friends for coffee, lifting weights, going to therapy, or setting a social media limit, you’ll see a difference in how you handle stress and your overall mood. However, when you find yourself in a difficult time, you feel and process all emotions without judgment, practicing self-compassion, and reminding yourself that everything is temporary. -including hard times.
6. You have skin
J. Lo has nothing to do with you and yours dew, hot sun. That’s right: your acne, eczema, and rashes are a thing of the past, your complexion is even more radiant, and there’s no denying that your skin is hydrated and soft. No The skin is a big indicator of your overall health (it’s the biggest body part, FYI), so you listen to what it tells you. Your glowing skin didn’t happen overnight, in fact, feed your body the nutrients that make the skin glow (the gut lining is real) and boost the antioxidant and omega-3- rich in superfoods.. It doesn’t hurt that you have the #1 green flag down to a science (sleep well, ICYMI, and good sleep is a good thing).