Your health isn’t something you can just prioritize when you need to shed a few pounds. Your wellness should matter every day. And, thankfully, there are plenty of ways to work wellness into your routine that won’t require a ton of effort.
Here are a few rules to live by if you want to be your healthiest best.
Eat breakfast every day.
Topeka Health & Wellness Magazine has promoted the idea of eating a healthy breakfast before. This is because breakfast is the way you fuel your body after a night of fasting. By filling your morning plate with nutrients, including protein and complex carbohydrates, you’ll start your day with the energy you need to make it a good one.
Keep a clean house.
When your home is clean, you (and your entire family) are likely to be less stressed. Make a point to get up each morning and tackle one area that usually goes untouched. Wipe down the bathroom counters, dust the guest room, or clean the television and computer screens. Not only will this reduce the time you spend cleaning on the weekends, but small steps, like decluttering and opening the windows, can turn a negative space into a place of positivity.
Turn off the TV at night.
Your TV, telephone, and tablet might be your greatest allies during the day, but they’re your worst enemies at night. As Fox2 Detroit explains, the artificial light emanating from your screens may actually increase the numbers on the scale. Bluelight is also associated with sleeplessness since it mimics the sun. Turn off all of your devices 30 minutes to an hour before bed.
Create a bedtime routine.
It is not enough to simply turn the TV off. For the best night’s sleep, establish a bedtime routine. This might include a healthy snack followed by a warm bath and a quick snuggle with the kids. Do whatever relaxes you the most and helps you purge negative thoughts so that you can settle under the covers ready for sleep with a clear mind.
Spend time with family.
Being around people you love decreases stress and promotes feelings of happiness, belonging, and peace. The bonds you create with your family and closest friends can boost your mental health and work to ensure that you won’t suffer the ill effects of loneliness.
Watch your posture.
Posture is the way you hold your body when you move or are at rest. Sitting and standing correctly all the time will lessen muscle strain, reduce your chances of suffering from headaches, and may even improve your digestion. And if you are one of the millions of Americans that recently began working from home, you’ll benefit from investing in an ergonomic chair; NBC News recommends several desk chairs that range in price from affordable to extravagant.
There are obvious benefits to exercise for your entire family. According to the American Physical Therapy Association, these include an increased lifespan, better sleep, lower blood pressure, and protection against chronic diseases. If you’ve never been an exerciser before, don’t worry about counting minutes. Make small choices each day that boost your active time, including parking further when you go shopping, playing with the kids, or doing yoga.
Keep a journal.
Of all the reasons to keep a journal, staving off depression may be the most compelling. PositivePsychology.com contributor Courtney E. Ackerman, MSc asserts that private self-expression can help you overcome trauma and work through day-to-day problems.
There are so many small things you can do each day that will push your health in a positive direction. The tips above are easy to incorporate and will help you take control of your mind and body from sun up to sun down. You don’t have to adopt a number of changes at once. A new healthy habit each week will put you on a fast-track to a better life.
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