Although we’re already almost a month into the New Year, hopefully many of us are trying to keep a list of things we want to do to help us be healthier and happier. Here are 14 useful tips you can try each month, each week or each day to help you on the journey of health and wellness in your life!
Tip 1: Try to See Things from A New Perspective.
Change does not come easy to most of us. Therefore, by taking one step at a time toward your goals, seemingly insurmountable ones can seem quite doable. Change your mindset, one step at a time. Don’t force yourself to go flailing headlong into a new diet, take it one step at a time so that you don’t burn yourself out. Give yourself short-term goals, and in working towards those, you will achieve your long-term one.
Tip 2: Eat Breakfast
This tip is constantly given us, but there’s a reason for it: it’s true. You need to start your day with energy and your healthiest self. Eat a breakfast full of fiber so that your metabolism gets moving right away. There are studies that report that fiber in your breakfast may also lower your cholesterol levels.
Tip 3: Stand Up Straight!
Aging is only going to make standing up straight harder, so start preventing it now! If you’re at the computer, sit up straight looking ahead at your monitor, not down, and keep your feet on the floor. Try to put your monitor so that your eyes are on the same level as the bottom of the screen.
Tip 4: Cellphone suggestions
Keeping your phone between your shoulder and head or tilting to one side is going to damage to your neck. Instead, use a hands-free headset to prevent that aching neck and shoulders!
Tip 5: A Healthy Item a Day keeps the Doctor Away
Every time you eat, make one healthy decision. If you’re eating fast food, choose water over soda, or skip those fries. If you’re eating at home, add a veggie or fruit to your meal.
Tip 6: Get Moving!
There are studies that show that show that there is a correlation between how many hours we spend sitting down a day, and decreased life expectancy. This doesn’t mean that you have to pay for an expensive gym membership, or buy pricey equipment; you could simply park farther away from your where you’re going, or take the stairs over the elevator. Also, if you spend a lot of time working at a desk, take a stroll around your office every hour for five minutes or so.
Tip 7: Open Your Mind
Make up your own mind on topics, viewpoints, and perspectives, but make sure that mind is open as well. Research how to eat healthy, what vitamins you should and shouldn’t take, and what side effects of medications that you should be aware of.
Tip 8: Shut eye
In a 2009 report from the Centers for Disease control, 50-70 million Americans suffer from some kind of sleep disorder. Resolve to sleeping for 6-8 hours every night so that your body has time to heal itself and get ready for the next day.
Tip 9: Just breathe
Make sure your mind and body have time to rest, regardless of your busy schedule. Whatever way works for you, whether that is meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, or more, let your mind de-stress and realize you can’t be in control of everything. Practice deep breathing when you are experiencing extra frustration or stress.
Tip 10: Speaking of stress…
We know you can’t avoid it-there are so many ways that stress enters our life, but what you do about it, is certainly within your control. Making sure you exercise regularly, eat healthy, and getting chiropractic adjustments regularly are all ways you can help deal with stress in your life.
Tip 11: Turn off the TV…and the computer…and the wii console
Try shortening the time your children(or maybe even you!) spend on the computer, playing video games, or watching television. To start, try a ½ hour of physical action or play time for every ½ hour of time spent on technology.
Tip 12: Stay with a good crowd
You might not realize it, but who you interact with on social networks can have a bigger impact on you than you think. Try to stay away from people who are aggressive, negative, or unkind, and stick with people whom you look up to, and who help you be a better person. In fact, surrounding yourself with good, wholesome people can actually increase your chances of success.
Tip 13: Try alternative therapies
Chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage are all “complimentary to traditional medicine and provide big wellness benefits. If you haven’t tried them yet, branch out this year and test the waters. As ongoing components of wellness, regular treatments like these allow your body to function at peak performance.”
Tip 14: Read Good Books
Reading good books that enjoy and educate you, as well as listening to music that uplifts and motivates you, are both great things to add to living a healthy life! In fact, music can promote positive emotions, alleviate stress, and boost immune function. Reading books can help keep your memory sharp as well as enhance your learning capability.
Source: Be Well Blog