7+1 THINGS YOU SHOULD BE DOING TO IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Written by: Akhilesh Dev | Posted: October 15, 2019 at 5:11 am | Total Comments: 186
- Develop Monthly Health Goals
Part of why New Year’s goals tend to fail is because it is difficult to stick to a long-term goal without effective milestones. Say for example that you have the overall goal of losing 50 lbs or more this year. That can be an intimidating goal, especially if the scale is disobliging. Instead of giving up, you can break up your overall goal into manageable monthly goals that help you reach your main goal. I like to tailor my goals month-by-month, giving me some flexibility in what my focus is every month. If I had the goal of losing 50 lbs in a year, I might set the goals of 5 lbs this month, giving myself some wiggle room as well as setting the goal of working out 4 days a week to help round out my goals.
- Focus Mostly on the How to and not so Much on the What-Ifs
Don’t get stuck in analysis paralysis, overthinking and in the worry and lack of self-esteem that usually comes from those destructive thoughts. Instead, focus on what you actually can do, on what action you can take to move forward. Empower yourself by asking yourself: What is one small step I can take right now to move forward towards my goal or out of this situation?
- Take Time to Stretch in the Morning
Taking a little time every morning to do some quick and easy stretches is a great way to start your day. Even a few stretches can help improve your flexibility and help shake off any lingering stiffness you may feel after waking up.
If you have a little more time, you can make your morning stretches into a more mindful activity. By adding a bit of mediation into your daily routine as you stretch, you can enjoy the benefits of stretching and mental centering before you jump into your day.
- Double-Check posture
A lot of us tend to unconsciously slouch. Throughout the day, check in with yourself and correct your posture as needed. It will take practice to break a bad posture habit, but your back will thank you in the long run. If you need extra help to remember to double-check your posture, you may want to set a few alerts on your phone for times when you know you are going to be sitting or other times where you know you have poor posture.
- Stay Engaged Socially
You don’t need to morph into a social butterfly overnight, but research has shown that there are many health risks associated with those who are socially isolated. Some of the major risks social isolation presents are:
– Increased cognitive decline
– Lower self-esteem
– Decreased lifespan
With these kinds of risks, it is critical to your overall health and wellness that you maintain a level of social engagement. If this is an area where you have struggled, some options you may want to explore to socialize more are:
– Volunteer in an in-person position which has a high level of interaction with others.
– Look for local groups who enjoy your hobby.
– Take time to reach out to family and friends.
- Spend Some Time Outdoors
Simply going outside to get some fresh air and sunshine boosts mood, broadens thinking and improves working memory and health. One study found that it takes just 20 minutes outdoors to make most people happier and healthier.
Putting on a fake smile can worsen your mood, but thinking positive thoughts and then smiling as a result can make you happier and healthier. When you smile at others, they’re also more likely to smile back in return, creating an ongoing feedback loop that may lead to more positivity and emotional health in your life and the lives of others. Most experts agree that there are no shortcuts to happiness. Even generally happy people do not experience joy 24 hours a day. But a happy person can have a bad day and still find pleasure in the small things in life.
+ The Benefits of Being Active
Physical activity is first and foremost an opportunity to have fun. Use these special moments to relax, forget about work, think about something else and change your mood. Physical activity is good for both your body and your mind, as well as adding years to your life and life to your years!
Being physically active means you:
– Have more vitality
– Are in better shape
– Have better mental health
– Can manage stress better
– Have more self-esteem
Physical activity helps:
– Prevent and better control some risk factors for heart disease (blood cholesterol, diabetes and hypertension)
– Improve muscle and bone health (osteoporosis prevention)
– Improve sleep
– Control weight