Health & Wellness
AUGUST: NATIONAL WELLNESS MONTH!
All during August, National Wellness Month focuses on self-care, managing stress and promoting healthy routines. When you create wholesome habits in your lifestyle all month long, the results show…and you will likely see how much better you feel!
TIPS FOR SELF-CARE
Research has shown self-care helps manage stress and promotes happiness. Whether you challenge yourself to a new yoga pose or try a different spa treatment, make a small change and impact your health in positive ways. The following are some ways to start making positive changes, today:
- Drink Water First Thing in the AM – We often wake up dehydrated after a night of sleeping; drink a glass of water first thing afer waking to rehydrate and make yourself feel better.
- Gratitude Journaling – Keep a gratitude journal and at the end of each day, write down five things you are grateful for (or if you can’t quite grasp gratitude, jot down, five things that could have gone much worse). Finding things to be grateful for helps us put things into perspective and de-emphasize stressors you might be dealing with.
- Make a Menu for the Week – Eating healthy, fresh foods sounds easy until life happens…and then healthy tends to go by the wayside. Pre-planning your meals can help you eliminate the impulse ‘pressed-for-time’ purchases and build better nutrition into your weekly routine.
- Move for 30 and Decompress for 5 – Aim to get at least 30 minutes of some kind of aerobic exercise each day, whether that involves a gym session or a lunchtime stroll. Activity is just as good for your mental health as your physical health. And then sometime during your day, find 5 minutes to step away from the laptop, put down your phone, and spend a few minutes decompressing. Self-care can be found in a short solitary block.
- Take a New Route to Work – It turns out, your brain is subject to the ‘use it or lose it’ theory, so take care of your brain by challenging it every day. You don’t need a fancy app — try a foreign language, a new sport, or simply take a new route to work in the morning to give your brain a short workout.