All too often, stress creeps up — or jumps in our face — and gets the best of us, quickly derailing our improved health and wellness efforts. Managing your stress by intentionally taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do to develop long-term health. Get regular exercise so that your cortisol, which is a primary stress hormone, can stay in check. Do things that you enjoy, like taking hot bubble baths at night, to help replace the stress with positivity. Spend time with friends instead of sitting by yourself and ruminating about the hard things going on.
Not wearing good shoes that support your feet and back can lead to chronic health problems. Wearing non-supportive shoes occasionally is not too much of a problem. That is unless you already have issues and have been told by a doctor that you should only wear supportive shoes. However, having a pair of supportive shoes on hand can do wonders for your health. You will no longer be able to make the excuse of not having shoes when you know that you need to get out, enjoy the fresh air, and get some exercise. Also aim to get supportive dress shoes to wear to work and on special occasions.
Gratitude is for more than Thanksgiving. People who are grateful for what they have are happier and content with less, whereas people who cannot see the benefit of what they already have often keep grasping for more. Things will not ever make you happy, but gratitude will. Cultivate an attitude of thankfulness for what you have. Thank the people in your daily life who make it easier, like the cashier who checks you out when buying groceries and the bus driver who helps you get to work in the morning. Not only will you feel better, but so will the people who experience your genuine gratitude.
Food labels contain a wealth of information to help you make better decisions about what you are putting into your body. Instead of grabbing the items at the grocery store that you are habitually used to purchasing, take a moment to look at the food label. How much salt does this item have? Furthermore, how much sugar, saturated fat, and cholesterol does it have? How many ingredients does it have? The healthiest options have very few ingredients; an apple has only one element: the apple! Being a savvy reader of food labels will help you determine which foods are healthiest.
Slow cookers can be absolute miracles for preparing healthy, tasty dishes on busy weeknights. You can add the necessary ingredients in the morning, turn the slow cooker on, and have a nourishing stew, soup, or another dish that is sure to please anyone by the time you get home. Recipes for slow cookers abound online. If money is tight, you can usually grab a used slow cooker at a thrift store for less than $15. Pressure cookers have also become popular again recently, and they can save lots of time and energy in preparing dinner. Keep reading for more wellness tips for a healthier lifestyle as you age.
So much of what is packaged as health food is overly processed and full of chemical preservatives, so much so that far too many people have no idea of what “food” is supposed to be! Real food has limited ingredients and is close to the ground. Choose plain yogurt with probiotics still intact over-processed yogurt loaded with sugar. Eat an apple and some almonds or peanut butter instead of a protein bar. And for a fun outing, go to a local farm so that you can pick some of your own produce and then use it to make jelly or fruit leather without any chemicals added.
Intermittent fasting is more than a health-food fad; it has real benefits for people. However, it is not for everyone, so there is no shame if IF is not working out for you. IF involves intentionally not eating for a set number of hours during the day, such as 16 hours (maybe from 5 pm until 9 am), and then getting all of your nutrition during the other hours. The idea is to give your digestive system a break so that it can work more optimally while also taking advantage of the benefits of your body being in a fasting state. IF can be a great way to lose weight.
Washing your hands is one of the best habits you can develop to prevent the spread of illness. During the covid-19 pandemic, people got really good at washing their hands! But now that covid is on its way down does not mean that hand-washing is any less critical. Wash your hands before eating, before cooking, after using the restroom, and any time they are visibly soiled. Rub them for 20 seconds (the amount of time needed to sing “Happy Birthday” twice) with soap, and rinse them well. Use lotion if necessary to prevent dried skin.
You may be tempted to go for the front-row parking spot, even if doing so means driving around the parking lot for 10 minutes and waiting for someone to pull out of the area you want. Why not save that 10 minutes and a lot of the stress associated with parking lots by parking towards the back? The extra walk will be counted towards your daily exercise (if you use a fitness tracker, those steps will be included in your daily quote). Furthermore, after you are finished shopping, finding your car will be easier because fewer people park in the back.
How many junk drawers do you have cluttered with things that you forgot that you even have? When was the last time you went through your closet to take inventory of the clothes, shoes, and accessories you have and what you don’t need? Start getting organized by cleaning one thing out at a time. It may be your junk drawer, closet, or car trunk. Take the items that you do not need to a thrift store so that the money from them can go towards a good cause. Keep reading for a final health and wellness tip that can make your lifestyle healthier.
If you have not changed your air filters in a while, then the air quality in your home and car could be suffering. Moreover, you are breathing that lousy air! Changing your air filters is a quick and easy way to make sure that the air you and your loved ones are breathing regularly is as clean as possible. House plants, open windows when the weather is nice, and an air purifier can also improve the quality of the air in your home. And if you are a smoker, stop smoking now! Everyone’s air will be much cleaner because of your efforts.