Sticking to a healthy lifestyle can seem like an uphill task sometimes, especially when you have tons of lifestyle changes to let go of and new ones to implement.
However, when it comes to your health and wellness, implementing a little change like reading books, taking a break from electronics, or even prioritizing a 20-minute walk outside each day, can go a long way.
Here are six simple tips for boosting your health and wellness in 2022.
Importance of Wellness
While you adopt effective measures to improve your health, it’s important you do likewise for your wellness. Wellness—which is a state of living a healthy lifestyle—is important because it influences almost all aspects of our daily life. For instance, physical wellness allows you to do house chores, exercise, and engage in your favorite sports without pain.
On the other hand, emotional wellness helps you process grief from failure, the loss of a loved one and other hardships life throws at you. It also helps you experience joy and happiness when things are good. In addition to physical and emotional wellness, there is social wellness. Social wellness helps you build relationships with people and interact with them.
In a nutshell, wellness is important to your quality of life. Here are a few health and wellness tips to implement this year.
1. Stand Up Every 30 Minutes While Working
Some of us overexert ourselves to meet deadlines, resulting in serious burnout, lack of concentration, and dwindling productivity. Rather than work for an hour at a stretch, consider taking frequent breaks. Taking breaks at different intervals can boost your focus and make you more alert throughout the day.
Studies indicate that sitting for too long can harm your health. So, ensure you stand up every 30 minutes. Give your brain a break. Stretch those tired legs. Go for short work. To ensure you aren’t overstressing yourself to meet deadlines, set goals, put together a checklist, and prioritize tasks.
2. Take a Break from Electronics
Worldwide, the average user spends 3 hours and 14 minutes staring at their computer screens and 43 minutes looking at their mobiles.
Mind Boggling, right?
It is no secret that many of us are slaves to our electronic devices, a habit that is detrimental to our health and wellbeing.
When you spend too much time on your phone or other digital devices, your sleep gets affected, due to the blue light emitted from the screen.
If you aren’t aware, insufficient sleep reduces hormone levels. And low hormone levels are associated with low sex drive, hair loss, fatigue, etc.
You’ll need to undergo hormone replacement therapy to boost your hormone levels. You can either receive treatment in a hospital or opt for doctor-directed at home treatments, which don’t require you to leave the comfort of your home.
3. Embrace nature
Want to ease stress? Go outside and interact with nature, one of the best stress-relievers. Leaving the comfort of your home and walking down the street while basking in the rich sun rays and enjoying the soothing breeze can improve your mental and emotional wellness.
The American Heart Association says that spending time in nature can alleviate stress, boost mood, and improve your wellbeing. While at work, you can decide to leave your workstation during lunch break. On weekends, you can go out with friends or engage in good outdoor activities like fly-fishing, rock climbing, cycling, horse-riding, etc.
4. Read Books
The advent of digital devices has turned our attention away from books. Many of us prefer to be glued to our phones surfing the internet than reading a book. While surfing the internet can entertain and keep you engaged, reading a book boasts many therapeutic benefits.
First, reading a book is relaxing. It can help reduce stress levelsby giving your brain a break from the busyness that holds us down. It exercises your brain and refreshes your memory. Reading at night or before going to bed can help you fall asleep.
5. Reduce Your Sugar Intake
Reducing the sugar in your diet can help you lose weight and improve your overall nutrition. Of course, it seems very simple, but do you know what to look for?
There are different types of sugar; some you know and some you are ignorant of. Read the nutrition label on the food products you buy. You should check for ingredients like sucrose, glucose, fructose, corn syrup, or hydrolyzed starch. These are all sugars, and taking them excessively can result in acne, obesity, and tiredness.
You can reduce your sugar intake by selecting healthier alternatives in the store.
● Go for fresh, organic produce instead of processed foods
● Swap your sweetened yogurt for plain yogurt; sweeten it at home with fresh fruit
● Consider replacing sweetened juice cocktails with 100% fruit juice (without added sugar or flavors).
While you take steps to improve your wellness, we recommend that you try to let go of habits that seem detrimental to your health and wellness. Such habits include eating on the go, depriving yourself of sleep, living a sedentary life, etc. Also, ensure you remain committed to improving your wellness, as without the right commitment may not see significant results.