More than ever, it’s smart to prioritize your health and wellness in the face of the pandemic. Eating well, exercising, and sleeping are part of the wellness puzzle – but there’s more that meets the eye when it comes to your overall health. For example, are you taking steps to protect your emotional well-being? Have you invested time creating a supportive group of friends? Are you giving yourself down time to focus on your hobbies? These are just a few of the questions you should ask yourself to determine whether or not you’re focusing enough on your well-being.
Below, we’ll dive into some easy-to-incorporate wellness tips so you can live a better, happier life.
Practice Good Sleep Hygiene
Good sleep is critical to your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. When you don’t get great quality sleep, you can get tired and irritable. If you’re worried that you’re not getting enough quality sleep, consider creating a sleep ritual you practice each night to get your body ready for sleep mode.
Here’s an idea of a sleep ritual you can try out in your own life:
- Two hours before bedtime: Stop using all electronics. Start to dim the lights in your bedroom and living spaces.
- One hour before bedtime: Take a warm shower or bath with lavender or chamomile soap to help relax away the day’s stresses.
- Thirty minutes before bedtime: Turn on your noise machine or fan to create pleasant auditory background noise. Drink a sleep- or relaxation-promoting tea.
- Fifteen minutes before bedtime: Practice deep breathing and get into bed.
In general, it’s a good idea to aim for at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep at night. You might need more of less depending on your lifestyle, gender, age, and any health conditions. Consult with your doctor if you’re not sure.
Eat Well and Focus on What Works for You
It’s rare that you will have the time, energy, or money to put together an elaborate five-course meal every single day. But you don’t need to spend a lot of time or money in order to eat quality food. You might even want to start meal prepping simple meals like rice, chicken, and asparagus.
Or maybe you’ve come to terms with the fact that you just don’t like to cook. That’s okay, too! You might be interested in using a meal subscription service. Some meal subscriptions like Blue Apron provide you with ingredients that you cook and assemble yourself. Others are fully-cooked meals that you simply have to reheat like Freshly.
Overall, it’s generally a good idea to stay away from heavily processed foods, excess amounts of sugar, and large amounts of sodium. Instead, build your diet around whole foods with an emphasis on fruits and vegetables.
Incorporate Exercise You Actually Enjoy
Not everybody is going to run a marathon as their casual Sunday afternoon exercise. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find an activity that you actually enjoy that also gets your heart pumping. For example, you can sign up for meetup groups for hiking, do an online yoga class subscription, or join a rollerblading club.
If you have trouble staying consistent, it might be worth it to look into getting a personal trainer. Or, if you have a friend who wants to stay active as well, you can use each other as accountability buddies. After all, there are just going to be some mornings where you want to stay in bed rather than exercise. But if you have someone who’s expecting you to join them for a morning walk or run, it’s much harder to cancel on them.
Takeaways: Staying Well
It takes practice and consistency to stay on top of your mental, physical, and emotional help. Life is full of stressful moments, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn to cope. Use the tips laid out in this article to develop healthy habits. Start with your sleep and prioritize your bedtime over other parts of your life. Then, move on to finding an exercise you enjoy doing and finally, work on your diet. You don’t have to make all these changes at once. The path to change begins with the first step. Good luck!