10 Tips for Year Round Wellness
Extraordinary times often provoke outsized reactions. In the midst of turmoil and uncertainty, the most important thing we can do for ourselves and our loved ones is to remain calm and clearheaded, to respond to the situation vs. react. Furthermore, public health crises shine a light on the importance of everyday practices that can become lax when it’s “business as usual.” Here are ten ways we can focus on our wellness all year round and better weather the storms of epidemics and emergencies and increase our defenses against illness.
1. Eat for optimum health. Consume more vegetables and fresh fruits. Reduce the amounts of animal-derived products in your diet. Ignore marketing claims, and read and understand ingredient and nutrition content labels on packaged food.
2. Move more. Walking is great exercise – and gets us outside. Even gentle stretching exercises are a good place to start for those with different capabilities. Commit to 10 minutes a day to get started.
3. Sleep. Our bodies need rest to heal and repair, and even maintain a healthy weight. Average adults function best on 7-8 hours every night.
4. Practice good hygiene. Regular and thorough hand-washing and taking sanitation measures in public spaces are necessary steps every day.
5. Be a learner. A sharp mind is always an asset. Keeping a learner’s mind in times of crisis helps us to better gauge facts and respond accordingly. Read. Take a free class. Listen to a podcast.
6. Make meaningful connections. Nurturing our relationships is as essential to physical health as it is to our emotional health. Spend quality time with people you love. Play with animals. Text a friend or family member across the miles just because.
7. Meditate. In addition to fostering mindfulness, meditation can reduce stress and promote deep breathing. Use an app, like Calm, for short guided meditations on topics ranging from anxiety to self-care.
8. Take supplements. Many of us are getting enough nutrients in our diet. Taking a quality multi-vitamin and other supplements like wild fish oil and vitamin D can ensure we don’t develop conditions of deficiency.
9. Spend time in nature. Scientific studies show that spending time in nature delivers a host of health benefits including stress reduction, lowering blood pressure, and improving mood.
10. Hydrate. Drinking enough water is crucial for kidney function, digestion, brain health – and can even reduce wrinkles and tighten skin. Half your body weight is a good guide for the number of ounces to drink every day.