The season of sunshine and flip flops is finally here! Three tips will help you improve your wellness while you enjoy the season.
-Water-- Try for 64 ounces a day. Seltzer counts! Per the ADA, be careful though, as the pH and additives can harm tooth enamel and add calories.
Sleep-- Adults need 7-8 hours a night. Try setting a "good alarm" to remind you to get ready for bed.. Doctors recommend a consistent wake-up time each morning to maximize sleep quality, and a 20-minute walk to start the day. Your body and mood will thank you.
--Sunshine-- Exercise and sunshine boost your mental and physical health. The CDC recommends 2 1/2 total hours of "moderate" physical exercise each week. Remember to use a lot of sunscreen (most people don't use enough), and reapply every 60-90 minutes.
Finally, give yourself a break. Life is a journey, not a sprint. Few people meet all of their health goals., so yourself a hand for what you do accomplish.
Gardening Boosts Happiness as much as Some Exercises
Gardening increases happiness and emotional well-being as much as some exercises or dining-out, as reported by a Princeton professor in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning.. If you raise vegetables (vs flowers), you'll reap the health benefits too!
"Laughter is an Instant Vacation"
“Laughter is an Instant Vacation”--- Milton Berle. It’s also great medicine! Laughter decreases stress, boosts immunity, and burns 1.3 calories a minute. So connect with a friend, neighbor or crazy family member today….. and laugh.
Get Outside for a Happiness Boost
Looking for a simple way to reduce stress and feel happier? Get outside! Research has shown a strong connection between time spent in nature (especially the woods) and reduced stress, anxiety, and improved moods. According to Harvard researchers, "When people are depressed or under high levels of stress, they experience a continuous loop of negative thoughts," and the brain finds greenery, natural sounds and even outdoor silence to be soothing. Can't get outside? MRIs show that listening to nature sounds can have a similar effect.
Tea contains beneficial flavanoids, antioxidants that studies have shown decrease the free radicals linked to cancer and heart disease. The less processed the tea, the better. Thus, white tea is considered to have the strongest anti-cancer properties. Green tea is also less processed than traditional black teas, and has the added benefit of containing :a calming amino acid--- L-theanine, Other popular teas, such as black tea and oolong are also beneficial, and all contain less caffeine than coffee, So, in the words of Bigelow Teas, a local Connecticut company, #teaproudly!
We've all heard "you are what you eat" . So what are the most important foods to eat when you're trying to stay healthy? Instead of reaching for that third cookie, try these nutritionist-recommended foods instead. Each contributes different vitamins and minerals that your body needs to fight-off illness.:
Feeling uncertain, bored or need a break? Try Virtual Volunteering. Organizations need the help, and you'll reap the rewards as well. According to Harvard Health, "doing good" boosts happiness, reduces blood pressure, and releases feel-good brain chemicals., In addition to your favorite charity that could potentially use remote support, here are a few ways to virtually volunteer.
In our on-th-go world, healthy eating can often feel like it's adding stress. However, a diet heavy in pre- packaged foods, sugar and caffeine to keep us going increases the body's inflammatory response to stress, exacerbating the anxiety associated with a hectic life. Much has been written about this "Brain-Gut" connection. In other words, you truly "are what you eat", as the foods you eat influence how you feel. So what should you reach for as you run out the door? At the January Collective Wellness Community Event Dr. Beth Atlas gave several several suggestions of foods that can help manage anxiety and also improve overall health Those foods include "eating the rainbow", especially:
Beth has posted several nutritious recipes on her website, and her food is always a hit. Check them out!
Getting outside for 20 minutes, research shows, can lower stress hormones. So get moving! A family hike, bike ride or a simple walk is all it takes. In fact, children are 45% less likely to develop a mental health issue if they spend some time every day in "green spaces"
About the Author
While developing and marketing products in the Beauty industry I naturally became interested in things associated with beauty, both inside and out. As I learned about nutrition, exercise, meditation, yoga, toxin-free skincare, mindfulness, clean eating... (and the list goes on) it became clear how important they all are not only to beauty, but to a healthy, balanced, happy life. Volumes of information scattered across so many platforms felt overwhelming, and hard to use. Thus I decided to bring it all together in one place so it could be acted-on collectively. This idea became Collective Wellness. It is both an ever-growing collection of wellness information and a collective of people---a community that is learning, growing and sharing the wellness journey together. I hope you join us. Welcome to Collective Wellness!