January 7, 2021
Take control of your health with these Easy and Sustainable Wellness Tips that work for everyone!
Wellness is the natural balance in your body and mind that you can attain by actively following healthy habits every day so that you’re not just surviving but thriving.
At Sarah Blooms, we follow an integrative approach to wellness, treating every aspect of life, from nutrition, exercise, and strengthening immunity to fostering positive personal and professional relationships that can have a huge impact on your health.
True wellness can only be achieved when you balance all of these aspects of life.
Follow these Easy Wellness Tips Anyone Can Do to finally improve the balance in your life and regain your health and happiness in no time!
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For optimal health, stick to a healthy, whole foods diet most of the time.
Numerous studies show that the standard American diet, or S.A.D. diet for short (how fitting), is basically killing us.
High amounts of processed foods and unhealthy proteins are causing an increase in diet-related illnesses like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, and more.
However, perfection is not necessary.
You can still enjoy your favorite treats in moderation. Doing so can actually have a positive impact on your mental health and metabolism when it’s done correctly!
You may also find that the more you avoid these unhealthy foods every day, the less you’ll crave them.
Replace less healthy drinks like soda, coffee, tea, fruit juices, and energy drinks with water to significantly reduce the amount of stimulants in your daily routine.
Stimulants can stress the body. Many people report more energy by simply replacing stimulating beverages with water throughout the day.
Have trouble drinking enough water? Check out 20 Easy Ways to Drink More Water Every Day to find out how much water you should be drinking daily plus easy tips to help you drink more.
Restaurant meals typically have more fat, calories, salt, and unknown ingredients in them than foods you make from scratch yourself.
When you make your own meals at home, you can control the ingredients and portion sizes.
Some easy ways to make food prep easier include weekend meal prep and packing your lunch.
Eating at home versus restaurants and fast food is better for your wallet, too!
Read food labels, and don’t eat anything you can’t pronounce or identify. Eat simple, whole foods that will nourish your body.
Try to shop in the outer perimeter aisles in the supermarket where whole, unprocessed foods tend to be stored.
As a society obsessed with thinness, we tend to think of cravings
Stress is a major problem in the U.S. Most of us are on the run from sunup to sundown.
We wake early to get to work on time, then rush home to get dinner. Few people actually have time to sit and relax before the cycle begins again.
Chronic stress can cause a host of health problems, including mental health issues like depression and anxiety, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, asthma, obesity, diabetes, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, Alzheimer’s Disease… The list goes on and on.
Weight problems are often caused or worsened by unmanaged stress. Many people tend to eat more when they feel stressed.
They also tend to reach for comfort foods like junk food and fast food to try to soothe themselves with food, but, of course, we know that never works.
Instead, find healthier ways to deal with stress. Try other ways of relaxing like a hot bath or walk outdoors.
Slow down, and take time to relax and care for yourself. Unplug. Turn off your TV, computer, and cell phone, and read a book to unwind.
Eat slowly and mindfully to aid digestion. You may find that you also eat less as you give your body adequate time to experience fullness cues.
Physical activity most days of the week – or even every day – is important for wellness.
Regular exercise can reduce stress, improve your mental health and mood, help your body manage blood sugar and insulin levels, reduce your risk of heart disease, help you quit smoking, improve cognitive skills as you age, make healthy eating easier, and more.
Find physical activities you enjoy like yoga, running, hiking, or walking. Get out into nature to reap the mental health benefits many of us feel from being outdoors.
Start with small changes like getting off the train or bus one stop earlier and walking the rest of the way or parking in the back of the parking lot. Take the stairs whenever possible.
Instead of meeting a friend for coffee, meet for a walk or bike ride, or take a dance or exercise class together.
Most people need 7-9 hours of sleep each night to function at their best, but most Americans aren’t reach that goal.
Long-term, chronic sleep deprivation can have serious effects on health, including reduced brain and cognitive function, weight gain and obesity, heart disease, adrenal fatigue, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, stroke, decreased sex drive, reduced work performance, increased accidents, and much, much more.
So it really isn’t an exaggeration to say that your sleep problems might be making you fat, and it’s certainly making you tired, grumpy, and miserable!
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Avoid distractions as much as possible as you go through your daily life.
Focus on what you’re eating, instead of eating in front of the TV or computer. Pay attention to how you feel as you consume your meal or snack.
Mindfulness can help you spot food intolerances that may be affecting your health and weight and can also help you recognize fullness cues that prevent you from overeating.
Mindfulness during physical activity can improve your workouts and prevent injuries.
Bottom Line: Being mindful in your everyday life can help you make the most of it.
Loneliness is emerging as a public health epidemic in the U.S. According to recent surveys, almost half of Americans report feeling lonely.
Social isolation is linked to higher rates of chronic diseases and mental health conditions and may even catalyze cellular-level changes that promote chronic inflammation and suppress immunity.
The detrimental health effects of loneliness have been likened to smoking 15 cigarettes a day!
Technology and social media aren’t helping. While it may seem like we can connect with other people on social media, that physical distance means those connections aren’t the same as meeting friends and family face-to-face.
We’re happiest when we spend time with others because we are wired from birth to connect with others.
Having a strong and supportive social circle can reduce stress and give you time to relax and unwind.
Reach out to friends and family regularly to share a meal, shopping trip, or quiet get-together at home.
Don’t have a strong social circle? Join a group that may interest you, such as a hiking club, reading club, church or spiritual gathering, sewing circle, fitness class, etc.
In our modern, fast-paced world, unhealthy diets and lifestyles are on the rise. As we become shorter on time and energy, many of us take the easiest route – unhealthy prepared meals, fast food, processed junk and sedentary lifestyles.
Just because our lives are so much different from our ancestors doesn’t mean we can’t recapture some of their wisdom to bring balance and health back to our minds and bodies.
Go back to basics with these Simple Wellness Tips that are so easy anyone can do them – and they really do work for everyone!!
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