Health & Wellness
Wishing you had more energy to do the things you love with the people you love? Practicing wellness each day can truly change your life, by heightening your overall mood and energy levels, to improving sleep, to a strengthening of relationships, and more. Here are 7 days of health pointers to boost you to your next level mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Day 1: Meal Prep
Instead of grabbing fast food tonight on your way home, plan ahead with a meal prep day. For most people Sundays work best, but try to fit the time in either way. Future you will thank yourself over and over again for thinking ahead. Figure out which meals you and your family will eat throughout the week, and make a list of necessary ingredients. If done properly, you should only need about 3 hours in total between the grocery store run, cooking, and clean up. Having prepared healthy options on hand is the best way to fight unhealthy munchies after an exhausting day of work. Click here to check out some meal prep tricks of the trade.
Day 2: Try Something New
Itching to pick up a new hobby lately? From swimming to chess to hip-hop to jousting, there are always new exercises available to expand the body and mind. Whether this is a mental or physical activity, give it your best go! Check out Groupon for local deals when trying out new interests. Bring your partner along for a fun date night idea.
Day 3: Exercise Outside
Studies demonstrate that experiencing the outdoors displays many health benefits, including boosting the immune system, enhancing mood, and lowering blood pressure. Make it a point today to exercise in nature. Whether that means running around your local lake or biking in your neighborhood against the sunset, take a moment to breathe in some fresh air. You will be blown away how refreshed you will feel from being outdoors and away from artificial lights and computer screens.
Day 4: Experiment With Veggies
Plants are essentially the most powerful and readily available medicine for our brains and bodies to use. Expanding your plant palette is one of the most loving things you can do for your body, allowing for a wider variety of nutrients to fuel you on a daily basis. Try cooking a new vegetable that you would normally pass up in the produce section. Look to see which veggies are in season, and correlate your meals with the earth’s natural rhythm.
Day 5: Expand Your Creative Mind
There is an infinite number of ways to express your creativity, which is why you should have no trouble in discovering enjoyable activities for this day. Try painting, writing, drawing, sculpting, cooking, dancing, or singing. Check out your local Michael’s to see what’s on sale — you never know which interests will become your new favorite jam.
Day 6: Discover New Music
Music remains one of the most primitive healing modalities of the soul. Explore a genre that is completely foreign to you, or maybe tune into a new artist on Spotify. Check your local newspaper to see which bands are coming to town, and purchase tickets for you and your family to enjoy. Incorporating some groovy tunes into your life adds an irreplaceable dazzle to your days.
Day 7: Practice Gratefulness
When is the last time you thought about how blessed you are? Global studies reveal that if you make over $32,400 annually you are in the top 1% of the richest in the world. Taking some time out of your day to understand how blessed you are can truly help you keep some perspective. Send out one card a week to someone that has changed your life, and tell them why they mean so much to you. The good vibes will spread like a wildfire, and you’ll find yourself feeling pretty marvelous when you realize how much goodness is around you.
This is a 7-day healthy kickstart, but it is a lasting foundation to build upon for the rest of your life. When you choose to practice wellness, you are giving your body a gift that gives back each and every day. Make a lasting impact, and kick-start your best life today.