Planning For A Healthier, Happier You

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Planning For A Healthier, Happier You

Planning for a healthier future is easier than you think

It’s never too late or too early to start improving your quality of life. No matter your age, healthy living is worth planning for. Whether you’ve decided to set new life goals for yourself because of your family, your job, or just your future; congratulate yourself. You’re now taking a step to becoming a healthier, happier you.

It’s important to check in with your healthcare provider before making any drastic changes. Do not discontinue any medication or supplements without your doctor’s consent. Consider sitting down with a licensed health practitioner and making a list of health oriented goals. These could be anything from altering your diet to incorporating a new exercise routine to spending more time in nature. Go over your entire medical history and ask all the questions that pop up in your mind. Leave no stone unturned so to speak.

We all have our limitations. Some physical activities just can’t be part of our plan and some diet changes just can’t be made. That’s completely okay. To each their own as the saying goes. Recognize your limitations and write them down as well. Come back to them as you add to and revise your personal health plan.

Stress-Release

1. Laughter – We often forget that laughter really can be the best medicine sometimes. Meet up with friends or like-minded individuals and be yourself. Do things that bring you joy.

2. Music – Music helps us express emotion or feel emotions we haven’t in a long time. It conjures up fond memories and possesses us to dance wildly and sing freely.

3. Journaling & Reading – Free thought journaling and reading is a wonderful way to let your mind wander in a productive and creative way.

Physical Activity

1. Walking/Running/Cycling/Swimming – Get your blood pumping. Daily exercise strengthens your heart, lungs, and muscles. It improves your respiration and circulation. And contrary to popular belief, it can feel really good.

2. Breathing Exercises – Reconnecting with your breath is one of the best things you can do for your body and mind. It centers your thoughts, relieves pain and anxiety, and improves your lung capacity and flow of blood to the brain.

3. Yoga/Tai Chi/Stretching – It’s never a bad idea to stretch. Stretching reduces the risk of muscle injury, improves muscle elasticity and strength, calms and quiets the mind, and regulates energy and blood flow in the body.

Diet & Nutrition

1. Water – Doctors say you should consume eight 8 oz. glasses of water a day. That’s 64 oz. every day. Reduce your alcohol and caffeine intake and replace it with water and teas. Your organs and digestive tract will thank you.

2. Fiber – A healthy intake of fiber means a slow absorption of sugar. Slower absorption of sugar means a healthy blood-glucose level. Healthy levels, healthy you.

3. Limiting Salt/Processed Sugar/Red Meats – Chips, candy, and steaks are good for our cravings, but not our bodies. It’s our job to read into the cravings and understand what they actually mean.

Mental Stimulation

1.Continuing Education - Working towards online degrees is an excellent way to learn and grow. As humans we should never stop learning!

2. Time Spent In Nature - Time spent in nature decompresses the mind from daily stressors and stimulates our senses.

Keep in touch with your doctor. Concern for your health is nothing to be ashamed about. In fact, it’s commendable. Keep up to date with any recommended screening tests from your doctor. Avoid obvious health risks. And finally, take all of your medications as prescribed. Be smart and responsible with your body.