Journal! Meditate! Be grateful! Heard it all before, right?

The problem with all this constant bombarding of information on what to eat and how to exercise is that it's causing many people to reject the idea of wellness and the lifestyle it dictates. The pursuit of wellness has reached the “eye-roll-stage.” In fact, a recent poll declared wellness to be one of the most tedious topics.

There’s no denying that we can all use a little more wellness in our day-to-day lives but, it’s tough to hold down a full-time job, train, make homemade green juice, and meditate each day! So, if the media’s rules on how to be healthy and happy are making you anxious, it’s time to simplify.

The whole point of wellness is that it should become so effortless that you forget about pursuing it; living a positive and healthy lifestyle should become a given rather than something singled out as spectacular and worth applauding on Instagram.

Of course healthy living can incorporate all of the trends (if you want it to) but it doesn’t have to be defined by grandiose displays of health and fitness. So much of healthy living is made up of small things we do daily – things that don’t feel momentous, but that done consistently and over time, add up to provide big results.

Choose a few small daily changes from our healthy living list that sound most enjoyable to you:

  • Greet your day. Start your day with a glass of water. Re-hydrating aids digestion enhances skin health and boosts energy. Wrap yourself in a warm blanket in the safety of your home while looking at the blossoming trees … just take a moment before the day starts. Don’t give up coffee, but be mindful of when, and how you drink it.
  • End your showers with 30 seconds of cold water. It has the ability to tone the autonomic nervous system ranging from inflammation reduction, accelerated tissue repair, and increased circulation.
  • Get some sunlight. Reap the benefits from 7 to 9 am as opposed to later in the day when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Aside from building bones, Vitamin D plays a major role in strengthening our immune system. Sunlight also helps to regulate your circadian rhythm. Misalignment of the circadian rhythm not only throws off your sleep/wake cycle but impairs your ability to handle stress. Sunlight also increases serotonin, the feel-good hormone which helps us to feel calm and focused.
  • Ground yourself. It requires minimum effort and can be as simple as sitting, standing or walking barefoot outdoors for a few minutes a day. People who practise grounding have reported improvement in conditions such as fatigue, anxiety and depression.
  • Fill your house with houseplants. Research shows that they improve mood, creativity and problem-solving.
  • Floss your teeth. Not only does flossing daily protect your teeth and gums, but good dental health is important for immunity and heart health.
  • Spend time with your partner. It boosts immune function, lowers blood pressure, promotes better sleep, eases stress and anxiety, and decreases the risk of heart disease. Enough said!

One reason people resist change is that they focus on what they have to give up.

So, start small; create healthy habits, not restrictions.

Source: hopkinsmedicine.org, vogue.co.uk, fourwellness.co.za, luxiders.com, shop.projecthappiness.org, entrepreneur.com, forbes.com, thegoodtrade.com, onegreenplanet.org

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