Let’s play a game. What’s the first thing you think of when you read the word WELLNESS?
Did you think about exercise? Healthy food? Meditation?
Wellness isn’t one thing you suddenly achieve by cutting out sugar and processed foods. It’s a series of things you do every day to improve your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental health.
That may sound complicated. But it’s not. Here are 30 simple ways you can wellness.
Chronic stress is bad for your physical and mental health, but we also know it is part of everyday life. Learn to manage it with good self-care. For ideas, read our Self-Care That’s Good for Your Heart and how we at The Sauna Haus deal with getting stressed out.
This will not only help you drink more water during the day, it will also help the environment by keeping plastic bottles out of our landfills. Consider an EcoVessel.
Music and movement can improve your mood and, as a bonus, burn some calories. Plus, what makes you happier than jamming out and dancing?
The soothing and relaxing sounds of Tibetan Singing Bowls are traditionally used for meditation and stress relief. At The Sauna Haus, we offer this with our salt therapy during our special Salt and Sound events. See our Facebook page for times and dates. You can also listen to them here courtesy of Tibetan Temple Sounds.
Take a few seconds every day to tell yourself something positive. Look in the mirror and say it out loud until you truly believe it and start living it.
Don’t rush through meals to get to the next thing. Take the time to sit down, concentrate and truly savor your food.
Drink water right away when you wake up. It will rehydrate your body, boost your metabolism and help you feel more alert.
Your mom and teachers were always telling you to sit up straight. Turns out they knew it was better for your physical and mental health. Slouching can cause physical deformities and pain. When you practice good posture, your bones and muscles stay more aligned. Plus, you feel (and look) more confident and empowered.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ. The average adult has about 22 square feet of skin, weighing about eight pounds. Along with sunscreen, apply lots of moisturizers and avoid long hot showers and baths which strip your skin of natural oils.
Cosmetics and personal products can contain chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other serious illnesses. Consider switching to natural, organic and certified toxin-free skincare, cosmetics and deodorants. You can learn more about the toxin-free makeup and moisturizers we love here at The Sauna Haus. We also carry a naturally, hand-crafted skincare line called Peak Scents. Call or stop in to learn more.
If you’re not sure how to meditate, watch this video with Hannah from The Sauna Haus as she leads you in mindful meditation.
Research has found that houseplants can improve your creativity, mood and problem solving abilities. Plus, they act as natural air filters, absorbing toxins in the air.
This is the most effective way to stay healthy. Sing Happy Birthday while you lather up with warm water and soap. Don’t forget to dry your hands well and use your elbow to turn off the faucet. You turned it on with dirty hands and you don’t want to undo what you just did.
That’s what we love about our infrared saunas. The soothing, comfortable heat penetrates deep to the cellular level to remove toxins we absorb through our skin or consume in our foods.
There’s a reason why stretching feels so good! We’re not talking about just stretching before activity, but stretching any time of the day. A good, deep stretch loosens up your muscles, increasing the flow of oxygen feeding blood.
Holding on to past mistakes, lost opportunities or regrets, keeps you stuck right where you are. Focus on what you can do right now to improve your present and future.
We all mess up. We all fail each other. Instead of anger and impatience, choose to give grace. Also, be open to receiving grace. It’s easy to beat ourselves up but accept forgiveness when it’s extended.
Generosity isn’t just about donating money, food or old clothes that don’t fit. Generosity comes in all shapes and sizes. Do something nice for a co-worker. Volunteer in your community. Give your time to a lonely or elderly neighbor. Thank people who serve you like the grocery store bagger, stocker or checker. Be generous with your eye contact when talking to people, let them know you are present in the conversation.
Walk around a new neighborhood, take a drive to a small town you’ve never been to or find a park where you can hike. Exploring gives you a new perspective on your problems. It also recharges your brain. While out and about, carry a small garbage bag and pick up any trash you see.
Researchers in Colorado found that early risers (especially those middle-aged early birds) had a 25% lower risk of depression than night owls. Early risers are also more likely to crawl under the covers earlier, getting a solid eight to nine hours of healthy sleep. If you can’t get up with sun, try getting as much light as possible through the day.
Bananas are full of the amino acid, tryptophan, which works with your body’s natural mood regulators.
Dark chocolate reduces the stress hormone cortisol and has proven antioxidant properties. Plus, it’s a mood booster!
Some researchers claim lemon water will also help reduce belly fat. While there is no concrete proof lemon water makes a difference, we do know water helps boost metabolism and weight loss. Adding lemon gives you flavor without the calories.
Fish contains vitamins, minerals and healthy protein and fat. Add grilled, seared or baked fish to your menu at least twice a week. Eat only responsibly fished, sustainable seafood.
Do something every day that makes you happy! It doesn’t have to be big or expensive.
Consider starting a gratitude journal to help you focus on your blessings. Even on those days when your spouse, partner, coworkers or kids are on your very last nerve, look for a positive and be thankful you have them in your life.
A positive mindset is a choice. Pay attention to negative thought patterns and complaints.
It helps your mental and physical health and brightens the day of those around you. If you’re blue or upset, try smiling for a while and see how quickly your mood shifts.
Breathe in for five seconds, count to five and then exhale for five more seconds. Give your intentional breathing a little kick by doing it in our salt room. The antibacterial properties of salt help open airways and detox your respiratory system.
It’s good for you and good for the birds. Researchers in the U.K. found that watching birds and listening to the sounds of songbirds actually helped calm children and help them feel less stressed.