August is National Wellness Month; a time to focus on self-care, managing stress and promoting healthy routines.
Implement Self-Care Routines
Taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and socially is important. Though you should be staying on top of your health all year long, consider implementing more self-care activities throughout this month (and moving forward). One way you could do this is by creating wholesome habits that you can incorporate into your daily or weekly routine. Habits can be as little as setting aside 30 minutes a day to finish a book or as productive as setting aside time to go hiking once a week.
Get Out to Socialize More
We all enjoy our alone time but did you know getting out and socializing is healthier for you? It offers both physical and mental benefits. People who get out and socialize more tend to build stronger immune systems than those who stay in their comfortable environment. Stronger immune systems allow you to better fight off sicknesses’ such as common colds and the flu. Socializing also uplifts your spirits and decreases feelings of depression. While having a lot of friends or going out more often does not eliminate the chances of depression or other mental emotions, it sure does help.
Drink More Water
Although this isn’t actually a habit, keeping up with your water intake is more important than you think. While it does more than just keep you hydrated, it also lubricates your joints (which your older self will thank you for). Our bodies use water in all of our cells, organs and tissues which helps regulate body temperature and maintain bodily functions. If drinking water isn’t really for you, you can try adding drops of flavorings that contain zero calories, no sugar or artificial sweeteners for taste.
While you don’t have to run a mile every day, you should be active for at least 30 minutes each day. If you are new to exercise or wish to make it more of a priority, you can do so by starting off in shorter time increments then increase as your body adjusts. During the summer might not be the most ideal time for more intense exercises such as running miles or hiking, but simply walking the halls of your office could be a great start. Have your coworkers join in on the fun to make it more enjoyable and motivating!
Cut Back on Sugar Intake
On average, Americans consume 22 teaspoons of sugar each day, while the American Heart Association claims we should aim for just six teaspoons. And it’s more than just the sugar we add to our morning coffee (per cup), juices we sweeten, and the sodas we drink. It’s also the hidden sugars in foods like salad dressings and pasta sauces that we tend to forget about, almost everything we consume has a percentage of sugar in it. To be more cautious, read labels of food products before purchasing.