Healthy Habits: Done in 60 Seconds
Taking time to nurture and protect your health doesn’t have to take long. Here are a few simple things to boost your well-being in a snap!
Take off your shoes. Leaving your shoes at the front door is an ancient custom practiced throughout Asia as a way to honor the home’s purity. It also stimulates pressure points in the feet. This is a practical way to keep your house clean of outdoor pollutants like dirt, lawn chemicals, and potential allergens that attach themselves to your shoes throughout the day.
Floss. Brushing is important, but bacteria gets cozy in all the little nooks and crannies your toothbrush can’t reach. Floss gets in between teeth and along the gums to remove plaque that can lead to arterial obstruction (among other things). Your mouth is also the most prominent “doorway” to your body, making oral health a major factor in steady immunity.
Take a break. At work, at school, at home…sedentary, or stationary, lifestyle is becoming more prevalent and TVs or computers are influential in making it so. Staring at an electronic screen for hours can cause poor posture, eye strain and headaches. It’s important to take a break, stand up, stretch or go for a walk. This will give your eyes a break, plus it is proven that stretching can improve productivity by promoting blood flow which invigorates the body and mind.
Wash your hands. Although it’s not surprising to see that on this list, hand-to-hand transfer is one of the most common ways for germs to get around. Think of everything you touch in a day, then think about all the other people before you who touched the same things.
Spruce up your water. It’s no secret that water offers a myriad of health benefits from balancing body fluids and energizing muscles to helping with digestive function. Need a bit more incentive to drink up? Add some fresh ingredients to turn a regular glass of water into something special! Try mint leaves, a bit of unsweetened fruit juice, some sliced cucumbers or other sliced fruits.
Count to 10. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, frustrated or out of control, close your eyes and count to 10. Give your mind time to disconnect from the moment that is provoking negativity; it can offer the release you need to overcome it and move on. Still fuming? Keep counting! Take deep breaths as you are counting to slow your pulse and center your thoughts.
Sneeze into your arm. With no tissue handy, covering your sneeze can be tricky. It’s important to cover your mouth so germs don’t get projected into the air or onto people (or objects) around you, but your hands often touch those things anyway. If you’ve just sneezed into it, the germs will inevitably spread. According to the CDC, when no tissue is available, your best bet is to sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
Take your vitamins. You eat healthy (mostly) and exercise (sometimes), but supplementation is important to fill those gaps in your health routine. Supplements offer what is missing or can boost effects of your other practices. Did you know your body can’t properly integrate calcium without magnesium? Or that your body needs good bacteria (probiotics) for healthy digestion and immunity?
The world today moves fast— front page today, old news tomorrow. Living a healthy life doesn’t mean adopting long, arduous processes and these few examples are proof!