From your mental health to your physical health, your overall wellbeing is extremely important, and it’s definitely worth investing in. However, in today’s world, it can be hard setting aside the time to truly take care of yourself. Self-care and health don’t have to be time-consuming, though! To help you on your journey to self-improvement and better health in 2020, here are some tips and tricks that you can easily fit into your day.
Take a Walk
Walking is one of the easiest ways to be healthier in the new year. Walking even just for a few minutes each day can greatly improve your health by improving your cardiovascular health, keeping your weight at a healthy level, and providing an outlet from daily stress. Rather than carving out a valuable portion of time from your schedule to dedicate just to walking, try fitting in throughout your day instead. Host walking meetings, walk the two blocks to lunch instead of driving, or even just take the stairs over the elevator.
Wake Up 5 Minutes Earlier to Meditate
Being healthy includes more than just taking care of your physical wellbeing - you also need to maintain your mental wellbeing. Of course, between work and home life, you may find that adding in some much needed 'me time' adds more stress. To find the perfect balance, you can wake up 5 minutes earlier and use this time to meditate. Simply lay in your bed and clear your mind. Focus on your breathing as you slowly allow your body to wake up. By inviting this positive energy into your life every morning, you'll start your day off on the right foot. You can also do the same thing before you go to bed, slowly relaxing your body and letting the stress of the day go. Stress can cause cardiovascular issues, so learning to let it go through a positive outlet can boost your mental health while maintaining your physical health to result in an overall better wellbeing.
With the popularity of cellphones, journaling on the go is easier than ever, helping you keep your mental health in good shape. In fact, you can just open up the notes app on your phone and journal there on your lunch break, during bathroom breaks, or whenever throughout the day. This will help you release negative energy while also refocusing your mind on positive things to help quell any anxiety or negativity.
Whether you're doing calf lifts while brushing your teeth or doing gentle lunges in your office, stretching is an easy, quick way to boost your health every day. Regular stretching - or even yoga if you can find a free hour every week - is one of the best ways to maintain your mental and physical wellbeing. It's a positive outlet for stress and negative emotions while also engaging your body and boosting your cardiovascular and muscular system. You also don't need any equipment or a lot of space - you can stretch everywhere whether it's the gym, your cubicle, or even the bathroom!
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