By Be Well Health Coach Courtney Blatt
1. Include Greens at Every Meal
You will reap tons of health benefits from eating a variety of green foods. They happen to be the most nutrient-rich form of carbohydrate available to us in a natural form. They’re anti-inflammatory, cancer fighting and bone boosting, to name a few benefits. While incorporating greens at every meal might sound difficult, it’s quite easy with a little direction. Try adding leafy greens (such as spinach) to a breakfast smoothie, have a green juice at lunch and saute your favorite leafy green for dinner.
2. Get Exercise
We all know physical activity is great for our health, but also helps you feel better. It will clear your mind, take care of stress and give you energy. Doesn’t matter what you do, just keep trying different activities until you find things you like and it will quickly become part of your daily routine.
3. Plan Ahead
We live complicated and busy lives. As a health coach and mother of two little ones, people ask me how I find time to support healthy habits. Planning ahead is the key. It’s the the most effective discipline to leading a more vibrant and productive life. Plus, planning ahead significantly lowers your stress levels, which increases your happiness. Map out your weekly schedule on Sunday nights and include time for things like grocery shopping, cooking and classes you want to take at the gym.
4. Keep a Consistent Sleep Schedule
One common complaint we hear in the Wellness Center is fatigue. Most people are busier than ever, have erratic schedules and are starved for sleep. This causes a disruption to our internal body clocks which can lead to a number of health issues. Try creating a routine by getting to bed the same time each night. Start to wind down by shutting off your electronic devices 30 minutes prior to sleeping. You’ll be surprised how much this helps your overall wellness!
5. Make Time for Yourself
Give yourself time each day to do something you love, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Start by creating a list of 10-15 activities that make you happy. Make a pledge to do at least one thing from the list each day and it will change your life for the better.