National Wellness Month
Every August the nation celebrates wellness. This means taking time to care for the whole you. Many of us let self-care take a backseat because of our busy schedules. So in addition to your normal diet and exercise, learn some ways to help take care of your body, mind and soul to Celebrate National Wellness Month.
We’ve all heard the expression, “Sometimes you need to stop and smell the roses.” When you spend your days in a mad rush, you tend to miss some of the small, wonderful things. For instance, instead of running or power walking, try taking a leisurely stroll once in awhile. You may notice more of the beautiful surroundings, as well as enjoy some peaceful meditation. Plus, there has been plenty of research from World Health Organization that points to the therapeutic benefits of exercising in “green spaces.”
CUT BACK ON SUGAR:
Astoundingly, the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar a day! It’s hiding in everything from salad dressings and juices to alcohol and pasta sauce. The American Heart Association recommends a daily consumption of 6 teaspoons of sugar for women and 9 for men. When checking ingredients, be on the lookout for sugar listed in its many other names such as, maltose, sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, molasses, cane sugar, corn sweetener, raw sugar, syrup, honey or fruit juice concentrates (like we said, it’s hiding everywhere!)
TAKE A SPA DAY
There’s nothing like a spa day to pamper and help relax you. Make it a little more fun by grabbing a loved one to enjoy it with you.
GIVE YOURSELF A MASSAGE
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TAKE CARE OF YOUR EYES
They’re the only pair you get! Many people don’t take their eye health into consideration. Make sure to get annual eye exams, wear sunglasses and use safety eyewear or protective goggles where necessary. If you work at a computer, look 20 feet away from your screen for 20 seconds every 20 minutes and take a 15-minute break at least every two hours.
PRACTICE DEEP BREATHING
According to Healthline.com, deep breathing (or diaphragmatic breathing) offers many benefits. It can help manage the symptoms of conditions as wide-ranging as:
Irritable bowel syndrome
Depression and anxiety
High blood pressure
Post-traumatic stress disorder
And many more
Check out these Steps To Diaphragmatic Breathing and get started today.
GET INTO THE STRETCH
Starting your day with a good stretch can be as good as enjoying a good cup of coffee. Besides helping to wake you up, stretching can improve your mobility, flexibility and independence. Harvard Medical School says, “It’s not enough to build muscle and achieve aerobic fitness. You need to think about flexibility, too…A lot of people don’t understand that stretching has to happen on a regular basis. It should be daily,” Find out more about the importance of stretching and where to start at Harvard Health Publishing.
Remember, it doesn’t need to be National Wellness Month to take care and do something nice for yourself. TNT offers a Wellness Program to help get you on the road to personal wellness. It is specifically designed to eliminate the guesswork and address your specific nutrition and medical concerns. We will help you improve your quality of life and reduce your risk factors for further health ailments.
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