6 Easy Ways To Prioritize Your Health And Body
Saying you want to prioritize your health is easy enough. Actually doing it is a whole other story! However, it is completely possible, even if you’ve been less than successful in the past. Here are six strategies that, when implemented over time, can make taking charge of your health a normal part of every day.
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1. Establish your personal priorities
What matters most to your best friend may not even be on your radar. That is why you absolutely must take time to establish a list of your own personal health priorities. You might want to be able to move more easily, climb up the stairs without getting winded, or train for an upcoming marathon. Maybe you have a health condition you want to manage better. Decide what matters most to you and focus your energies there first!
2. Ditch chemicals in your daily routine
Over the course of a day or two, stop and read the labels of the cleaning, beauty, and hygiene products you use. You might be surprised at your inability to pronounce most of them. Complex names aren’t necessarily a bad thing, but they can be a sign that you are overloading your body and environment with potentially harmful chemicals.
Luckily, there is a simple solution to his problem. A few little swaps can help you return your routine to a more natural state. Some top suggestions:
- Replace traditional cleaning products with green options
- Switch your chemical tooth whitener for bentonite clay for teeth
- Swap out fabric softener sheets with wool dryer balls
3. Cut back of screen time
Technology is pervasive in society. It is so much a part of life that Americans spend, on average, about 11 hours in front of a screen every day. That is almost half of each day! Keeping that in mind, it may be that you are getting too much of an otherwise good thing. Limiting your screen time outside of work hours can help you feel better and reduce some common complaints such as eye strain and ‘tech neck’.
4. Develop healthy sleep habits
Did you know that most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night? How about failing to reach that amount for a few days can result in early signs of sleep deprivation? Luckily, this is a relatively easy problem to fix. Moving sleep higher up on your priority list will likely help you achieve a slew of other health goals too, such as shedding a few pounds, feeling more energized, and being better able to focus.
Develop a nightly routine that encourages you to fall asleep faster and stay that way. For most people, that will include things such as:
- Removing technology from the bedroom
- Lowering the room temperature before heading to bed
- Using a soothing essential oil blend to promote restfulness
- Avoiding caffeine and alcohol in the hours before bed
5. Get up and move around
If you spend most of your day sitting, whether at a desk, on a sofa, or in the car, you are probably not getting enough physical activity. That can have serious negative health consequences. Instead of signing up for a gym membership that you won’t use, why not try to squeeze in five minutes of exercise every hour. Research shows that to be an effective way to combat the overall negative health effects of being inactive.
6. Commit to stop dieting
This survey reported that half of Americans want to lose weight and feel healthier. However, yo-yo dieting is absolutely not the way to reach those goals. In fact, science indicates that continued dieting can actually make it harder to keep weight off long-term. Instead of severely restricting calories or food groups, commit to ditching the diet and adopt a few healthy eating habits you can sustain for good.
The first step to better health — making the commitment — is often the hardest. By uncovering what matters most to you and then gradually making small changes, you will build new, healthy habits that move you closer to your goals.
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