Tips for Healthy & Happy Living

Sometimes it can seem like maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a huge challenge that doesn’t match the reality of everyday life. It’s hard to hold down a full-time job, eat healthy, train for a marathon, make a homemade green smoothie, spend quality time with family/partner, and meditate for an hour. every day.

A healthy lifestyle can include all these things (if you want), but it will not be defined by a great display of health and fitness.

31 Wellness tips for healthy & happy living

Here are 31 tips to live a healthier, happier lifestyle—all simple, easy things that can be seamlessly incorporated into your daily life:

1. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning

The coffee is great too, but it’s best to start your day with a tall glass of water as you warm up. Moisturize first thing in the morning helps digestion, improves physical health and boosts energy.

2. Take the stairs

Taking the stairs instead of lifting is an easy way to get a little exercise into your daily life. It strengthens and tones your legs and core while you’re at it!

3. Make half your plate veggies

A simple tip for healthy eating (and portion control) is to prepare half a plate of your vegetables at every meal. Vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients essential for health and longevity. And, because they are high in fiber, they help digestion (which means you stay fuller!) and make your body look longer.

4. Get a fitness tracker + track your steps

Using a fitness tracker to track your steps is an easy way to make sure you’re getting enough exercise every day. We aim for 10,000 steps a day, which has great physical and mental health benefits. A health care provider will also remind you to take 250 steps per hour.

5. Switch to non-toxic household cleaning products

Common household cleaning products are full of harmful chemicals that are not good for our health (or our children’s or pets!). Switching to healthier alternatives is an easy way to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins in your home. Check out our healthy cleaning guide for a comprehensive list of tips and what to look for when choosing the right home cleaning products.

6. Use non-toxic skincare + personal care products

Like cleaning products, they use toxic ingredients that we should not allow to be put into our largest body parts all the time. Reduce the toxic load on your body by switching to non-toxic personal care products (see our specific tips on green deodorants, sunscreens and beauty products).

7. Take a probiotic daily

Maintaining a healthy gut has a huge impact on digestion, physical health, immunity, mental health and more. Taking a daily probiotic with a glass of water each morning is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your gut health (which, in turn, improves overall health in many ways, too ). Learn more about the health benefits of probiotics (and all the ways to add them to your diet) and shop our favorite probiotic supplements here.

8. Eat real food

Try to eat real foods made with real ingredients that you would have in your own restaurant or that your grandmother would recognize. (Yes, that excludes most packaged foods, sorry!) That’s a bit different than suggesting that you only eat “healthy foods” (many of which are unhealthy!). “Good food” includes unprocessed foods such as apples, cucumbers, soybeans, or steak, as well as foods made from one (or a few) natural ingredients, such as butter, olive oil, yogurt, tofu, etc. In other words, look for foods that can be prepared well in your own kitchen and avoid foods that can only be prepared in a lab.

9. Stand up every 30 minutes while working

Reduce the negative effects of sitting (like working at a desk) by getting up and walking around for a minute or two every half hour.

10. Get sunlight every day

Vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients for good health, and sunlight is one of the best sources of it. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of sun every day, preferably in the afternoon and without sunscreen (read more about this here). Not much sun in the winter where you live? It may help to add vitamin D supplements and/or other important nutrients in this diet.

11. Fill your home with houseplants

House plants help keep the air in the house clean (fortunately, they will need it!), they are beautiful, and research even shows that they improve mood, productivity things, and problem solving!

12. Sweat every day

Try to wash it off in some way every day, whether it’s running, cycling, dancing, hot yoga, or any exercise you like. Check out our exercise guide for more exercise ideas, plus tips and tricks for incorporating regular exercise into your daily life and a downloadable exercise planner you can use to plan your own fitness plan.

13. Have a daily green smoothie

Green smoothies as an easy to-go meal or breakfast are an easy way to get your daily high. Check out our curated list of smoothie recipes (full of veggies!) for our favorite green smoothie recipe ideas.

14. Work hard + be kind

Enough said!

15. Cultivate a positive mindset

Mindset is everything! Cultivate positive thinking by recognizing negative thought patterns and countering them with positive thoughts or beliefs. Here are some other thinking resources for positive thinking.

16. Get enough sleep

Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night. And in addition to the number, the quality of sleep is also important! Follow our tips for getting a good night’s sleep, like keeping your bedroom cool at night, avoiding blue light after dark, and more.

17. Start your day with a healthy morning routine

Start each day with a fulfilling routine that sets the tone for how you feel, whether it’s inspiration, relaxation, productivity or something else.

18. Eat the rainbow

Aim to eat all the colors of the rainbow each day. (Natural colors only, no Skittles!)

19. Floss your teeth

Floss daily for good dental health and overall health. Not only does daily brushing protect your teeth and gums, but good dental health is also important for prevention and heart health.

20. Spend time alone

Only time alone helps you to know yourself and be yourself (we are all growing and changing all the time!). Time is the only opportunity to assess how you feel and what you want, so you can live your most intentional life. Some people enjoy hiking, walking or running, meditating, or even sunbathing as a good source of alone time.

21. Do things you enjoy

This is overlooked as an important part of living a healthy life – doing something you love every day! Whether it’s exercising, cooking, crafting, reading, or watching TV, set aside time each day to do activities you enjoy.

22. Choose organic foods when possible

There are millions of health, environmental and social reasons to choose organic food, so we will allow this another in-depth link article to talk and just remind you to choose organic food whenever it possible. They are better for your health, the environment and the farmers who grow your food.

23. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar keeps the doctor away

Apple cider vinegar cures everything (well…almost everything!). A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water helps digestion, relieves constipation, improves immunity, controls blood sugar and more. We recommend organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar.

24. Smile often

Smiling improves your physical and mental health, so find ways to smile as often as possible throughout the day.

25. Work on overcoming your fears

Fear holds us back and prevents us from living as our best selves. Recognize your fears and take action to overcome them. (For example, overcoming the fear of public speaking to open new doors in your career and personal life.)

26. Use a yoga ball as a desk chair

Protect your back/shoulders/neck and strengthen your core by using a yoga ball as a bench.

27. Manage stress with self-care activities

Chronic stress is harmful to both your physical and mental health. Know your stress triggers (things that make you feel anxious, either quickly or chronically) and your stress relievers (things that can help you relax when you’re worry) so that you can cope with stress and remain productive. health level.

28. Intermittent fasting can promote weight loss

We don’t like to diet (restrictions are not fun!), but intermittent fasting is more of a diet than a diet. It has many known health benefits from reducing inflammation and helping to prolong life, and can help speed up metabolism to help lose weight.

29. Drink a glass of water after every alcoholic beverage

No, we’re not going to tell you not to drink alcohol (although you can do that if you want to!). Drinking alcohol in moderation can be part of a “healthy” lifestyle if done right. A glass of water after every alcoholic drink helps to flush the alcohol out of your body, as well as slow down your overeating and keep you hydrated (point an antidote to alcoholism!).

30. Practice Gratitude

Practice gratitude every day, whether it’s when you wake up, before you go to bed, or during your lunch break at work. Here are our favorite tips for finding more gratitude in your everyday life, plus a look at the physical and mental health benefits of practicing gratitude regularly.

31. A walk around the block is better than no walk at all

When it comes to living a healthy life, doing a little is better than doing nothing at all. If you want to walk around but don’t have time for your usual hour-long walk, take a short walk around the block. A five minute walk is better than no walk at all!

and remember:

  • You don’t have to do everything, and you don’t have to do it all at once.
  • You’re more likely to do things you actually enjoy.

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