08/16/2018
Health and Wellness

Happy and Healthy – The 6 Goals of Wellness

The month of August is National Wellness Month. If we’re being honest, every month should be considered Wellness Month, but since August is dedicated to wellness, let’s really focus on how you can be your healthiest and happiest you. We’re going to challenge you to complete at least half of our goals for you this month. Read on to see our list!

  • Shoot for 10,000
  • Eat breakfast
  • Call a friend
  • Volunteer
  • Technology vacation
  • Invest in yourself

 

  1. Shoot for 10,000. Make it a goal of yours to walk 10,000 steps every day. By now, we all know how important physical activity is for the body and brain health. Several studies have been done on the impact exercise has on our brain health. In the end, it comes down to this: Increased exercise correlates with less stress and a better mood. Bonus points if you get your steps outside – Spending time outdoors can improve your mood! So, get to stepping!
     
  2. Eat breakfast. You’ve heard this time and time again: Eat your breakfast! Breakfast, should be a healthy, nutritious breakfast – not a fast food breakfast sandwich. Eating a healthy breakfast provides you the fuels you need after an overnight fast. It literally breaks your fast! Try to eat breakfast within an hour or two of waking. Eating breakfast will restore your glucose levels, a necessary carbohydrate needed for the brain to function in tiptop form. Eating breakfast will help you concentrate on the tasks ahead of you. Eating breakfast is one of the best things you can do for your brain health.
     
  3. Call a friend. It’s so important to continue to be social, especially as we age. Humans are inherently social. Do yourself a favor and call an old friend who you haven’t spoken to in a while. Friendships affect your serotonin, influencing your mood, behavior, memory, and learning!
     
  4. Volunteer. Studies have shown a strong relationship between volunteering and health. Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose and fulfillment, helps to provide greater self-esteem and satisfaction with life, and is great for brain health. Volunteer work is the perfect activity because not only do you help a certain cause, but you also work on your brain health! Studies suggest that after people donated or volunteered, the part of their brain that was active was the mesolimbic system. This is the part of the brain that controls the feelings of reward and pleasure. When you volunteer a couple hours a week, you’ll make a huge impact on the cause and your health!
     
  5. Technology vacation. Many of us, regardless of age, use today’s communication tools to share information, or to stay on top of their schedule. Learning by repetition used to be a prized skill. In the technology world today, any bit of information is readily at our fingertips. It’s time we take a healthy break from technology. What are some ways we can step away from technology? Leave the phone at home and go out to dinner, turn your ringer to “Do Not Disturb” mode for an hour a day, read an actual book – not a digital one, or every hour step away from your computer for 5-10 minutes. There’s so many ways to take a break from technology, and when you do, you’ll feel so much more connected to yourself.
     
  6. Invest in yourself. We’ve saved the best for last – you! Take time to invest in yourself. So often, we put our family and friends’ needs ahead of ourselves. Sometimes, we just forget to take care of ourselves! Take a couple hours out of your day to read your favorite book, go on a hike, or get a massage. Whatever activity makes you truly happy, do it! Don’t feel guilty for treating yourself. You deserve it.

These are just some of the ideas that you can use to practice wellness. Do at least three of these activities. You’ll feel better – physically and mentally. Happy Wellness Month!