Wellness goals are always at the front of my mind when the new year begins. I’m a firm believer in the power of good health. When we take control of our mental and physical health, we are better prepared to take on the world. Taking care of ourselves is the first step to living our best lives.
Wellness Goals are More Than Physical
When I refer to wellness, I don’t just mean the body. I also mean the mind. Mind and body wellness is how we ensure that we are healthy on all levels. The mind and body share a powerful connection, and when we take proper care of them both, we strengthen that connection and experience whole body health.
8 Goals for Better Mind and Body Wellness
As we head into the new year, I have 8 wellness goals that you can focus on to improve your mind and body wellness starting right now and going forward into the future. These 8 goals help improve both physical and mental health, creating a comprehensive approach to improving health that is very easy to do.
Getting out and about can help improve both your physical and mental state. Exploring the world around you awakens your curiosity, allowing you to see things you normally wouldn’t register. Whether it’s the impressiveness of the skyscrapers in the city in which you live or the natural beauty of nature, getting outdoors helps you change your perspective.
Heading outdoors also improves your physical well-being by increasing the number of steps you take, helping your body get some exercise.
Eat the Rainbow
I’m not talking about Skittles. That’s tasting the rainbow. Eating the rainbow simply means eating lots of colorful fruits and vegetables every day. It’s important to eat a plethora of anti-inflammatory foods too.
Colorful fruits and vegetables are packed with various vitamins and nutrients, and the different colors offer different amounts and types of these important parts of our diet. They’re also great sources of fiber to improve gut health.
Consistency with Supplementation
Your wellness goals should always include being consistent with your supplementation. Even the healthiest of eaters can easily become deficient in one vitamin or another. There are just so many sources of so many things out there that our bodies need.
Remember to take your multi-vitamin and any other supplements on a regular schedule so that you get everything your body needs every day. You can do this by setting a reminder on your phone and keeping your supplements in a highly visible area.
Take a News Break
I always try to look at the positives in life, but if 2020 has done anything for me, it’s reinforced my belief that negativity can drastically impact our quality of life.
We all want to stay informed, but these past few months, the news has been a constant influx of disappointing, disheartening, and just plain bad news.
Don’t be afraid to give your mind and spirit a break by taking a news break from time to time. We all know that current news will air for days at a time, so you’ll be able to stay informed while giving your mind a much-needed break.
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One of the best ways to promote mind and body wellness is setting a bedtime routine. Our bodies operate on an internal clock called a circadian rhythm. This rhythm is how our bodies know when it’s time to shut down for the night and begin the process of restoration and repair through sleep.
Today’s modern lifestyle is directly at odds with this process, so it’s important to be mindful of our sleep health by setting a routine that will allow us to let our bodies do what they need to do.
Screen time is one of the biggest roadblocks to proper sleep. The blue light wreaks havoc on our internal clocks, and the actions of scrolling, searching, and all of the other things we do online serve to amp us up rather than calm us down before bed.
About two hours before bed, turn off your phone to let your mind wind down. A warm shower can help get you relaxed before bed, as can reading a book. Meditation can also calm the mind and spirit, preparing your body for better sleep.
Drink Plenty of Water
The human body is 60% water. The brain and heart are 73% water, and the lungs are 83% water. Our skin is 64% water, while our muscles and kidneys are 79% water. Even our bones are 31% water.
If you look at those percentages, you can see why proper hydration is so important. When we are dehydrated, nothing in our body works as well as it should. It causes our skin to dry out, our minds to become foggy, and it impairs our immune systems.
Proper hydration is a cornerstone of whole body wellness. Luckily, it’s easy to keep ourselves hydrated. Much remembering our vitamins, setting reminders can be a great way to ensure we drink enough water.
The average man should drink about 15.5 cups of water per day, while women should drink around 11.5 cups per day. That sounds daunting, so set reminders on your phone to ensure you drink water throughout the day. If water is boring for you, you can find water at your local store that is flavored with natural fruit to improve the flavor.
An Attitude of Gratitude
Another of what I consider to be the most important wellness goals anyone can have is practicing an attitude of gratitude. With our hectic lifestyles that are so packed with bills, responsibilities, and stress, it’s easy to focus on the negative, but it’s important to remember that our mindset affects our life on almost every level.
Practicing gratitude allows us to remain in a positive mindset to help balance our mind and body wellness. Here are some ways you can do that.
Keep a gratitude journal and write down all the good things that happen to you in a day – even the smallest events. Did you have an easier time with a project than you thought? Record that. Did your child give you an unexpected hug? Record that. Did you wake up instead of dying in your sleep? Record it. It sounds a bit silly in the beginning, but if you keep at it, you’ll quickly discover that you have so much more to be grateful for than you would have ever thought of.
Limit Processed Foods
Limiting processed foods should always be part of anyone’s wellness goals. You’ll notice that I didn’t say eliminate. Remember, we want these goals to be sustainable. It’s unrealistic to say you’ll never eat processed food again. However, limiting them can drastically improve your whole body wellness.
Processed foods are calorie-dense and nutrient-lacking. They’re a one-two punch of poor health. These foods leave us feeling sluggish and heavy, with no nutritive benefit. These foods simply introduce chemicals and empty calories into our bodies.
Limiting the number of processed foods we eat drastically and immediately helps us improve our health by reducing the number of wasted calories and chemicals that we allow into our bodies.
Wellness Goals for a Better Mind and Body Health You Can Stick To
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These wellness goals help contribute to mind and body health, allowing you to get the most out of life. When we feel better, our lives are better, and the best way to feel better is to live healthier.
Try giving these wellness goals a try and see how much they can help your whole body wellness. They’re easy to begin, and once you notice how you feel, they’ll be even easier to stick to.