The Oxford Dictionary defines wellness as, “the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal”. But don’t take wellness as just being “fit” or “skinny” or eating your vegetables. Wellness should encompass all aspects of health. How healthy is your skin? How healthy are your joints? How healthy are your teeth? How healthy is your mind and your mental state? How healthy are your muscles? How healthy is your lifestyle and your daily habits? You get the picture. So, I wanted to share my Wellness Tips and Tricks with you today to help you incorporate some of these (or all of these) into your daily life so you can be on the road to achieving wellness.
Wellness is not an exact location or state of being. You can’t just check off a list and be like, “okay I have achieved full wellness, I guess I’m done”. No. Wellness is something that you continue to work at every day. Wellness is a lifestyle. You can’t achieve wellness and then revert back to drinking eight sodas a day, only consuming potato chips and cheeseburgers, and only sleeping two hours every night.
Wellness Tip #1 – Drink lots of water. But that should be obvious right? Check out this post on how to drink more water every day.
Wellness Tip #2 – Calm, peaceful mornings. I really like my mornings to start off very calmly and stress-free so it sets the tone for the whole day. I use a calm alarm clock sound as not to jolt me awake and raise my cortisol levels. Specifically, I use the sound “chimes” on the iphone to wake me up with a nice peaceful sound (but also loud enough to wake me up). Then I sit in bed and meditate for 10-15 minutes and think about my day ahead.
Wellness Tip #3 – Keep your fridge/pantry stocked with fruits, vegetables, high-fiber foods, and other healthy options. Try to remove all of the unhealthy snacks and junk food. And keep the fruits and vegetables close to the front and at eye-level so you reach for the healthy food to eat first.
Wellness Tip #4 – Meditate every day. Sit cross-legged on your bed with your eyes closed for 10-15 minutes first thing in the morning, go to a yoga class, listen to a “guided meditation” on YouTube during your lunch break at work, etc. It can just be five minutes or it can be an hour. Just sit down with your eyes closed, palms up, legs crossed and clear your mind. Set intentions for your day or for the week. Let everything you’re stressed out about just fade away. Simple as that. Every day. It will make you feel really good and will help with your mental wellness.
Wellness Tip #5 – Keep your brain stimulated. Just going through the motions every day does not keep your mind sharp and can put you in a mental funk. Your brain is a very powerful organ and it needs to be worked-out just like your muscles. Stimulate your brain by reading books, doing puzzles, crosswords, word searches, write in a journal, play brain stimulation games online or in apps, take classes or courses to learn new things. Anything to work out your brain and keep your mind sharp. Just because you’re out of school does not mean that you can’t keep learning and can’t keep building your knowledge.
Wellness Tip #6 – Craniosacral Massage. Don’t know what craniosacral therapy/massage means? That’s okay, not many people do. Craniosacral therapy is a form of bodywork or alternative therapy that uses gentle touch to palpate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium. In other words, it’s a massage or therapy to create space between the head, neck, and shoulders. If you suffer from migraines, tension headaches, tightness in the shoulders or neck, work at a desk in front of a computer all day, or look down at your phone all day, you probably need a craniosacral massage (on the reg). Basically, everything in that area gets super tight and contorted and sitting with your head in the same position all day long can really strain your body.
You can go to a chiropractor for craniosacral therapy, go to a masseuse for a craniosacral massage, or use this little device for at-home craniosacral therapy. I actually do all of the above because I get really bad neck migraines, but once I started going to the chiropractor, getting massages once or twice a month, and using the craniosacral neck massage device, my migraines have significantly subsided.
Wellness Tip #7 – Skincare routines. Your skin’s wellness matters also. You should strive for every part of your body to be healthy and that my friends, is called wellness. So of course there has to be a skincare routine in your wellness journey. Check out this post about my updated skincare routine with videos of me performing my skincare routines!
Wellness Tip #8 – Organization. I keep a planner (two planners actually) to plan out everything that I can. Important dates, meetings, phone calls, to-do lists, errands that I need to run, schedules, publishing dates, lunch with mom, at-home teeth whitening, everything. I also plan my days out with Google Calendar. For real, like every minute of the day I have planned out so I know exactly what I’m supposed to be doing and when so I don’t get overwhelmed or get behind on tasks and so that my cortisol levels don’t skyrocket throughout the day because I’m stressed out. That’s how you get wrinkles and gain weight.
Wellness Tip #9 – Vitamins. I take so many vitamins every day to make sure my body is staying healthy and everything stays regular: probiotics, fish oil/omega 3, magnesium, B-12, biotin, etc. And I keep them in this cute little pink pill organizer so I don’t forget them. There’s only so many vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants that you can get from what you eat in a day, plus if you have an office job like me, you can’t just go into the kitchen and cook yourself a super healthy meal full of vitamins and nutrients. Most of the time I have to grab something quick, and it’s not always healthy. But taking my vitamins every day helps me stay at least somewhat healthy and regular.
Wellness Tip #10 – Jade roller for lymphatic drainage and to reduce inflammation. I use a jade roller on my face every morning for at least five minutes. I start with my forehead and work my way down to my neck then down the sides of my neck just before my ears for lymphatic drainage. The sides of your neck are so important because that’s the actual lymphatic drainage. If you don’t do the sides of your neck then all of that lymphatic fluid build up will just stay in your lymph nodes and you’ll get a headache. You can read more about lymphatic drainage and its benefits here.
Wellness Tip #11 – Himalayan Salt Lamps. I know these are very “trendy” right now, but they’re also very good for you. We spend all day looking at blue lights. Wake up, check your phone. Go to work, sit in front of a computer all day. Go home, watch TV. Get in bed, play on your phone some more. The salt lamps emit an orange light and that helps counteract all of the blue lights. I have two salt lamps, one in our bedroom and one in the living room. I like to turn them on when we are winding down for the night or while I’m watching TV. They also emit negative ions, which help improve mood and energy levels. So gethcu a salt lamp girl, you won’t regret it.
These are my eleven wellness tips and tricks! I hope they are insightful and help you work on becoming more “well”, haha.
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What are some of your favorite wellness tips and tricks not on this list?!