Drink a Glass of Clean Water Every Day (Wellness Habit of the Week)

So many people insist you must drink 8 glasses of water per day. This is not always the case. Every person has different water needs. One thing we all have in common, though, is that we all need to drink clean water, and adding a glass of water to your daily habits can help improve your health. Adopt a Daily Glass of Water Consuming adequate amounts of water is an important part of avoiding health problems related to heat and dehydration (Petitti, Hondula, Yang, Harlan, & Chowell, 2016). This is especially important during warmer months. While the amount of water…

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Wash Your Hands Immediately After Using the Bathroom

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Most of us have heard this throughout our lives: “Don’t forget to wash your hands after using the bathroom.” However, some people don’t do it. They forget or assume that it doesn’t matter because they didn’t really get their hands dirty. But not washing your hands after using the toilet is not just a gross social taboo; it is also a huge problem that affects health. Adopt the Hand Washing Habit Washing your hands after using the bathroom / toilet can reduce disease (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015). Bacteria, viruses, and parasites can live in feces, and when…

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Sit Up with Good Posture (Wellness Habit of the Week)

We’ve all heard adults telling children to “sit up straight” or “practice good posture”. Posture is body language. It can communicate if we are feeling sad or proud. Pushing our shoulders back and opening our posture can even help us feel more confident. But posture is also good for your wellness. It may even help you live with less pain. Adopt: Reasons to Start Sitting with Good Posture Chronic back pain can reduce overall life satisfaction by interfering with a person’s willingness to be in social situations, like going out to dinner, or going on outings, causing people to become…

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Eat One Vegan Meal per Day (Wellness Habit of the Week)

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There is lots of confusion about what makes a good diet, and it is the subject of many books, websites, videos, and shows, but study after study shows that a plant-based diet has lots of health benefits. But you don’t need to become a vegetarian or vegan to enjoy some health benefits of such diets. Adopt: Why Trying a Vegan Meal Is a Good Idea Vegan diets are associated with multiple health benefits, such as lower Body Mass Index (BMI), lower blood pressure, lower risk of type 2 diabetes, and lower cardiovascular disease (Le & Sabaté, 2014). A vegan diet…

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Socialize or Say Hello to Someone at Least Once per Day (Wellness Habit of the Week)

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Socializing and saying a friendly hello to people daily can actually boost your wellness. Loneliness has been a problem since the beginning of the human species. It has been the source of inspiration for philosophers, poets, political leaders, and religions. Humans biologically need each other, and to meet those needs, we crave connection with people. Adopt the Habit: Why You Need to Say Hello to People to Improve Your Well-Being Positive social relationships are good for your health (Kok et al., 2013). Social interactions, like wishing another person well, are related to an increase of positive emotions. These positive emotions…

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Walk Non-Stop for an Additional 5 Minutes Every Morning (Wellness Habit of the Week)

Walking in the Morning

Walking is good for you, really good for you. Walking is what the human body evolved to do for long periods throughout every day, but many of us don’t walk much in our modern lifestyles. Our bodies and brains thrive when we walk. Without it, we may watch our health and happiness deteriorate. You don’t need to start marathon walking to get better health. It can start with simple steps that you can incorporate into your day. Adopt If you find yourself feeling worried about your health, walking is one of the best things you can do to improve your…

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Trade One Sugary Drink for Unsweetened Beverages (Wellness Habit of the Week)

Lots of people insist they are trying to cut sugar out of their diet. We often hear from health professionals that sugary drinks, even juice, are unhealthy. But it can be difficult to kick the sweet-drink habit. We are surrounded by sugary sodas, artificially flavored and sweetened shakes, and juices that claim to be healthy but aren’t. To resist the temptations, switching your eating and drinking behaviors requires a change in habits. Adopt: Why Sugary Drinks May Not Be Good for You If you want a healthy mind, sugary beverages may be enjoyable to drink but may cause challenges to…

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Wear Sunscreen Every Day (Wellness Habit of the Week)

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Your skin is one of the first thing other people notice about you. Our skin sends a message to others about our age (e.g. wrinkles, smooth baby skin), health (e.g. autoimmune disease, infection), the way we take care of ourselves (e.g. dirty, clean), our values (e.g. piercings, tattoos, cosmetic changes), and our lifestyle (e.g. makeup, natural/no-makeup, sunburn). With so much communication about ourselves happening just by the way our skin presents itself, it makes sense that skin problems are a significant source of anxiety, depression, and stress (Dalgard et al., 2015). This distress can be worse if we are dealing…

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Watch or Read Something Funny and Laugh Once per Day (Wellness Habit of the Week)

Think back to some of the most joyful times in your life. Chances are, it involved smiling. If you were with other people, it probably involved laughing. Laughing acts like a glue to promote positive social bonding. Plus, it feels delightful and spreads happiness. Even when life gets difficult, it can be healing and inspiring to let ourselves laugh. Adopt: Why You Should Laugh Every Day for Wellness It feels good to laugh and have fun. Need more convincing? Multiple recent studies are looking at how laughter may help improve your mood, outlook, and even health. So far the results…

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Stretch for 5 Minutes Each Morning (Wellness Habit of the Week)

Stretching is quite possibly one of the easiest forms of physical exercise. You can do it in your bed. You can do it in your chair. You don’t even need to be wide awake to do it; some people do it in their sleep. It doesn’t require any special training. Babies do it. Dogs do it. Cats do it. Even birds, reptiles, and amphibians do it. Stretching is good for you and it feels good, too. So why don’t most adults stretch more? Maybe we should. Adopt: Why You Should Stretch Every Day Not surprisingly, incorporating stretching and flexibility training…

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