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Seven Daily Wellness Habits

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It’s true that sometimes the emphasis on self-improvement can be a little, well, much. After all, maybe you don’t want to improve, or maybe you’ve already improved, thank you very much, and if you get any better you may just start losing friends. While we don’t want people to stop ‘liking’ you on Facebook because of your glowing positivity, you may want to take a look at this list. You may actually find some things that are a little naughty, and even if you don’t, you and your friends can have fun discussing how much you don’t need to do them.

Coffee
Here’s a habit that most of us have mo trouble keeping, in fact, some of us might claim it’s more difficult to stop. Carlene Thomas, RDN, actually makes no bones about preferring it more traditional “health food” options. “My daily ritual during summer is two beverages- a green smoothie and a really good cafe latte from my Nespresso machine. A morning cafe latte is something I truly enjoy and crave, while a green smoothie is a great way to clear out my fridge and fit in more greens.”

Breakfast
The most important meal of the day should always be tops on your list, and not so hard to swallow. After all, what could be better than food to wake up to? Scott Keatley, RD, says, “My favorite daily habit is breakfast.” He points out that research shows that spending just 15 minutes devoted to making mindful food choices can lead to more satisfaction throughout the day and that breakfast is a great way to kickstart your metabolism in the morning.

Limit Technology
What? Turning off my computer and phone is supposed to be good for my mental health? While no one is suggesting that you miss important phone calls and emails, it has been shown that excessive attachment to technology can lead to isolation. One study of human behavior reported an indirect correlation between the use of social media and happiness. Taking a break may lead to some relaxation and more spare time.

thoughtful woman

Reflect
So, this may sound a little heavy to you, but, really who couldn’t benefit from a few minutes of quiet thought? Carley Sweet, INHC, says, “I take five to ten minutes a day to reflect on what’s going on. I struggle with anxiety, so finding time to go to a quiet spot and just chill really helps me to stay level-headed.”

To Do List
The organization can be key to sanity. Cynthia Pong, JD, says making a to-do list keeps her focus. She says, “my favorite daily habit which helps me manage my stress, stay organized and be productive- is making a to-do list. It sounds basic, but writing things down can go a long way in keeping you sane.” She says just remembering what you have to do can be stressful enough!

Yoga
Not for everyone, but a life changer for some. Calli De La Haye, co-founder of Kali murti Yoga makes sure to find a place for it in her busy day. “I have a 10-month-old daughter, so I have to roll with how the day is going, but this is my savior for staying calm and finding some peace at the start of my day.”

Cooking
While the kitchen may be a disaster area for some, it’s a salvation for others. Says Pat Connelly, founder, and CEO of Cavity, “I cook dinner every night. I try new things and I eat beautifully organic and seasonal foods. It calms me there is something wonderfully methodical about cooking every night….. It helps me unwind from a long day.”

What do you do to stay maintain wellness daily? Let us know which habits keep you on the ball!

Melt Away Holiday Stress

If you are looking for the perfect gift this holiday season, look no further than the stress relieving Hanukah balls. Whoever said that holidays were supposed to be peaceful never tried frying latkes while worrying that the kids didn’t burn the house down lighting the menorah. If no one was thoughtful enough to buy you Hanukah stress balls this year, there are alternatives. If the holidays have made you feel less than thankful this year, here are some other ways to relax.

Woman relaxing

Make Time For You
While the holidays are often a time for pleasing others, don’t forget about yourself. Give yourself a gift this year, after all, no one knows you like you do! Read a book, watch a TV show, or take a shopping detour to enjoy a coffee to tea and do some people watching.

Worship
Sometimes you need to remind yourself what the holidays are really about. Even if you don’t attend a mass or ceremony an empty temple or church is a great place for reflection.

Play a Prank
Humor is a great way of relieving tension. You can pull a few pranks right at your holiday party. Serve some chocolate covered Cheetos and see if anyone comments or put a plastic bug in the punchbowl.

Woman doing yoga meditation
Meditate
If you can’t find outer peace this season, you can always try to get some inner peace. Just sit in a stabilized posture and focus your mind inward. Zen teacher Bodhin Kjohede, director of the Rochester Zen Center says mindful mediation and simple breathing exercises can provide highly effective stress relief.

Yoga
Overcooked the ham? Don’t worry! Go into the other room and get into a yoga pose. Yoga stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system, reduce heart rate and help slow the mind for increased clarity.

Spa Day (Pedicure, Blow Dry, Massage)
It was once said that the nicest thing one person can do for another is to give them a foot massage. You can go for a pedicure with all the fixings. Get a pedicure fit for a queen complete with soothing scents, hot- water soak, and the all important foot massage.Or, if you want some royal pampering, why not try a therapeutic shampoo and blow-dry? Start with a hair washing followed by a scalp massage and then let your hair be curled, styled, or straightened under luxurious warmth.

And for the icing on the cake? Have your body turned to jelly by some strong hands on your shoulders, back, neck, and arms in a cozy relaxing room. You’ll feel like a million bucks!

And, if none of those work, there’s always Hanukah stress balls! Tell us how you handles your holiday stress this year. We love to hear from you!