With the end of the year approaching, it’s a good time to take a look at our wellness goals and see what we need to improve and incorporate more of. Here’s five steps to improve your lifestyle, with tips to help you get started right away!

 

1. Take Control of Your Diet

~Portion control (Remember to 80/20 rule, and eat only until you’re 80% full).

~Limit meats and dairy.

~Increase fruits, veggies, and whole grains.

~Know the difference between complex carbs and simple carbs.

~Eat many small portioned meals throughout the day, rather than only a couple large meals.

~Avoid processed foods high in saturated fats, trans fats, and sodium.

~Don’t shop for groceries when hungry, because you’re more likely to buy unhealthy foods.

~Drink lots of water and limit alcohol consumption.

 

2. Get Active

There are four different types of physical fitness:

~Cardiovascular/aerobic exercise

~Anaerobic exercise

~Joint flexibility

~Muscular endurance and strength aerobic

TIPS:

~Make a workout plan that suits your body needs and schedule. Start small and then build on it.

~Start small with simple stretches, yoga, or going for evening walks.

~Join community yoga, or a local gym.

~Ask a friend to start working out with you. This way you can both keep track of each others progress.

 

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3. Manage Your Mental and Emotional Health

~Meditation (Checkout the Calm App, it’s a favourite! I highly recommend.)

~Journal about feelings and thoughts

~Yoga

~Quiet time

~Talk openly with someone you can trust

~Get out of the house and go for a walk.

~ Ask Yourself: What’s the best thing that could happen?

~Listen to uplifting music.

 

4. Take a Look at Your Environment

~Clean your house

~Organize your space

~Declutter and get rid of things you have used in over a year

~Adopt a minimalist lifestyle

~Start a small herb garden

~Consider the colours and objects you have within your home and how they’re affecting your mood (consider colour therapy).

~Consider the quality of air in your home (change your furnace filter often, open windows for fresh air).

~Get a salt rock and oil diffuser.

 

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5. Give Yourself a Cognitive Workout

~Set small reasonable goals

~Read books (on a variety of different topics)

~Reflect on what you’ve learned

~Pick up a new hobby

~Organize your Seven Dimensions of Wellness

~Learn something new (a language, a subject, a recipe, etc.)

~Take a community class of something (painting, cooking).

~Watch TED talk videos or documentaries on Youtube for free!

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