Staying happy and healthy is necessary, but does it have to be so hard? We don’t think so! Here are four super simple ways to hack your typical routine and get you on track for a happier, healthier week.
Summer is in full swing, so there’s no better time to get in the game when it comes to sunscreen. Many of us mistakenly believe that we only need protection on hot, sunny days. Truth is, sun rays can harm the skin even on cloudy days. Regardless of your age or skin tone, be sure to use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, on all parts of your body that are exposed, including your lips. For those who may be leery about the chemicals present in sunscreen, check out this list of natural sunscreen options that are just as effective and affordable as the others.
Breathe It In
No matter what you do, an entirely stress-free week is a very rare reality. When trying to deal with stressful moments, one tool that should be included in your arsenal is aromatherapy. Aromatherapy has been shown to reduce stress, promote relaxation, and even boost your immune system. Plus, the benefits of aromatherapy can come from many sources, such as tea, candles, and essential oils. Keep in mind that different scents address different feelings – think lavender for anxiety, peppermint for headaches, and lemon for mental sharpness. And as always, it’s best to consult your doctor before trying anything new.
As little as five minutes of meditation in the morning can get you started on the right foot and set the tone for a great day. If you prefer to meditate at the end of the day, it can help you to wind down, release negative thoughts, and have a more restful sleep. Try a free app — like Meditation Made Simple (iOS) or Calm (Android, iOS) for easy instructions on how to meditate and a collection of guided meditations to help you do it effectively.
Your most important meal of the day doesn’t have to be the same old thing every time. Instead, swap out your usual ingredients with some that are healthier, but taste just as good. For example, use cinnamon (an antioxidant that lowers blood sugar and cholesterol) in your coffee instead of sugar. In place of your standard bowl of oatmeal, try quinoa for more protein and fiber per serving. Lastly, keep a bag of chia seeds in your kitchen or at your desk at work. Two tablespoons of this superfood have more Omega-3s than salmon and more calcium than milk. Shake it on anything and everything, including yogurt, cereal and oatmeal.
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