23 May Easy Health Strategies That Will Restore Balance in Your Life
As holistic wellness has become mainstream, more people are aware of how their mind, body, and spirit are interconnected. Even with this knowledge, do you ever feel stuck in a rut with your everyday routines? It’s easy to let healthy habits slide on occasion, and we end up missing some of the key pieces to our holistic wellness. Here are some of the most important — and easiest — habits to help restore that balance.
See Your Doctor Now to Avoid Future Visits
It may sound counterintuitive to say that going to the doctor regularly means you will have to see them less, but it’s absolutely true. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), getting regular checkups is the best way to prevent disease and illness. Regular visits can help your doctor catch any problems early, and when you know what’s going on with your health, it’s easier to take holistic steps to stay well.
Staying on top of your healthcare and insurance coverage is something we should do at every age, but it’s especially important for seniors. With the right health insurance, preventive screenings are affordable and often even free. One thing to keep in mind is that many plans change annually, so you want to keep an eye on your benefits to get the most out of your coverage. To make sure none of your healthcare needs are overlooked, many seniors choose Medicare Advantage plans, such as those provided through Humana, because they typically offer additional coverage for dental and vision care. Many plans even offer access to fitness centers around the country via the SilverSneakers program.
Expand Your Horizons
No matter what your everyday routine looks like, most of us are creatures of habit. Having healthy habits is great, but your holistic health (mind, body, and spirit) will benefit even more from trying new things. For example, say your regular form of exercise is running. You don’t have to give that up, but consider trying a new sport too. Maybe you’ll discover something you love doing with your family, or maybe you’ll enjoy the camaraderie of joining a soccer or basketball league. Shaking things up is a great way to get more exercise, and you just may be fulfilling an emotional or social health need you didn’t know was missing. Even if you need to make a small investment in the gear or clothing that’s necessary, this is an investment in your mental health that is well worth it.
Along the same lines, adding new foods to your diet is another easy way to boost your health. Eating healthy isn’t just about what we avoid. It’s just as important to be mindful of what we do eat. You’ve probably heard of superfoods, and taking supplements is a great way to get more of them. But you can give your body even more good stuff by consciously eating at least one superfood each day. Doing this is easy when you find ways to incorporate them into your regular meals. If you eat oatmeal in the morning, start adding a handful of berries or nuts. If you scramble eggs, toss in some spinach to go along with them.
Nourish Your Mental and Spiritual Self
Many of us are intentional about caring for our physical health while letting our emotional and spiritual needs slide. Holistic health is about keeping all those parts of ourselves well. According to the website Tiny Buddha, a great way to actively care for your mental health is by practicing gratitude. Some people do this by journaling or writing lists of what they’re grateful for every day. It helps even more when you keep that list in front of you — tape it to your office desk or car dashboard so it serves as a constant reminder!
When you think about it, writing down a gratitude list or eating berries are small actions. These actions may even seem too small to make a difference. Don’t underestimate these simple strategies, though, because small actions are easier to do consistently than major changes, and consistency is what leads to improved holistic health.
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