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6 Unexpected Ways to Lead Healthier and Happier Lives



Think you need time and money to feel and be your best? What if we told you there are some super simple ways to start feeling great in your body and in your head? Here, we’ll discuss six easy-to-implement strategies that will improve your health and your mood:


Walking


With many of us spending 40 hours a week or more at our desks, hunched over our computer keyboards, we fall far short of the 10,000 steps a day we need to prevent health issues, joint pain, and weight gain. But research indicates that walking can lower the risk of breast cancer in women by 14%, and this low-impact activity will also help boost your immune system. So put on your tennis shoes and go out for a walk, stat!



Light Therapy


Sunlight has many benefits for your mental and emotional health, and it’s also good for your body as it increases your vitamin D levels. That “sunshine vitamin” is essential to keep our bones healthy and to lower inflammation and joint pain. But what to do during the dreary winter months? Light therapy can be used to help brighten your mood and keep depression at bay when the sun isn’t shining by producing the feel-good chemical serotonin in your brain.


Sleeping


Getting enough sleep protects your mind from stress, improves your memory, helps your body fight infections, and your muscles recover and grow from athletic efforts, among many other benefits. So try prioritizing a good night’s sleep by going to bed early enough in the evening to get 7 to 9 hours of restorative slumber, and put yourself in sleep mode by turning off your electronics at least half an hour before bedtime.


Aromatherapy


Aromatic essential oils have been used for centuries as a natural alternative to or in conjunction with medical drugs. Lavender, especially, is known for its healing and soothing properties. If you’re experiencing stress and anxiety, try using a diffuser at home or at the office with your favorite scent: chamomile, jasmine, and lemongrass are popular choices. And if you need a boost of energy, a drop of peppermint oil added to your morning bath or shower can do wonders!


Gardening


Growing a garden has always been a popular hobby, and for good reason: it can provide a full body workout, engaging all your major muscle groups, including your heart, as well as strengthening your hands – which in turn helps prevent tendinitis and repetitive strain injuries associated with heavy keyboard use. And if you start growing your own fruits and veggies, your diet will get healthier as well.


Color Therapy


Certain colors can have an impact on your mood and your energy levels. In fact, some psychologists even use chromotherapy to evaluate patients. Thus, you can easily turn your house into your happy place by painting the walls a color that inspires your creativity or using a soothing hue to promote calm and serenity when you come home after a long day at work. An increasing number of adults have also taken up coloring as a relaxing hobby, so if you feel inspired, pick up a box of colored pencils and let your mind wander!


Keeping your body and mind in tip-top shape doesn’t have to cost a fortune or take up all your time. Incorporating more steps into your day, getting some fresh air, enough rest, and indulging in pleasing scents and colors can do wonders for your physical and mental health. So start taking care of yourself and witness immediate improvements in your life!


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