It’s important to make resolutions that can not only improve health but also be followed for life. Here are a few simple steps you can take to make a better new year for yourself and your health!
1. Sleep Sleep Sleep!
Aim to sleep for seven or eight hours a night. Gentle stretching before bed can relax your body and help you get to sleep. Lavender can be calming and sedative before sleep. Check out our sleep collection to help you relax for bedtime!
2. Eat for your health.
Take your time when deciding your next meal. When food decisions are made in a hurry or while hungry, we tend to make poor choices such as fast food or sugary foods. It could help to sit down once a week before grocery shopping to plan out your meals.
3. Take time for yourself.
Take a time out. Spend at least 20 minutes a day in a quiet space that allows you to express your inner voice. Of course at Laki Naturals, there’s almost nothing we recommend more than a relaxing soak in the tub, especially a bubble bath! Research shows that taking a bath can lead to a number of health benefits, especially for stress and definitely if your bathtub is filled with minerals. Try our Charcoal Lava Magnesium Flakes, and for bubbles, try our Rose Bath Bubbles!
4. Spend time outside.
Studies have found that spending time in nature improves mood, lowers stress hormones, and reduces blood pressure. A walk in the woods also might boost the immune system.
The Federal government's Physical Guidelines for Americans recommend that each week, adults should do 2 ½ to 5 hours per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity. Aerobic activity is anything that makes your heart beat faster, such as brisk walking, jogging, bicycling, dancing, swimming, etc.
6. Help others and show kindness.
Wouldn't the new year be wonderful if everyone around you made it an effort to show extra kindness around them? Assisting other people, such as volunteering at a food pantry or performing a random act of kindness, can have multiple health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, boosting self-esteem, and relieving stress.
7. Keep a positive attitude.
On top of showing kindness, make it an effort to keep a positive attitude towards yourself and life. The best way to stay positive is by starting out your day right. Enjoy your morning shower with an aromatic Shower Fizzy to improve your mood!
8. Improve your oral health.
Have you ever had a cavity or even just bad breath that ruined your day? Now more than ever oral hygiene is important, especially when we’re all wearing masks inhaling our own breath! Gargling a Throat Soak daily or a few times a week can improve your breath, soothe a sore throat, and relieve pain.
Practicing self-care can increase your mood during the day. Take a bath, have a skincare routine, and when you need a vacation, take those vacation days!
10. Limit screen time.
Spending too much time on a device can affect sleep and distract us from being mindful of the world around us. Dedicate some time during the day to do activities that aren't on a screen.