Physical and mental wellness can start to slip when we get busy when, ironically, prioritizing wellness is even more important during stressful times. Here are five quick ideas for infusing wellness into your day-to-day life.
Taking a stretch break is a fun, relaxing way to relieve stress throughout the day and take care of your body. You can move through a self-guide stretch routine or consider following along with a video. If you work at a desk, it can be especially helpful to learn stretches that target your back, neck and shoulders.
2. Drink a Glass of Water
Drinking a glass of water is a small habit with big results. It takes less than a minute, but it helps you get hydrated, which is key to feeling your best. Pro tip: Get a big water bottle that you like, and aim to drink it a certain number of times throughout the day.
3. Get 5 Minutes of Sun
Getting sunlight is important, and “five minutes of sun” is an easy way to incorporate more sunshine into your day. Not only can feeling the sunlight lift your mood, getting some vitamin D also has physical health benefits like improving bone health and lowering blood pressure.
4. Complete a 1-Minute Breathing Exercise
For a speedy way to decompress, try a one-minute breathing exercise. You can use an app — like the Apple Watch’s built-in Mindfulness application — or complete a self-guided meditation. Focusing on your breathing can slow down your heartbeat and reduce stress almost instantly.
5. Listen to an Inspiring Podcast
One of the best parts about listening to a podcast is that you can do it while you do other things. If you feel like you just don’t have enough hours in the day, try listening to a podcast that uplifts you while you commute, walk or complete repetitive tasks. You could even turn a podcast on in the background of one of our other wellness ideas.