Over the last few weeks we have been focusing on tips for a healthy new year, including stress and goal setting. This week we will focus on adopting three wise habits as a strong foundation for your best health:
SLEEP: Lack of sleep is the biggest thief of good health. Make sleeping 7 or more hours each night a priority. Your task list can wait, your health can not. Shut off all electronics and begin a nighttime routine at least 30 minutes before bed. Wean yourself from over-the-counter and prescription sleep aids. They may help for the short-term but will have long-term consequences. Implementing a natural go-to-bed routine is the best gift you can give yourself. Having solid sleep hygiene is imperative for living your best life now.
WATER CONSUMPTION: Dehydration is the root of many health issues. Having a healthy water intake is incredibly important for your overall health. Commit to drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water throughout your day. Cravings are often caused by dehydration. When you feel a craving coming on, drink a tall glass of water and wait 15 minutes. Tune into your body and see if your craving has dissipated, or if you are actually physically hungry.
PUT SOME GREENS IN YOUR MACHINE! Greens are packed full of essential nutrients, antioxidants, phytonutrients and tons of other health-promoting goodies. A few examples of greens to absorb these fantastic health benefits include spinach, kale, arugula, collard greens, Swiss chard, and endive. Greens are extremely beneficial to your health because they purify the blood, assist in improving circulation, improve immune system and function, provide natural energy and promote intestinal health.
Which step will you start this week to improve your habits? Take a step forward for better health.
Follow these links for other posts in this New Year series:
New Year Focus #1: Stress Management, Naturally
New Year Focus #2: Goal Setting Tips For Success
Sara Wolfsen is a Certified Health & Lifestyle Coach who specializes in helping people make their own healthy changes by providing private health coaching, nutrition education and wellness classes, and gentle weight-loss guidance and support. Schedule your complimentary coaching session and learn more online at www.sarawolfsen.com.