The daily grind of work, family, and other responsibilities can be stressful and tiring, and it is easy to get stuck in a cycle of unhealthy habits and negative emotions. But with a little focus and determination, it is entirely possible to break out of those loops and establish a new routine and life habits that keep you healthy and happy. Here are four things you can try to do every day that will keep you “thriving therapeutically:” work out, leave the junk out, breathe in and out, and take a time out.
The first two tips really go well together – take time to exercise everyday and make healthy eating choices. Exercising can help reduce stress and boost your mood, and it doesn’t even take an hour of cardio to get there! Setting aside even just ten minutes every day to go for a walk can do the trick. As for eating healthy, leaving out sodas, candy, and fatty snacks like chips as often as possible can go a long way in making you feel better. Fill your body up with food that packs a punch instead of food that just packs sugar, and you’ll feel more refreshed and energetic throughout the day.
The last two also work together. Breathing is something that we are usually doing without thinking, an automatic physiological process that carries on without our conscious thought. But taking a minute or two out of your day to focus on deep breathing is a simple way to release tension and stress. If you work at a desk, you can do this by dimming your computer screen, putting your cell phone on silent and focusing on nothing but your inhales and exhales. Finally, make sure you have time for yourself to focus on your personal health and wellbeing. This should be a daily occurrence, but every once in a while a great way to spend this time is on therapeutic massages. Massage not only helps you relax, but it also helps reduce stress, muscle pain, neck tension, and headaches. It can also boost your mood and improve sleep quality! Try these simple tricks to improve the quality of your health and life in general, and call Elements Massage Glendale to book an appointment and give yourself a running start! 623-847-4050.