2015 is fully underway and we think it’s going to be a great year! This year, we want to focus on small, simple changes that can all add up to a healthier life. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite tips to sleep better, stay healthy, and reduce stress.
Sleeping well is one of the first steps toward a healthier life. Many adults don’t get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night, which can interfere with overall health and brain function in the long run. Check out some tips for a good night’s sleep:
- Stick to a consistent sleep schedule, even on weekends.
- Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and cool.
- Create a relaxing bedtime ritual to ease yourself into sleep.
- Use a fan or noise machine to create the ideal environment.
- Avoid looking at screens (TV, computer, phone, and tablet) for at least an hour before bed.
- Pay attention to what you eat and drink before bed. Certain foods, alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine can all be detrimental to sleep.
Exercise is a proven immune booster, but it can be hard to find time in our busy schedules to work out. There are many ways to add more activity to your day, whether you prefer going to the gym or walking around the neighborhood:
- Take the stairs instead of using the elevator or escalator.
- Park farther away from your destination so that you take more steps.
- Try a fun class like Zumba, barre, or kickboxing.
- Join a nearby gym like Spunk Fitness or Planet Fitness, or hire a personal trainer.
- Participate in many fun activities at the White Oak Community Recreation Center.
- Visit a local park, trail, museum, or shopping area for a fun walking experience.
Avoid getting sick.
Having good general health is the first step to staying healthy in the winter months. Exercising and sleeping well have both been shown to decrease your chances of catching a cold or the flu, but here are more easy tips:
- Wash your hands often, especially before eating.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unclean hands.
- Increase your vitamin intake, especially germ-fighting vitamins like C and D.
- Avoid sharing personal items like toiletries, makeup, towels, and pillows.
- Avoid sharing food or drinks with others, even family members.
- Wipe down surfaces in your home and office that are frequently touched.
- When coughing or sneezing, use a tissue or the crook of your elbow.
Every person has stress in his or her life, but some people are better at coping than others. However, ongoing stress can have a major impact on our lives, with 54% of Americans reporting that they are concerned with the level of stress in their lives. Take a look at these quick tips to help reduce stress and anxiety in the short term:
- Use deep breathing exercises regularly to reduce stress and anxiety.
- Make time in your day to quietly meditate. Use an app like Calm if you need a guide.
- Spend time with friends and family, either on the phone or in person.
- Take a relaxing bath or use a hot compress to easy muscle tension.
- Lighten your mood with laughter by watching a funny show or reading a funny book.
- Listen to some relaxing music or sing along with your favorite tunes.
What are you favorite ways to stay healthy? We hope you enjoyed our tips! Contact us to learn more about our four beautiful White Oak Apartment communities and the many great attractions nearby.